I love Lucille

by Stef on October 30, 2014

in Airstream


I know I’ve been quiet on the Airstream front, but that’s because she’s still not in Wyoming.  Dates got fuzzy with the restorers that we originally planned to use and it eventually became clear that she wasn’t getting an appointment any time soon.  Since my parents knew the Airstream wouldn’t be ready this summer, they hit up eBay looking for other vintage campers.  Obviously this is ridiculous but when my Dad gets an idea in his head, he’s going to make it happen by any means necessary.  He comes up with projects and sees them through to the end.  When he called to tell me he was bidding on a vintage canned ham camper, we just went with the flow.

Meet Lucille!

1958 Ball vintage canned ham camper

I’ve posted little bits of her on Instagram, but haven’t shared full details yet.  Lucille is a 1958 Ball canned ham camper, all polished up and ready to go.  She’s fully titled and labeled as a Ball but otherwise of unclear provenance.  We can find plenty of identifying information for vintage Bell campers, but she’s definitely a Ball.  Thus, the name, as in Lucille… Ball.  She is ours to use for now but belongs to my parents.  Once they retire she’ll take them on adventures, maybe even traveling back and forth from Michigan throughout the year.

Lucille wasn’t exactly as described in her eBay auction.  There were a few technical issues that needed to be addressed before she hit the road, but my parents got those sorted out before her initial trip West.  We’re very happy with the exterior work.  Happy enough, actually, that my Airstream has been delivered to the same guy that did Lucille’s work.  He is restoring the exterior only.  He agreed that we were better off replacing the exterior panels instead of trying to pop the dents.  He has a 1963 Tradewind of his own that is going to make some organ donations to my Airstream.  Once it comes to me, the exterior will be sorted out – no dents, skin patched and polished, reflectors and lights replaced/fixed.  He’ll address any areas of rot on the subfloor, otherwise he’s not touching the interior.

On our trip home in August my mom and I stopped by his shop just so we could agree that we were all on the same page.  His exterior work is immaculate.  His interior work is… just a matter of taste.  It’s very well done, but not my style, so it’ll be left for me to finish.  On Lucille we’re satisfied with the interior work, but all think that she’s lacking some personality.  She’s verrrrrrry clean for a trailer of this vintage, but a little less spiffed up than she really deserves.  We’ll keep the carpet but definitely sass her up with some curtains and such.

1958 Ball vintage canned ham camper

1958 Ball vintage canned ham camper

Alan and I planned for a nice lazy summer with short days in the shop to make up for the way we work our asses off all winter long.  We wanted to ATV, camp, travel, see Yellowstone, and generally enjoy ourselves and our free time.  The shop had other plans.  We’re finally reaping the rewards of more than two years of hard work and the shop is doing well, but with more business comes more work.  We’ve hired an employee, expanded our showroom, and added two new manufacturers.  This is great news all around but totally ruined our plans to have some lazy time!

1958 Ball vintage canned ham camper

Once we got the house, Lucille moved from the shop to our backyard where she sat unattended pretty much all summer long.  She finally took her maiden voyage this fall when Alan took her on his first hunting trip.  I realize that hunting is a controversial subject and haven’t yet talked about it here.  I’ll keep things brief and say that the longer we’re in Wyoming, the more we have a desire to provide for ourselves in various ways.  We’re gently easing into the idea of gathering and processing our own meat and Alan took a little weekend trip with some of our best customers to see how he felt about the whole thing.  Rationally we both wanted to be in favor of hunting for reasons that I’m happy to discuss, but neither of us knew how we would emotionally handle it.  It’s one thing to eat bacon and love it.  It’s another thing to look your meat in the eye and decide that you are willing to earn that meat with your own hands.  Alan didn’t get anything this year, but I think we’ve reconciled our feelings enough to take it more seriously next year.



