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Halloween happenings! But…

The thing is, nothing Halloween-related is happening over here. I have put up not one decoration because remodeling is happening instead. So not scary unless you consider dust on every surface scary… which, actually, it is, along with the fact that possibly thinking about a potential basement waterproofing cost, quotation could also be terrifying if we did decide to get that done as well. So, in fact, the only thing “Halloween” here is Halloween Harmony Boards. To many people, remodelling probably is their Halloween nightmare especially if they are renovating large parts of their house, my friend in Colorado has completely redone her roof by carefully selecting a Denver roofer that can match her needs, and we, surprise surprise, are in the same spooky boat whilst dealing with various decisions.

Halloween Harmony Board

When I bought my home on November 10, 2017, I had about a dozen remodel projects in mind. Here they are in order of importance to me, which translates into the order of completion.

You can click on the links above to revisit past projects.

The current projects are the 3rd bathroom flip and the new countertops. The photo above shows the old counters. It also shows the door that leads to the bathroom that is being flipped. It is between the two bookshelves filled with cookbooks. If you look closely, you can just make out the opening and framing of the door.

Below are the “before” photos of the bathroom.

I honestly think the tiny sink was meant for a trailer. The shower never worked properly and the glass doors leaked. Thank goodness it’s fairly easy to find a plumber nowadays; a quick Google search like “plumber El Segundo” or whatever your location, should give out a list of potential handymen to hire. Figuring out whom to hire from that list to accurately do the re-piping, fix the shower, and take care of all the plumbing parts of the remodel project is of course up to me, as plumbing is often detailed work and needs to be done perfectly. And of course, the entry door was off the breakfast room which was my biggest pet-peeve with it. Not to mention that it is basic and boring as hell.

The dreaded jackhammer and a disappearing floor

The bathroom remodel began on November 15 and is still ongoing as I type. The shower, toilet and sink were all moved around. Since this is a complete remodeling process, I was planning to have a shower enclosure in the remodeled bathroom–it gives a new look to the bathing space. Some of my friends who had got shower enclosures had suggested I look for the fittings on an online shop similar to Shower Enclosures UK. Anyway, besides the plans of installations, the floor too had to be jackhammered out. Jackhammering happening inside your house is NOT fun! It was a day and a half process and I ended up with a migraine after day 1 and my male cat, Bombay, wound up with feline herpes after day 2. That sounds worse than it is. Feline herpes is basically an acute upper respiratory infection for cats. Symptoms are sneezing attacks, sometimes with bloody discharge. Bombay had it two summers ago when I was in the rental house and went out of town. Stress brings the symptoms on. So the stress of a big move and then me leaving town was the cause of it the first time. I attribute the jackhammering to this second attack. He’s better now and, of course, my migraine cleared up in a day.

Oops, that’s not drywall, that’s solid block, sledgehammer time!

There is always a surprise or two with all my remodels. The big surprise this time was a block wall where we thought there was drywall. So that meant that sledgehammering was also occurring. Oh, Joy! In the photo above, the wood floor area was a hall closet. I am reclaiming that space to enlarge the bathroom and turn the door from that opening on the left side wall to now come out right here where the closet used to be.

Drywall was put in to cover up the former door opening. Yay!

After the plumbing was moved around, cement went back down and then the new floors.

All the tiling and grout are done. Today some of the electrical was put in but by the time I returned home from Harmony Board deliveries, it was too dark to take a new photo. So let’s move on to the NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS!!!

These two photos were taken after I’d cleared off the counters and taken out the top drawers in preparation to remove the old and install the new.

Drum roll…….

I was too excited to take a photo of the counters before I put the kitchen back together.

I could not be happier with the end result and I can’t wait to use this background for food, cooking and Harmony Board photos! It is like a clean slate and so much more visually appealing than those busy, dizzying, brown counters!

Even at 9:00 at night, in bad lighting, this counter photographs 100% better than what I had before!

The bathroom remodel should be wrapped up in about a week. I’ll put up an update post as soon as it is!

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1 Debbie Elder { 10.31.19 at 6:41 AM }

Looks great!

2 Shirley { 10.31.19 at 7:31 AM }


As always, you never cease to amaze me with what you can do. I love it! Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to post on your blog. The Harmony Board is adorable! Where did you get the crackers and the chips? TJ’s?

Happy Halloween.


3 Ronnie Jaap { 10.31.19 at 7:38 AM }

Oh My! First of all, so glad you and Bombay have fully recovered! I had no idea you were in the midst of all of this. Secondly, It looks gorgeous! Enjoy!
P.S. Happy Belated Birthday!

4 Lina K Austin { 10.31.19 at 9:14 AM }

Glad to see that you are doing these things that make you happier. Your home is so warm.

5 Anonymous { 11.16.19 at 11:25 AM }

It looks fabulous! You are organized to have figured out what needed to be done to your house. It looks like the list is finished. You are an amazing lady to keep making harmony boards while remodel is going on.

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