From the office, looking down into the master bedroom
It's been awhile since I've posted half-decent photos of the master suite, which -- I'm happy to say -- is looking better and better all the time. Every day I get a little more excited about it. Paint and doors have made a huge difference in making these spaces feel more visually tidy. (The master bedroom itself is decidedly not very tidy since it is serving as a workshop right now, so I couldn't get a good photo this time.)

The office from the other direction.
Doors, left to right: Laundry room, walk-in closet, small closet
It's a good thing I'm not in Africa right now, as I had planned. It's looking like our home appraisal (necessary for refinancing) will be scheduled for about a week from today -- much sooner than we originally thought. We're quite close, truly. However, I've spent 30+ hours priming in the past two weeks, and I still haven't done the master bathroom. (It's not quite ready yet.) If my trip hadn't been postponed, there's no way Ez could've done all this priming himself on top of all the other things he needs to do. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again: ENDLESS PRIMING! 

Over the past couple days, Ez, my dad and my father-in-law have worked on the following projects while I continued priming my life away: 
  • Installing interior doors, trim and hardware (not an easy task in a crooked house)
  • Installing toilets and other plumbing
  • Working on the kitchen stairs and pantry (railings, trim, etc.) -- this is the biggest task we have left
  • Cleaning the reclaimed ceiling beams that have ancient grime and new spray foam insulation on them
  • Cleaning other reclaimed lumber for use as trim throughout

I will not bore you with the list of 100 small things we still need to do, but we'll be trying to tackle everything systematically over the next week. The race is on. 

Now for my favorite part: the master bathroom! 

Toilet! Too bad my father-in-law forgot the seat.
Loving the tile, brick and wood together...
Note: Staining all the wood floors will happen at the very end.
Shower fixtures are halfway in; waiting for the shower head to arrive.
Lest you think everything has a moderate amount of calm and cleanliness, check out the dining room. It's pure chaos and scrap wood in here, and every time I walk through there (a million times a day) I feel pretty overwhelmed. However, THREE COATS of primer later, the walls and ceiling are looking nicer at least. Some chinking, trim and light fixtures are all we really need to finish it off. Oh, and a concentrated effort to clean and organize.

We've been busy, you guys. Can you tell?


  1. EK:

    Simply awesome progress. I have to keep going back to your floor plans for orientation.
    What an outstanding change.


  2. It is amazing to see how much work has been getting done lately! I feel like the title of each post could simply be "Progress!". Congrats - it must feel good!!!

    1. Thank you! It totally does feel good, though my neck is a little stiff from painting ceilings! :)

  3. Oh my gosh......it looks so great! hang in there the payoff is on the horizon..............

    1. Thanks! This pace is tough but hopefully worth it. We're SO READY to be done with this.

  4. I was totally stressed with what i thought had to be done before an appraisal and refinance. turns out, they are pretty laid back. we still had a hole in a wall. guy didn't even flinch and still gave us the value we needed.

    it's looking awesome! good luck!

    1. I hope it goes that well for us! Our ask is pretty low, and I know our house/property is worth more than that number. However, considering things will not be totally "done," my fear is that he'll come in and dismiss the whole thing. So I think it could either go well, or not go at all. I guess we'll find out in a week!


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