Although, truthfully, this has actually been a pretty big week with forward-moving. We’ve decided to hire Pop to do some stuff for us, and it’s like magic. We leave for work, then come back eleven hours later and stuff is done. I can’t tell you how exciting it is. 😀
Okay, so, updates. First off, last weekend we spent some time looking at doors and trying to decide what we wanted to do with the bedroom doorway. It has been a weird doorway because originally only the left-side door actually went into the bedroom, from the weird tunnel hallway that no longer exists. The right-hand door was actually into a closet that also no longer exists.
That left us with a weird-sized doorway, as both doors are narrow trailer doors. Plus, we had that lovely post in the middle of everything.
Originally, we talked about making the doorway just regular-door width, which would mean filling in the wall a bit on either side of the door. But when we were at Home Depot last weekend we found doors we fell in love with – our dream plan was to put French doors in this doorway (now that it’s a one-bedroom house, it just doesn’t seem to matter if that single bedroom has doors with windows), and Home Depot had these perfect doors on sale for only $37 each!!!
Of course, we’ve always been told to never buy doors that aren’t pre-hung. We came home and chatted with Pop about what kind of work would be involved in hanging the doors ourselves, since getting a pair of these doors in a pre-hung doorway was $275. He seemed (of course) confident, so we went with the doors.
Big project #2 for this week was demolishing one wall and building another. Remember this picture from last week?
The wall you see straight ahead, with the bookshelves in the doorway, was scheduled for demolition. Taking the picture, I’m standing at the foot of our bed. We decided to make that end of this unnecessarily long, skinny bedroom, part of the kitchen instead.
So, we came home Wednesday night to a couple of changes:
On Thursday, the changes weren’t as dramatic, but they were still nice – electrical work! New outlets all along one wall (since the old ones were faulty and not grounded), plus wiring for our new little tv stand in the bedroom.
Today, Tom and Pop have worked together to make some huge strides. I’ve been working, too, but it’s the boring stuff – unloading bookshelves, moving bookshelves, loading bookshelves. Repeat. Actually, I’m procrastinating on loading bookshelves right now by writing this blog post! 😀
Anyway, the doors got hung!!!!
Now they just need painted and the hardware – actually, I got these perfect glass doorknobs that I’m super excited about. They’ll be dummy knobs since we used a ball-catch at the top of each door to keep the doors closed. There’s still some finish work, mostly trimming in and building the back stop to keep the doors from swinging too far backwards, plus the hardware, but definite forward progress on that project!!!
While Pop was focused on the doors, Tom was working on wall demolishing. Every single time we’ve removed a wall around here, it’s been the right thing to do, and today was no exception.
So, now that little nook will hold the dining room table and the hutch, while the love seat (which has only been used as a clothes drop in the bedroom), got moved where the dining room table was (and so did the big bookshelf). It’s already improved the flow of the house. Plus, now the hutch isn’t blocking half the French door, letting in more light.
The closets on the right are the current bedroom closets. Eventually, when we redo the entire back half of the house – laundry and bathrooms – we’ll build a master closet. For now, clothes will be stored in the weird back closet and back bathroom-that’s-not-being-used-as-a-bathroom-because-it-doesn’t-work-and-it’s-super-tiny-and-cramped-anyway. That whole closet area that you see is going to turn into the most awesome pantry/kitchen storage area that I’ve ever had, and I am super stoked.
Also pictured: Bookshelves I should be filling right now and Tom’s ridiculously huge plant.
So yes, busy week! I really like the way things are coming together. Hopefully soon we’ll sketch out our final (ish) kitchen layout, because that is where we are headed next – woohoo!