So to bring 'er up to date, I'll mention a few "highlights" from along the way ......
Painting the exterior of the house was a lot of work, but the rewards were immediate. We opted for three colors (all shades of taupe) which meant a LOT of taping. But we're happy with the results.
|The garage doors arrived in the perfect color. We did not have to paint them. Hooray!|
The interior walls and ceilings were a big job and weeks later we're still finding spots to touch up, but again ..... happy. Then (insert creepy theme music) came the job of painting our interior trim, meaning all the base boards, window trim, door frames, etc., that Husband had dutifully constructed and installed himself. Plus the doors had to be painted. [Need I mention that every inch of trim had to be caulked (by yours truly), which is absolute death to a manicure.]
Our builder (Don), builder-friend-Alan, and Favorite-First-Son-Who-Is-A-Builder ..... ALL said they paint their trim last. This means after the walls and ceiling are painted, and after the flooring is installed. (But, thankfully, before the carpet arrives.) Okay, so we did. That was when I discovered that the entire world of Youtube how-to videos is shaking its head and saying, Don't do it, you fool". Thus I learned by sad experience that when painting one's trim LAST and with a powered paint sprayer that blasts wet paint willy-nilly in the general direction one points it, means one is about to plunge into the outer darkness of painting-PREP. One day we literally spent 14 hours taping and then spent approximately 14 minutes spraying everything we had taped. And that was only a few rooms. We bought rolls and rolls AND ROLLS of masking tape, and returned to the store several times to buy more. This was worse than laying 1200 square feet of wood flooring and three rooms of tile.
This was worse than the wiring. (Husband may disagree.)
This was Masking-Tape-Hell.
Thus our DIY-resolve weakened and we broke down and paid gobs of money to a couple of angels who paved our entire patio. Ahhhhh. Who says money does not buy happiness?? (The driveway and front sidewalk are yet to come and still remain on our DIY list, as is our tiled shower in the master bathroom.)
|The large rock on the right came from where our front door is now. We had the excavator move it to this spot. Grandkid seating.|
Long story short, the carpet in the bedrooms will be installed tomorrow and then we're moving in. (We're actually just sleeping in the RV at this point, as our beds are still in storage.) Over the past several weeks, each time we've headed o'er the mountains, we've brought back a load in our utility trailer. So we have a portion of our stuff here. We'll bring the remainder in a mega U-Haul and then our life as motorhome dwellers will officially come to an end.
A few pics:
|The counter backsplash is yet to come.|
|The wood stove and I are already becoming great friends. Best heat ever.|
|I chose this light fixture very early on, and nicknamed it "the fun light".|
|I included this shot to show Husband's skills. He built that drop-ceiling-thing from which the lights are hanging. (T'was NOT fun getting it up there.) That last piece of trim at the top of the range hood is on eternal back-order.|
|And the above is because we live on Quail Rd.|