About Me

Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

Accio BobVilatas: the Old House
Remodeler's Magic Spell

Oh, how I wish that completing the remodeling of a 100-year-old upstairs was as simple as summoning a Harry Potter–like spell.

Lacking those powers, I will have to be content with showing before and during photos.

This is the north room back in May of this year. Like all rooms on the second floor, it was used as storage for 30 years. Roughly 11 by 18 feet, this room was to become our kitchen,  dining room and living room.

Here it is today. We call it our Pretty Good Room
rather than a great room.

On the other end of the room was a makeshift closet.
This end was to house our dining nook.

Mike and his dad started by removing the wall plaster down to the lath, which is how walls were built 100 years ago. Mike said in some places of the house he found horsehair mixed with the plaster to strengthen the hold. 

New paneling is put up over the laths.

Wyatt's room is his dad's old room. 

It's taking longer than we expected. But it's getting done. 


  1. What a task!Renovating always seems to take longer than expected, doesn't it? The unexpected always seems to rear its ugly head! You are doing a terrific job. Patience is key! Keep up the good work! :) ~Suerae

  2. Thanks Suerae! The move is giving us more space in every room except the living/dining/kitchen, and I'd rather spend less time cleaning there anyway.

    I asked a friend of mine how she stayed sane during her remodeling. She said "How DID I? How DO I?" Like you said, patience is the key. Susan

  3. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?


  4. Hi Brian, thanks for reading! I'll be sending you an email shortly.


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