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Murphy Bed

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You know that Lowe’s commercial where the announcer says “How to install a washer and dryer with one finger” then the lady points her finger and says to the installer…” A little to the left please”? According to Mr. Math, that is how our next, if there is a next, Murphy Bed will be installed.

We are better than average woodworkers, who aren’t afraid to take on a project, but this particular project was a challenge.  It took a lot of work, a couple of “do-overs”, and challenged our following written directions skills.  Our first clue was when the instructions came in THREE separate booklets.

Mr. Math started on the project one weekend, worked on it every night for at least an hour, then finished it on Sunday afternoon of the second weekend.  All together I would guess he had about 15 hours of work involved and another two hours of watching the included video and reading the manuals.

  There was a lot of gluing and clamping then waiting involved.
    He brought everything to our week day house so he could work then moved it all back to assemble.  Everything had to have blue tape with what it was in order to get it assembled correctly.
  

The kit we ordered included all metal hardware. 
  

The plywood base for the bed was too flimsy for Mr. Math.  We ripped it out and are putting in a more rigid base.

          

Here is the cabinet assembled and the wall board ready to go.  This flat board is attached to the studs.

    

A stud using a stud finder. 😀

  

Open without hydrolic rods installed.

  

Closed.  We still need to install the handles so Me. Math installed a string that allows us to pull it down.

Down with hydrolics installed and mattress in place. 

Am I sorry we did this ourselves? No.  It is quality construction that will last us a lifetime.  We now have a room that can serve more that one use. It cost us more that I anticipated (all in it was about $600.)  This is not a project for beginners. It required some skill and lots of tools.

   
   
Next step will be painting the room, painting the cabinet. installing the rest of the floor, decorating, and gettin leaves done for the expand-o- matic.  This will end up being my favorite room in the house.  

After Christmas we will get busy on the details.

Thanks for following along on our journey.

Blessings,

Karen

Recessed Lighting in a Ranch House

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I am so very excited to show you guys the recessed lighting in our home.  When we bought the home there were a few non-negotiable items that would be changed for me before I was willing to sign on the dotted line.

  1.  We needed a mud room.   We need a spot for the messy stuff to stop and hang out before it wanders into the living space and makes me cranky.  Right now we are about 75% complete with the mud room.  The wall is up, the lights are moved, holes in the ceiling are patched,and the trim is done.  We still need to add the bench, the back wall cabinets and the coat hooks.  I am guessing that most will be done this spring.  If it stops raining on the weekends.  I cannot wait for you to see it.  It is glorious.
  2. The kitchen needs a makeover.  Right now that is on hold until summer except we are getting the propane hooked up and a gas stove soon.
  3. New flooring.  The carpet had to go.  This one is DONE!
  4. Recessed lighting in all the main rooms of the home. All. Of. Them.  The 1980’s ranch home has 8 foot ceilings, which are fine unless you have lived in homes for the last 20 years with high ceilings like we have.  The previous owners installed energy saving windows which are great, except they are tinted and the filtered light is not as bright as I would have wished.  There are fewer windows than our last home had.  There were no overhead lights in the main rooms of the home.   The home is situated on the lot with the main room on the west side of the house which should provide lots of afternoon light but we have huge trees in our back yard that I love but they block the light to the family room. Finally, adding the mudroom meant blocking the main rooms of half the windows.  Add it all up and the home felt dark and dreary to me.  I dreaded winter coming because the home was going to be so dark during the rainy, cloudy winters we have in the Texas Piney Woods.

Before you all get started looking at the pictures, I took all of them using my iPad and at roughly the same time of day because I wanted you to see the difference in the lighting.

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    The photo above shows the two windows that are now blocked by the mudroom wall and the area that is now our dining room along with the only two ceiling lights we had when we moved in.  You can also see the last of the cream colored carpet and what a zoo it is at our humble abode.

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    Why yes that is a huge, ugly ceiling fan in the kitchen.

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    No overhead lighting in the family room.

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    The door was sheet-rocked over in order to have this dining room.  The one ceiling light was over the table in the center of the room that makes no sense now that we have a functioning front door.

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    More views with no lights.  Oh and the

    Enter recessed lighting.  I knew for certain that I wanted recessed lights in the house.  Mr. Math was not so sold on the lighting because I am pretty sure he is at least 1/4 vampire but I stood firm on this issue.  I must have light.  I believe I am part plant.

    He really panicked when I let him know how many lights I was thinking about.  25 recessed lights spread out over our kitchen, front entry, mud room, dining room, and family room.   The roof is pretty low and the wiring was suspect in the house so we hired this one out.

    The first step was to figure out where all the lights would go.  This involved a pole with rolled up blue tape on it to stick everywhere I thought a light would go.  I had been to this awesome site: recessedlighting.com  They tell you everything you need to know about how many, where, what kind to buy… the whole ball of wax.

    I had my buddy, The Social Planner over for backup because I knew when showed Mr. Math (A.K.A. Count Dracula) how many lights were going up he would be less than excited.

     

    Once the placement was made, we had the electrician come to give us an estimate for the cost and time frame.  After he came and let us know what to get it was time for to purchase the lights.  All 23 of them (we re-used two lights for the mudroom.)  The retrofit led recessed lights were close to $30.00 each.

    The next step was to have the electrician come and start the install process.  It took three Saturdays to get all the holes cut, wires run, light installed in the ceilings,switches installed in the walls along with bringing our attic wiring up to code, removing  the kitchen ceiling fan box and installing two outlets.  The difference in the rooms is amazing.  The lights make the rooms feel bright and cheery without overpowering the space, they seem  to make the rooms look more up to date as well.

     

    We just had our first rainy-all-weekend trip after the lights and I can tell you it would be impossible for me to be more thrilled.  They are amazing.

