HubNuggets D.I.Y. Renovations

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Image by RedElf

Time to renovate

Designer extraordinaire, Simone Smith completed the finishing touches to the new plans she had been working on and sat back to look them over. The dirt had finally settled in Jason's garden, his backyard reno's were completed, and now it was time to give the HubNugget team's clubhouse a facelift. With a critical eye for design and functionality, Simone carefully checked her measurements. Satisfied with her work, she sat back with a smile.

Now all she had to do was sell her ideas to the rest of the team.

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Image by RedElf

Calling all team members

Simone immediately set up a conference call with the HubNugget team members and told them to meet her at the clubhouse. After everyone was assembled, she showed them the plans she had drawn up (from their suggestions) for the groups approval.

"The materials should be here within the hour, so we can get started with the demo and we'll be ready when they arrive." She explained. "Everyone grab a hammer, and let's get this show on the road!"

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Images by RedElf

Screwdrivers, hammers and nails...oh my...

Patty Inglish, Ladyjane1 and Maddie decided to start in the kitchen. The cabinets were the first to be removed...well, actually, only the doors. A quick refinishing would add some pizazz and as the cabinets themselves were still in great shape, all that was needed was a sanding and staining to bring them back to their original beauty.

The sink and counter-top were removed - I have to admit that everyone had to pitch in for that job - and then the little group got busy painting.

The truck arrived with all their supplies and the major renovations got underway. Patty and Ladyjane tackled the cabinets while Maddie laid out the pattern for the back-splash.

Beautiful glass and rock tiles would soon grace the space above the counter, and under-counter lights were added for some ambiance. By the time she was done, Patty and Ladyjane1 were finished sanding the cabinets and doors, and all three of them tucked into staining.

Before long, the counter-top and sink were ready to install, the back-splash was put up and grouted, and cabinet doors were rehung. The trio gazed around their beautiful, updated kitchen and smiled. Job well done!

"You know...." Patty said, "I have something else that this kitchen needs." Unfolding a wad of papers she had been carrying in her back pocket, she passed them around to the team.

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Bathroom - crashed!

Jason, Koffeeklatch Gals and RedElf headed for the bathroom - time to update the tile, fixtures and cabinets. Being the strongest, Jason was elected to replace the vanity top and sink. RedElf had already picked out the new ones, and they were unloaded from the truck shortly. After he had removed the top, Gals got busy sanding in preparation of a new coat of stain and RedElf began painting the walls. Once that was finished - it wasn't an overly large bathroom after all, she started applying mud to the wall for the new accent tiles.

Once the staining was finished and the new vanity top installed, RedElf tackled the back-splash. When they were done, the trio sat back admiring their work. Dipping into her tool belt, she pulled out a sheaf of papers and handed them round to the others.

"I thought these would go beautifully with the new tiles," she purred.

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Move over "House crashers"

That left Simone, Enelle and Ripplemaker to take on the living room. Ripplemaker started with a fireplace refacing. The wire mesh was up in minutes and she started applying the first coat of mud that would be the base of a beautiful new stone finish. Simone chose the task of taking down the wall to the dining room, having first ascertained that it wasn't a load bearing wall of course, and Enelle grabbed her paintbrush and trimmed out the doors and windows in preparation of repainting.

The wall came down in record time, drywall patches went up and were prepped for paint. The little troupe slogged on, painting and mudding until the room was done, then Enelle and Simone pitched in and helped ripplemaker finish the fireplace.

When, finally, a gorgeous, bright, open-concept room stood completed, Enelle shuffled through her blueprints and holding some aloft, proclaimed there was one more addition that needed their attention...

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renoelle 5 years ago from Second star on the right, straight on 'til morning

I wish all my renovations went so quickly and smoothly. Sanding and repainting my kitchen cupboards took almost two weeks! Of course, I didn't have your great team working with me :D

Congrats to all the nominees! It was really hard to choose.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Nice work, Enelle - the clubhouse sure looks great! Time to party down and celebrate all our hard work. I'll bring my famous Shrimp Croissants, and a nice Seafood Platter. Who'll spring for chips and dip? Speaking of "dips," let's chill out by the pool before we go for a swim :D

Say, is that really ladyjane1 or her evil twin Lady GaGa in disguise?

Congrats to all the nominees, and welcome to the HubNuggets Team DIY Renovation party!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This DIY Hub is so much fun. Now I am off to read all the Hubs.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Repainting the walls is about the only home renovations I am able to do myself. any sort of electrical or building requirements I need to hire a professional before I ruin something or injure myself


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

What could make a better addition to the HubNuggets clubhouse than some HubNuggets wannabees? This is perfect.

And I must say, this particular batch is really splendid! Congrats to the nominees, and good luck in this week's voting. The competition will be stiff!


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

Oh, you all look so lovely in your hardhats! Who'da thunk!

Great, fun hub!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi renoelle - I almost asked if you were interested in helping us with the renovations...however, we do have a deck planned wink wink.... thanks for stopping in and voting :D

Thanks RedElf, glad you like the renos - you sure did a bang up job in the bathroom...very spa like! A party sounds like a great idea - I bet the rest of the team would be all in for that :D ...you know...I thought that was LJ1 but you might be right....

Well Flora, I started with painting, but it is just so exciting to use big boy toys that I had to try my hand at some building! But I don't touch electrical LOL

Sure hope everyone voted :D and congratulations to all the nominees :D

We thought you would approve of our renovations Simone :D I agree - the writers are all so good it's hard to choose!

Ah Mrs. Menagerie, thank you for that splendid compliment! It was a lot of fun to do all the renovations :D


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

D.I.Y. projects are awesome...and so are the Hubnuggets nominees!!! :D


nikashi_designs 5 years ago

This just proves that Hubpages has so many nooks and cranny's to investigate. Fun and enjoyable D.I.Y Hubpage and thank you all Team Members for the nomination. SUPERHEROSALES pretty much said what I felt when I heard, think I told all my 1.75 friends. Take care and have fun...


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Fantastic hub and I always get a kick out of your pictures. Read and voted for the contest and voted your hub way up....cheers and gagagagaga!!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love the way the clubhouse turned out - it was so much fun working together.

Read, enjoyed and voted. Congrats to all the nominees.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Very creative and clever presentation of the daily nuggets nominees. Will vote!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

My favorite view is the one of Enelle with all the blueprints as I read and voted!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Congratulations SuperheroSales, you definitely earned the nomination...as for the renos, well, I would have to ask the team first LOL

You are so right ripplemaker! YAY nominees :D

Congratulations nikashi_designs - make sure to get your 1.75 friends to vote for you :D

Thanks ladyjane(gaga)1 - RedElf did a bang up job on our pictures :D

How right you are Gals - it was a blast :D

Thanks VioletSun :D

Thanks Patty - I think I still have ink spots from all those blueprints!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Inkpaws, inkypaws.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I know, and she keeps leaving inkypaw-prints on the back-splash :D Maybe whiteout would help?


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

LOL!

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