Renovation – Phase II

28 Apr

 Welcome back my friends to Phase II of the great renovation at the Hotel Thompson.  Phase II was an ordeal – almost worse than Phase I in my book.  In Phase II we had an electrician out.  The one thing that the hub unit has always complained about in the living room is that there is *not* enough light.  The hub unit has limited vision and when things are dark, it wipes out what vision he does have which is not much but everything counts, right?

 So one of the first things I did was to have an electrician go up into the attic and install a ceiling fan.  First, it would be great to have some air circulation and second it would have LIGHT.  I have to admit, that this is one of my favorite things about the renovation.  It was a great addition and you will see the final results on Friday.

Also during this time, I kept going back to the floor we ordered.  Something just didn’t sit right with me.  I talked it over with the hub and he told me then that if I had doubts, I needed to call the contractor then and there to discuss it before they were installed.  We had the contractor come back out on 4/12/2015 to go over more flooring ideas.  I’m glad I did because I saw a flooring color that I absolutely fell in love with so we changed it.  While the contractor was out, we also asked him to look at our bathroom floor – it really needed to be changed as well.  After reviewing the prices with him on the bathroom floor, it was a no brainer to go ahead and have it completed as well.  After speaking with the contractor, I knew the right decision had been made and we were set for the flooring.

But then at 6:55PM on Sunday night 4/12/2015, we received a phone call from American Signature Furniture which set me in a turmoil.  The lady that called advised that the furniture we ordered was back ordered until JUNE 2, 2015. What?!  And better yet, the store called us at five minutes until closing to advise us of this information.  And better yet to that, we had upgraded our internet services to fiber optics and did not know that the company had installed a voice mail on our telephone.  The date we bought our furniture and expressing that it had to be in by April 16, 2015, they called us a couple of days after that on 4/2/2015 and said that the furniture was back ordered and would be delivered on April 28th.  Now talk about nerves and stress.  American Signature Furniture was given two telephone numbers to contact – our house number and my cell number.  Not one time did they try to call the cell and we just happened to be at home the evening of 4/12/2015 to speak with the lady about being back ordered until June 2.

Of course, I didn’t sleep well this night.  I was worried about our furniture!  I called the headquarters of American Signature Furniture the next morning 4/13/2015 and advised our situation.  They told me specifically that a manager from the store would call me between 10-10:30AM that day.  At noon, I had not received any calls.  I called the headquarters again and was advised they were still in the works in getting in touch with someone at the store.  Finally around 1PM, the same lady that called me the night before called (who was NOT the manager).  She advised that the only thing she could do was refund our delivery fee.  Shakes head.  How stressful huh?  I advised her that I wanted to speak to the STORE manager.  She told me that he didn’t come in until after 2PM and she would give him the message.

By 3:30PM, no one had called me.  The more I thought about the situation, the more I got ticked.  Just a heads up, don’t tick off a woman who has purged, cleaned and stuck to a schedule to get things done in three weeks.  I left work early, picked up the hub unit and we went to Ashley’s Furniture where I met the nicest manager ever – Angela.  I was up front with her on everything – we needed furniture by Friday 4/17/2015, what I wanted and what had happened.   Within 20 minutes, I found better furniture that I absolutely LOVED, better attitudes, bigger fireplace and friendlier staff.  I highly recommend this store.  AND it gave me great pleasure to go to American Signature Furniture and advise them that I wanted a refund of nearly $3,000.00 due to their service… which by the way a manager has yet to ever call me.  I call that piss poor customer service.

Phase II included all of the tribulations of furniture and then on 4/15/2015 the painting began.  Lord help me if I *ever* see another paint brush my entire life – LOL.  I asked the ‘kids’ to invite their fellow anipals over to the Hotel Thompson for a paint party that included food but unfortunately not one single person showed up.  Who would have thought that, right?  So much for the anipals and kids helping out.  Although, Houdini did try and was almost a Smurf when he attacked the blue paint.  That’s right.  Houdini attacked a blue paint roller.  I immediately picked him up and washed him off.  And I have to admit that there might be some snout marks on one of the lower walls in the living room.  And yes.  I left them there 🙂

 So you are asking what colors I chose?  Well this is one wall and one color.  With the hub unit’s vision impairment, he couldn’t help with the painting so it was in my hands – literally.  I painted for NINE hours straight.  Up/down/on the floor/standing up.  After NINE hours, I called a break.  We went to dinner, rested for a bit and then I came back and did TWO more hours of painting.

Let me add that usually painting doesn’t bother me.  It can be fun for a while.  After 11 hours though, it is a nightmare.  I have never gotten up/down so much from the ladder and chair working in trim.  Heaven forbid – I didn’t know you could hurt in some areas that I hurt.  Let alone when we finally crashed that night, I dreamed about painting and was moving my hands in my sleep with the brush.

