Thursday, June 8, 2017


I am loving it.  The POOL IS FINISHED.  The last step was to do the inside plaster and set all the valves.  DONE.

6/5 A crew of 5 showed up to do the plaster inside the pool  We chose a product called Pebble Sheen.  It has a really smooth surface to it with really tiny pebbles that give the plaster some texture and character.

First step was to cut off all the pipes and set all the valves for the pool.

 Then a sheet of plastic to cover up the tile and the kool-deck.

 Next they wet the inside surface down really well, then vacuumed up all the water in the bottom of the pool.

 Look at the weird cleat rubber boots they wear.  This holds them about 2 inches off the surface.

 There was a big truck out front that had the plaster mix in a big hopper.  They brought a big long hose to the backyard and started spraying it in the pool.  As fast as they sprayed it in, one of the guys started a rough trowel.

 First just a rough trowel to smooth it out a little.

 Then more plaster was sprayed over it.

 This guy gave two coats to the sides and then started on the bottom.

 They went over the entire surface with hand trowels several times to get a really smooth finish.

 Still troweling things down.

 As it dried a little bit they took off the cleats and put on foam shoes and troweled and smoothed some more.

 I think they went over the whole pool probably a dozen times.  They just kept smoothing and working to get a perfect finish.

 Finally all done - - -

 and they immediately started filling it with water.  They wrapped a cloth around the hose to create a diffuser for the water flow.

 The pool holds about 10,000 gallons of water so it takes about 15 hours to fill.  This is after a few hours.

 By morning it was all done.  I love it.  We didn't want a dark pool, so we chose Caribbean Blue.  Such a pretty turquoise color.  Reminds us of the ocean water when were were there.

Ok, time to get the furniture and umbrellas out and have a pool party.  There are still tons of things to do to the yard, but all in due time.  I plan on enjoying this wonderful pool for now.  I feel so Blessed.

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2017 Summer Home Tour

Monday – June 12
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Cuckoo4Design - Julia  
Nesting With Grace - Brooke  
Life on Virginia Street - Sarah 
Decor To Adore - Laura   

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia  
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer 
The Chronicles of Home Jennifer  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen  

Wednesday – June 14
 Life Love Larson - Andrea
Making Home Base - Chelsea
Inspiration For Moms - Laura  
Duke Manor Farms - Laura  
ZDesign At Home – Bree 
Our Fifth House - Carmel   

Thursday – June 15
Life & Home @ 2102 - Vel
Remodelando La Casa - Christina  

Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle - Debbie  
Far Above Rubies - Anita   
Our Southern Home - Christy  
Haneens Haven -Haneen  
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  1. Your pool is beautiful! I'm so happy for you. :)

  2. It turned out beautiful! Yeah! Have fun with it!

  3. It's beautiful and all of us are excited for you. Not only do you have a new pool, but sunny skies. Who knew last year this time, things would be so different and you would have a new home and pool ?
    BTW We will understand if we don't hear from you for a few days and you come back with a tan.

  4. Oh my gosh, you lucky girl:-) I would be in there all the time, I think -- especially with the hot temps y'all have there. I know you are excited and will enjoy it so much!!

  5. So pretty! Can't wait to see a night photo, too....

  6. this is just fabulous...gorgeous! what a wonderful color. You're going to have so much fun out there, decorating and enjoying it!

  7. It turned out beautiful! Have fun.

  8. It looks beautiful!! Enjoy!!

  9. That looks SO refreshing!! Especially so since we are supposed to get to 99* today!


  10. Just look at that beautiful crystal clear water, Oh Marty it is just beautiful and inviting!! I had to laugh at myself when I was reading, I thought I read they finished it all off with hand towels, not trowels, LOL, went back and corrected my reading, too funny. Enjoy decorating your outdoor area and swimming in your beautiful pool!!

  11. Oh Marty, it is just beautiful and I love the color too! I am so happy for you!!! I know you will enjoy it immensely!!!!

  12. Hi Marty
    Congratulations! So happy for you. Enjoy your pool, new home and family close by! What more could a gal want? I know it's so hot where you live and you all will enjoy cooling off this summer. Can't wait to see the future pics of your patio and yard.

  13. What a beautiful pool! Enjoy it!!

  14. It looks fabulous! Enjoy every minute in it.

  15. I jus love how it looks. The light aqua is so pretty. They sure did a wonderful job on it all!

  16. wow, amazing! Looks fantastic, enjoy it this summer!

  17. It looks terrific Marty. I know you can hardly wait to have everything finished and in place. IT is going to be amazing when you get it all in place.

    Enjoy your swims.


  18. Absolutely beautiful, Marty!! From one pool lover to another, I say enjoy!!

  19. Marty,
    Your pool is beautiful and looks so inviting. I love the color you chose. I suspect you were in the pool today enjoying it. :)


  20. SO happy for you!! What a blessing this will be to you. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, sweet friend--you deserve it!

  21. Ahhhhhhh Marty how wonderful. Looks so pretty and that will be so nice on those hot summer days.

  22. The pool is beautiful and I know you will enjoy it! Have fun!

  23. The color and entire pool are beautiful!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

  24. All of the workers have appeared to be so careful and thorough in getting the work done properly. Because of it the pool and surrounding surface has turned out so beautiful. I hope you and your family have many happy hours in this lovely spot.

  25. The pool is beautiful and it looks so inviting! Enjoy!!!

  26. Have really enjoyed watching the transformation. It looks like the ideal spot to relax and indulge in some R&R. You chose wisely for a gorgeous result. Enjoy your pool!

  27. It is a lovely pool and will give you hours of pleasure.

  28. Wow Marty! The pool looks absolutely fantastic. So fun to read about how about it was made. I hope you have already been able to jump in and enjoy it!!!

  29. The pool looks fantastic! I'll bring some fresh mint for mojitos!

  30. The pool looks wonderful, Marty! I know you've been "grinning and baring it" through all the messy process, and now you get to enjoy. I'm thrilled for you!

    Hugs, Carol

  31. Its beautiful and thanks for sharing the journey with us. This was my first time seeing a pool being installed and it was an interesting adventure. The yard will be done soon enough. Just pull out the tables and chairs, get your swim suit on and let the fun begin. You deserve it. Beautiful color too.

  32. That is quite the process!! You have a beautiful pool!!