Sunday, January 18, 2009


Done! We are done! Done with William's room. Done with the upstairs addition. Done, done, done, done, DONE!

First, a few pictures of Williams' room before some final thoughts.

Here is the view from the doorway. The window casing turned out especially well.

This is a view from the closet. I'm very happy with the built-in shelves.

The finished closet including drawer pulls. As much as I want to throw my hands up in the air and declare victory, I probably should repaint the walls inside this closet. The old purple paint looks pretty bad. Then again, it's just a closet...

Final Thoughts

To be honest, I'm not sure if this is my last entry or not. There certainly is a lot of work left to be done on this house. As much as I want to say the upstairs is absolutely done, there are a few things that I left undone. I never put down shoeing, the quarter round trim that goes between the baseboards and floors. I will do that some day. I never finished the doors. The original doors still have white paint that needs stripping (I hate stripping paint!) and the new doors are still unfinished raw wood. There are a few other things like that I will get done. Someday.

The first floor is still half baked as well. We need a new kitchen, badly. The cabinets are crap, the counter tops are plastic as is the floor. I've debated moving the kitchen to where the dining room is, but am still uncommitted. Either way, there is a lot of work to be done there as well as in the dining room, wherever they end up. Someday.

Also on the first floor, the bathroom needs updating. Or, perhaps backdating is closer to my ultimate goal. I'd like to give it more of a period look with tile floors and a bearclaw tub, for a start. In addition, the adjacent room we now call the library, which used to be our bedroom, could use some built in shelves, new window casings, and perhaps an exterior door. Someday.

And, don't even ask me about our basement. It is a disaster. There is a lot of potential for a family room, media room, music room, whatever. But, for now it is just wasted space. It needs heat and floor covering. Someday.

For now, however, I'm happy just to be done.

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Blogger Sharon Kwilter said...

Congratulations. I've enjoyed following your progress and I hope you'll keep posting about your other projects. You've inspired me to actually try a project house when we buy next year

6:10 PM, January 19, 2009  
Blogger Derek said...

That's about as done as ever get. The last steps are always the hardest. It looks great.

1:18 PM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger Greg said...

@Sharon, thanks and good luck with your project!

@Derek, yep there is always something. Thanks.

4:09 PM, January 20, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The closet design is excellent. Especially the in built shelfs. Your kid williams room is looking simple and great.


2:22 AM, January 23, 2009  
Blogger Sandy said...

What a great job! It's beautiful!

1:09 PM, February 01, 2009  
Blogger Bryan said...


I know this doesn't apply to the current article, but I wanted to ask you a question about the fireplace project you completed way back in April of around 2003 maybe? Hope to hear from you. My email is

Thanks in advance

11:21 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations, Greg to you and your family! Especially with the arrival of lil' G it must be a relief to you to have your burning projects finished so that your free time can be spent playing instead of sanding and nailing. :o)

You and MacD have inspired us--instead of just looking at the historical homes in our area, we are actually considering purchase of a shoebox to turn inside out and back in time like you and MacD have with your home.'s just so awe-inspiring. Especially since we saw the some of the majour "finished results" in person a few years ago. :o) Can't wait to see what the kitchen will be like a few years from now!

God forbid it, but just in hindsight: would you ever take on something like this again?

Many blessing,

10:05 AM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Greg said...

Hi Whit, good to hear from you.

To answer you question simply: no, mainly because it took so long. If I had known that it would take 5 years out of my life (and we still have half a house to do!), then no. We thought we could do this thing in a year or two. Ha!

I don't mean to discourage you. But, be prepared for everything to cost more and take *much* longer than you initial expect. Good luck!

2:24 PM, July 11, 2009  

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