 This is the same wall showing how the paint dried.  Pretty huh?  This is the darkest color I used.  It is on the entry way wall and one wall that goes from the living room into the kitchen.

By the time I finished the last wall, I had fallen off the ladder once.  No biggie just a big scratch on my leg.  My legs hurt from getting up and down.  My arms hurt from going up and down with the brush. I had multiple colors of paint all over me.  And who knew you could have bruises on top of bruises.  Was it worth it?  At the end of Phase II, I was definitely questioning myself if I had bitten off more than I could chew.

Remember to come back tomorrow for Phase III.









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34 responses to “Renovation – Phase II

  1. wallaceandsamuel

    04/28/2015 at 1:50 am

    Mom loves, loves, LOVES our ceiling fans – she says they are possibly the best investment she ever made for the house.
    We love that paint colour, it looks similar to what mom and dada has in their bedroom. Thank goodness you managed to sort out the furniture debacle – we are assuming you got a full refund from those other useless people?
    We can’t wait for phase III!!
    Wally & Sammy

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 10:01 am

      Snorts! Mom can be a little well pig-headed when she needs to be. See, I get it from her 🙂 She kind of told the first furniture company where they could stow it and got a full refund. XOXO – Bacon

  2. easyweimaraner

    04/28/2015 at 5:19 am

    OH noooooo… I thought it’s better on your side of the pond… but it seems they learnt from france :o( I’m so glad you found Ashley’s furniture and you refused to join the waiting list for the furnitures and the phonecall of the manager… I’m so sorry you had that ladder-accident… but the color looks fantabulous!

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 10:05 am

      Thanks brother. Mom was a painting machine that one day. I got tired just watching her from the floor – snorts. And I kind of felt sorry for that furniture company. After mom has been stressing and working on the renovation, it was *not* the time to call her about a delay in her furniture. Oh dear mercy. I just *know* she gave it to them. But personally I think they did her a favor. No way could that furniture match what we got. This is fabulous! XOXO – Bacon

  3. onespoiledcat

    04/28/2015 at 7:05 am

    What a LOT of work painting a whole house must be……we love the blue though. Ceiling fans are the best – we have one in the living room and one in my parents’ bedroom…..they don’t use the light fixtures in them though. Mom likes “indirect lighting” (whatever the heck that’s supposed to mean) but if my Dad had vision issues, I think the ceiling light WOULD be a HUGE help! Can’t wait for Phase THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Hugs, Sam

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 10:08 am

      Thanks cousin!! Mom outdid herself in the painting department. She was a machine for sure! The ceiling fan is awesome. Daddy can somewhat see more than what he normally sees – which is not saying much but it helps with outlines of things. At night time, they turn the light off and just turn one table side light on. It’s so cozy! XOXO – Bacon

  4. Fozziemum

    04/28/2015 at 7:26 am

    I think ceiling fans are great we have no aircon and our summers as you know stink! and usually these darlings work a treat ! and painting…yep the calves from up and down the wrists from up and down..i did most of the painting at our old house..perhaps because i am super fussy on edges and Fozziedad has all the finesse of wearing boxing gloves…but the worst was the gazebo and all the rails..urghhhh when we sold we painted all over again..inside and out..i have used paint stripper guns and liquid paint stripper..had melted hot paint flung in my eyeball and then the chemical crappola drip on it..not to mention burnt my bare feet climbing a metal ladder bwahahha so i totally get it…i said i would never paint again..we sold we moved i painted…kill me now ..but how good does it feel to stop!!! :0 🙂 ❤ Loves Fozziemum xxx

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 10:10 am

      Shakes piggy head – you and my mom. I love you both my friend. Mom says she doesn’t mind painting which is refreshing. But she said to paint everything in ONE day – 11 hours of getting up/down and stretching all around – three different paint colors. She dreamed that night of still painting with the brush and was moving her hands. Daddy actually had to hold her hands while they slept. Too funny. XOXO – Bacon

      • Fozziemum

        04/28/2015 at 10:14 am

        Yep it is awful! Fozzidad went out to work one night and i had painted the loungeroom.he thought i lost my mind..urgh and the way you miss bits of paint..and a week later look at you arm or somewhere and wonder just how well you shower 🙂 i still have a few panels of paling fence that summer beat me down on…if i get a day to relax bwahahha i may finish..i feel like Tom Sawyer hahaah 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

      • PigLove

        04/28/2015 at 11:33 am

        Exactly! That’s what mom said painting the walls – she felt like Tom Sawyer. She was trying to bribe one of us anipals to finish it but we knew better. And there is still touch up’s to do. But right now, mom looks at a paint can and turns a funny color. We will let her wait for a couple of weeks before we gently remind her to finish. XOXO -Bacon

      • Fozziemum

        04/28/2015 at 8:34 pm

        I think that is a good idea my friend..even mums are not invincible…pity you all bailed on her hahahaah :)loves Fozziemum xxx

      • PigLove

        04/29/2015 at 9:09 am

        Snorts. Well there is a certain spot on a lower wall that has nose prints from us anipals. We did try. Honestly. Until Houdini tried to become a Smurf. XOXO – Bacon

  5. Kate Crimmins

    04/28/2015 at 9:55 am

    We have Ashley Furniture locally and people love them. The ceiling fan was a stroke of genius. Love the paint color and anxious to see the finished product. You were chugging along!

