→ guess what this means? it’s tiimmmmeeeee! we’re finally sanding the front-end of the house, which means next we paint, and then officially unpack the rest of our stuff. he also got more trim finished around the door frames and baseboards in the bedroom, but… i didn’t get pictures fast enough before everything got a sheet of a plastic over it, so later, trim pictures. you would.not.believe. the amount of dust sanding creates, it looks like white sands national monument when he’s done for the day. and best of all.. i’m heading to the airport this morning to pick up one of my best friends for a weekend of fun and thrifting!
we now have doors on both bathrooms & the bedroom, we’re shy one door, the closet, and are on the hunt for one. he first built the frame for the door, routed the door for hinges, we went with four hinges instead of the standard two because our doors are 8 ft tall and solid wood.. super heavy. he even got the trim around the door and is now putting the trim around the rest of the doors this week.. such progress, we feel like we can see a teeny tiny light at the end of the tunnel.
on another subject.. the camera and i do not get along when it comes to this master bathroom (hence the black & white today.. a bit more forgiving), the pictures always turn out weird colors, not sharp, so frustrating! entirely the camera i’m sure (; if any of you reading know of easy online software for creating collage photos will you PLEASE send me an email or leave the info in a comment? the software i used closed shop and i have yet to find a simple site for combining multiple photos into one, and can i just say it’s making me a little crazy.
are you excited? haha.. probably not, but here’s a little update of our weekend (; he hung the bedroom doors (as my mom pointed out… no need to say master bedroom doors when you only have ONE bedroom) both were hung but this photo with the mister over smiling won out on pictures to share, and our fancy wall hung toilets come with dual buttons (you know… for number one and two) but we kept saying the buttons aren’t fitting, explaining, explaining, ad nauseum and finally! they figured out that they gave us the wrong buttons, we just received the correct ones and now we have flush buttons (told ya it was exciting). it may be tiny but we’re making progress, and have we said thank you for following along lately? because we’re so happy for all of you who do!
→ privacy in the bathroom!! yay us! the first interior door is officially hung.. it’s tall, all of our inside doors are 96″ to give us the feel of a bigger space in our tiny home. we got an amazing deal, door companies both local and online were pricing this style of molded door at $300 and up and while we only need 6 doors that’s still a lot of moolah. after lots of persistent craigslist browsing we got lucky and found both bathroom doors and the double set of bedroom doors for only $75 a piece. (now we’re on the hunt for the final two for the closet)
the breakdown of above photos: trimmed the excess drywall, cut and installed wood framing, used shims to level out the frame, a tiny trim was needed on the actual door (diy tip: use blue painters tape to prevent splintering or saw marks on your door), routed the door for hinges (second diy tip: a routing tool/template makes hinge cuts extremely easy..we got ours here), new hinges (we’re going with shiny brass.. we saw brass hardware in quantum of solace in the grand hotel and right then & there knew that’s what we wanted), and badabing, badabang, we’ve got a door! (doorknobs on order and paint.. soon)
update! we’re back in action on washing & drying.. he’s working his way down the line putting the finish wood on the fronts of all of the cabinetry, one down, one in process, and the big middle section is on tomorrows list.. if it doesn’t rain. it’s coming together, can you see it?
→ we’ve put off sanding for a hot minute to finish building the cabinets in the kitchen (it’s funny to even say kitchen since the kitchen is also the dining room, the living room, the everything except the bedroom and bathroom.. but anyhoo) since we only had the washer & dryer cabinet left to build. this is day one, the bottom is going to have a shallow drawer, we wanted to lift the washer and dryer up a bit so we didn’t have to bend over to the floor to get out wet clothes, it didn’t create a super deep space but deep enough to get something into, extra space being a bit scarce…and the top will also have a nice deep shelf for storage. as a follow up note, we’ve been using our asko w & d for awhile now and it is seriously the best system we’ve ever used, we highly recommend a set if you’re in the market for a stackable.
→ do you sleep with a noise machine or fan? we sleep with a very loud fan, without that noise we’re completely lost. monday night, 2:30 a.m. and we’re both wide awake because all of a sudden it’s completely silent and that sinking feeling sets in that the power’s out, and it was, until afternoon yesterday. back up for a minute… to get some light in the house i pull open the curtain and cannot believe it but this ↑ is what i was looking at. OYE. it was EIGHTY degrees less than 48 hours ago. it’s kind of an adjustment. we did get everything out of our cargo trailer, we’ve gotten further on the closet, but we feel like boxers dancing around a big to do list. snow, ice, rain, no power. we’re getting there though, we just don’t have much to show for it. have any of you built a house and lived in it at the same time? if you have we know that no explanation is necessary. we’re becoming very well versed in flexibility.
three projects that moved a bit further along over the weekend.. the bathroom ceiling is up in it’s entirety, now to paint. the can lights in the shower are in & working, as is the fan, and see the speakers in photo two? we’ve got surround sound in each of the rooms (you know all three of them). we’ve got more to show, but this morning.. we’re getting out and about and sightseeing a bit, it’s sunny and beautiful and we just can’t help ourselves.
→ one of the many multi-tasking projects this week is the master bathroom ceiling. we continued with the blue beetle wood (except in the shower area), above is board one.. to half way. the bathroom is almost all carrara marble so we’ll be painting this wood white, unlike the rest of the house which we left natural. it’s a bit of a process, next week we should have tons to share… except it is going to be mid seventies all weekend and that is hard to resist… but we’re motivated so we should be able to mix work & play. (we’re hoping!) have a great weekend!!
sooo… have you heard the term multi-tasking? we’re up to our eyeballs with it around here. normally we’d have at least a photo update (or five), but. but, we kind of have a lot going on and nothing to show all at the same time. you know how one thing gets started and then has to dry, or you can’t get all the pieces and parts you need on the same side of town so that project gets pushed a day? well, that’s us in a nutshell. closet light, closet shelves & rods, speaker holes, speaker holes needing a little bit of adjustment and mud that takes a day to dry, paint that needs to dry. are we busy? yes. do we have pictures to show you today? no. you’d be like why in the world are they sharing that photo? so instead, laugh a little with us because we’re in one of those five steps ahead, two steps back stages, and if all goes well we should have lots to show in another day. (if all goes well) (;