Thank goodness for this sturdy old farmhouse with it's "interesting" floor plan! It seems to stretch and expand with all its old fashioned nooks and crannies. Mom will have her own apartment on the main floor, with easy access to the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Mom's apartment will have a large bedroom / sitting room, a walk-through closet, a full bath, a pantry area, and a kitchenette and dining area. Ikea, here we come!
Last month we had a laminate floor installed in the bedroom / sitting room, and Mark worked all day yesterday on finishing the moldings and trim in the room. It looks so pretty.
The new laminate floor in Mom's bedroom / sitting room
Pretty new trim / baseboards
One of the architectural details we saved when we did the big remodeling job 8 years ago - now it's installed in a corner of Mom's closet.
Mark even made the moldings pretty inside the closet.
And...drum roll...speaking of Ikea, I headed out on a little shopping expedition of my own Friday night. Came home with some...um...heavy boxes full of two or three million little pieces.
I needed some
prettier more efficient storage space for our office "stuff" if it was going to be right there in our dining room, instead of tucked away on the back porch. (Which will soon become Mom's kitchenette and dining area.) While Mark was constructing awesome-looking trims for Mom's apartment, I was playing carpenter with the fun that is Ikea furniture.
It's not too complicated, right??
If you just take the directions one step at a time, it's not too hard.
I actually got a small blister on my right hand from all the screwdriver use.
And this is the awesome result! I love this pretty cabinet.
Instead of having "stuff" all over the top of the desk, it's stashed away in the pretty cabinet!
And to replace the desk drawers + rubbermaid drawers + 4-drawer filing cabinet...ta da!!
I built the little 5-drawer cabinet from Ikea, and bought the little filing cabinet at Office Max.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
Makes me happy!
Mark and I will fly to Spokane Thursday morning to help Mom finish packing. Son-in-law Eric will join us on Friday to load the U-Haul truck. My brother will come over from Shelton, WA (near Olympia) on Thursday, too. On Saturday, Mark & Eric will drive the U-Haul back to Oregon City, and Mom and I will drive her car. We have a crew planning to meet us at 7:00 pm to unload Mom into her new home (!!) and then Eric will fly back to Spokane on Sunday morning to get his car and drive home to his sweet family.
I know there will be adjustments to make all around - for Mom as well as for Mark and me - but we are genuinely looking forward to having Mom here. She is sweet, happy company, and we are looking forward to good connections and happy adventures together in the coming months.