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!



  1. LOVE the new baby turtle!! The rectangular tiles are pretty awesome, too--have an ancient quality. Lots of work. Congrats! Looks great! (Too bad you got ripped off by a greedy sales person--yup--pays to do a lot of homework, I guess.)

  2. Hi Karen, oh how cute baby turtle is. What a little darling. Everything looks gorgeous. I can relate to how much work it is but so worth it for a Reno like this. Just beautiful and should be in a magazine. Love the rectangular tile.
    Have a nice weekend and hope you can relax. You earned it!! Hugs

  3. Such a short post, it is almost like you were missing for a half a year :PPP
    Love the dark shroom colour of the walls, the tiles not so much,they look broken and dirty, the control freak in me wouldn't handle it :) Love the plywood though and the general elegant grey shades of the room. I can imagine emerald, amber or turquoise details and pillows around to give it an imperial splendour. You can guess I do interior decoration, right? :)

  4. I love everything you did in the room. You also had a baby? I think I missed that. As always awesome job!!!

  5. I'm just loving everything you guys have done. What an overhaul!! The neutral, rustic modern combo is sooo cozy feeling. Looking forward to more updates on both the reno and the hungry little turtle. xox Amy

  6. Baby Turtle is the cutest! So funny suckin' away on those toes ;)

    Wow, you have been one busy bee (or turtle) over there! I love everything that you have done, from the paint color to the floors. Home renovation is such hard work, but I bet you are really enjoying the fruits of your labor now. Nicely done, Karen!

  7. Wow! Everything looks amazing! I love the surfaces you chose and the color scheme. I bet you are enjoying the new look! Baby Turtle is so stinkin' adorable! Have a great week.

  8. Oh my gosh, Baby Turtle is the cutest thing ever! I want the vinyl plank floor. I love it!
    Everything is looking so great. Love Roborob too!

  9. You've done an amazing job transforming this room! I had to deal with a dishonnest stove seller today, so I can relate. I was pretty upset when I got home, but Baby Turtle put a smile back on my face!

  10. Wow, congrats on the baby.
    Sorry coming after awhile!

  11. How could a person see anything after that cute Baby Turtle! Well, I did manage to check out the rest of your post, and my-o-my, you guys have done so much....and it's so pretty! Now I need a nap!

    Warm hugs,

  12. Good luck with your home improvements. Looks a lot of effort!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  13. Baby turtle is precious!

    The floors look amazing! You've done such a great job with this space, you must be thrilled!

    (Too funny about creaky floors. Never thought of it that way).

  14. Hi Karen, stopping by to say hello and it is so inspiring to see your reno again. Just incredible the work you did. Love seeing sweet baby turtle again. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week. xo

  15. What? Wow! You've done such beautiful work, I need your help asap. I want beautiful baseboards and crown molding and a snuggle from a baby turtle. I keep telling my sister to make me another baby, but she's resistant. Whatever. Miss you! Love you!

  16. Aww!! little baby turtle.. He has discovered an amazing thing.. :D..Love the ceiling moulding...

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  18. Love all your posts and remodeling! I know what a pain it is but so nice in the end.
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    Baby Turtle ADORABLE!!


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