Finished Line Break shawl

by Stef on October 29, 2014

in Knitting

Line Break Shawl in malabrigo Light of Love

I’ve long realized that there’s not a huge overlap among the “home improvement” and “knitting” crowds.  Finding a way to either integrate or separate the two pretty much tops the list of “things I should fix with this blog”, but I haven’t yet decided on the appropriate course of action so, for now, I may try truncating knitting posts.  I categorically detest Read More links so I do it with hesitation, but I’m sure jumping from heating posts to knitting posts pleases no one so we’ll see how this goes for a bit.  Edit: No more Read More links thanks to your feedback.  I hate them and I’m glad to see it go!

If you’ve seen me on instagram you know I’ve been working on this behemoth for months now.  I’m generally a quick knitter, but my progress was interrupted with our trip home, moving, unpacking, etc.  I finally, joyfully finished things up just a few days ago and tried to snap a few decent pictures.

Line Break Shawl in malabrigo Light of Love

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love

The yarn is Malabrigo Sock, a superwash merino with an impressive 440 yards to the hank.  This color is Light of Love, an intense variegated hot pink.  I bought the yarn on my birthday trip to Dancing Sheep Yarn & Fiber in Casper, Wyoming.  I used almost every last inch of the yarn, so you’re looking at roughly 878 yards of fingering weight merino coming together in a huge beautiful shawl.  It’s big enough to cuddle under on long car trips (the precise motivation behind it) or can be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck.  It’s warm but not hot, substantial but not overpowering.  In short – I’m in love.


I know the yarn looks many different colors throughout this post.  The four above are pulled from Instagram, so I clearly misjudged the effect of low light and filters.

The pattern is, in a sense, Line Break, available on Ravelry.  I’m sort of stuck on how to properly review the pattern because I come with certain bias.  We’ve been through this before – I rarely personally* see the benefit in purchasing a pattern because I can generally look at a finished piece and figure out how it was constructed.  Let’s get the positive stuff out of the way first.  If you’re a diehard pattern follower, Line Break is great.  You won’t be disappointed.

Back to me and my issues though… I knew the yarn was special and I wanted to do it justice, so I dug through the free patterns looking for inspiration.  When I didn’t find anything particularly appealing, I searched for a pattern I could buy and loved the look of Line Break.  I then noticed that the pattern was written for Malabrigo Sock and you know how I am about wasting yarn.  When I buy something beautiful, I want to use every little bit down to the last inch.  Knowing the pattern was written for exactly two hanks of Sock, I pushed my instincts aside and hit purchase.  Problem is – predictably – once I figured out the general sense of construction, I quickly abandoned the pattern.  I had my reasons, I promise. First, I dislike seas of garter stitch.  With 880 yards ahead of me, I just knew I couldn’t mindlessly knit stitch 1000s of times over.  Instead, I alternated between stockinette and garter… easy enough and hardly a notable change to the pattern.  Then, I implemented my favorite short row method, Shadow Wraps.  I discovered that I could make these turns almost invisible by hiding them in the yarn overs on the row below.  In doing so, I turned every 14 stitches, not 15, knowingly making more turns than the pattern intended. Because of this, I ended up without enough yarn for the lovely lace edging.  I’m thrilled with my initial changes, I haven’t yet decided if the edging bothers me.

shadow wrap

Hidden shadow wraps

I haven’t been active on Ravelry in ages, but I’m trying to get things updated.  You will eventually be able to find my full pattern notes on my project log here.  I’ll go into more technical/specific notes over there.

*I say personally because obviously there’s a huge benefit in patterns and I think it’s awesome that people can make a living from knitting.  I’m sure selling patterns is a big part of that.  I’m just not a strict pattern follower and made huge progress in my own knitting when I became less scared of following things step by step and instead just tried new methods on my own.  So… patterns are great, selling patterns is great, its just maybe not my thing so much.  Yeah?




I took this shot of Radio the other day and realized that I never really shared pictures of the rear deck without all that broken lattice.

