Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cheer Camp & House Pics

Tonight was Alise's first night of cheer practice. To say that she was excited would be an understatement! The rest of her team is a month ahead of her because she was still taking dance lessons and couldn't make the Monday practices. We had to come home and practice "back hand springs" on our bed. Here she is with Coach A and bestie, C.The contractor showed up today, but we've got to make some changes already. First of all, he cut the beam too short. We're having him wall up part of the opening at the end of the hall to help with the weight and when he did, it didn't match the other hall wall so one wall is longer than the other. Ugh!! And then there was an issue with the light switches. Hopefully, all that will be corrected by tomorrow and we'll have arches by the middle of next week.

So here are two pictures from different angles. This one is looking from the living room into the kitchen. It's kinda hard to see where the arches and columns will be because of the support walls on either side, but the columns will be in the middle (they're the "thicker" looking poles).
This is probably a better picture. This is looking from the kitchen (about where the island is going to be) into the livingroom.
We have another busy weekend of renovations in store. The flooring guy is suppose to come by early Saturday morning to survey the floors to see if we can score and stain the concrete. We'll be taking down all the molding and getting the bedrooms ready to prime and paint. Wayne will finish sheet rocking my "woman cave" and sometime this weekend, I'm going to clean out our bedroom and start boxing things up.

One suggestion I wanted to share that came from S. The first time we ever spoke on the phone, she told me that she was scraping the ceilings in her new house that she and her husband are remodeling. I thought, "What in the world is she talking about?" When she invited me over, I got to see the finished ceilings and I was amazed. Her home is like ours: it had the "popcorn ceilings (floated)" and she explained that ceilings like that make the house look dated so they decided to scrape off the "popcorn." And I must say that it was one of the best pieces of advice I've been given so far! Scraping the ceilings TOTALLY changes the look of a room!! So far, we've done all the bedrooms but we intend to do the whole house. The ceilings still have a textured look, but with a more modern and updated feel.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. They always scraped the ceilings back in the day on Trading Spaces--looked pretty messy:) Have fun!

  2. Popcorn belongs at the movies, not on your ceilings!

    Are we ever going to see pictures of the outside of the house?

  3. It is getting exciting. That really was a great piece of advice. I love the open feel of the room.

  4. You guys are moving right along on the new house.

    I despised the popcorn ceilings we had in our first place but it was a rental so I couldn't do anything about it.