I missed y’all yesterday! So today, I have a super rambling, random update post with probably no definitive point or ending. Let’s just pretend we’re sitting in a cafe, sipping coffee (tea for me!), and just catching up.
While I’ve been so super focused on my bathroom remodel over these last few weeks, I’ve hidden a dirty little secret from you. Well, actually a dirty BIG secret — the entire rest of my house. My house had gotten to the point where it was basically unlivable, completely filled with tools, construction stuff, bagged up debris from the bathroom, sawdust covering every surface, etc. Since I’ve been working on my bathroom during the cold weather followed by our nearly four weeks of endless rain, I’ve had to do all of my cutting, sawing, sanding, etc., inside the house. (My garage is unusable at this point, too.)
I’ve had bags of debris lined up in the entryway, plus along the entire front of my house and the side of my garage, for weeks now. The front exterior of my house was starting to resemble a public landfill, and the entire interior just looked like a construction zone. It certainly didn’t look anything like an actual home…where people currently live.
So last Friday, my brother took me out to my sister’s so that I could borrow her truck (she lives about 30 minutes outside of Waco). We made it back into town in time to load up one full truck bed of debris (probably about 15 big black construction bags full) and head to the landfill. Then day before yesterday (Tuesday), my mom came over and spent all day helping me load up more debris and just basically get things a bit more under control over here. We made two more trips to the landfill, got the entire front of my house cleaned up, and made a huge dent in cleaning up the interior.
I’m such an independent person that’s it’s really hard for me to ask for, and accept, help at times. But I’m learning that in remodeling an entire house practically by myself, it’s absolutely necessary for me to let people help me. I simply cannot do it all by myself. And while I’ll continue to do as much of the actual remodeling and decorating by myself, it’s becoming easier and easier for me to accept help with the cleaning up, hauling away, etc.
And speaking of help, my father-in-law is coming for a visit in a couple of weeks! He’ll be here for two whole weeks, and my mind has been spinning with all of the possibilities of things we can get done. I should have the bathroom completely finished by then, and our top priority will be working on the condo and getting it completely finished and on the market. Hopefully that won’t take up the whole two weeks, because I’ve decided that the main thing I’d like his help with at the house is drywalling the ceilings in the living room, entryway, music room, and dining room. That seems like a lofty goal, so I have no idea how much of that we’ll actually get done.
But my main priority right now is getting the bathroom completely finished before he gets here. So yesterday, I decided to try and get the double doors finished. The last time I showed you the doors, they looked like this…
So yesterday, I installed the door casings on both sides, and then I removed the doors, added some MDF strips to the bottom of the doors to cover the big gaps under the doors, got the strips all wood filled, sanded, primed, and sanded again. Then I wood filled, sanded, caulked, primed and painted the door jambs and casings. I got one coat of paint on one side of each door and two coats of paint on the hinge edges (so that I could rehang them and finish painting without having to do any painting around the hinges).
In other words, I spent hours working on this yesterday. It was basically an all day project. I got everything done to the point that I could rehang the doors, and I was so excited that once I got them rehung, I just needed to paint the other sides of the doors, add the stop on the casings, prime and paint the stop, add a couple of magnetic closures, add some door handles, and install the door lock. This project could easily be wrapped up by the time I went to bed…or so I thought.
So I got the hinges reattached to the doors, and got them screwed into the door casings. Then I moved the ladder and tools out of the way, stood back, and closed the doors.
THEY WOULDN’T CLOSE. They wouldn’t close!!! They closed perfectly after I added the door casings. They closed perfectly right before I unscrewed the hinges and removed the doors to add the strips to the bottom and primed and painted them. But now that everything was almost finished up, they wouldn’t close!!!
By this time, it was around 7:00pm, and I had been working on these doors and the doorway since about 10:00am. I was tired and frustrated, so I gave up for the night.
So that’s where my double door project stands right now. I sure was hoping to have some finished double doors to show you today, and then be able to get started on the linen storage today. But nope…my doors won’t close. *Sigh* I guess at this point, my only option is to remove the doors and use my table saw to cut down the edges just a tiny bit. And while I’m at it, it’ll probably help if I add just a bit of a bevel to the edges as well. I’ll let you know tomorrow how I go about fixing it, because I WILL have this done today!!! I’m determined.
That’s what’s been going on with me. So how have you been?