We’re Finally Living in our House

Last night was our first night in our house. Surely, that is cause for celebration, right?

We enjoyed a glass of wine and an intense but beautiful thunderstorm, all while reflecting on the fact that we were finally staying in OUR house. It was a delightful evening.

We won’t have a solid internet connection for a little while. We were supposed to have internet yesterday, but things didn’t work out that way. We’re waiting on a company to come out and run a cable under the road, because the box is across the street from our house. Normally, we would use our smart phones to get internet (we have an unlimited data plan). However, we get almost zero cell phone reception out here. It takes an ungodly amount of time to load pictures and posts. So, the frequency of my posts may not be back to normal for at least one more week.


Anyway, although I haven’t posted anything new about the house in the past few weeks, we have been busy. In an attempt to curb the urge to post one update of an absurd length, I will post at least two separate updates about different areas of the house.

We’ll start with the bedrooms.

Master bedroom

In my last update I mentioned that I’d finished painting the master bedroom with Kilz. About a week and a half ago, we finished getting the master bedroom ready for us to move in. We sort of cheated though… We broke down and bought a paint sprayer, because we have an enormous amount of painting to do, including all the ceilings. Plus, I was getting some serious neck strain from painting the ceiling with the roller.

Anyway, we sprayed the bedroom and bathroom down. We used some paint that my in-laws said they didn’t need. How could we argue with free paint?

Then I scraped the paint of the windows, mirror, bathroom floor, etc.

I had several tension rods and curtains, which I used for the closets and doorways. I used the existing rods to hang curtains in the windows. I’m working on some solid curtains for the doorways, so that when we have people over our bedroom isn’t in full view. But, the sheers are OK for now. At least they create a barrier between the room and the work area.

Our bed arrived about a week ago, and I set it up with some nice lightweight bedding.

My grandmother made that quilt for me and Alex for our wedding. She’s amazing, isn’t she? It’s beautiful, and it makes me think of her and the rest of my family in California.

We won’t have flooring for a little while, but we have a maze of rugs laid out in our bedroom. Laura gave us some of her extra rugs and a small roll of carpet.

When I was a kid, my sisters and I used to put blankets and pillows on the floor and jump from one to the other, pretending that we were avoiding hot lava. (Did anyone else do something like this?) Hopping from rug to rug in our bedroom reminds me of that memory, and makes the experience entertaining.


The Upstairs Rooms

The day that we painted the master bedroom, we gave the walls in the upstairs bedroom a quick coat of paint.

I spent part of one day pulling staples and tack strips out of the floor upstairs.  Since my sewing room is in one of the upstairs rooms, I couldn’t completely ignore the upstairs any longer.

I gave the closets and cubbies a thorough scrubbing and cleaned the floor as much as possible. Laura cleaned the upstairs bathroom for me, including the wall. She is wonderful!

I also cleaned the stairway, the hallway walls, and the A/C return duct.

Side note: The picture below is of the light fixture at the top of the stairs. I like the retro pattern. I don’t like the brass color. I think I’m going to keep this fixture, find suitable glass paint, paint along the existing pattern in the color of my choosing, and eventually incorporate it somewhere in the house.

As you know from my previous post, I painted the subfloor in my sewing room. I had to use a brush, because there are too many divots in the floor for the roller to work.

I’ve moved all of my sewing stuff here, and most of it is in the cubby room for now. I did set up a rug that I bought during a trip to Ikea with Laura last Friday. It was a really good deal. I also set up my sewing table and ironing board to sew up some curtains.

I was going to wait to set those things up until I finished the floor, but it will be very easy to move those things out of the way. I made my stencil for the floor; I just have to get some paint.

I can get a sliver of an internet connection if I put my phone in the middle of my sewing room’s dormer window. So, I’ve been having a good time sitting at that window writing and looking out at the world.

The only drawback to my upstairs lair is that it stays pretty warm up here, but I can live with that for now.

Tomorrow, I’ll post about the kitchen, Alex’s new machines in his basement shop, the yard and the pool.

  1. Lauren

    July 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    i thought everyone played ‘don’t fall in the lava’ with rugs & pillows! haha! my sister & i used to pretend like we were in a super mario game 🙂

    i LOVE your quilt. handmade quilts are the best, esp when they were made for you! yours is so beautiful!

    1. Becca

      July 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I guess, maybe that must be a standard childhood game. Haha! 🙂 Thanks, I love my quilt too. I agree, when they are handmade just for you, they’re even better.

  2. GA

    July 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    WOW!!! I am too excited for you. I think I will talk to papa about heading east for a a visit! Thank you for your kind words. Love you much. GA

    1. Becca

      July 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Ooo! Please do talk about coming out here. Just you mentioning that makes me so excited. 🙂 Love you too!

  3. Papa

    July 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    But by the time we get there you’ll have all the work done ….

    1. Becca

      July 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Oh don’t worry, I’m sure we will still have plenty of work to do. 😉

  4. Sarah Lewis

    July 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Well, I hope your grandparents can come visit you soon. Wish I could come with them!! I’d love to see all that you have done. Oh, and please save some work for your Grandpa cuz he needs something to do while he’s there!!! LOL You amaze me at how you do all this work, take pictures of everything and then write about it!! You must have more hours in your day than the rest of us do!! I really think you should be on HGTV!!

    1. Becca

      July 13, 2011 at 11:44 am

      I sure hope they can too. That would be so much fun to have you there as well. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of work for Papa. I’ll make sure of it. 😉 Thanks for your sweet words. I definitely wish that I had extra hours in my day. It sure would make life easier.

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