To prove I’m capable of not rambling, there’s nothing much to say here – just wanted to show our current, much improved, view!

horizontal fence

photo 3

That little door may have been the worst part.  It was too narrow to walk through while holding a box or grocery bags.  I’m guessing the previous owner installed the lattice because they used to have a hot tub back here and wanted some privacy.  We don’t have a hot tub but would love one.  If we get one, we have the fenced yard for privacy or just… don’t care if someone decides to spy on us.



The rear deck now feels open and much larger.  We have a better view of the yard to check for deer before we let the dogs out and can easily monitor the dogs when we leave them outside for a few hours.  The broken pieces, splinters, and exposed nails are gone.  This is good news all around.

I need to take a shot looking back towards the house, but the porch is currently littered with my compost bin, folding chairs, and our wood pile so it’ll just have to wait.


Heating part 2: the new wood stove

by Stef on October 10, 2014

in Wyoming Home

Before we had a gas line plumbed for the stove and fired up the boiler, we had to fill the propane tank to the tune of just under $700.  We also negotiated a contract for 1,000 additional gallons over the course of the winter, at a potential cost of roughly $2200.  When you get contract propane prices, it’s generally done on a pre-buy program where you pay for a set number of gallons and anything you don’t use is credited back at the next year’s rate.  Luckily our contract is a bit easier – we have a guarantee for 1,000 at our rate and are not penalized for non-usage. We pay for what we fill, nothing more.

Since we haven’t yet spent a winter in the house, we don’t really know how much propane our boiler system could use to keep the house at a reasonable temperature.  If we use everything in the tank and our 1,000 gallons, that’s roughly $3000 worth of propane.  Over 6 months of winter, we’re looking at $500 per month which is crazy pants to me.  Mind you, I’m making a lot of assumptions and casual rounding here.  We could have a mild winter, we could have a very long winter.  We use the propane for cooking as well as heat.  We could blow through everything and need an additional 1,000 gallons, we could not even come close to using our planned allotment.  The house was empty for so long that our local propane company was unable to give us any historical on usage.  Regardless, any way you look at this, propane can be really expensive.

We already talked about needing a secondary heat source and based on allllllll of this rambling, the boiler baseboard system and propane is actually going to be our backup heat.  The house has a killer hearth and chimney smack dab in the middle of it, so we knew from the start that we’d be purchasing a wood or pellet stove.  I considered running through our rationale for wood vs. pellet, and if it really interests you, I’m happy to share, but I’ll be honest…  I wanted pellet, Alan wanted wood and I just didn’t care to keep discussing the options.  At this point I probably sound like a pushover who just goes with what he says, but we both had compelling reasons for our preference.  There are pluses and minuses to both options.  I was probably 60% pellet, 40% wood.  Alan was 99% wood, 1% pellet.  With those numbers, realizing he’d be manning the stove 90% of the time, I went with his choice.  So it goes in marriage.

Quadra-Fire 4300 Step Top Wood Stove

In the end, we chose a Quadra-Fire 4300 Step Top Wood Stove that we purchased from a local Quadra-Fire retailer.  While we were visiting family in St. Louis over the summer we stopped by a store to look at some options in person.  As someone who owns a retail business, I’m always wary of being “the price shopper” because, frankly, it can be super frustrating to spend time with a customer listening to their concerns, identifying the perfect item, pricing it out, only to have them buy from another shop or online.  When the salesperson pushed to give me a price I made it very clear that we lived in Wyoming and probably wouldn’t be able to purchase there and he didn’t need to waste time quoting.  He did anyway and gave us a great price but once we added in $300-500 for shipping along with higher St. Louis sales tax, any savings disappeared.

