Cindy's Country Mix

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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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