Friday, February 24, 2017

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam Part 8

 We are now back in our old digs but with a sturdy floor and a wood stove.  It has been a looooong year of reno's; actually 1 year and 2 months.  We could have sailed around the world ten times,  joined the circus, had a new Baby Turtle  all in the time this reno took....and we did! 
 Mr. FT is now head clown and our sailboat is drydocked getting an overhaul!

A SHORT video of a hungry baby turtle.

The finishing work is nearly done.  Getting there was another story.

The stairwell and a few finishing details need to be completed but really, can't people just use ladders?  If it's good enough for our fire department then it should be good enough for Turtles.
I was thinking we could install a POLE too. 
 It could be used for other things, like hanging lights and garland on at Christmas. 
 (get your mind out of the gutter)

We hung drywall and prepped for primer.

We painted.

We laid tiles in the back porch and under the stove area on a cement board base.

We installed a plywood subfloor with an amazingly easy to install vinyl plank flooring.  It comes with a lifetime warranty. 
 I am praying the company outlives us... 🙏

I don't think I will ever have to clean this floor. 
 You can't see anything on it 🙌
Seeing how we no longer have teenagers in the house, we were able to fix all the creaky floors.  You want squeaks when you have teenagers...just saying.

Before the molding work was completed, we had to test out the main attraction.
Happy to say the house is still standing, no eyebrows were singed, and toes were kept warm.

We used some old fencing from our corrals which were planed, sanded and sealed for the end caps of the stone wall

Any voids were sealed up with epoxy.

We hung polystyrene crown molding with pre-built corners.  This is the easiest way to install crown moulding....ever!!

Baseboards were installed in a few easy steps.
A shim on the bottom at every 12" supports a flat piece of 1/2 inch by a 4 inch board.

Another molding is installed over the shims.

A narrow piece is installed on the top.

The top and bottom pieces were pre-painted, the joints were caulked, nail holes filled, and another coat of paint was applied 
VOILA, an eight inch baseboard is born,

A wonky pan shot of our new abode.
 I really need to paint those doors!!


A soft area rug for baby turtles to crawl around on was added. 

Once all the curtains, cushions, pictures and of course the TV are added, it will be home again,
 but with warm feet!

I leave you with a few shots of our newest family addition:

He still needs a rain cap.
The new stainless steel steampunk incinerator
fabricated from scrap-yard finds....except for the chimney. 

 We paid dearly for that.

Word to the wise....always be cautious when buying from an over eager salesman.  They like to oversell the uninformed. 
(we should have done our homework)
The culprit company would be
We ended up with two extra chimney lengths totalling over $400 and a fresh air adapter meant for a mobile home for another cash grab.
We will have to re purpose that and one longer chimney length....any ideas?
for your great greedy business practices!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rock Wall Surprise!

See part 7 of our "Were Just Gonna Blow Out This Wall and Put In A Beam" Series!

To keep fit I decided to install a climbing wall in the living room....trouble is I hit my head on the ceiling when I get three feet off the ground..  After a few knocks on the ole noggin I realized I installed the wrong kind of ""rock wall""  😉

What's behind it you ask?
(I am pretty sure you didn't)

Strips of cement backerboard installed on the studs which will create an air gap behind the rock

a coped corner piece.

Look what happened which I
 thought was just from the mortar, 
but actually old age has set in
 and brought me this.....

a new grandbaby Turtle!
  He hit the scene and I fell in love!
We call him "Baby Turtle"

Happy New Year to all my friends!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Gone Fishing

With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to share a few pics of the completed "West Wing" festively adorned with sparkly baubles, lush pine garland and of course a beautiful tree. 

  Unfortunately the camera fell in the fish tank and drowned or better yet we went fishing...

 Whatever excuse you believe, something fishy is definitely going on here and it does not include construction pictures....just some pictures of fishy purses with a link to another website for the pattern

She includes an excellent tutorial too.

So once again, for the pattern and tutorial, visit MAKE IT-LOVE IT!

I decided to do things the Turtle way and exclude the purse strap. 
 I found the drawstring acted as the same.  
Happy  Sewing.
  I am busy working on a grown-up version and will share in the new year!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Seven

With our new window here, we are back
 in the light of it all.

This beauty spans two floors and will flood light into a new staricase!

With all this new found light, I might even have to get out of my work pajamas and shower. 
 I keep the lights dim so Mr. FT thinks he's working with a Victoria's Secret model.
(I rub a good coating of dust on his safety glasses too!)

You can thank me for this tidbit of knowledge later!


Here....I will lend you Mr. FT's safety glasses.

Linking up with

Friday, May 20, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Six

After the old laundry room wall was stripped of panelling,  drywall,  plaster and lath, and an ancient wasp nest, I stole Mr. FT's serial killing crowbar and started prying out that old leaky fly streaked window!
Poor Mr. FT. 
 What will he kill once there are no more flies?
Image result for puzzled emoticon

No more flies squeezing through an ill fitting window..... more flies?

....if I go missing, who will write part 7???

 A new doorway to the porch was framed in to make a corner for the wood stove.

Look who came to visit us!
  This is Foxy the foster dog.
Hopefully she will find a loving forever home next weekend.
This weekend she becomes construction dog!

Speaking of construction animals, we decided to incorporate!
Just Kidding 
(no not "baby goat kidding") 

Update: since I wrote this post...Foxy has a new loving family
 and Manny found a new home with other goats. 
 He's no longer an only child!
Cheers to good people!