If you are considering a wood stove, I’ll pass along the info that he was happy to offer a 10% discount on the stove.  We didn’t get 10% off at at our local store but we did coincidentally buy during their Friends and Family weekend which ended up being an even better price.  In addition the Friends and Family event, prior to hitting the store I signed up for an online coupon on the Quadra-Fire website that saved us an additional $200.  Thanks to their discounted price and my coupon, I didn’t haggle one bit.  With the stove as assembled, all the pipe supplies for installation, a 5-piece set of fire tools, and tax, we were out of the store for just over $2200, a price we’re very happy with.  The MSRP listed on Quadra-Fire’s website is just the unit itself.  The stove can be somewhat customized with a pedestal or leg base, and a plain black or gold accent door.  The stove we purchased, their last one in stock and taken directly from the floor, was built with legs and a black door – exactly what I wanted!


Getting the stove into the house was a bit of a process because it’s a big ‘un.  At the store, they forklifted it directly into our truck bed.  Once we got back to town, we used our own forklift at the shop to move the stove to a flatbed trailer.  Alan drove the trailer home, backed it into the yard, dropped the ramps, then used an appliance dolly and help from friends to get it off the trailer and onto the back porch.  Before Alan’s dad arrived the guys finally wrestled it into the house.  I just looked up specs and see that the main unit alone weights 412lbs.  If you buy a wood stove this large, plan on getting some help!

All the boxes on top are new pipe to hook it up to the existing chimney.  Before we purchased the stove we took advantage of the store’s offer to send over an installer to quote everything we’d to get the stove hooked up.  Normally, the installer said he likes to drop a new pipe down a chimney so he can guarantee a new, sealed path for the smoke.  For some unexplained reason, he said this couldn’t be done with a our chimney and we just needed to hook up to the existing pipe, using a piece that takes the 6″ stove outlet and increases to 8″ to meet the existing fixture. You can see the existing 8″ piece in the photo above, sticking out of the chimney.  It’s stuffed with old towels to prevent heat loss.


I wish  I could walk you through some progress pictures, but this is another project that happened while I was at work.  First they climbed on the roof to inspect and clean the chimney before this work took place.  When the installer took a look at the house, he noted that there wasn’t a cleanout for the chimney so he said we’d have to brush it out then use a shop vac to suck out the mess.  I suggested that maybe the chimney went through the crawlspace and there was a cleanout below, but my idea was quickly dismissed.  Guess who was right?  The guys found a cleanout in the basement and sweeping the chimney was far less dramatic than expected.

After cleaning the chimney they took one look at the plan to take the pipe from 6″ to 8″ and were pretty much like yeah, no.  Instead, they chiseled out the 8″ pipe, inserted a new 6″ pipe to match the stove outlet.  By the way, every time I say pipe I feel like there’s a more accurate word I should be using, but I’m pretty sure that’s just what it’s called.


You deserve a better picture, but I was literally taking it over their shoulders with my phone.  Were this blog making us some money, I could maybe interrupt their work and be like guys I need pictures for my blooooooooooog but it doesn’t and they worked hard all day, so here’s a blurry picture!  We thought the chimney was solid rock but didn’t know for sure until they started hacking into it.  Definitely rock.

Quadra-Fire 4300 Step Top Wood Stove

Here is the stove finally installed! You can sort of see where they patched the concrete, but I think they did a beautiful job.  We now have a safe, direct pipe to the chimney which makes me feel a little better about the concept of lighting a fire in the center of our home to keep us warm.  Since I mentioned safety, I’ll address one small issue.  This stove was physically the largest we could cram onto the hearth, which was very intentional.  We have suitable easement from the post to the left and to the back of the hearth, but the distance from the carpet is not necessarily ideal.  The stove specs outline clearances for Corner, Alcove, Backwall/Sidewall installation but don’t directly list the specs on an almost open install like this.  We’re far enough off the carpet to be safe, we do have to watch carefully for embers.  We run a much greater risk of just getting the carpet dirty than it actually being a hazard.  We still want to replace this carpet with wood down the line and when that happens, we’ll consider adding a tile border around the hearth.



