Thanksgiving 2012 – Food, Remodeling, and Disneyland!

That post title pretty much sums up our Thanksgiving break! It all started on Thursday with Thanksgiving at my family’s house in Temecula. We had a great time playing card games, perusing Black Friday ads, and stuffing ourselves silly–my crazy mom made two turkeys and 13 different side dishes!

The next day we were up and at ‘em on our latest remodeling project: our downstairs powder room! We had originally hoped to do a big remodel of our upstairs bathroom area, which has a dated full bathroom and a weird separate sink area. We really want to add a toilet and shower to the sink area to create a second full (ok, 3/4) bath upstairs, but some of the cost estimates we found freaked us out a bit. One contractor blog we found suggested it would cost around $4,000 just to add the toilet. Yikes. We’re not quite ready for that big of a financial commitment, so we’ve decided to keep saving our pennies and tackle a smaller project first.

And so, our living and dining rooms currently look like this:

Our living room is full of construction supplies... is our dining room.

Unfortunately, we forgot to take “before” photos, but the fun started when Robby tore out the existing (ugly and chipped!) sink and vanity cabinet:

Phase one: tearing out the sink.

Then we tore out the rusty medicine cabinet (who needs one of those in a powder room, anyway?), and Robby patched the drywall:

Robby's first drywall project. He did a good job!

Next, we filled in the missing floor planks and baseboards, and opened the wall to add blocking (horizontal support studs) for the sink. Unfortunately, we encountered a few unpleasant surprises at that point. One of the sink taps developed a slow leak, we found a vent pipe right where we need to add blocking, and, worst of all, we noticed that the plumbing is agonizingly off-center, which means we either need to move/angle the pipes or put up with a crooked-looking sink:

Annoyingly off-center pipes.

So frustrating! I guess it wouldn’t be a real remodeling project if we didn’t have to call in an expert. :( So, unfortunately, our project is at a standstill until we can get a plumber in to fix the pipes. We’re hoping to get that done this week, but until then, here’s a little preview of what I’m hoping the bathroom will look like when everything is done:

Kohler Archer pedestal sink.

Moen Banbury faucet and accessories (towel holder, toilet paper holder, and toilet flush handle).

Moen Sage mirror.

Grasscloth wallpaper.

I also want to build floating shelves above the toilet to hold towels, like this (image found on Pinterest).

Our bathroom may be in limbo, but we ended our vacation on a high note–at Disneyland! I had the amazing good fortune to win two park hopper tickets in a drawing at work, and we decided to use them before the holiday chaos begins. Our pace was somewhat slow since we were both tired and I had a sinus headache, blah. Still, we had a great time taking in the Christmas decorations, riding the rides, and hunting down fun things to eat. We especially liked the new Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure:


Christmas at Cars Land was so fun!

Definitely a memorable Thanksgiving weekend, although perhaps not very restful. :) We’re looking forward to spending Christmas with Robby’s family soon–although, I have a lot of work ahead of me since I decided to hand-make several of our gifts. Wish me luck finishing everything!

One thought on “Thanksgiving 2012 – Food, Remodeling, and Disneyland!”

  1. I get tired thinking of all that you two are up to! Hopefully we can plan a trip sometime in the next year to see you and all the improvements on the condo. Sounds like you had a good Thanksgiving. Looking forward to your visit at Christmas.

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