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And moving on to the bathroom…..

Last Thursday, the carpenter and his helper were scheduled to deliver the corner shelf we had commissioned for the bathroom. On Wednesday, he called to ask whether I wanted clear or pebbled amber glass for the doors. The colored glass of course. Okie Dokie then, they’d be there sometime on Thursday.

So since they weren’t there first thing in the morning, I gave them a call to see when they would arrive. The tentative time was about 6 pm that afternoon. Ok, well, that’s a little late and of course since we use solar energy, if the installation required a lot of power, this could be an issue. 

Actually, it was nearly 8 pm when they arrived. Despite our power concerns, they were able to get the installation done in less than an hour. Apparently, the vidriería (glass shop) where they get their glass was closed and that held them up. 

You can see in this picture that the door is a lighter brown than the corner cabinet.

The one issue that did come up, is the color. Despite having the entire kitchen done by them in a specific wood color, the corner shelf was considerably darker when it arrived. As my husband set this project up, I wasn’t privy to what color he specified but he didn’t seem too happy about it. 

Even though it doesn’t match the door or towel holder or anything in the kitchen, it does match the curtain rod we moved from the kitchen to the bathroom, so I am fine with it. It extends from floor to ceiling and unlike the kitchen cupboards, I can reach all but the topmost shelf, which makes me happy. 

It’s too tall to get a fill picture no matter where I stood. This is the upper half.

So my husband paid and the carpenters left. A few minutes later, I got a call saying that we had OVERPAID by $200 pesos and that we could pick the money up at the carpintería on Monday, which we did. Now how often does that happen in Mexico? 

That’s the final project we have scheduled for awhile. We need to change the bathroom sink faucet out since the one that’s there now leaks, but that’s a small thing overall. 

As far as I’m concerned, the inside of the house is completely finished. Now on to the outside!

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Kitchen Cupboards

Right before our trip in June, my husband brought home a 5 burner stove he had received in lieu of payment for working on the house he is remodeling in town. We had a stove and it’s been a good stove for the most part. However, the two back burners no longer worked well. So I was in lust at this new (used) stove.

Our current stove was considerably smaller than the one we wanted to replace it with. But leave it to my husband to fix it all up. He made a platform for the new stove and extended the countertop to the stove. Where the stove had been, he turned it into a cupboard underneath for the pans.

The tile isn’t an exact match to what we had before but it has the same design as the floor only in a lighter color, so it really brightens up the area. There is so much more space for food preparation! 

And the stove is a dream! A full meal takes half the time. The gas burners are electric-start so no more running to the store for matches right before dinner. I haven’t yet used the oven, but it’s on my list. Cookies I think! 

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Look at all the burners I can use at once!

Then about a month after this remodel, we were driving in Yuriria looking for some shelves and stopped at a carpintería (carpenter workshop). I fell in love with their work. We bought a shelf and left our name and address so the master carpenter could measure our kitchen walls for some cabinets. 

The master carpenter and his assistant, the guy we spoke with at the shop, came the very next morning. They took stock of what we had, showed us some pictures and took measurements. I could literally see the wheels turning as they designed a set of cabinets to fit the space. With no money down, they said they’d be back in two weeks for the installation.

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The cupboards they brought back were amazing! The pebbled amber glass matched the panes in the ceiling lamp (which was another item from a job my husband did).

However, the corner cupboard wouldn’t fit through the door between the garage and the kitchen. So they tried to take it through the animal compound, but it wouldn’t fit through that door either. Up and over the wall it went. It did fit fine through the back door. 

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Our power inverter wasn’t powerful enough for the carpenter’s big saw, so my husband changed out the inverter for the one designed for power tools. I decided to stay out of the way until they were done.

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Originally the corner cupboard had that fencing thing in front which made it difficult to reach things there. It was removed for easier access.

When I went downstairs to get a gander, I was dismayed to see that I couldn’t reach any of the shelves. When we had discussed the measurements and placement two weeks previously, this wasn’t an issue. The marks on the wall seemed accessible to me. I’m going to have to get a kitchen stool to even reach the bottom shelf.

