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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Renovation a roller coaster

Sometimes everything is seamless. People and shipments arrive on time. I can see the progress being made in my home and smile in satisfaction knowing that everything is going according to plan. I constantly remind myself that this disorganized, sheet rock covered place with gutted rooms will soon be lovely, bright and homey spaces.

Last week was not like that, at all. The first big bummer was when Hugh broke the news he couldn’t install recess can lights in the kitchen, dining room or hallway. For me, lightning is on my must-have list. I don’t like dimly lit rooms and even with two windows in the kitchen, on an overcast day, it’s too dark.

After an internal pep talk and a couple of deep breaths, I talked with Hugh and his brother to determine what plan B was. So, off to Lowe’s I went to look at LED strip and track lights. Buying a light bulb used to be a no-brainer. Now it’s a brain boggler with a dizzying array of products. Am I the only one that feels like choosing between incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs is kind of confusing?

Luckily, I recruited my grandparents for this little trip. Plus, I was able to flag down a fellow, who sounded knowledgeable enough. Although he didn’t work at Lowe’s, with his help, I was able to navigate my way through the aisle before finally selecting a Good Earth Lighting 48-in LED flush mount light for my kitchen. I’ll have to hang them all up to really put their brightness to the test.

Good thing for me, Wednesday was bathroom demo day so Hugh chose the ideal time to give me the disappointing update. After purchasing my lights, I took my frustration out on the tile floor with a sledge hammer. Oh, and you know what stinks? Removing an old toilet. I crammed a huge wad of paper towels into the hole to reduce the septic stench after Grandpa and Hugh lifted it up and took it outside.

After meeting with Scotty and Justin, my kitchen cabinets are in the works. Cue the holy choir of angelic singers as I do a little victory dance. I chose classic shaker style fronts with flat recess panels and no bevel on the frame with slab drawer fronts so I could use cup pulls. The guys said they were tired of doing the same ole’ white cabinets so I’ve given them something to look forward to. You won’t believe the color I’ve chosen.

Once the bottom cabinets are installed, Hugh will lay the kitchen tile. In the meantime, I’ll be ripping up the last room with carpet so we can get the hardwood floor refinished. Also, the wallpaper in the master bedroom has got to go along with all the crown molding. Let me tell you, I’ve gotten good at using a crow bar and a hammer.

That’s all for now. I’ll keep you posted with more of our exciting reno updates as we go.

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.