Thursday, February 3, 2011

It’s That Time…Almost!

The phone rang last night and guess who it was?

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Our contractor!!! 

He was calling to say that he’ll be at our house as soon as Wednesday of next week…or even sooner if they finish the job that they’re working on before that.  I’m sooooo excited I can cry!  I know that we’ve only been here for two months but when you’re living out of boxes…three fourths of which are still taped shut waiting to be unpacked…it seems like centuries.

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In the meantime, Mr. Painted Quilt and | have been working feverishly on the upper level floors.  The primer went down on Sunday and we applied the first topcoat yesterday.  We love the way it looks.

The stairs…

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The hallway from the top of the stairs.   Our bedroom is at the end on the left and Mr. PQ’s office on the right.

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And from the other direction looking towards my studio at the end and at the top of the stairs, the soon-to-be walk-in closet on the left,  guest room on the right and the bathroom on the left.

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We emptied the guest bedroom where about half of the unpacked boxes were stored in order to paint the floor and to allow our contractor free access to paint the room next week.

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When we emptied the spare bedroom of the boxes and other paraphernalia, guess where it ended up?

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In my studio of course!  Now how am I going to get in there in order to do the necessary paperwork for tomorrow’s FFF?  Don’t worry, I’ll get in there somehow.

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The master bedroom.

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The floors are done but there’s still lots to do in here.  The curtains and light fixture will be replaced and the entire room will be repainted as soon as the closet is built along this wall…

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The room is quite large and the addition of a 12’ closet won’t detract at all from it’s size.

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And during all this,  I’ve managed to fit in some hooking time in the evenings.

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After all, isn’t that when hookers do the most of their work?  *wink*

See y’all tomorrow!

Kaarenheartname

42 comments:

Stephanie said...

It never looks like we have much until we move it. I'm really looking forward to seeing the stencil/painting you're going to do on the stairs.

Linda said...

Wow Kaaren, The floors look great. Sure wish we had y'alls drive. Can't wait to get all our floors painted. I can totally understand the living out of boxes. Living between two houses is getting to be a real hassle. Love your bedroom too. Keep your chins up.
Y'all take care, Linda

Connie said...

LOOKING GOOD! very pretty, i know you will be happy when is is all done.

gracie said...

Things are looking really good in the house...love the Welcome rug....nice ...

KaHolly said...

It's looking wonderful, Kaaren. A lot of work, I know, but these older homes have so much character. 'Hooking' seems to appeal to you and you are very good at it. Hmmmm. ~karen

Lori said...

Its looking great!
Your rug is so pretty!!

basketsbyrose said...

Love everything you have been working on!

Wanda said...

I'm so excited for you. Getting the work done will feel like you've won the lottery. Let us see the in progress work, I'm so enjoying your "redo".

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

with every picture of your home, my mouth opens wider,,, I love the floors, I love the character and I love what you have done with this old beauty. Can't wait to see more...oh and that candle in the window says it all...
As always

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Love what you are doing! So cozy and "wow" those floors look great! I am looking forward to seeing the stencil/painting you are going to do on the stairs. I have a few friends that did that on the rise of the step. Wonderful! They also painted and stenciled canvas and made darling rugs. Just another idea for you--- :)Hee! Hee!

Older homes have so much character. Our's is a Georgian brick colonial build in the early 50's. They are alot of work but worth it.

Keep up the good work, so much fun to see what you are up to!

See you tomorrow. Carolyn :)

Kathy H said...

The floors and stairs look great. You will be so happy to have that all done, especially so you can use your studio again. thanks for sharing your rug hooking progress. The rug looks wonderful.

Quilt Hollow said...

Looking good..I see lots of work! Are the floors real cold though? I ask because we have all hard woods over a basement. I much prefer summertime with these floors and my tootsies!

Ter'e said...

I feel like such a voyeur!!!! :-)
I scan each picture....looking at color and texture of walls and ceiling and then OUT POPS SOMETHING that really catches my eye.
Can't wait to see the stairs finished!
I have to admit - I have never ever walked on wooded floors like you have.......but I want to!
Your bed gave me a "GLORY MOMENT". OMGosh!!!!! The bed is to die for and then there is that fabulous quilt. OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! Oh Kaaren, that quilt. LUST! DROOL! ok SLOBBER! It is simply the most beautiful thing.
So proud of you and MPQ! You are doing wonders with the house. Honey - this is not a house! It's a beautiful, loved HOME!
I, too, loved the candle in the window. Just precious.
I knew I was going to "just love you to pieces" when you answered my first email. What a treasure you are!

Darlene said...

Your hardwork is looking fabulous, Kaaren. I can't wait to see your touches to the stairs.

Living out of boxes is not fun but it'll be over very soon. :-)

LONA said...

You have been busy-it all looks great.

Farm Girl said...