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The door for the pantry and the lower cupboard door that went where the stove had been turned out beautifully. They even revarnished the other bottom cupboard doors to match and changed out the handles. 

Then, unbeknownst to me, my husband requested an addition to the cupboards. He had a design and worked it out with the guys and set up a date for them to come back and install it. I was fine with the cupboards we had, but I guess I didn’t have a say in the matter.

The carpenters came back on a Friday even though I would have to work in the next room teaching classes. The installation was held up because the cupboard wouldn’t fit in the area it was supposed to go. My husband had to cut part of the fireplace in order to make space for it. 

My son isn’t really impressed with the cupboards though. He rates them a mere 7 out 10 on the awesome scale. I have to agree because I can’t reach them. I’m looking for a kitchen stool though. I will not be denied access because of my height!

I have some mixed emotions about my new kitchen space. I feel a little “presumida” (boastful) in sharing pictures this time around, which is not my intention. I spent way more money than I had planned on this kitchen remodel. I’ve had to forgo other necessary purchases (like a moto) to do it. And I know that most kitchens in my area do not have shelving let alone cupboards like these. So, in addition, I feel guilty complaining about their inaccessible height. 

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Some kitchens we’ve had renting and others we’ve been in.

However, my conflicted feelings didn’t stop me from ordering a corner shelf for the bathroom. 

 

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Rainy Season Projects

With the rainy season upon us, some of our proposed construction projects have to be put on hold.

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On the other hand, my sister-in-law has started construction on her house across the street from us in La Yacata because building in the rainy season means you don’t have to buy any water for the cement mix. My husband, son, father-in-law and one of my brothers-in-law are working like a machine to get the foundation done. My sister-in-law is also out there every day after the tortillas have sold to bring nourishment and help out.

That’s not to say all construction on our house has ceased. Our little projects this month included the installation of a small window in the spare room and the front porch screen door.

The front of the animal side of our property was also patched with cement and the roof bit angled ready for tejas (roofing tiles).

I also found what I think might have been part of a gun cabinet at a junk store and lo and behold it’s just the thing for some kitchen shelves.

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Next month’s projects may or may not include a banana tree, so stay tuned!

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A bit of remodeling–Sitting around the house

I think I may have gotten a bit carried away with chairs.  For so long, we haven’t had a decent chair or sofa to sit on.  Now we have plenty if anyone is thinking about coming for a visit.

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First, from one of the carpenters that we didn’t get the bedside tables from, I bought this Adirondack chair for the back porch.  I adore it.  My son said I look like a little kid in it.  I guess because maybe my feet don’t touch the ground.

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Then from the guy who sold the bedside tables before we could snatch them up, I bought this rocking chair.  I love it!  But yet again, my son says it is too big for me.  It’s supposedly for the front porch, whenever that gets done.

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Then there are the 6 chairs from the indigenous tent guy with the wife, twin toddlers and 4 year old, plus a couple of puppies.  We weren’t as happy with these, mostly because of the poor stain job.  Plus, it took 3 trips to pick them up.  Each time a new finished time was given.  The chairs, however, are sturdy and should last a good while, although not too comfortable.

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Before

Then we had carpenter Harley redo the legs of the last 3 chairs that came with the table my mom gave me for our wedding.  The tops were still good.  The legs not so much.  Remember that spectacular fall? While he was at it, he restained the table.  Looks good, doesn’t it?  The chairs came back much shorter than they went, so it was a good thing we had already purchased those 6 other chairs for the table.  They’re still good though.  I use one for my sewing machine and two for my puzzle table.

After

I also had carpenter Harley make me a bench for my piano–another sitting place.  

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And finally, we brought the cute little brown chairs from the Little House in Sunflower Valley for this little sitting area in front of the window. These are the only sitting spots that were not handcrafted, although the table was made by my son.

So while we do not have a couch, there certainly are plenty of places to just sit around the house these days!

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