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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Headboard For The Guest Room

I keep saying I am going to create a plan and put together a nice guest bedroom, but that hasn't been a top priority.  There are so many things that need attention when you move into a new house and since I don't have a guest coming at this minute to visit, I have been satisfied with a clean room, comfortable bed, great linens and everything else make-shift.


Right now it is the home of Left-Overs and Weird Stuff.




I always try to keep an open mind when I see something as to how I could remake it to give me the upscale look I love.  I was wandering through Hotel Liquidators looking for a chest of some kind to makeover that I could use on the patio.  I didn't find anything, but I always have to look around.   Headboards are really expensive and that is not top priority at the moment, however when I saw this one, of course I had to have it.  Is this UGLY or what?  Now I haven't lost my mind, I think I can make this into a jewel.


This is what made me buy it.  Can you believe the price of $29.50?  Ok, I can recover the red center and paint the frame and it will look AMAZING.  I only have room for a Full Size bed in this small room, but that is doable for a couple for a few nights and is very comfortable for a single person.


Remember my headboard in the Master Bedroom that I also found at Hotel Liquidators?  That orange wood was totally ugly.


 However, that price was unreal, so I had to have it.


 Now this is what it looks like after a little paint.  You can see my complete tutorial here.


I think this jewel in the rough is going to look just as amazing.  Some new fabric and a little paint on the wood and this will look like a million bucks.


Ok, before I go fabric shopping, I need to come up with a room design plan so I know what direction I am going in.  I don't know if I want to go with a little bit of a sophisticated edge, casual or traditional.  Maybe a mix of all of them.  We'll have to see what strikes my fancy.  I'm sort of leaning towards something pretty elegant since this is such a small room.  This could be just the place to go all out.

Do you have any ideas, I am all ears.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pool Update - One More Week To Finish

Seems like things are at the moving slow stage of building a pool.  We left off with the shotcrete being sprayed and formed in the pool.  You can see that here.  That needed to cure for a week and then we were waiting all last week on the deck guys.  Finally we are making progress again.


5/22 - Getting the forms set to pour the concrete for the Kool-Deck.  I am loving the large extension to the patio this creates.


They started out by removing all the forms around the outside of the pool.  These are the ones they added when they were doing the shotcrete so they could get the outside edge perfect.


 Then back to measuring again.  They used a hose as a water level and marked all the way around the pool so they could put their forms exactly level.  They have to make sure all the water from splashing and rain drains away from the pool.


 Part of the buys were starting to stake the forms for the decking around the pool.


 It's always like a bunch of ants, guys working everywhere.


 They are almost done, forms set and ready for the concrete pour.


 I am going to love this huge extension to the patio.



You can see how you will step straight from the patio to the Kool-deck area.  I'm going to have plenty of room for a table and chairs and a couple of lounges if I want.



5/24 - A wonderful cement truck pulled up and a crew of 5 men shows up too.  Time to pour the concrete for the pool decking.


These guys had an assembly line going with the two wheel barrows, loading them up and then coming around to the back and dumping them.

They started leveling out the concrete just as soon as they got a load poured in.


Then another guy starts to smooth it all out.


All the forms are full and all the concrete is smoothed out on top.


They snapped a string to mark off where they were going to make the grid break points in the slab.


 This guy was amazing to watch.  He had a trowel that he was a master at working and 4 pole extensions that he could add or subtract the reach across the whole pool


All the grid break lines carved into the cement.  Then just as soon as they get the cement smoothed out, they start taking the forms off inside and outside.


 Then one of the guys gives it a light sweeping for texture.  Not enough to leave lines in the cement, just a fine sweeping and texture.


 The rest of the forms are taken off on the inside of the pool.  Those white boards were there to hold the concrete until it dried enough to hold it's own shape.  The pool decorative tiles will go right under that lip that the boards created.


 Totally done, now you can see how the pool deck is going to work with the yard landscaping.  Plenty of room for a table and chairs and even a couple of lounges.  Next to the patio you see the drain bar that was installed.  The concrete is poured with a slant so the patio and the decking both drain towards the drain bar.


 This has to cure for a couple of day, then the tile guys come to add the tile around the top edge of the pool, then the Acrylic Lace is applied to all the decking.   It is a beige color  and this product is what makes the deck cool to walk on.  A clean up crew will also be here this next week to clean up all the debris left behind.


After that, the final inspection, the Pebble Tec interior plaster coating and then filling it up.  I can't wait, this is so exciting.

Now we really, really need that landscaper to get here to install the lighting, drip system and haul in a ton of top soil and gravel to cover up the dirt.  We will be swimming soon.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review - Bringing Them Home

I am not much of an avid reader any more, seems like I am just too busy, but the 5th book, Bringing Them Home,  of the Rosemont Series by Barbara Henski is an exception.   From the very first book "Coming To Rosemont" I have been hooked.  Barbara tells a story so real that you feel like you know the characters and are part of the story - they all become friends and family.


In this 5 book series, you start off with Maggie finding out her husband was not who she thought he was and had so many secrets.  After his death she is left with a beautiful manson that he never told her about and that was just the beginning of his secrets.  She decided to start fresh in this new home and town.  Life definitely changes for her in ways she could never dream -  and that is where all the fun, intrigue, romance and life changing adventures begin.

If you like fast paced reading that is full of tons of twists and turns and definitely interesting and intriguing characters, then this is a series for you.

I am so thrilled to know Barbara personally, and she is just as interesting an delightful in real life as she portrays her characters in her books to be.

I highly recommend this series.  If you are just starting out you can buy the Kindle edition of all 5 books for only $20.95 on Amazon.



If you've already read the first 4 in the series,  Bringing Them Home - the 5th book in the series was released on Monday and you can order it here.


I don't do many book reviews, but this is one that I recommend whole-heartedly.  It would also make a great gift if you have a favorite reader on your gift list.

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