Sunday, February 15, 2015

Downstairs Demolition Begins...

We have lived in our home now for 17 years.  My how the time has flown.  We have updated the upstairs extensively.  We have updated the outdoors extensively.  However the downstairs not so much.  Now is the time.  This is the entry from the garages and Mr. C's "Toybox" where he builds his beloved projects. The tile is fine (yes it is mauve).  The carpet is not so fine (it too is mauve).  It gets cleaned constantly but the grease is getting harder to clean off.  Mr. C has to travel this length to get to the bathroom at the right of this hall.

So here is Mr. C removing all the baseboards from the hall and bathroom.  This is a nightmare job due to the builder using a nail gun with 3 inch nails with far too many in very little pieces of board. Yup!  Lots of broken boards and a very nasty time-consuming job for Mr. C.

Mr. C is being very patient and hard-working but the boards are not cooperating.  Looks like we'll be buying lots of new baseboards for replacing.  All this tile and carpet will be replaced with a lovely porcelain tile.  It will be so much easier to keep clean.

Here is the bathroom we are gutting.  The vanity is 7 feet long and in perfect condition however we are replacing it with a new custom 7 foot vanity.  Why?  This one only has one sink.  We will be putting in two sinks as it should have been done in the original build.  We will keep the tub and shower and toilet configuration but all this tile will be gone.  New green board will be installed too.

I neglected to get a photo before these "ugly" glass doors were removed from the tub/shower.  I have never liked these and have wanted them gone forever.

This is the view from the tub.  Hopefully this demolition will not bring too many extra surprises and will be done this week.  Mr. C is very hands on and will be doing most of the work. Too bad Mr. C didn't give me a gallon of paint and a new shower curtain years ago when I asked to "upgrade" this bathroom.  It would have been so much simpler and way less expensive.  Afterall this is the guest bathroom and very seldom gets used.  I am looking forward to the transformation.
Prayers for our world that is saddened with more killings.  Thankfully my friends in Denmark are safe.  Warmth and Prayers for all those in Snow overload areas.
February is half over and we are moving on to the next holiday and creative swaps.  I honestly don't like to rush my days.  I am dragging my feet on beginning St. Patricks Day and green clovers. However it will be here faster than I will be prepared so on that note...I am off to the studio soon. Creative Bliss My Friends...


  1. Renovations can be frustrating, but the end result is always so satisfying! I hope you have fun with your remodel.

  2. I know you'll love the new bathroom when it's husband isn't handy like that so it would be a major expense for us. But we've only been here for 11 years so I have some time left before I catch up with your 17 and have to do it! :) blessings, marlene

  3. Looks like Mr. C is doing a lot of work, but you'll both be happy with the results, I'm sure!

  4. Best of luck to you and Mr. C with your ambitious project! I know exactly what you mean about time moving much too quickly, which is why I decided that all of my 2015 ATC swaps will not be holiday themed. Have a lovely week Sherry!
    hugs and JOY,

  5. A huge undertaking- good luck. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results, but oh the road to completion is always a challenge. I'm with you- yes, prayers indeed.

  6. Dear Sherry,
    First thank you so much, for your loving note about Denmark!!
    And ,I can imagine how much work have to get into remooving the carpet and all the instsllations . Your Mr. C. has a long run into this project, untill it is finished,-but then you will have a wonderful new guest room, which also pleases you two! It is great with a husbond whom can actually fix, and rebuilt so many different things, I am also lucky having one, much more pleasent with ones own husbond working in the house , and also saving a lot of money !! I hope it will not be too hard on him .
    Sending you warm hugs, dear friend !!

  7. It'll be worth it. I'm still in the 'red' but time to 'go' green!

  8. WOW - HUGE undertaking for your wonderful Mr. C. Can't wait to see how it progresses - make sure he doesn't overdo it with his back, etc.!

  9. Mr. C has a big job to do, but I am sure it will be great once it's ll done. Looking forward to seeing the "after" photos.

  10. So far the transformation looks amazing. What a great worker, laborer of love. I know you're getting excited about the finished space. It's going to be wonderful, Sherry.

    Hugs and happy week,

  11. Wow, what a project this will be!! I love home renovation so if I lived closer, I'd help!! I hope you show pictures when it's finished!! We are getting bombarded with snow...our first big snowstorm of the winter. I was so hoping we would make it without any but no such luck. Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Good luck with renovation! Thank goodness Mr. C is able to do so much!

  13. This looks exciting! We have lived in our home 19 years and we too need to do some renovations. My daughter got engaged over the I am thinking my kitchen renovation will be put on hold for a while.

  14. Hello Dear Sherry
    Oh yes this a very big reno job for Mr. C. These jobs just take time
    and lots of patience. It is going to look gorgeous when finished. Just think of all the money you will save with him undertaking all of the labour (living with a builder I know how lucky I really am!).
    Loved your gifted heart postcard and your kitchen hanger!!
    Have a lovely week my friend now you have returned to your studio.
    Hugs from a warm and sunny day here downunder,
    Suzy x

  15. Lots of work but I bet once its all done you and Mr. C will be very happy. My dad works on cars as a hobby too. His house has little grease areas that just can't be cleaned well. The tile floors will be so much easier to maintain. :-)

  16. This will be a big transformation, I look forward to seeing the after pictures. We are working on small projects here but have a few larger projects in the future. Have a very creative week. It is great that Mr. C is good at doing the work on the house and enjoys doing it.

  17. Hope all the renovations go smoothly. We've booked the contractor for doing both our bathrooms this winter, and expect the starting date any day now. My Mr. C usually does all the work himself, but this year, due to his back issues, we're getting someone else to handle the labor.

  18. Hi Sherry, I know this work too well but it will be just gorgeous when done. I hope all goes smoothly. The reveal will be outstanding.
    You are going to love the double sinks.
    Enjoy the process!
    Hugs, CM


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