Almost Never Done; A Tahoe Fixer Update February 15, 2016


Have you ever had a project that you thought would never end?  Yep, me too!

I’m like a five year old, wondering when Santa will arrive. It isn’t pretty!

You’ve heard me talk about The Tahoe Fixer…for 21 months now. Not that I’m counting or anything.  While we (I) had hoped that it would be finished for last Christmas, my new hopeful date for completion, is June.  Of this year.

Dear Mr. Wonderful, has worked so hard!  He has more energy than some men, half his age!  We’ve had some wonderful sub contractors help as well.

Today, he’s installing bead board (one of my true favorites) into the dining room.


He installed it, in the downstairs bedroom, this past week.  I know that when the paint, molding, flooring, lighting and furniture are in, it will be wonderful!

But, right now, it feels like eternity, before that day will come.

Yes, I know, I’m supposed to live in the moment and be thankful for my blessings, but I’m running out of what little patience I started with.



This is the kitchen, which will be a 398% improvement, over the old 1958 kitchen!  The ceiling will be repainted, with a flat finish.  (When was the last time you washed your kitchen walls? Don’t tell anyone, but I have never washed a kitchen wall or ceiling!)

These light fixtures, over the island, are my third attempt at accent lighting. The fourth selection, will be 2 matte black,  hanging school house/farm house…or what ever they are called, hanging lights.  (At least I made sure that they are returnable!) The other options have been either the wrong look or too high, for these 8 foot ceilings.

I am happy with the color of the cabinets, which Mr. Wonderful, meticulously sprayed.

Next up, is to replace the old door, to the garage, install the subway tile backsplash and under cabinet lighting and then the floor! Currently, there’s no power in the kitchen’s electrical outlets, so, the downstairs bath is our auxiliary kitchen!


The living room walls have been retextured, after removing the wainscoting and wallpaper.  The dark crown molding is also gone.  It all looks much cleaner, now, even though “clean” might not be the right word to use!

Back at the shop…


This our Shop-Dog-In-Training, Micah.  I picked up this old truck door last week and attempted to make it into a photo booth!

Treasures, from the furniture market and gift show, are starting to arrive, so stop by soon!

In the mean time, I’m going to go say a prayer and ask for more patience. Wish me luck!

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  1. Eileen on February 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Barbara it looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing

    • Barbara Bussey on February 20, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, world traveler! I hear you’re in Hawaii, right now. Enjoy!

  2. Leslie Harris on April 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Barbara I love your taste—and congrats on your fixer upper! Boy i can relate your feelings about the progress and patience it all takes. But how wonderful that your husband is so handy too–you guys make a great pair i’ll be sure to check back and follow your progress. The kitchen already looks amazing! Did you guys have to sand and prep the cabinets before spraying them, my gosh that’s a lot of work. It was so nice to hear from you..and I was happy to see your shop is still flourishing and looking as charming as ever. Next time I’m in Sacto I’ll have to stop by!

    • Barbara Bussey on April 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hi Leslie,
      Good Sunday morning to you! Thanks for your sweet note. The cabinets were new, paint grade wood, so just a light sanding was needed before Bob sprayed them. I’m not complaining, but if I had a choice to live near a lake or the ocean, I’d pick ocean. I hope you love your new home, too! Cheers!, Barbara

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