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New Mailbox

I wrote this post on February 27th.  And just today noticed that it never posted.  It was still in the ‘drafts’ folder.  So, better late than never!  :)

This was the mailbox at our new home.  It looks fine from the outside.  On the inside the bottom was loose and didn’t sit in the mailbox straight.  You could lift the bottom and expose a hole into the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementWhile at the hardware store, we picked out a new, simple mailbox of a larger size.   My husband removed the old one. Now you can actually see the hole in the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementThese are the two mailboxes, side by side.  From past experience, we have decided that a larger mailbox works better for most mail.

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The larger mailbox looks better on the brick pillar, also.

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We think, possibly, a past owner had the mailman drop the mail under the false bottom in the mailbox, perhaps while on vacation.  Then, when they returned, they got their mail out of the pillar in the door hidden on the back side.

secret doorAs a child, I would have loved that hidden compartment.  Maybe I still do!

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Game Table Cover

Canned lights are complete and working!

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On our screened porch we have an air hockey table that the grandkids all love.  Being on a screened porch can be dangerous to the table.  Rain blowing could potentially damage it.  So, I went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive fleece backed vinyl table cloth and threw it over it.  The wind just blew it right off!  I put cute little birdy tablecloth weights on the corners.  They weren’t much help. Plus, my husband said, even with a cover, water would just pool on the top of it if it rained in hard enough.

After a trip to Home Depot for a sheet of styrofoam insulation, my husband cut it to just the right size for the table.

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See how it fits nicely?

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Then I laid the tablecloth upside down on the table and measured where to sew on elastic. You can see the marks I made with a black marker.

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I proceeded to stretch and sew the elastic onto the tablecloth.  It’s really simple.  You just pull the elastic taught while sewing it on.  It causes the fabric to gather.

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Now, the tablecloth is more form fitting and perhaps the wind will not be able to blow it off so easily.  I hope not anyway.

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What’s next?  A past due mailbox post!

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Canned Lights

While we are waiting for the very busy man to come and re-level our home, we are doing things that won’t be affected by that process.  He told us re-leveling could cause the new drywall patches to crack, so we are not doing anymore on the walls.

When we bought the home, these were the lights that illuminated the kitchen. You can see part of them in this photo of the fan that we removed. The lights were fluorescent lights in wooden boxes.  We removed them.  Remember, in January, I posted how they just about fell off of the ceiling?

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This is how it has looked for the past couple of months.  My husband had started to prepare the holes for track lighting, but we changed our minds (we have two of them to change).  We thought canned lights might work better.

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He made short work of the job, even adding a third canned light.  Today the last 4 rooms of ceiling are being painted, then the lighting can be completed.

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I am planning on finding something unique to replace the one single light above the sink.  I haven’t found the right one, yet.

You can see the vent with insulation stuffed into it.  There is one in each room and they are left from when the home was cooled by evaporative coolers on the roof. Now there is a refrigeration unit in the backyard and the cooling comes through floor vents.  We are leaving the ducting and vents, because you just never know.  If we ever installed gas packs on the roof, the ducting could be used.

On another note, my son just sent this picture to us.  It is a 360 degree view series that he took from the roof of the home we just moved from.  Yes, I do miss that view!

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Master Window Treatment

Our home has double windows.  The paperwork said it has windows with storm windows installed.  In my mind it’s two windows.  One single paned window on the outside and one on the inside.  They are not removable. You have to open the inside window to open the outside window.  Funny, huh?  I know they had dual paned windows in 1985 when this home was built, because my friend had them all through her home.  Why they did it this way is beyond me!

On our list of things to do, is to replace all of the windows with double paned windows.  We will remove all the inside windows and will then have 4″ window sills.  We can hang our window shades inside the frame rather than having them mounted outside on the wall.  They will be recessed that way.

With the vertical blinds being hung outside the windows causes them to be away from the window when they are closed.  You can actually see inside on the sides.  In our master bedroom there is a mirrored closet door next to the wall near the window.  Not that anyone would be in our yard, but it feels better to have that blocked.

I went to Home Fabrics and Rugs and found a nice toile that I liked.

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I didn’t want to make the room darker, but just cover those edges of the blinds.  Cutting the fabric width into four equal strips, I made two panels for each window.

I found some nice sheers at Hobby Lobby to put in between the panels.  I had to alter the headers to make them fit the 5″ rod and shorten them to the proper length.  Thank you, Dad, for teaching me to sew, and Mom, for sitting with me through so many tantrums while sewing. Too bad they aren’t here to hear that.

Privacy accomplished.

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Kitchen Demo

We had company come for a week and so we put things on hold while we enjoyed them.  After they left, we ripped out one side of the kitchen.  We’ve already been living without an oven (it didn’t work) and range (it had a gas leak).  We moved the microwave to a desk in the entry way.  All of our meals are raw or cooked by microwave.

I removed the contents of the cabinets.  My husband removed the microwave and oven.

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Then we ripped it all off of the wall and made a trip to the refuse transfer station (dump).

