Week Twenty Three Remodel Update: January 4 – 10

Progress: Oh, the difference a week makes! We had a very serious meeting with our contractor and architect on Monday to refocus and reenergize our project. And I’m excited to let you take a peak at the results.

We have stairs and railing. Wee! In under a week’s time, we had the treads and risers trimmed to our liking, had the railings welded, sanded and painted, and the stairs stained. The stairs will get clear coats next week, and the railings will get the final wood layer placed and stained sometimes next week. The crew put the first clear coat on the stairs Sunday evening (the 10th), so we won’t be able to access the upstairs again until sometime Wednesday.

rails from br

looking down stairs

Because the stairs and railing were completed (to a critical point), the crew was able to carpet the rest of the upstairs. Now the landing and playroom have carpet. The carpet is covered with plastic in most areas so that it doesn’t get damaged by the remaining work.

hall with carpet

play closet

The dining room was primed and painted. Goodbye black ceiling, hello white-white everything. We need another coat before the painting is completed in there. Our chandelier has arrived too, so hopefully they will hang it soon.


The painters have also been very busy sanding and painting in the kitchen. Because that room is sealed, I don’t have pictures of it to share this week.

kitchen sealed

My Dad and I also spent some time putting together furniture for George this week. Specially, we assembled an easel and bookcase for the playroom, a chair and bookcase for George’s bedroom, and a step stool for George’s bathroom.

gs room with new furn

Because the closet rods in George’s room have been painted and set, I finally had an opportunity to move his clothes over from the play room closet.

gs closet

We also assembled this lamp and side table for our guest bedroom. John and I also need to put together the bed for the guest bedroom. The headboard is out of its box, but that’s about it.


I also broke in the new washer and dryer by doing several loads of laundry this week. I love, love, love these new appliances.

Details: We are still living in the hotel, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our project is really picking up speed these days…

Purchases: New hardware for all interior doors, Nest thermostats, Nest cameras and elements of our new security system.

Challenges: We are so eager to move in, but we want everything done correctly and to our expectations. Our patience is really being tested these days.

Wins: We are still living the dream and realize how fortunate we are. Amen.

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