In my favorite poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay, he reminds us that like the seasons of nature, life is one season melting into another, and quickly fading away. This is my attempt to document each season in my life and my family.

The End Is in Sight

Filed under: Home — Rachel at 9:31 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This remodeling project that we began somewhere around three months ago is finally starting to look like it might be over soon. The hardest jobs are behind us, and it’s starting to look pretty good. So far, we have new hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen, and hallway, the stairs and landing have been re-done to match, a new wrought iron stair railing has been put up, the walls and ceilings have been painted, new kitchen cabinets have been installed, and we bought new living room furniture. Right now,  Chris’ brother, Derick, is spraying a texture (similar to the texture commonly on ceilings) onto the wall beside of the stairs, and the small wall beside of the lower flight of stairs. I think this technique is called California Knockdown or Orange Peel, if any of you are familiar with that.  After that dries, he’s going to paint those walls. We have been waiting for a couple weeks since the cabinets were installed for the countertops to be made and delivered. They are scheduled to arrive and be installed Friday. Once the countertop is installed, we can put up the tile backsplash. We will also have a kitchen sink again. We’ve not had water in the kitchen for the entirety of the remodeling project. This has made cooking and the resulting cleanup a pain in the butt. So, I’m really looking forward to having my kitchen put back together. After all of that is done, the last part of this stage of remodeling is having all the trim and molding put up.

We are going to do some other things, but I envision that as a second stage of remodeling. We are going to have to let our finances catch up before we start it. Namely, we are going to install new entry doors, new french doors in the kitchen (opening to the back deck), and new doors in the hallway.

All of that to say, this has been a long, drawn out project, and I’m so thankful my house is going to be put back together soon. We are in the process of refinancing our house to pay off some debt and consolidate it all into one payment. In order to close on it, we have to have the house assessed. The guy coming to do that is coming on either Friday or Saturday, so I have to have the house clean, neat, and orderly when he is here. That means for the next two to three days, I am going to be cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. The newly remodeled area of the house is already looking good, but that leaves a lot more house to clean. Have I mentioned that I hate cleaning? Well, I do. It must be done, though. We are also having an exterminator come on Friday to do the pest inspection which we need for the refinancing. Have you noticed that Friday has popped up a lot? Let’s recap…on Friday, they are delivering and installing the countertops, the exterminator is coming, and the home assessor dude may show up then (hopefully, he will come on Saturday). Ay yi yi.

That is what we’ve had going on. Hopefully, the next time you hear about these projects, it will be when I’m showing you pictures of the finished product. Then you can all come over for dinner.

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