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Saturday, July 19, 2014

We're Floored.

 (No, Really!)


Barbara came, along with Comet the Chihuahua, and with much cursing and banging, installed the floor. It's bamboo locking floor from Lowe's, about $2.50 or so a square foot. I must say she did a very good job. In addition, she did a little more work on the benches and counter, and stained the ceiling beams which will remain exposed when the faux tin ceiling is put up.

Norm and I concentrated on the exterior paint job, which is proceeding apace. It doesn't look much different than the last photo, but we've been able to apply additional coats and the color is nice and even now. I'm really pleased with it.

One of our major successes this week was finding just the right kind of beadboard wainscot paneling for the walls. You'd think it would have been easy to obtain this, but the stuff at Lowe's and HD was just...not good. They had stuff that was thin and cut with two repeating grooves, and looked cheesy to my eye. What I wanted was the real deal, the thicker stuff with the bead actually rounded. And I wanted it in either a light stain, or plain wood. This proved surprisingly difficult to find. Norm the ever-resourceful, called just about every lumberyard in the area and finally found a place that said they had it. But did they? Norm wanted to be sure it was the right stuff, so early Saturday morning we took a trip.

The stuff is PERFECT. Unstained, just thick enough, with a nice rounded bead. We'll slap a coat of Minwax PolyShades Honey Pine on it, and it will be just right.

This week should see a bump in progress, as Lars the Renaissance Man is due to commit a blitz-build. I can't wait to see what's waiting for me when I get home from work.

Norm got into the habit of calling the vardo 'Brigitte Vardo'. One of his co-workers at the park decided to make a sign for her. I don't have the heart to tell him he misspelled it, so she's 'Bridgette' from now until forever.

I'll leave you with a photo of my newest decorative acquisition. Sun faces! $25 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Not sure where' they'll go yet, but I'll find a place for them.


  1. So where did Norm find the beadboard?

    1. Sorry for the late reply: Jefferson Lumberyard, Lake Hopatcong. Opposite the Marine Police barracks. It's a really nice yard, the people are very helpful too.

  2. Thank you for sharing your adventures in building your Vardo Life. I hope to get to Pennsic myself in 2-3 years. Looking forward to seeing you there. Waiting patiently for updates, but it is amazing how Life gets in the way of plans. I am just starting my own Vardo Adventures. Keeping you & yours in my prayers. Bright Blessings.

    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply:
      Yes, life does get in the way! We've had some setbacks, including Norm breaking his ankle this winter. But we're back as you can see - I've just posted a new entry. I hope to meet you someday at Pennsic, we will be there with the vardo this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will be pretty close to done with it at that point.