Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We have started to move in the store. It's a mess right now, and there's more coming in, but just wanted to post an update. I still haven't finished faux painting the floor in the back. My hip is hurting and think I'd better let that heal up before I start that leaning over again.

 I decorated the windows today. I'll try to remember to take some photos of those next time.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's Gettin' Good!

!!!!!MORE PHOTOS!!!!!
As you can see, we still have to finish the floors in the back section. The color we have partially painted on the concrete was mixed with the wrong base which made it lighter and have a pink/peach tone instead of clay. After a lot of thought, we have decided to faux paint the floor with other colors on top to see if we can make the color work. Next installment will show the decision & results.
The greasy roll around will be removed shortly. I wonder what they used it for. I'd love to get it cleaned up & fill it with flowers in the summer and put it out front, but it's so big and not sure that would be a good idea. Notice the bucket hanging from the dark tin ceiling on the before picture. It was catching water from the leaky roof. :( I prefer the ceiling painted white. :)
The photo above is taken from back looking front, the photo right below is the same area, front looking back.

The three photos above were before and in the midst, now here's after:

Remember this yucky wall?
In this after photo below, that wall section was actually at the left, where you can see the wall texture changes. We covered that mess with beaded board paneling and painted (the rest of that section that goes behind the hanging heater is painted over bricks). I don't have a full view shot to show the after, maybe next time, but the area now looks just like the photo below shows on that left side. Gee, I hope I'm making sense! :)
 Here's another view of the back from the 2nd doorway.
One last photo. Remember this one?
Well, I forgot to do another exact shot of this part, but you can see it in the last "after" photo above, it is the back wall to the right of the post with the fire extinguisher,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Light is Brighter!

That light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter & brighter! We're almost there! Here's more of what we've been up to.
 We still have to finish installing the drop ceiling, but the oven is now concealed and the ugly metal shed next to it is gone. (I have no idea what those whitish spots in the photo is from, but they happen to me from time to time. Anyone know?)
They often say things get worse before they get better, and so true in this case. This was the wall when the self-contained old wooden refrigerator room was removed. YUCK! Really made me depressed, but knew it would improve.
Need a better photo of this section still, but this gives you the idea. The wood over an old window was covered by that little room. This wall was apparently an original back wall to the building and that was a window that was boarded up at some later time. I am standing in the section that was an addition.

OK, one last photo of work in progress! Here's another wall in the back room where hubby was busy working on Friday.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Good Intentions but . . . . .

Our intentions were to have this place pretty much done by today, but things happened in life that got in the way! So, it will be next week. Here's some update photos of progress, albeit slower than hoped.
 You can see here we are in process of enclosing the oven. Sadly, we will have to resort to a drop ceiling in this section to hide the ugly plaster. Roof leakage over the years has had its tole on the ceiling.
Here's two photos of the back where tin ceiling was still attached. This is tin that we painted glossy white. It was tin color when we purchased the building, we think the white looks so much nicer and brightens up the space!
As you can see, we still have work to the walls to do back here, that's coming in our next work trip!
We are so ready for this work in progress to be complete. Our goal is to be done this coming week. There IS light at the end of the tunnel!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Getting Exciting - New Walls on the Way!

OK .... here's today's before photos ..... hope to have the after photos tomorrow to add to this post. We started working on these walls in the back section of the store today and what a difference there will be!!!!!!!