Well, it came down to the wire!
Gandalf the Grey and I found a house about one week before we went on vacation. I saw the listing on a Thursday night. Gandalf went to visit the house. I went by the same night after class. And that was that!
It is oddly like our old home-just smaller. And just to make me feel right at home it has: popcorn ceilings, smelly flooring, odd room layout, wallpaper, phantom flushing toilets and bad lighting.
I finally figured out why past generations stayed married so long-the lighting was so bad they couldn't see each other day to day! Looks like I landed another Fixer Upper.
But there are a lot of things I like. The yard is fenced (happy dogs) with beautiful oak trees. The rooms are a nice size. A smaller home is easier and less expensive to up-date. Most importantly, I feel no pressure for a "prestige" home. This can be the funky quirky home that is probably the most like us. The Dude and I are both a little bohemian in nature.
Luckily, I did not have time to think about such things before the closing. Jeremiah Johnson and I had a date in Canada.
After a fun few days in Vancouver, I went on a cruise ship with Steve Zissou. The Life Aquatic indeed.
We went to Alaska. Here I am with Obi Wan Kenobi at a glacier!
And then on a train to Denali my husband, Bruce
If you follow my Facebook or Instagram posts then you know we had a great time and Bruce was doing really well. Until the last day when it all caught up with us and we became sick.
Moving 4 days after a two week vacation and when you are sick is not just exhausting- It is awful. I swear I perspired out my illness loading The Pod. It was like a Native American Sweat Lodge. I think I saw my Spirit Animal!
Thanks to my sister Sally and my great friends Sue and Jeanette (my traveling/class wolf pack), we got everything
Anything to deflect unpacking. It must have been very hot for me to wrap my head like that!
But my true nature can't stand waiting. If my spirit animal is Grey Goose then my alter ego is Wreck It Rebecca. Like her:
And this beauty which took me about 2 hours to complete made it into our new home. The chairs were from a previous project and are finished in a warm taupe/silver with a turquoise glaze highlight.
This was the Master Closet. A few poles and a metal piece that was kind of cool but limited the storage. First I purged our clothes.
The ceilings were in OK shape. I decided to prime and then texture the walls and the ceiling with leftover Plastertex. When the plaster was dry, we painted. The walls are Faux Effects Neutral White and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore Guilford Green.
I used Luxury Vinyl Planks that look like wood for the floor. They worked great and even feel like hand-scrapped wood. An affordable and durable solution!
Now the fun part. I went to IKEA and pulled a brochure on storage systems which has lots of ideas. Then I went to the Algot site where there are more configurations. I found one that matched my measurements and got to work on some graph paper. It took me two hours to design my plan and write out the pieces I would need.
It was time well spent. I purchased everything for under $300 including 6 wire pull-out baskets, 6 shoe racks, 6 pants hangers, 8 shelves, 2 -3 hooks and 3 side hooks.
Time to Play. I bought the fun poster at IKEA that I applied to the attic access door. Oh yeah, I also got the crumpled paper light shade as well.
A refinished cabinet with rippled glass provides medicine chest and linen storage. The carpet was in the entry of our old home. Add some pictures and my bobble heads-a cute functioning closet. To save space and because we like it so much, I removed the door.
With this one under my belt, I tackled the dreary larger walk-thru closet in the basement.
This one had the shelving built into the stucco walls. Since my priority here is hanging and storing garments out of season I left the fixtures in place. I did take off the popcorn, the molding, and the gross carpet from the concrete floor. I batched up a bunch of old plasters and re-stuccoed the walls so they were not so rough.