As far as how the stove is working out… It kind of freaked me out at first! I didn’t rationally want to be stressed about it, but building a roaring fire in the middle of your home, with a curious dog poking her head in, is kind of crazy.  I won’t say there was a full adrenaline rush, but I had this little gut feeling of “fire in the house! the house is on fire!”  I’ve settled down about it, but was stressed about going to bed with the fire still burning the first few nights.  I’m not unwilling to man the stove, our household chores just naturally fall to whoever is better at them and we try to do them without nagging from the other person.  For now, he builds the fires and loves it.  I don’t know if the novelty of the work involved will eventually wear off, but for now we love having an evening fire (even when it’s maybe not necessary) and like all hanging around, dogs included, to monitor things while the fire gets going.

I’ll talk more about average costs and how the stove is working once winter starts and we get a better grasp on how effective it is.


Our butts were quickly kicked into gear when Alan’s parents came to town a few weeks ago.  Now, it’s my parents turn and they arrive in just under 2 weeks.  My parents have their own place in town and won’t be crashing with us, so this time around our focus is on finalizing public areas of the house and getting my shit out of their house.

With my desk, computers, cameras, knitting, and general office-y things still holed up in my parents living room, we need to focus on my office.  Though it was once a dumping ground, at this point we’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes, donated a ton of stuff, and trashed the rest so the office is cleared out enough to get to work.

office junk


Although it seems totally unrelated, allow me to back up and talk bout how we heat the house, which will give a roundabout reason for why this room is my office.

Winter in Wyoming means we can always expect a few weeks of temperatures in the negatives, easily hitting -20 for at least a week.  Thanks to our severe temperatures and remote location, it’s just assumed among the locals that you have at least two sources of heat, if not more.

When we looked at the house, we saw baseboards throughout.  Instead of electric baseboards that I’m used to, we have a hydronic system where a propane fueled boiler heats water which then runs through the baseboards.  As part of our riduclous run-around foreclosure buying process, we never actually verified that the heat worked and just assumed any expense for getting the system operational.  Because we weren’t subject to the normal terms of a mortgage, we didn’t have to verify that the system was operational and just accepted that we may end up facing a worst case scenario.

To keep a long story (somewhat) short, the system wasn’t de-winterized prior to inspection so our inspector couldn’t test it.  The propane tank was also drained below 5%, so the bank needed to leak test the tank and then actually fill it with some propane.  At that point, it would have become an argument of who should assume the expense for the propane.  After our inspection concluded, when we relayed news that the system wasn’t de-winterized, the bank “sent their own contractor” to the house and passed along his contact info.  In addition to declaring in no uncertain terms that the system worked, this contractor said he loved the house and would love to bid on any handyman work (we were talking hand railings, not heating systems) that we needed done.  Our initial suspicion was to not trust the word of the bank’s contractor because… of course… but after talking to him on the phone, him leaving his business card for us at the house, and him repeatedly saying how much he would like to do work at the house, we decided to take his word on things.  We thought – why would he lie to us and then so blatantly intend to cross paths with us again?  This was dumb of us.  Of course.  He may have turned on the system and been like, yeah, it works! but he definitely didn’t properly charge the system and heat up the baseboards.

Because we purchased the house over the summer, propane and heat took a very back seat to other issues.  Somewhere in the first few weeks at the house, one of our hot water heaters stopped working.  We had a local plumber come out, he replaced an element, all was great.  While he was here I asked him to just take a casual look at the boiler.  He fired it up and pretty much immediately noted that the system wasn’t actually pumping water – our pump was bad.  We know this dude personally and he wasn’t messing with us.  Great, let’s replace the pump.