It all looks so nice. I know you must be exhausted. I love your rug though. I was hooking a rug last night and it dawned on me, I could really get addicted to this. I was finishing up a rug thinking of a next one. :) It will be so nice when you can finally unpack.

Ter'e said...

CRIMANY!
I forgot to mention how sweet your rug is looking. You're doing a great job!!!!! I know this will be the first to many rugs to come!!!!!
I think it is an omen --- you are hooking your first little rug - a house rug - in your new home.
Precious!!!!!!!

Red Heads said...

My gosh Kaaren, you & your hubby have been working soo very hard. You must be beat each nigh.Your house is definately becoming your HOME. All your personal touches are coming forth &that is lovely. Love the quilt on your bed. It is good that you can get in some hooking too. Relaxing moments for you I am sure. We sure did get our share of the white stuff these 2 days eh? Be well & be safe. Blessings: Dianne

WoolenSails said...

My parents had no closets in their house since it was an old farmhouse. But they had cubbies under the rafters, so you had to go under the house to get things, lol.

Debbie

Annette said...

Even with all the boxes...it's starting to feel like home with the fresh new floors. Your room is beautiful and so cozy. I love the quilt on your bed.

Christine said...

Hi Kaaren, wow your new design, I like very well. And the tour of the apartment, I'm totally flabbergasted, beautiful, I wish you and your family continued good luck, your Christine

onlymehere said...

The final sentence is too funny! This is way exciting that he'll be there soon. You've done so much work and it will be so wonderful when the contractor's finished all his work to and you can feel more settled in your lovely new home.

Barbara said...

Kaaren....you guys have certainly made progress. Know that you will keep us posted on the adventure.
Love the blog remodel too!!!

Linda said...

Well it is all coming together.
I see you have a new look!! Like it.

By Hoki Quilts said...

OK, own up! There are some decorating faries somewhere are there? Either that or you two have great knees as mine would be well and truly wrecked after all of that.
Thank you for taking us along on this ride with you and seeing a house become a home.
hugs
Miche'le

Janet said...

Hi Kaaren: Things are coming along nicely aren't they. And your hooked
rug is gettiong close to a finish - looks great!
Hope you are all dug out?
Janet

Sandi said...

Wow Kaaren,

You've been busy!

At first I thought I was on the wrong site with the stars and stripes decorating your blog. I thought I had entered the address incorrectly and had gone to an American site.

Glad to hear you will get an early start for your renovations and life will become more sane for you.

All the best, may the snows let up.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love painted floors. they are lovely.

Anne said...

The floors look wonderful. I can't imagine having boxes all over the house for so long. Hopefully you'll get them all unloaded soon after the contractor is done. At least you made sure to have some handwork to do. I've prepped about 4 projects to make sure that I don't run out. It's cheaper than therapy, right?

Allie said...

YAY!!!!!!! Oh Kaaren that is just wonderful. The house is looking gorgeous!!! And I just love your bed with that quilt on it, oh my...I can imagine how relieved you're going to be when all those boxes are emptied, and OUT of your studio!!! Your rug is looking just lovely, good job - what a relaxing project!

Cindy said...

You never cease to amaze me, Dear Kaaren. Even with all the "box-living", you get a project done.

BIG HUGS to you.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Kaaren, It is wonderful. I cannot wait to see the stairs!!
And your new blog look. The magic hand of Madame Samm has touched you. It looks wonderful and it is "you". Love you signature too!

Fiesta said...

Kaaren your house is so charming and quaint. I love it. you are doing a beautiful job refurbishing it.

Val said...

Renovating is such hard work. Your place looks great. Do you have a picture of the outside? And it is already Friday here. I can't wait for your new FFF.

Kim said...

Hi Kaaren! This is a humongous amount of work done to your floors ~ you poor thing, you must be exhausted! Good news the contractor will arrive on the job very soon and once he finishes you can unpack and let the decorating begin. Things should be well sorted out by the time summer arrives. Good you take time for some hooking...it'll keep you sane, lol.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Kaaren, you blog looks so fresh and clean... Totally love it!!!

Remodeling is much harder than building a new house... ask me how I know that.. LOL.

Looking forward to FFF.

marina said...

definitely making headway on your renovations. You must be feeling more and more at home as you make it your own.
Lovely welcome gift.

Cattinka said...

A new home always means a lot of work, but yours will be so nice once you are done. I like the bedroom, especially the quilt on the bed!
KATRIN W.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

I love the colour you have used as a background for future wall hangings :) Good luck with the sewing room :) Jenny

Siobhan said...

The floors look great, Kaaren! So does your room, even w/o the wardrobes/closet. I can't WAIT to see what you do with the stairs!

Chookyblue...... said...

the house is looking good..........

Sandy said...

You are definitely plugging along and it looks great. Congrats on contractor starting...hope it goes smoothly.