It’s been a super busy week here at Casa Stevens. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to in my efforts to get this house done.
Day Five: Tuesday Touch Up
Most of the day was spent touching up the paint in the formal living and dining rooms. I also worked on the vintage steamer trunk, which is coming along nicely. I started working on this on Sunday (Aug 11). It was tough work getting it prepped for priming. Here is the before & after shot (of primer, not paint).
Day Six: Mom Duties Called
I had to take the entire day off to finish up my daughter’s school clothes shopping. In all, it was the most pleasant day that I’ve had in at least two weeks. She even found her homecoming dress on sale at the Goodwill for $10!
Day Seven: Project Budget and Number Crunching
I spent the majority of my day using Excel to create my itemized budget worksheet and virtual shopping lists (thanks Home Depot!). Though it was time consuming, I broke each project down into categories and created expense columns which included projected costs, actual costs, and a column for the difference. I made sure to include a good amount of money for incidentals in each category. The hubby was pleased. This way we will know exactly where we stand budget wise for each project. This should keep us on track and prevent us from running out of dough before we are done.
I also finished up the painting of the chandelier and bought a new chain for it.
Day Eight: School Prep
Unfortunately, I had to take yet another day off from getting the house done. At least sitting at the PC and working on the budget was a necessity for this overhaul of the house. Friday was the day I got all my ducks lined up for my fall semester at UCCS. Buying textbooks, turning in forms, and getting familiar with the campus (locating my classes) was in no means how meant to spend my Friday, but I’m glad I could check it off of my very long to-do list!