Best Laid Plans

Some days the best plans fall apart. My son had to delay his vacation to cover at work which left me looking for a new way to travel. Enter the Greyhound bus. All their buses are equipped with lifts for the disabled and at $25 it would be less expensive tan gas in a car. Can’t possibly be that easy. Nope, not simple at all. My bus was supposed to pick me up at 9:20 am. Now I’m not a morning person but I was there an hour early as requested. The bus driver forgot to stop at my town. With the bus ten minutes late I had a bad feeling and called the toll free number., 40 minutes later I still had no information but the local number for my destination. Calling the “local” number I ended up speaking to persons,in Guatemala, so much for local. It took another hour to get my ticket approved for later in the afternoon. Between my son having to work Monday morning and my arriving much later than anticipated our schedule was thoroughly out of whack Painting on the new house didn’t begin until 8 pm and the room that was supposed to be completed Monday took a couple of days as the walls were covered in paneling that needed to be done with a brush. Three gallons of paint later it looked much better.

Painting is easy even a 2-year old can do it.

Painting is easy even a 2-year old can do it.

Day 2 started with the little one choosing to have breakfast with me when she saw I had apples. She’s a vegetarian having refused to eat any meat so far in her young life.

Apple for breakfast.

Apple for breakfast.

Everyone got to work and while I worked on the second coat of paint in the family room on that paneling, work progressed in the dining room, bathroom and kitchen. By Wednesday, we too a break and visited Construction Junction. This is a place I could enjoy visiting often. I could live in here.

Lovely wood cabinets.

Lovely wood cabinets.

Sinks of all sizes.

Sinks of all sizes.

Wide selection of shelves.

Wide selection of shelves.

For only $150. You would need high ceilings for this cabinet.

For only $150. You would need high ceilings for this cabinet.

my daughter-in-law and I found metal tiles. At .50 for 4″ and $1 for 12″ squares we did some dreaming. SavedPicture-20136271939.jpg SavedPicture-201362719250.jpg SavedPicture-201362719228.jpg I spotted this table, the complete set with 2 chairs was only $15, or you could buy them separately for $5 each. SavedPicture-201362719325.jpg There was much more to see. Marble slabs for $35, ceiling fans and replacement blades, light fixtures, etc but my son wanted to leave. Afterwards I got to work on the cabinet doors from the family room. Yes, more of that paneling covered each one. The doors had been painted along with the hardware.

Fresh white on each door looks much better.

Fresh white on each door looks much better.

My hands feel the hours of effort it too to scrape away enough paint to get the screws out of the handles and hinges. I packed several tools I thought we might need, knowing my son would forget to bring his tools on the first trip and I was right, but I didn’t bring tools that could clean the hardware. I got to work with a flat head screwdriver and my fingernails

The best way to paint screws is to stick them in a piece of cardboard so the heads don't touch any thing, then spray away.

The best way to paint screws is to stick them in a piece of cardboard so the heads don’t touch any thing, then spray away.

, 154 screws later I was wishing I had sent my son out to buy new screws. While I was doing this the master bedroom was painted and touchups were completed in the other rooms. One room left to paint, then the furniture can be moved in.

The Farm Table.

The Farm Table.

And here is a store on main street that will have to wait for my next visit to explore. It’s called the Farm Table, everything available is made from reclaimed items.

27 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans

  1. My whole house is paneling, except for the kitchen and bathroom. I’ve painted the living room and the hallway. I had planned to have it all painted the first summer I was here, in 2008 . . . Best laid plans . . . .

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    • A whole house of paneling, what a job that must be to paint it all. The reason we had to paint the entire house before my son’s wife would move in was because once moved into their last house my son kept putting off moving everything to paint. After almost 6 years only 3 rooms were finished.

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      • I can understand that. That is certainly the drawback to painting my bedroom. I have too much furniture in there anyway. I’m not sure how I will move it to paint.

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        • Yes, heavy furniture can be a real pain. I got rid of all my heavy pieces when I moved as I just can’t do it any more. Maybe you could enlist one of your children to help you when you are ready?

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          • Jean, I am the same way. Today I was painting two pieces of furniture when a futon I ordered arrived, it was supposed to be delivered Monday. I asked my daughter-in-law if she could help me when she stopped tomorrow. Then I went ahead and moved everything myself and set up the futon. I called and told her I wouldn’t need her help. 😊

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    • Heidi, paneling is a pain because you can’t use a roller on most of them, this one included. Luckily it was only in one room, although the largest room of their house. It looks fresher now that its done. Friday was a day where the jobs needing to be completed called for more strength than I had so I entertained the little one and made her day by crocheting three dresses for her Barbie.

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  2. Ah – An adventure! How boring the story would be if the bus arrived on time and you got there on time…! Looks like you had a great time despite being forcibly removed from Construction Junction!! When will you get to your son’s again? – K xx

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    • Kara, it was an adventure and we still got everything done we needed to in the time we had. I am still at my son’s home, I will return home Sunday night. Today, Saturday the actual furniture gets moved in which I won’t be able to help much with other than occupy my granddaughter to keep her out of their way. I will most likely visit again the end of July for my sons birthday.

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  3. we painted all our paneling in our house (basement, bathroom and one bedroom). It turned out great. Sorry about the bus story, I guess public transportation is not as advance as the one we have in Italy. I could totally live without a car back home. Here not so much.

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    • My daughter-in-law can’t stop smiling now that the paneling is finished. She finds that she likes the texture the walls have and is glad the room had paneling, now.

      The bus situation was ridiculous, but it got me here. As I am leaving from a major city to head home I know it won’t skip picking me up. I would definitely take the bus again for a trip. The only sticking point I had about living car-free was my wanting to visit my son now that I know the buses are handicap accessible I can’t come up with a single reason to own a bus.

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  4. We have wood paneling all down our hallway which I painted as it looked like the black hole of Calcutta. It looks so much better in off white but it took me days to do. I’m surprised your family managed to get you out of construction junction ;)

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    • I have painted almost every paneling I have had to live with. While it can feel warm to be surrounded by wood I find it too dark for me too. The paneling here had already been painted, it was a horrible color, it helped to speed up the process.

      As for Construction Junction I was at the mercy of my son. When he decided I had been there too long he pushed me outside.😩

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  5. When I used to do road races and came upon a hill I was advised by my coach to attack the hill, in the same manner I like your fighting attitude against adversity.

    Is The Farm Table really at this strange angle?

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    • Thanks, Alex. No the Farm Table while on a hill isn’t at that angle. Knowing I wouldn’t have time to visit this week I snapped that picture from inside a moving car. We hit a bump just as I took the picture but didn’t have a chance to take another.

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  6. big job…hope you get it all polished off, as I know you like to see a job completed (grin).

    that little girl is doing very well painting…

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    • She had so much fun, of course the carpeted stairs are a big draw as well. The painting will be completed before I have to head home. Not sure if everything will be unpacked or the art hung, but my job will be completed 😊

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  7. I love all those great second hand goods – swoonworthy. I went to reverse garbage, and it’s very similar (and of course I thought of you). Shame about all the transport dramas :s But you got there in the end at the very least.

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    • Thankfully the paneling is finally finished. One last room to add a second coat and the house will be done. Saturday the furniture and the rest of their belongings will be moved in and Sunday I head home.

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