Moving In to La Maisonnette

• 30 July 2009



































On Saturday we moved into La Maisonnette. This is what it looked like. A few weeks ago one of you mentioned "blood, sweat & tears" as being part of a renovation. Now I understand exactly what you mean. I cried on the tile floors that afternoon. It's one thing to be an adult and move into a mess like this--but it's another to move in 3 little kids. For the first time in almost one year, we expressed regret at undertaking a project of such magnitude. We know things will work out...it's just that we're at a difficult {and critical} stage in the renovation right now.

Right now a lot of things are happening at the cottage:

1. a portion of the stairs are being rebuilt
2. a custom window is being installed--the Husband uncovered the petite fenetre when jack hammering a wall up top. A fun find to be sure!
3. hardwood floors refinished.
4. beds ordered (in the meantime we sleep on mattresses on the floor
5. gardener trimmed up the grass and a few trees, which give me additional light in the kitchen
6. kitchen installed
7. shattered antique tiles replaced

Still to do:

1. install lighting already chosen; finish up ordering additional lighting
2. find couch, kitchen chairs, rugs, armoire
3. paint and install trim in bathroom
4. sand and stain beams
5. clean up antique furniture
6. refinish antique tile floors
7. add last coat of paint to most of the house
8. install upper bathroom
9. bathroom mirror, mini storage
10. clean, clean and more cleaning
11. all those last-minute projects that always creep up
12. regain sanity :)

p.s. thanks so much for all the tips yesterday...you guys are just what the doctor ordered!

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