Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress

I feel I am living in slow motion with this remodel. Seriously! I feel that things were really clipping along and then BAM!! All the final details seem to be taking forever!

SO, here is the window that was delivered for over the sink. Hmmmm – notice anything not quite right??? I obsessed in this remodel on everything being balanced and in symmetry. I made it into a big deal! Literally! So, why would I order a casement window over the sink that was not centered with the sink? I didn’t!  So they went ahead and installed it and ordered the correct window – to be rushed of course.

Here is the correct window!

The panels have now been placed on the fridge and dishwasher – plus the hardware was installed!!

We have a faucet, which means running water. That is always a plus. We even have a disposal now!

Our backsplash was put in this week!! I love my beveled subway tile. Plus our electrician put in the LED under the cabinet lights. Now my trim guy needs to come back and finish out the window. Oh – that will take forever because I am sure he is on another job.


Front door has had one coat of tung oil on it. Waiting to see how much is absorbed.

Even more fun and games is putting everything back in it’s place! But first you have to wash and dust most of it! Takes for-freakin-ever!!! Never in my life have seen the dust that we have here!!

Then in the middle of all of this the dang AC unit upstairs pan overflowed!!!! Just lovely. Now our freshly painted ceiling in our family room has a monster patch on it. Just when I thought I was finished with drywall dust! We are just thankful that we were home when it happened! Now, the pan has a sensor in it that will turn the unit off when water gets in it. Pretty genius! Wonder why it did not have that already as it is only about 3 years old???

My to-do list is so, so very long!!! I just want to snap my fingers and it be done! I love instant gratification……………….don’t you?

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The New Dining Room Window Finally Arrives

I have been very anxiously waiting on this very large window to arrive. As you remember from a previous post here – the first window arrived but the top radius was measured incorrectly. Frustrating! And it was measured 4 times! This time they literally did a template of the window!

Now they have to first remove the old window ……………….one pane at a time!!! It was an old single pane window, so I guess that how you have to do it!


I will admit I kinda wished we could do without windows and enjoy a nice breeze all day long!! Then I realized  I am not on some tropical island……… I am in Oklahoma!!

The window weighed over 500 pounds and took 4 hefty men to lift it.

I really got all fussy about my azaleas and made each one of them promise not to damage them. I am sure they thought bad things about me!

getting closer………

and closer…………


Oh dear! It is 5/8 inch off…………….now they spend nearly an hour getting the perfect fit!!! Of course I am sure it did not help that I was watching their every move!! it got a little tense for a while.

And now the finished product………

There is such a difference in these new windows – they’re solid stuff! You can tell by just looking at them they are super duper energy efficient.

This is our very old window!! Do you remember those aluminum single pane windows??

And yes!! I will be getting rid of those lovely sheers!

We are making sure but steady progress with our home remodel. It will be slower than the norm because we are contracting it ourselves. But we’re up for it!!

Thanks for taking a peak at our new dining room window. Please come back for a visit!


Demo & Dust on Delaware – Days Eleven & Twelve

Yesterday the opening between our living room and dining room was finished. Although I was super apprehensive about the results I am most happy. Whew!!! My husband thinks I am  obsessing about things – he could be partially right. But not totally. You can not see it in the photo but there is a pencil line to outline the opening and the arch. I was just afraid it would not look right in relationship with the other arches that were much higher. So here goes………….the man and his best friend – the power tool!


TA -DAH!! I love it!

From the dining room looking into the living room. Now we have so much light – very open. Our dogs even approve!

Can not wait to get rid of the orange paint!

Another big event yesterday was that we also had our new windows delivered and installed. I love them!   This is the outdated ugliness that we replaced.  Storm windows were at one time thought to be very effecient! Wow – things have changed!!

Check out that nasty caulk!!

I did all casement windows except this one guest bedroom because it faces the side yard and no one sees it. It also has a bamboo shade on the window and you can’t see or appreciate the window when you’re in the room. Hey – I saved a bit of money!!


I really made getting new windows and big deal and ended up getting five estimates. Crazy! I did suffer from sticker shock with the first bid from Pella. I wanted them to be super efficient but I also wanted them to look like wood windows. I was stalking everyone’s windows everywhere I went.  I finally selected the Jeld-Wen Premium Vinyl window with the  “simulated divided lites” that look like wood. They actually were the most favorable bid.

Are they not just the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen??

But unfortunately we had a big “OH NO” moment.  I could tell when they were taking this custom made window off the truck it did not look right…………..the arch was off by 12 inches……..and they had measured it 4 times.

This is where the window “would of” gone …………….I am so bummed. But not as bummed as the window company. I actually felt sorry for them. They were most apologic!! Hopefully we will not have to wait another three weeks.

I think good looking windows make a huge difference to the appearance of a home. I don’t think I fully realized this until I went shopping for windows and then you really start noticing them. Now I have become a critic of all windows. Shame on me but while I’m out and about driving a little voice in my head is saying, ” Ahhh, those are some gorgeous windows” – or  “oh dear, those are some ugly windows you have there” – I know……….shame on me!!!

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