Saturday, March 03, 2012


NO, I am not AWOL. We are renovating 5 rooms of our double-wide mauufactured home. I am designated decorator. I have to clean and put the rooms back together and position hardware like towel racks, paintings, photos, shelves. YUCK.

We have an excellent carpenter who needed work, and is looking for a full-time job. Hope we finish before he finds one, but if he does, as well as his wife, we are OK about it. She is my housekeeper.

Cleaning is endurable because some days I have a housekeeper to help. But have you ever put up towel bars, especially two, that have to be side by side, and have to be level across the wall of a manufactured home which has nothing level, nothing square, and nothing on the vertical ?

I finished two towel bars yesterday. By the time I finished the second one, I had said most of the "sailor cussing" I have not yet eliminated from my vocabulary. I still have two pieces in same bathroom, one of which has to be centered and leveled above the previously installed two bars. The other is a round towel circle for hand towels.

The toilet tissue holder took 3 hours. It had to also be leveled. between the bath vanity and the toilet in this very small bathroom. I was sore for 3 days from all the contortuous configurations my body was forced to be in, to install this sucker level and secure.

I have another bathroom to do. Then I like backplates on my cabinet/vanitiy/cupboards/drawers to prevent wearing finish off the units.

Well, backplates seem to be old-fashioned and not carried in the big box stores anymore, so I am having to resort to INTERNET where there is plenty in all sorts of design. So that hardware is on hold; usually adding a backplate requires a longer screw--no use putting it up twice!

We are replacing an old wallpaper remodel with beadboard in 5 areas: two bathrooms, a small hallway, the casual dining/den and washroom.

Only the washroom is nearly completion. I haven't found a satisfactory hook to hang one clothes basket. The washroom is also where we store what we recycle, the large garbage can and feed Luckie, besides the freezer, washer, and hot water heater closet. This room retained some of its color but we added some bead board. The hardware remains the same. It has been cleaned, too.

The hallway lacks 1-2 hangings -- not difficult.

The casual dining/den lacks deep cleaning and a few wall hangings. This is a big room with lots of shelving, etc.

The master bath has only just began; it requires some plumbing movement and, if possible, may be the most difficult room.

But I am reading when I have a moment or two.


rosaria said...

Now, that's ambitious on your part! Come to think of it, I still have electrical plates missing from a remodel five years ago.
Yeah, those little things do take time and skill.

Honest Abe said...

Sounds more like a remodel than anything else. I don't mind it or didn't use to mind it. Now I have to get somebody to do what I used to just do. And they don't like it.

Arkansas Patti said...

All I can say is better thee than me. That sounds like quite a project.
Thankk you so much for your kind comment. You are so right, we need to cherish our friends while we can.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i can SO relate to your frustration in installing hardware and the like! i'm so inept with stuff like that, and i'd be joining you in your sailor's dialect. :)

Liz said...

Sounds like a nightmare. Husband does all that sort of stuff in our house I'm pleased to say. I don't have the patience.

When you need a break, please call over to my blog for champagne and cake to celebrate the launch of my first novel and ebook, This Time Next Year!

Amber Star said...

Oh have been so busy. Getting stuff level is so difficult. I've been going through boxes and cleaning my mother in law's things.

Don't work yourself into a sick bed.

Sandi McBride said...

I hope you''ll post pictures so we can see the splendid work!

Dimple said...

I can identify with you! Of course, we only did one room, and the photos I shared hid the imperfections. Nevertheless, I know about rooms which are not square...and the paneling had squares on it to emphasize the room's lack.
Well, I'm sure you will be happy when you are finished!
Thanks for taking the time to come by!

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi there, I would love to see your home when you get finished. I'm always looking for manufactured home remodels to share as inspiration on my blog Mobile Home Living..get in touch with me please!

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi there,
I really enjoy your blog! I have a blog called Mobile Home Living and I'm always looking for mobile and manufactured homes to feature, especially remodeled ones..please get in touch with me when your all done. Thanks!