I’m moved in… a tale of four colds & crazy times

10 Nov

My goodness an entire season has gone by since my last post! It’s a good thing I’m not paid to do this! I just checked what my last post was and it was camper demolition day- I hope I can  work on that again before the winter! So look for the change of season in the next video  ha ha!

Long story short; since august I’ve had four colds (unless I’ve lost track!) because moving house (Sept 1st) really took it out of me. The last time I’d moved was six years before, and I sure hope I don’t have to move again any time soon. I’m the type that really likes to unpack ASAP and get most of my living space darn close to perfected before I can start to relax.  That said it still took the better part of seven weeks to get my home house-warming-party-ready. Putting up shelves, racks, rods, mirrors, pictures, and painting each room sure did take a lot of  time/sweat/money.  I admit that I even had to buy some flat packed furniture and assemble it. I wanted more than anything to build the items myself but knew that I certainly didn’t have the time/health/patience to build two bookshelves, a shoe rack bench, a pantry and a bathroom wall cabinet- all whilst living out of boxes. And I’m sure it would have taken me a while!  That said, I am a little bit scarred by the quality and assembling methods used in some of the items mentioned. I can’t even imagine how long each will take to completely fail. Disposable furniture really is depressing when you think about the waste- and know the difference from good quality furniture.

And while on the long story short tack- here it all is- in pictures!

Enjoy!

Packing  for the move was a drawn out process that lasted weeks. This room was at a downright functional stage at the time of this photo, it got to be a survival game by the end.

Packing for the move was a drawn out process that lasted weeks. This room was at a downright functional stage at the time of this photo, it got to be a survival game by the end.

 

Examples of the cabinet, rack and shelves I assembled and put up. The cabinet box I bought at a home reno store, but the doors, hinges and knobs I got from a habitat for humanity store.

Examples of the cabinet, rack and shelves I assembled and put up. The cabinet box I bought at a home reno store, but the doors, hinges and knobs I got from a habitat for humanity store.

This was the view from my backyard a couple of weeks ago when the leaves were at their peak. Now those trees are bare!

This was the view from my backyard a couple of weeks ago when the leaves were at their peak. Now those trees are bare!

Assembling the pantry drawers.

Assembling the pantry drawers. Don’t judge the dishes everywhere- I was probably on cold 2. This room has since been transformed also.

One of the attractive elements to my new place is the direct sunlight filtering in. The door that blocked out all of this beautiful light from the hallway just had to be replaced! The classifieds yielded this nice French door.

One of the attractive elements to my new place is the direct sunlight filtering in. The door that blocked out all of this beautiful light from the hallway just had to be replaced! The classifieds yielded this nice French door.

 

So I learnt how to install a door- and no I didn't get it on the first try. I bought the door with one glass pane missing, so at some point in the near future I will be replacing it to keep out cold drafts. The daylight in the hallway made a HUGE difference. Also note the racks that had to be assembled and/or put up.
So I learnt how to install a door- and no I didn’t get it on the first try. I bought the door with one glass pane missing, so at some point in the near future I will be replacing it to keep out cold drafts. The daylight in the hallway made a HUGE difference. Also note the racks that had to be assembled and/or put up.
Let there be light! You can't really tell because of the backlighting but these bookcases are red. I was impressed with the build quality compared to the pantry because the structural pieces were all made of plywood. All the same I'm not sure how long the finish and hardware will last.

Let there be light! You can’t really tell because of the back-lighting but these bookcases are red. I was impressed with the build quality compared to the pantry because the structural pieces were all made of plywood.

You can see that the daylight in the hallway did not go unnoticed. Also, good help is hard to find.

You can see that the daylight in the hallway did not go unnoticed. Also, good help is hard to find.

Okay so this was the state of my new tool room weeks ago, I admit that it's much better now, but still kind of a designated catch-all room as our closet space is somewhat limited. It's tight at 7' x 11' but I'll take what I can get. The table is now cleared and there are fewer boxes, but I really need to figure out some things in there and it seems to be the last priority. More photos to come of this space.

Okay so this was the state of my new tool room weeks ago, I admit that it’s much better now, but still kind of a designated catch-all room as our closet space is somewhat limited. It’s tight at 7′ x 11′ but I’ll take what I can get. The table is now cleared and there are fewer boxes, but I really need to figure out some things! More photos to come.

This concludes the long story short tale, and cold number four is almost over! Here’s hoping my immune system will get back to it’s old self! One cold per year sounds heavenly about now!

Happy woodworking

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2 Responses to “I’m moved in… a tale of four colds & crazy times”

  1. Marilyn November 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    LOL! My favorite quotes in this post. “.. good help is hard to find.” And “This week on Hoarders!” Hope you get back on your feet quickly.

  2. Megan Rain November 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Loved seeing your new space. Looks like a great find in the French door. Natural lights can’t be beat in any space. We’ve installed 4 solar tubes which offer a fantastic amount of light for their size!

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