Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Guest room Remodel

Guest room Remodel 4
Originally uploaded by rainvalley.

I'll have to dig out some pictures of the 'before' but this is the after... not bad! We still need to put some artwork on the walls but I think the end result is pretty fantastic!

Details:The rocker was my grandmother's

The bed came from our friend Roxane's yardsale

Bedding from Ross and Marshalls

Rug from a thrift store in Georgia ($10!)

Flooring from Lumberliquidators

Drapes and hardware from Walmart

Lamps from Alco

Total cost - about $600 including the bed.... not bad!

Remodeling Madness

It all started with a four poster bed.....
I've always liked 4 posters - they just seem special. Like a charming bed and breakfast or a welcoming guest room. When our friend Roxane mentioned she had one for sale I knew I wanted it. At the time we bought the bed the guest room was by far the worst room in the house. From it's yellow striped ceiling down it's tan faux wallpapered walls to it's shitty brown carpet it was just NASTY! Our original plan was to just rip up the carpet, remove the ugly sliding closet doors, paint the floors and leave it at that. But the paint just didn't quite want to dry on the floor (it was actually HUMID in Arizona this summer) and days went by before we could assemble the bed. After looking at it for a few days we decided that we wanted to try our hand at laminate wood flooring. But if we were going to do that why not fix the ceiling...... and if we were going to do THAT why not texture the walls.......... So we began.....
That first room was an interesting journey for David and I. We realized we work together very well and only have a minor skirmish here and there while in the middle of texture spattered insanity. We have also found out that we can do this rather well! What we had been dreading and afraid to start has turned into a neat adventure. Now like our other adventures not all parts have been pleasurable but overall we've enjoyed most of it very much. We're on the dining area right now - room number 3 in our remodel with the kitchen, master bedroom and 2 bathrooms yet to go. It's been a long time coming but we are slowly but surely turning our sow's ear into a silk purse.

Catching up

Sometimes you look up and months have gone by! Where did they go? Summer is past and by the frost on the car this morning we're well into fall. We had a wonderful summer with a good monsoon season. For anyone who thinks Arizona is just tan - think again! It was a carpet of a million shades of green this year with grass waist high anywhere you didn't mow (and mow and mow........!)
Some highlights include a trip to Utah's Zion and Bryce canyons and a spin through the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. WOW this country is amazingly beautiful! We made hundreds of pictures but none managed to capture the grandeur of the real thing.
Life in Bisbee has been good. We've renewed friendships and woven ourselves back into the community. However a possible job shift may have us on the road again soon - to Albuquerque this time. If we go we will miss this odd little town.......and hopefully it will miss us. But new adventures await through the tunnel so maybe going will be a good thing.