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The electrical was quite convoluted.  My husband had to discern what was what and straighten it all out.  He simplified and moved the outlets.  Also, repaired the drywall.

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Manufactured homes are delivered and installed in sections.  Ours is two sections.  The floor was low between the dining room and kitchen right where the two halves meet.  My husband took up the floor to see if there was damage to the sub-floor.  Thankfully, there is not.  He has called a leveler to come and level our home for us.

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We just bought the big screen TV to console ourselves.  ;)  It’s almost embarrassing to show pictures like this.  But, it’s a process.  Things will change.  Won’t they?

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Catch Up

I haven’t been posting lately as we continue on with our home improvement.  We have the laundry room pretty much completed.  It is still awaiting some trim and crown molding.  My husband will do that when he does the rest of the house.

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After we finished the flooring, he installed the base cabinets. You will notice the differing heights of the two plugs.  That’s what you get with manufactured homes.  Originally there was a shorter cabinet here and room for an upright freezer next to it.  I don’t use a freezer, so he extended the cabinets and the counter all the way across.

Then cut the formica counter top. We bought one in stock at Home Depot.

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Then we installed it on the base cabinets.  It looks great.

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Next, we put on the doors.  When he drilled holes for the handles the finish chipped off as you can see in the photo.  So, he then drilled a little on one side and then drilled through from the other side.  This eliminated most of the chipping.

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The handles are brushed nickle.  We bought them at Lowe’s.

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Then we brought in the washer and dryer.  This is how it looks today.

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We have been pretty busy with many things other than home demo. But, are plugging along.

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Peel and Stick Tiles

We have been using peel and stick vinyl tiles our entire 40 years of marriage.  We like them.  Our last home had ceramic tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen.  Guess what?  We tore them up and put down vinyl floors.

Vinyl flooring is warmer on your feet and I am the barefoot queen.  It’s also less likely that what you drop will break.  Ceramic and other hard surface tiles are just that…hard!  They are bad for your feet.  When I go barefooted on a cold, hard, tile floor, I get cramps in my feet.  I don’t experience that with vinyl flooring.

Enough of that.  Yesterday, we had a little time in the afternoon to actually lay the tile in the laundry room.  My husband likes to make things last as long as possible, so he began by applying a glue to the wood flooring before I laid the tiles.

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The glue we used is Premium Tile Adhesive for vinyl composition tile (VCT) by Armstrong.  The directions said to use a smooth edged trowel, but he used the smallest serrated edge.

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Applying it to the floor took about 10-15 minutes.  Then we had to wait 30 minutes for it to dry to a tacky state.

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Some people have ideas about what is the ‘correct’ place or way to begin the floor.  There are actually a lot of ways to decide where to start.  Our floor was 8’4″ from back door to the hallway door.  Since we didn’t want 2″ pieces of tile on each end, we opted to begin at the hallway door and tile across to the back door leaving 4″ cuts at that edge.  Crosswise didn’t matter since both sides will be underneath either the washer and dryer, or the cabinets.

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We are happy with the look and color.  Next step, baseboards and corner moldings.

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A Little Clean Up

Recently, we made a trip to the dump.  We had a bit of wood, flooring, and some other items that needed removal from the yard!  It was beginning to look trashy out there.

The City of Phoenix allows one free trip to the dump each month.  It’s actually a transfer station, not a dump.

The transfer station is large and actually very nice.  Can you say that about a dump?  They have great signage placed for where to deliver your items.  Regular trash trucks come to the same facility and have their own area.  phxrefuse

Our truck was full.  We were sent to bay 11.  Each bay handles two customers.  The place was very busy.

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It felt good to get rid of those old cabinets from the laundry room and garage.  Some old plastic lawn furniture went, too.

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Tractors are on the move throughout the place keeping all the trash picked up and out of the way for the next customer.

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It was unlike any dump I had ever been to, and I was impressed.  Now that we cleaned up our place a little, it’s time to get back to work!

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Floor Prep

I promised more pictures on the progress of the laundry room floor.  Here they are!  As it turned out, the only damage to the floor was where water had leaked in under the door.  The door is relatively new, so we are assuming it has been replaced. Obviously, the floor was never repaired until now.

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After my husband cut out the rotten wood areas, he cut wood pieces to fit them and attached them securely.  He also screwed down any loose floor boards that were squeaking.

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Then he filled all dents, holes, and cracks with wood filler and sanded the floor when it dried.  I think he did this about three times.  This is how the floor looks today.

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We are spending this weekend with our grandchildren, so our project must wait a little bit.  We don’t mind.  Just like dust, it will be there ‘tomorrow’.

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Bare Feet

Well, one thing I like about living in a warmer climate is that I don’t have to wear shoes!  :)  barefeet

We have been very busy.  Our move is complete and escrow has closed on our home up north.  We are now full time residents in what my friend told me is called The Valley of the Sun!

My husband is still working on the laundry room.  It may appear that he is slow, but he is not.  Remember, we have had a lot of other activities competing with our remodeling.

door rot cut outHe cut out the rotten wood of the floor at the door corners.  He also has repaired it and prepped the floor.  I’ll post pictures of that tomorrow.

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