A day of laying flooring ended with a party…

We had a slightly shorter day working on the church kitchen but I think I’m more tired today than the last two days when we worked 11 hours each day. Maybe I’m just getting old…ya think???

You all had such sweet comments today but I had no time to answer them…thank you for all the things you share…I love reading them…and wish I had time to answer them…sorry…

We started on the floor this morning…the Kilz we had painted on the floor was a nice touch…thank you, honey! It was his idea to paint it so we werent scooting around on that icky, nasty floor.

There were a couple of pretty bad areas that we could really see once it was painted white, so we decided to fill them in with some floor putty…

The walls were crooked right from the very first row, but once we got that row straightened out, things started moving along. The color of this flooring is called Foxwood, and my hubby was really liking the looks of it as we laid it. I told him, “Well… we could take up what we put down and put it in my sewing room, and change to this Foxwood!” There was silence! That’s probably a NO, don’t you think?

When we did the areas around the door facings, I used my “paper cutting template making skills”…

…and my hubby took the marks that I transferred to the planks and used his strong hands with some antique heavy duty cutters to cut this 1/4″ thick loose lay flooring.

Want to see the result… it’s a pretty tight fitting edge around this door facing…

While I was working on the floor, he was putting the outlets in the boxes and connecting them with power. He got the cam LED lights hooked up and they were fantastic! There has never been so much light in this kitchen!!! Yay!!

The red crate is covering the area where we put some floor putty. We didn’t want to step on that area until it had hardened.

Here it is looking the other way…

We did our living room, dining room and kitchen using this Loose Lay Vinyl Plank flooring…and if you’d like to read my post on it, you can see it HERE.

We got about 3/4 of the flooring laid, but had to stop to go to a birthday party for Edgar. Edgar cooked his own dinner… Columbian/Peruvian chicken and rice! It was great and we were starved!

Here is a picture of them with a puzzle of Columbia, South America, behind them. We had a wonderful visit with a few friends and caramel cake and ice cream.

…and now I need to go to bed because somehow I have to get out of bed in the morning to finish that floor. Right now that seems like a real impossibility! 😮

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Oh, how I love white painted trim…

Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful comments….I hate that I wasn’t able to answer everyone like I usually do, but my day was too long…again.

You all were so sweet with your comments and I hope you’ll hang around just a little bit longer… I just added 4 new subscribers and hope you will keep reading my posts…sewing will surely be coming soon!!! :o)

Not everyone feels the way I do, but I love painted wood trim and especially when it’s white. It could be because we’ve lived in several old houses and paint covered up a multitude of sins…but I think I just love it because it looks old fashioned and I’m pretty old fashioned in a lot of ways.

There’s no telling how many coats of paint were on the trim in this kitchen… probably more than anyone could count, but even with all the old paint drips, the globs of paint at the ends of the trim pieces, brush hairs embedded in the previous coats, and probably even some dirt painted over, it still looks wonderful with this new coat on top.

We got quite a bit done today…trash of all kinds was hauled out of the basement and taken to the dump…500 pounds (and $61) of junk!!!

The first outlet was connected to power and gave us some much needed light.

I painted all the walls a second time and touched up the cove mold trim at the top.

We added 2 decorative pieces of trim in 2 different places. It really finished off the top of the brick board.

Here’s one last look at that icky floor that will forever be transformed tomorrow!

The last thing we did before we left, was paint the floor with Kilz primer…just to make it cleaner because next up is THE FLOOR!!! My phone died before I could get a picture of how nice and clean the floor looked all white…

It’s the same Loose Lay flooring as what we put down, only in a different color….Foxwood.

Well, the weather cooperated and I got the pictures loaded…by midnight!
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A little bit “pretty” and an update on the “Olympics!”

I’m back… Rebecca to the rescue! She had reset the router last night and forgot to turn it back on… DUH! I could have done that…if only I had known! Oh well… I’m back!

I can’t thank you all enough for carrying on today when I was clearly absent all day. I read through the comments when I got home and you all are amazing… just chatting amongst yourselves and visiting with each other! I love it when that happens. We just got home from working on the church’s kitchen and made some real headway today… YAY! The sooner I get this done, the sooner I’ll be back in my sewing room…which is a LOT more relaxing and much easier on the fingernails! I had one major casualty today! :o(

Saturday we had a friend who is a “skilled” carpenter help with putting the brick boards up! Thanks Dana!

With the brick board up, it was time to spackle the cracks between the boards. I have a thing about those little slivers of cracks showing.. I don’t like them.

So I used my spackle and filled them in from top to bottom… and let it dry.

Then I sanded them and mixed a few shades of some of my “sample” paints for my kitchen cabinets and put some blobs on a paper plate. Using a dry paint brush, I dabbed my paint brush in them and then dabbed it on the paper plate and then dabbed at the bricks where the cracks were. (I know…that’s a lot of dabbing…)

It worked pretty well and was much better. I did all 3 cracks between the sheets of brick board.

I took in a scrap of my brick board to Lowe’s and the girl there scanned the “grout” part of it and then mixed up a sample jar of paint. It was an absolute perfect match. So I took a tiny paint brush and painted where I had sanded the grout lines. I was very pleased with how the grout looked.

When I have more time I’m going to add a little more creamy colored paint to the cracks in just a few places… but it’s not a priority.

I cut in the edges of my walls with the new paint… Edgecomb Gray… and then we painted the rest with 4″ foam rollers… it went pretty fast…but I’m sure my shoulder is going to be feeling it tomorrow…

We got the underlayment on the bottom part of the “ugly long wall.” (Well, the wall that USED to be ugly!)

The other side of the kitchen got pieced together with the few scraps of brickboard we had left. It will have a cabinet up above and below and the frig will be there too, so it didn’t matter too much on that… just where it showed between the upper and lower cabinet and above the frig.

My hubby repaired the floor while I edged in the paint and we are hoping to start on the floor tomorrow…although I’d like to wait one more day and get my white trim painted first… We’re putting down the same flooring as we used in our house… just a different color…

In Olympic news… Linda sent me a picture of her girls dressed up in their ice skates… I think you’ll agree they are adorable…

…and yes, that’s an Olympic Gold Medal around Ruthie’s neck! Way to go Ruthie!

Most everyone picked the ice skating as their favorite event… I would probably have to agree with you all, but I do find myself watching whatever is on, and loving it all. I’m not very athletic myself, but I sure do love to watch what others can achieve!

I’ll do the Chinese New Year’s post soon…

…and a big thank you to Sandra for all the information she gave about computers… check it out and SAVE it for a time when you might need it! I am!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Well, this is just great…

Actually, I’m being sarcastic. It’s NOT great because I have no internet this evening. I am writing this on my phone.
Just ask Rebecca to fix it??? She’s already in bed. Ugh! The lights on my satellite modem aren’t flashing and my router lights aren’t on at all. This is when I could “really” use a computer class. I don’t have a clue how to fix it. Maybe if Rebecca has enough time before she goes to work in the morning, she can see if she knows what’s wrong.

We went to a Chinese New Year’s Celebration Saturday evening and I was going to tell you about it, along with a few pictures I took.
Susette sent me some Chinese New Year’s pictures too, and I was going to share them as well.

So let’s see, what can I ask you today, just to keep some chatter going? I’ll be back to sewing soon…

I’ve got it…Are you watching the Olympics, and if you are, what is your favorite event?

See you tomorrow, (hopefully)
Blessings, Jeanne

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