While he was looking at the boiler, I had him roughly explain how it worked.  He pointed out 5 separate thermostats which we identified around the house… well, we identified 4 of them.  The 5th wasn’t yet connected but was labeled “new bedroom”.  Problem is, we were told that there was no heat in the addition, an issue that we accepted and planned to remedy with a huge stove, some fans, and maybe a space heater if necessary.  “New bedroom” could only rationally mean one thing… the new bedroom upstairs in the addition.  We ran up there and – duh, there were baseboards.   Obviously we should have seen this, but we hadn’t been in the room more than twice prior to the incident and just stupidly overlooked them.  So we…. did have heat in the addition?  I figured this was the best time to ask him about a different rogue thermostat in the addition.  We knew it was there but it didn’t seem to be connected to anything.  He looked at it and immediately recognized the brand name as a radiant floor heating brand and ran down to the basement.  Uh, guys, turns out we not only have baseboard heat upstairs (Alan’s music room), we have radiant in-floor heat downstairs (our main living room).  So the addition is fully heated and everyone is stupid?  Between our realtor, their realtor, the inspector, the bank’s inspector, our handyman, the propane guy, and our own stupid asses, no one realized that the addition, a huge room we’d been stressed about heating, actually had the best heat setup in the house.  OK.  THAT MAKES SENSE.  I was annoyed at our collective stupidity, but hooray for happy surprises!


This floor is heated!

Let’s breeze through the rest of this. That original plumber was too busy to schedule the work immediately so we talked to a different company that happened to be doing work at our shop.  After finishing at the shop, a worker came to the house whereupon he stayed until literally 11:45 pm.  I just… cannot.  I repeatedly suggested he call it a day and offered him dinner because what else do you do when a worker is there until 11:45 pm, which is certainly shitty for the worker but also kind of shitty for us?  After hours of work he couldn’t get the system to charge, but also couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t.  The next day Alan tried to cycle the system himself but it just kept bleeding and refilling for hours with zero sign of progress.

In a fit of desperation, Alan went into the crawlspace which was… flooded.  AMAZING.  He looked around and found a few locations where the pex was clearly cut.  I mean… we took these foreclosure “issues” with a grain of salt.  Ok, sure, they (whoever “they” is, I have no idea) kicked in the back door, they took the lights, took the appliances, took the wood stove.  They left live, uncapped wires everywhere.  Everyfuckingwindow crank is broken to the point where you kiiiind of have to assume it was intentional.  This is fine.  We knew this.  It’s annoying, but we accepted it.  Cutting the pex lines in the crawlspace?  COME ON.

Once the issue was identified, it was a pretty quick fix.  Alan and the contractor replaced the lines, and, with the new pump, the system charged right up.  Everything worked, all the different rooms started cranking out heat, good news all around.


Since I’ve already rambled about baseboard heat to the tune of 1,300 words, I’ll save our secondary heat source for another post. Meanwhile, this boiler discussion was also intended to answer the original question of why the second guest room has been dedicated to office use.  It’s beeeeecauuuuse…. the boiler is installed my office closet.  At first I was like OMG THIS IS SO UNSAFE WHY IS NO ONE ELSE BOTHERED BY THIS?!  Apparently, verified many times over, though not ideal, it’s technically not a hazard in terms of ventilation since it vents directly to the outside.  It is a a bit louder (not bad, like a subtle white noise) and warmer in the room than we’d want.  While I wouldn’t put a kid in this room, if we do have kids some day and the guest room becomes a nursery, this could be a guest room if we just warn people yo, don’t touch the boiler.  I know it kind of sucks.  I told you the house was a little weird. Putting the boiler in the closet feels like a very lazy solution when the basement is available (unless it was done prior to the basement which I really can’t answer).  The boiler isn’t ancient, but it could be newer and more efficient, so if we ever replace it, I think we’ll take on the task of rerouting everything to the basement.

I’ll probably follow this up by showing the wood stove that Alan and his dad installed during their trip.  Once that’s done, we can get back to the fun stuff of dealing with my office and getting rid of those insane stripes!


Master bedroom carpet

by Stef on October 7, 2014

in Wyoming Home

Though the kitchen is far from finished, it’s finally functional and I feel like we can move on to other things in the house.  I know that real time blogging is a thing these days, but we’re currently finishing projects far quicker than I can snap photos and do a write up about them.  I’m over the kitchen at the moment (I love it, but god let’s stop talking about it) so I can now run through the other things we’ve made progress on.

