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January 23, 2011


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I am so sorry. Living through a current and much longer lasting and extensive than anticipated remodel myself, I sympathize.


Hi Shelley! I am a friend of Karen B. who directed me to your site. You are very talented and it's so nice to "meet" you! I'm sorry about the demolition! What a pain but it will be so beautiful when you are all done! Come visit me at my blog sometime if you have a chance: www.ellieinspired.com/apps/blog


Angela D. Smith

I am sorry! Things always seem to happen when you least need them to. AND they always seem to be something that HAS to be fixed.

As far as the floor goes...I saw an absolutely gorgeous floor in bloggyland the other day (but can't find it now, of course) that was made entirely from plywood. It was beautiful and didn't look like plywood at all. The entire cost of the floor, including wood, nails, stain, poly, was around $500. Maybe a little more, but it wasn't much more. And they put three coats of poly on it.


Thanks for all the empathy, ladies! Sometimes it's just nice to know that other people know and understand what's going on. Angela, I'll google around to see if I can find that floor - sounds interesting!


Shelley - just gave you a blogging award on my site! I love reading your posts and all your sewing projects! You can accept your award here...



Thank you for your play list! If "The Girl from Ipanema" hadn't been playing while I read this post, I'm afraid my blood pressure might have spiked dangerously.

I'm sorry you have run into so many obstacles! I've never remodeled myself because I don't want to deal with the upheaval it would cause - but on the flip side, I am missing out on having things in my house just the way I want them! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess. You will have a BEAUTIFUL room when you are done and finding out about the electrical boxes seems like a blessing in disguise.


Barb, Thanks for the award!
Ann, thanks for the support and helping me to look at the bright side of it. Yes, I'm very grateful we're discovering the fire hazard now instead of after a house fire...it's just not what was on our list of things to do or spend money on right now! And yes, I'm excited to have my studio room just the way I want it, flooring and all - hopefully it will be done in a few more weeks. Can't wait for it to be finished. But then we have to tackle the rest of the basement...(sigh)


Hi Shelley! You have had to go through so much with that house but you are making it into such a HOME! I love it! I also saw the plywood flooring blog and was able to locate it since I follow very few blogs with regularity. It is worth looking at! Happy renovations, and all the best to you. Morgen

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they always seem to be something that HAS to be fixed.

Petra Forbes

Ooh, quite a mess right there. Well, that’s what usually comes along with renovations, right? I know that it’ll be just fine with the help of Steve, the hard working guy. =) I’m interested in what will happen to your basement area. From the color of choice, to the displays and stuff, I think choosing the elements of design would be pretty exciting.

Lakisha Zimmerer

Though the place looks quite messy, the outcome of this renovation job will be rewarding. Well, it’s been a year since this project started, why not trying to put up a before and after photo. For everyone to see the big difference, also, it might give some inspirations to others who want to revamp their homes.

Luise Baanders

Oh, my! Renovations can be messy. But I’m sure, after all that mess, a beautiful home will emerge! I want to see the after photos too. I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!

Allan Getter

How is the renovation going now? Are you guys done? I can’t wait to see the outcome! I hope you would upload the “after” photos as soon as possible. Anyway, these renovation projects will really come in handy someday when you want to sell your house.

Ofelia Bertrand

Whoa, that looks like a lot of work! How did the studio turn out? I'd love to see the color swatches you picked for the studio. I'm curious about what you decided to do with the narrow closet. :)`

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