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 11:30 am

      thanks my friend. Mommy ran a tight schedule for those three weeks. I think we were ALL glad when it was over – snorts. Big party is on Friday – I hope you make plans to attend. XOXO – Bacon

      • Kate Crimmins

        04/28/2015 at 2:16 pm

        I’m bringing the bacon….oops….no need for that as there is already enough Bacon in that house!

      • PigLove

        04/28/2015 at 3:32 pm

        Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. Great one my friend – I love it! XOXO – Bacon

  6. Will and Eko

    04/28/2015 at 10:01 am

    Never a dull moment, eh? Looking forward to seeing the full results.

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 11:31 am

      There always seems to be something going here at the Hotel Thompson in one form or another. The big reveal party will be here on Friday. I hope you can attend my friend 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  7. Sarge

    04/28/2015 at 11:30 am

    Wow, I’d like to see a blue Houdini! BOL OMD these kinds of projects make my Dad say the most colorful of HBO words.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

    • PigLove

      04/28/2015 at 11:35 am

      I can only imagine my friend. For a while, we called Houdini Smurf. He didn’t get it but we rolled with laughter. So hilarious. Big reveal party is Friday. I hope you can attend my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  8. The Canadian Cats

    04/28/2015 at 4:45 pm

    Lookin’ good Bacon. Mom really likes ceiling fans too. We don’t have any in this house but had two in the other house.


    • PigLove

      04/29/2015 at 9:06 am

      We have always wanted one here. Mom loves it cool. I think she has fallen in love with having this one in the living room. I kind of think its cool too. I wonder if Houdini could swing from the blades? XOXO – Bacon

  9. Lowryder's Animal Tails

    04/28/2015 at 5:07 pm

    Oh boy that sounds like a nightmare. I would have helped you paint! I’ve painted every place we’ve lived in whether rented or not. I like colour. I hope it was worth it for you! No wonder you’re sore!

    • PigLove

      04/29/2015 at 9:07 am

      Mom says that she wanted to paint when she moved in here 16 years but she was broke and young and couldn’t. She’s hated these white walls every since. Just some paint makes it amazing now. XOXO – Bacon

  10. gentlestitches

    04/28/2015 at 7:05 pm

    OMP!! You guys are made of strong stuffs! 😀

    • PigLove

      04/29/2015 at 9:08 am

      Snorts – I’m not sure about strong stuff. When mom gets on one of her tight schedules, she really goes all out. XOXO – Bacon

  11. katsrus

    04/28/2015 at 9:06 pm

    I hate bad customer service. Love the color you picked. I feel for you on the painting. I decided to paint almost every room a couple years ago. About half way I was like whos idea was this? LOL. Cannot wait till Friday.
    Sue B

    • PigLove

      04/29/2015 at 9:10 am

      Snorts! Mom had this moment about half way through like, “Do we really need to finish this?” Of course we did but still it did get to a point of being overwhelming. That was when it was time to step out for a while. Mom’s favorite of the three colors was that blue. It’s beautiful! XOXO – Bacon

  12. Cupcake

    04/29/2015 at 5:15 am

    Yay for Ashley Furniture! Customer service lives and breathes!

    Love and licks,

    • PigLove

      04/29/2015 at 9:19 am

      Ashley’s Furniture was SUPERB! After mom bought the furniture, they called her throughout the week to remind her of the delivery. And the delivery guys – WOW – they were awesome. But that’s tomorrow’s posting – sshh. XOXO – Bacon

  13. Nylabluesmum

    05/03/2015 at 7:49 pm

    You are simply amazing June!!!!
    I am so glad you found better furniture & got a refund from the crap store!!! These things happen for a reason right?

    • PigLove

      05/04/2015 at 9:28 am

      Yes they do. Looking back, that first furniture company did us a HUGE favor. We are loving this furniture so much better. So comfy! XOXO – Bacon
      P.S. Come on over nefkitty. You can sit in mom’s chaise with me until she gets home from the worky place today 🙂

      • Nylabluesmum

        05/06/2015 at 3:55 pm

        Mee-you mee iss on mee way Unccle Bacon…loungin on thee chaise soundss grate! 😉
        **paw patss** neffkitty Siddhartha Henry xxx


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