Thursday, October 7, 2010

The calm before the storm

So, I really should be vacuuming, washing laundry, cleaning the bathroom or a number of chores around the house. 

But.  I'm here.

It's my first evening home since we got "the key" to the Peach Palace one week ago.  Yup, we've even given the ol' girl a name.  I've been missing ALL my blogland friends and just had to stop in for a quick peek to see what you've all been up to.  While I'm here, I might as well give you a quick update before I'm missing in action again.

I picked out colors we're going to use to paint cabinetry and trim, bought the paint too.  I'm still deciding on wall colors.  We're trying to decide on window styles for the 3 windows we plan to replace immediately.



I cleaned the living room carpet, the only carpet we left in the house... the other carpets were, well, disgusting.


 I also made the mistake of leaving my husband behind the other night.  He said he was leaving too.  Well a couple of hours later, he came home to say he'd started pulling the "fake stuff" off the bathroom walls... it looks like our job got a little bigger.  He's over there right now, not sure that's a good idea on my part.  I do have to admit, the fake wall stuff is ugly.  It made the bathroom and kitchen seem a bit like a travel trailer and I don't mean that in a good way.

We've also been all over Craig's list this week.  And Lowe's.  And Home Depot. And the ReStore. And Ebay. Costco. And the paint store.  We did find a great washer, dryer and refrigerator on Craig's list.  Found a wonderful set of french doors to replace the infamous slider.

I'm up to my eyebrows in lists too.  I. Love. Lists.  There I said it.  I know I posted about this before, but wow this is like nirvana to the listaholic!  I even have a spreadsheet.  For the budget.  Which we haven't blown yet but we still got a ways to go.

So just for your viewing pleasure, the weekend list:
  1. Finish striping off 30 year old shelf paper from an era when adhesive must have been stronger than it is now.
  2. Rearrange some of the kitchen cabinets to accommodate an over the range style microwave - I won't bed doing this one "on my own", obviously.
  3. Sand kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  4. Clean said cabinets.
  5. Prime, using oil based primer, which I will then be covered in for at least a week.
  6. Paint, hopefully 2 coats, of the chosen color, which is also oil based... will be wearing that along with primer.
  7. Paint all ceilings that are ready
  8. Finish scraping the back porch/laundry room floor.
 So if I don't see ya until Sunday, I'll be at the Peach Palace, crossing lots of things of that list.

Chris at Red Gate Farm


  1. Hi Chris: How much fun! A new home to fix up and decorate! Love your home's new name ... "Peach Palace". Sounds like you're going to be a busy gal this weekend. Can't wait to see all the progress. Enjoy the journey (and your lists). Take lots of pictures to share!

  2. Even though it's a lot of work, it still sounds like fun! And, I'm with Lisa, take lots of pictures please!


  3. Congratulations on your new home! I've been where you're at and know how overwhelming it can be, so I wish you all the best with your remodeling and decorating indeavors!! It may seem like a lot now, but it will be worth it in the end. :)
    Thanks for stopping by to visit!
    Have a great weekend! Try not to work too hard. ;-)
    ~ Jo :)

  4. You have a lot to do but it sounds like you all really enjoy doing it. I do too. It's exciting to have lists and search for good deals and find things you really like. Can't wait to see all the progress :)

  5. Where do you get all your wonderful energy? I'm good at making list but I need to get better at accomplishing everything on my lists! I'm sure you feel overwhelmed right now but it is going to be fabulous and very exciting. This is great news.
    Oh, and I like your new banner. It really celebrates fall.

  6. Life is full of new projects!...or else what?

    Congrads on your new home, Peach Place!

  7. The Peach Palace! Love it. And that sounds like SO. Much. Work. I can't wait to see her after you whip her into shape!

    ps- I can't stop photographing my dahlias, either. :)

  8. Sounds like your gonna have alot of fun fixin up stuff! But it also sounds like your gonna have alot of hard work ahead!!!
    Its all worth it!


Please, feel free to leave a comment... it really makes my day! Chris