Friday, January 09, 2009


Wayne and I have lived in our home for 37 years. We built the house ourselves from ground up, with help to pour concrete and lay up the fireplace. Over the years we have painted the rooms, had siding put on the house, put up new storm doors, just general things to make the house look good. This past August I got on a kick to do some changing around inside, like cleaning out closets and starting to down size and painting the inside of them, then painting each room, putting down new carpeting all over and new floor covering in the kitchen and bathrooms, new counter tops in the kitchen and maybe even tearing out a wall dividing the hall from the living room. Okay this is in August, so we are slowly starting to do a few things, thinking we had lots of time to get everything in order, no pressure, no company for Christmas, just the two of us. However, this is all about to October our DS starts talking about coming stateside for Christmas, okay............we told ourselves, "oh this is not going to happen, they won't make the trip," then in November an email comes in saying, "we are coming home, arriving in KC on December 10, will be at your house on December 19 (after spending time with DIL's mother.)" Here we are in a MESS, and I mean a MESS! Things are everywhere, you can't find anything. SO..............I moved fast. Went to Lowe's where the counter tops were coming from and said,"I need them put on before December 1st" they said "no way", I told them to "try". Low and behold two days later they called and said "how would you like to have new counter tops put on before Thanksgiving", "GREAT". Got that done, in the mean while we are trying to paint with the help of our friendly painter friend, who is slow as the seven-year itch! He went by the DH and I are painting. be put down on December way, still painting..put off until December 8...still painting, okay every room and every closet got cleaned out and painted before December 8, except the little bedroom that is going to be my sewing/craft room. Fortunately, Wayne and I are still married. They finished putting down carpet/floor covering on December 10, then everything had to be put in place and boxes unpacked. Well, my sewing room became the catch all and the door got closed. Christmas, had to decorate, got the boxes out of the barn, went through them, brought things to the house and did some decorating, not a lot, but two trees went up, centerpieces came out and put on tables, snowmen (not all) came out.......okay DS and DIL coming on the 19th, we are at the 17th, most everything is done. On Thanksgiving it was decided that the family Christmas gathering would be at our house on the 21st.......okay, time to think FOOD. I did the ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, and green beans. My mom came from Las Vegas and stayed at my Aunt's, they did the turkey and made the pies, everyone else brought other food. There was 27 of us that gathered that day. Gordon had not been home for Christmas in 4 years. My family had not gathered together in many, many years. This was wonderful.........THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS THAT WAYNE AND I HAVE HAD IN MANY, MANY YEARS.

Okay, I got carried are here to see what we did to the house....

The below photo is what used to be our living room, it is now the dining room and sitting area. Where the white rocker is, was once a wall!

This next photo is looking at it from another angle in the room. Here you can see Maggie Mae relaxing!

The next two photo's are the tin backsplash we had put on. It is smoked pewter and I love it. We also installed a new kitchen faucet and new garbage disposal.

Anyone for a RED wall? I have always wanted a red wall, but was never brave enough to do it...well, I figured at my age, what the heck! This is my new sitting area in the dining room. We haven't hung anything on the wall yet, because I enjoy just looking at it. But, I am searching for just the right thing to hang on this wall. Before all this change I had a quilt rack with a quilt hanging on it that Wayne's mother had pieced, but this all got moved to the hall wall.

I hope I haven't bored you to much. Tomorrow, if you want to check in, I will show you more of the rooms and some Christmas photo's.

Thank you so much for stopping by, please leave a message, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Blessings to All,


Brigitte said...

Barbara, I enjoyed reading your remodeling story - you definitely had to be fast to finish all the work before Christmas, lol. Nice to read that you had such a great Christmas.

I'm curious to see what you will be hanging on he red wall.

Nancy said...

I enjoyed reading your remodeling story, and you know I can certainly relate to that! By your photos you would never know you had to hurry, and that at one time you were in a mess. It looks pretty Barbara. I love your red wall and can't wait to see what you find to hang there. I love your tin backsplash! I'll be back tomorrow for a continuation of your story.

hazel said...

I have loved following your remodelling Barbara and look forward to the next instalment. I love the pewter splashback.

Hazel (UK)

Heidi said...

Everything looks great Barbara! Now as far as a red waited far too long to do! I love my red wall and kept it even when I changed the other wall color. It gives an instant feeling of coziness, warmth and welcome. I see Maggie Mae is getting into the pictures. And do I see a cat on the table?

Hugs ~

Nancy said...

You story is great and everything looks so good. I love your rockers and your dining room chairs. The back splash and new facets are great. Good job you and Wayne.

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