I guess SLOW progress is still PROGRESS. Just thought I would update some things. Work has slowed during the summer, but am still doing a few things as I go. In the midst of all of the remodeling we decided to to a refi on the house to (A) get it appraised to see how it compared to the new tax valuation and (B) to hopefully be able to roll an equity line that we had into the mortgage and get a cheaper interest rate. Well glad to say that all worked out. It's nice to know sometimes that all your hard work actually pays off. I was sweating it for awhile wondering if I had just wasted my time on some of the things I did. I also took a couple weekends and painted the house and garage before we did the appraisal. I did end up getting some sweat equity in it. So on with the pictures.....
This is the house before. Faded paint and front step sinking on one corner, and old storm door.
and this is the after.. new paint. Changed the color of the garage door to accent and new lights and storm door.
Some friends from Texas that came up over Memorial Day weekend and stopped by to check out the bar.
New countertop behind bar
Sink installed..still hoooking up water and drain as you can see by the sawdust in the picture.
another shot of behind the bar. I am still working on the cabinets. I have doors that will go under the sink to hide the plumbing and will build a shelf and finish around the stereo reciever.
Now on to some of my accessories. Still working on my mini helmet collection. Trying to get all the Big Ten helmets plus all of the Husker non conference teams by football season.
College World Series mini bat signed my Jackie Bradley Jr on the final night of this years series. My future daughter in law had went to the game with her brothers and were sitting in general admission in the outfield when Jackie Bradley Sr came over and asked to sit with them. He was trying to avoid the ESPN cameras since it was the last college game for his son. After the game he took her and her brothers down to the field to have him sign whatever they wanted him to sign. Was a cool experience for them.
and what's a beer without a glass with your bar logo on it. My brother in law bought me 12 pint glasses and had them etched with the logo I had made for my mirror.
and a few pictures of a party we had over the weekend.
and last but not least.... because of the good situation with the refi the wife ended up replacing her 2001 Olds Alero with 125,000 miles with this 08 anniversary edition Implala with only 15,000 miles. I think this gives me a free pass to put anything I want in the mancave now.