I have to admit that I still haven’t painted my front porch. It IS pressure washed but the weather has been too humid and/or rainy to paint. So I’ve been working inside and it has been AMAZING to get back to some of the projects that have been on hold since Calderwood. I am currently working in the space in the loft that is opposite my Craft Room.
The Loft before last week
When I walked up here last week, this is what greeted me!
Just – so – much- stuff! I went through all the stuff and took two trips to a donation center with my truck full of things I no longer wanted/needed.
With the help of some friends, we relocated the remaining stuff, tore out the carpet and tack strips and installed the rest of the loft flooring. Big improvement already! In addition to my electrician changing some of the lighting situation.
(He has to come back and install more because it’s way too dark in there with only two lights. He insists that I told him I wanted two. I insist that I said, “no way two lights will be sufficient”. No matter. We’ll get it sorted out.)
I’m covering the floors with thick cardboard to protect them while I continue to work in this space. It may not make sense that I installed the floors first, but I didn’t want to move the boxes of flooring ONE MORE TIME! So now the floors are in –and out of my way. (And adequately protected.) Floors in – Check.
Next up was installing drywall and a door. Our little dog, Bella, sneaks into parts of the house that are never used and uses them as a bathroom. You can tell from the “before” photos that the loft qualified as a hardly ever- if not quite never used spaces. It’s definitely a space that Bella doesn’t recognize as “part of the den”. So we’ve been putting up a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs, which is neither attractive nor convenient. Door in – Check!
Ironically enough, I didn’t CLOSE the door yesterday when I finished working for the day. When I came up this morning there was a fresh surprise waiting for me!
Today’s to-do list I added – Close door – Check!
Next, I installed more brick paneling on the wall next to the powder room. I wanted to continue that detail since I used it on two accent walls in my craft room.
The first panel was tricky because there is an angled ceiling in addition to a receptacle and water and drain pipes. The receptacle cut was less than stellar but there’ll be a cover over it so it’ll be fine. Might have to be one of those extra large covers but who’s judging? Huh? I have zero problems using an extra large outlet cover!
Also, track saws are the best! If you don’t have one yet, do it! I have a corded Festool track saw and this cordless DeWalt which is great too! I use both of them, all the time. The DeWalt is usually what I grab when I need it for something that is not happening in my workshop.
Second panel went up in 20 seconds. Easy peasy. I will probably add some plaster as I did on my other brick walls. Mainly to hide the seam and make it look more authentic.
There’s still more drywalling to be done before I can mud. I may leave the mudding because I have professionals coming to do the basement in a couple weeks. I might have them mud the loft at the same time. Depends on how motivated I am to just push through and finish the whole LOFT space without taking a break to go work on something else while I wait for something or someone in order to finish it. That’s what always happens and why I have 20 projects going on at once. I feel very motivated to stay in the loft until it’s done. Then move down to the main level and finish that. Then move down to the basement and finish that…
There are always hurdles and new issues that develop, so I remain willing to bend and change with the current situation. But at the moment, I feel very motivated to complete the loft. The whole thing. And I want to do it quickly without quite so many gidgets and gadgets as I originally planned for this space. I don’t NEED a daybed under the window or a secret bookcase door for the closet… Just make the space useable and good looking.
Do you think I can do that? Let go of the “ooh wow features”? My brain tend to always want to make things very complicated! Working on Calderwood taught me to let go of some things and find a balance between function, beauty and getting it done sometime this year.
So I think I’m equipped to get this loft done sometime this year!
Mrs Mike says
I have a hard time considering a room “done” if I don’t have the features in it that were in my design plan. That being said, lol, sometimes you need to know when you have a clear stopping point before it’s actually finished, for your sanity’s sake! Nice job on the updates. I really love the faux brick and am hoping to put something like that in my office in the next year (or two, lol)
It is hard to let go of some of those original plans. I have three or four people that I frequently drag in to look at the room and project list and reassure me as to which ones are “necessary” and which ones to let go of. It’s helpful. If I relied solely on myself, I’d get sidetracked on tedious detail projects that take a week to finish an don’t have significant impact on the look or function of the room. I have to keep more of a “big picture” goal in order to get things done. That’s my hope.
Cathy J says
Oh…… I so love your secret bookcase door for the closet idea!!! You must do that!
I’ll probably do a secret bookcase door sometime. Just not here and now. I can’t spend that much time on single projects if I’m going to finish this whole house this year! (Which is my goal.)
I have a bad little doggie that does the same thing! I’m hoping that once I rip out the carpet and put in hardwood that she won’t do it anymore. I’m glad to see more posts about your house! ?
I hope both our little dogs learn to respect our respective spaces. LOL
Love, love, LOVE everything you do! Agree you should ‘get it done’ but without as many bells and whistles…
Thanks! It’s difficult to let go of some of the plans but at the same time, necessary. I’m ready to be done with this house.
Kate Hollingsworth says
A daybed under the window does sound good though … ?
Well, I think all my original ideas are good ones. LOL But I don’t need a daybed there and a future owner of this home might prefer to put furniture there…or something. It’s difficult not to follow through with all my ideas, but I HAVE to finish this house before another 8 years passes. ha
Yvonne Fawehinmi says
A loft really does not need bells and whistles. While I love builtin anything it can also really limit future changes of a room.