Saturday, September 28, 2013

Phone Scare and a Sneak Peek

I had one of those horribly pouty afternoons today because I thought I had lost my phone while on vacation.  I knew that I had it in the early morning when I went for a walk and I did not take it with me when we went swimming in the late morning (warm springs pool) but what happened in the meantime? No clue.  I searched everywhere, retraced my steps, left my name and number with lost and found etc, etc.  We packed up and went home, with me feeling sorry for myself the whole way because I would lose all of my phone numbers, and more importantly, all of my photos.  But, as you can guess, when I got home and dumped out our clothing bag, there it was, buried underneath all of Ken's clothes.  I hate it when I am pouty for no reason!  I am just grateful to have all of my pictures still.

Since I am more motivated now to get my pictures saved I am going to go ahead and give you a sneak peek of all the goings on at the Johnson's house these days.  (Still not living there, but it is our house!)  As I mentioned in the previous post, a lot of the demolition was done by Ken and ME.  Most of the construction has been done by my dad who came up from Medford 4 times in a 7 week period.  What a great dad I have!


The wall with the sink:

Plumber doing his thing
Ken has since put a patch over that big whole but I don't have a picture.  Cabinets are scheduled to be installed a week from Monday.

Wall between kitchen and dining room:

Before (doorway had a swinging door)
My dad putting in the new beam
The beam now has drywall and paint primer on it but I don't have a picture of that.

The wall with a covered chimney, old pantry, and stairs leading to the basement.
Demolition (This was actually our first demo project and I was actually helping, I just stopped to take a picture.)
My mom helping remove the plaster from the chimney.
You can see in the picture above the wall next to the chimney.  That is drywall that my dad put in. It now has paint primer on it too.  I forgot to take before picture of removing the vinyl flooring but you see it here in this picture.  I've pulled up all of those squares from the floor using my blow dryer to soften the sticky backing and a floor paint scraper to peel them up.  Our hardwood floors are scheduled to be sanded and refinished this week.


This one takes a little more explanation.  Our fixing up the house is actually a two phase project.  We are doing the kitchen and added in a laundry closet, but we will eventually be putting an addition onto the house.  The location of our laundry the middle of Scarlet's in preparation for our future addition.

Before (blue tape outlining where to build the closet)

This was actually the first major project that we worked on.  It was a little bit nerve racking to have my dad cut out part of the old moulding and then put nails in the floor.  Once that was done then we knew there was no turning back!
Insulation for the laundry closet.  Notice the electric and plumbing.
Those two walls now have drywall and paint primer on them.  I will just be hanging a rod with a cloth shower curtain in front of the washer and dryer once we have them installed.  I don't want to put any type of door on the closet because it is temporary.  Where the wall ends on the right of the photo we will eventually add to it so that it meets the existing wall to the right turning my laundry closet into a laundry room.  Behind it will be a hallway leading out to the addition onto the house, which will be accessed through the kitchen (we will knock out another wall.)  On the other side of the other wall (the one with the dryer vent) we will eventually have a half bathroom. We've already done the plumbing for it.  Below is a picture of a sketch (which I have since lost!) of our plans for the addition.
Not the final plans but I hope it helps explain what I was trying to describe.

  Odds and Ends
Right tub handle "before" Left tub handle "After"

Before (Bathroom floor, which won't be replaced yet.)
Alright, I think I am ready to be done with this post for now. Between working at the house all day almost every day and then going on "vacation" where I hardly got any sleep because Scarlet didn't sleep well I am completely exhausted.  A couple of cute pics of the little miss and that is it for me.  Can't wait to show you the after pictures in a few more weeks!!

Lounging and enjoying her favorite part of the banana...the peel.
She has learned to pull herself to standing and she loves to do it anywhere and everywhere.
At the paint store.
In her stroller.
Under our make-shift dining room table.
She LOVES her daddy. And he ADORES her. (Foreground, fire pit that Ken built.)


  1. Love the pictures! Especially of Scarlet. What a cutie! Good work on the house.

  2. Oh to be young and ambitious again!!! Good Times!!!! Scarlet is completely adorable.

  3. So exciting! I love house projects, but don't have the energy for them right now so it's fun to look at your pictures! Scarlet is getting so big!!!