    The lights are 3 inches and are hardly noticeable when off. The photo above is before the ceiling touch ups.

    Here is a photo of the moved light and the beginning of the ceiling repair.


    Above you can see the recessed lights with the ceiling lights off and on.

    We added lights over the dining table too, but the Edison bulbs didn’t photograph well so they are off.  The wire hanging down is straightening out.

    Thanks for taking the time to follow along on our journey.

    Blessings,

    Karen

    The Guest Bath Makeover

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    Well, the guest bath is now 85% complete so I thought I better show you guys something we have almost ready to check off the list.

    We have a huge guest bathroom. It was designed with a wheelchair in mind.  It is perfect for a house that will have lots of guests over the years.

    So far we replaced both lights, installed a place to hang clothes, towels, and extra supplies, we changed out the floor and replaced all the hardware.  There is a new towel bar, toilet paper holder and even a new toilet. The walls got a coat of light bluish green Behr Pacific  Mist. We replaced all the towels and shower curtain with white linens.

       
        
        
        
     Not yet completed is that all the trim and cabinets needs to be painted white, floating shelves need to be built and painted white for in front of the wood wall and I need to make a curtain for the window.

    It will have to wait for now because we are a few weeks from Christmas and need a Murphy bed built. 

    And a hall painted.

    And 2″ blinds installed.

    And a tree put up.

    And Christmas lights.

    The kids will all be at least coming by over the holiday and we need to be ready.  Fingers crossed.

    The Mudroom

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    Lately all I hear on HGTV right now is “open concept”.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love having a large open family room, dining room and kitchen, but there is something to be said for walls, too.  I like walls so much that I just convinced Mr. Math to put one up at the end of the great room of our new place.

    We are messy.  There, I said it. messy, muddy, outdoor people who love children, dogs, tools, and clutter.   I do like that mess  and clutter to be contained.   We are also going to usually enter the home from the side so a place where shoes can come off, jackets, hats, wet towels, and tools can land will contain th clutter.  A laundry room, with a utility sink right by the mudroom makes containing dirty clothes, pet toys, and nasty hands even easier.

    Our mudroom is 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep with an off center door that lines up with the outside door.  A sliding barn door will close the space off when needed (and will look cool from the great room the rest of the time.)

      
      
    The walls are going to be planked.   I love that look and will be planking several walls in the house.

      
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    Our plan is to make the west side which has no door or window, our bench side with hooks and storage.  

      
      
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    I love the mix of rustic wood and hooks.  I also like the mailbox and chalkboard.  

    The east side of the room is going to have a small closet for our jackets, rain coats, and umbrellas.  The outlet is going to be moved so that it is outside where we need it.

      
      This wasted space will become…

      
    This!  We are planning on using two shutter doors so that they don’t take up as much room when open.

      
     The bonus of having the wide wall on the kitchen side is that there is a great space for our large dining table.  

      
    I am looking for a cool flush mount entry light.  All the ones I like are more than $150.00 so I may be making a light something like this one if I can find a small basket.

      

    Thank you for the great tutorial, Liz Marie.
     

    We buy barn door hardware at Tractor supply.  For about $120.00 we get great looking, real barn door hardware.  Here is a hint.  Always check Retailmenot when buying stuff for your home.  I saved $12.00 using this coupon for something I was buying anyway.

      
    Thanks for joining us on our journey.

    We appreciate all the kind words and love hearing from you.

    Blessings,

    Karen

    Moving In

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    Well hello there!  We did it, folks.  We f-i-n-a-l-l-y closed on our new weekend home.  We are so proud and humbled that we have the opportunity to own this beautiful property and believe we will get the house where we want it one day.  We know that the place was worth the wait.

    Moving in this weekend was brutal.  I am so very grateful to our friends who showed up, stayed until they were about to drop, and never complained.  I also am so happy that two of our nephews were willing to come and lift, haul, tote, carry, and sweat.  It was 103 Sunday… in the shade.  No lie.  I have no idea how hot is was Friday and Saturday because we couldn’t find our outdoor thermometer until Sunday.

    We are sore and I have a few bruises but we got a lot moved in over the weekend.

    We did not get the carpet out as we hoped but we decided that while we had the help we better get the heavy stuff moved in.  We can scoot things around to get the carpet up.  We also didn’t paint.  The skin colored walls will be in all the pictures but remember that they will be changing when you see the pictures and that there is nothing on the walls until after the painting.

    We did get one of the tasks done, the front door was liberated.  The previous owner had sheet rocked over the front door so that a china cabinet would fit.

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    There are no pictures from move in.  It was all hands on deck, no playing around with a camera during this time but here is what we got accomplished this weekend.

    The master is almost done.  We are having a curtain dilemma but more on that another day.  The walls are not an attractive color and there is no door to the bathroom…ick.

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    The front guest room is set up except for the shutter headboard.  I am waiting for wall  paint to get them up.  We also need another lamp.

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    The craft room only has the Expand-O-Matic in place.  I am also having curtain issues.  84 inch curtains seem too short but 95 are too long.  I think there will be some alterations with both to make them work.

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    The main room is sort of set up.  We now have a table and chairs but need to work on the bench. I decided to go with the ranch thing.  there is faux leather, faux cow hide, and even faux ostrich.  Bessie, my Hobby Lobby cow graces the mantle and will look great when I really get to decorate.

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    The den area needs work but I like the funky dresser.

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    The table looks great.  The bench is not finished.

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    I like the color combinations.  I think I will like this spot to hang out one day.

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    The kitchen window is a home for my white pitchers.

    We have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead but I am proud of how much we got done in three days.

    Thanks for cheering us on.

    I love hearing from you,

    Blessings,

    Karen

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