Working furthest back, here’s a quick look at the carpet that we had installed in our Master bedroom.  If you recall from the house tour post, the upstairs was juts a lavender plywood subfloor when we looked at the place.  Based on the little scrap of carpet left in the bottom of my closet shelves, losing the original carpet was not a big loss.  I suspect, though would rather not confirm, that it was ripped out thanks to some stinky animal issues.  Thankfully this didn’t affect our subfloor and the bedroom smell is totally neutral.


Carpet was a huge point of compromise for Alan and me, something I’m generally not very good at doing.  I categorically detest carpet, he wanted it in the bedroom.  Leaving the plywood subfloor was out of the question (comfort) and installing a wood floor was out of the question (price) so, thanks to a lack of options, Alan got his way.  Now that the carpet is installed, I can admit that he was right.  We don’t currently have any heat in the bedroom and the carpet is nice on bare feet.

I mentioned awhile ago that we batched our install with my parents.  Since the store is 90 minutes away and they needed new carpet, it made sense for us to pick the same carpet and same pad, and just lump the jobs together.

My mom and I both liked the idea of picking a style with subtle texture.  I wanted something berber-like/super low pile.  It was a totally casual, easy process which is kind of shocking because I can almost never be described as either casual or easy going.  She set the basic price point (like $2.99/ sq foot or below) and we breezed through them with just a yes, no, no, no, no, yes, maybe, no, yes.  I then went through the ones we both liked and narrowed us down to 3 choices.  She selected the pattern from those.  She narrowed us down to general color pallet – tans or grays.  I narrowed these down to two colors – one light tan, one super light gray.  She picked the final color.   Just like that.



The carpet we chose is Smith Pond by Millcraft, color is Khaki, and we purchased from a local Carpet One store.  Our choice was $1.99/sq foot at the time of purchase, but appears to be on sale at the moment.  The carpet is of lower-ish quality, which we selected because neither of our bedrooms are high traffic areas.  We did upgrade the pad for $0.50/sq foot to a Tempurpedic brand pad.  That is our general policy on carpet – cheap(est) carpet, upgraded pad.   Despite my almost universally budget obsessed/cheap ways, we did not price shop.  My parents have used Carpet One before and we don’t really have other flooring options in our area, so we just went with the listed price, no haggling at all (I know! shocking!).



These pictures are from immediately after install.  I refuse to paint any of the wood in this room so adding more wood via floors would have been cr-azy.  What else can I really say about carpet at this point?  It both brightens and softens the room.  It’s cozy underfoot.  It’s wholly without sheen, which was really important to me.  I think we’re all happy with it in the end.



Sealing the countertops

October 2, 2014

First up, I promised some photos that actually show the kitchen in its reassembled state.  The dishwasher directly next to the stove isn’t my preference, but I’m still thrilled to have one.  If I knew they’d be installed side by side, I probably would have made a better attempt to get matching appliances.  At the […]

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The little kitchen that could

September 30, 2014

First of all, I promise this is the last post of late night, blown out kitchen photos with junk everywhere.  If you survive one more post, I’ll stop reusing the same pics with dogs in them and actually show you that our house has been CLEANED and is lovely and bright and we can put […]

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Kitchen game plan

September 26, 2014

I’m keeping the shop open this week so Alan can spend time with family and help his dad with projects around the house.  They’re taking on some pretty huge projects right now so it’s probably best that I’m not hovering, asking to help, and trying to take photos of the entire process.  They’ve started work […]

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Finally, some progress!

September 24, 2014

I’ve already accepted that we’re pretty much the slowest moving people ever when it comes to DIY and general home improvement. This weekend however… we were on fire!  I don’t want to brag (false) but we pretty much killed it and made huge progress on the house. To Do General house Remove boxes/trash.  I’ve been […]

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