Friday, February 29, 2008
That is an antique Coke crate that I got at a yard sale for a quarter!
If you want to get your own Wallies, or just check out Home Interiors website here is is: http://www.homeinteriors.com-dianesplace/ (Diane is the consultant I use...she's awesome)
Oh, and in other news...we have to replace a wall in the dining room. One (only 1!) panel was glued and I didn't realize it until it fell off the wall...with chunks of the top layer of plaster attatched to it (ouch!). This is the same wall that has the bad drywall job where they tried to cover where the pass throughs were at. So with all that going on we think it'll just be best to replace the wall. But until we have the money to do that we have a work of art on the wall right now (see the last post and you'll get it)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The room seems to have doubled overnight from taking down the ceiling and some of the paneling. I only got 1/2 a wall done and had to stop. I had not expected the weight of each piece to be so much, and with the problems I have with my neck and shoulder I can't physically do it. So James gets to have that fun.
This is where the top trim piece goes over the transom window. I about cried when I saw what was under the little piece of paneling. The wood in this picture is the actual door frame and the hand hewn lathe. And the plaster, of course.
Same thing from a different angle. I figured out that the plaster is true horse hair. I picked up a little piece that was laying up there and could see the hairs in it. From this angle you can kinda see that the lathe is hand hewn (notice the rough edge). The lathe and the frame are made of the same type of wood, but I have no idea what kind it is. Its a little dark with a reddish color to it.
When I was removing the nails from the now bare walls it looked like the plaster was crumbling around each nail I pulled out. Upon closer inspection, its not. What is crumbling is layer after layer of paint! I also figured out that the paint on the door frame is peeling too. Its like it never adhered to the paint under it.
Last night when James was hanging the chandelier I looked up and noticed a crack between the wall and the ceiling. I climbed up on the freezer to get a better look and realized it was drywall that was not hung right and there for didn't line up right. And I can see where the pass through's were at...they drywalled it, but didn't mud or paint it so I can tell where everything was. Oh, and I was told there was no drywall anywhere in this house. That its all plaster. Uh, no. That's not right. Last time I checked, plaster has never been made in sheets that you nail up. It'd be sweet if it was though!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The flourescent light that was mounted over the sink dies a few months ago. While we were at Menards the other day we got a new one. Changing them out was no big deal, not much work required. What we had not noticed before was that the cord to the old one actually ran behind the cabinets. Like the cabinets were mounted over the cord. James was pulling on it and it wouldn't budge, so he gave it a good yank...and a piece of the cabinet went flying! He looked at me and said "You didn't want to keep these cabinets any way, did you?" and my response was "I think you just decided for me". The next time I get to a store I'm going to get some wood glue to put the piece back and hope that makes it not so noticeable. And we have decided to go with the open shelving when we do the cabinets.
Let this be a lesson to everyone...when putting up new cabinets don't run appliance cords between them and the wall. Appliances do go bad, and you don't want to either ruin your cabinets or have to take them down and put them back up to get the cord out.
The blue lines are chalk. I also found out that this is an Armstrong Intergrid suspension ceiling.
I got these yesterday at Gordman's for $3 each. I'm going to use them to cover 3 small holes in the wall in the laundry room.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I started doing this while James was outside playing with his new toys (an engine and an air compressor...he loves tax return time).
This is the top of the door between the dining room and living room. That is the lines from where the top trim piece was removed. And you can see it looks like the plaster was never painted under it, and that when it was removed the wall cracked. There is a crack in the same place above each door and window where the trim was removed. Obviously it didn't want to be removed.
This is our new chandelier. That's right...I won! James wanted a fan, I wanted a light. And I got it. Its not really what I wanted, but it works for now. It matches the house style and was in our price range ($35 at Menards).
Friday, February 22, 2008
I have had this bookcase since I was probably about 10 years old. It has always hung on the wall. Eventually, when the dining room is done, it will go back on the wall and hold pretty stuff again. For right now though I think its working well as media storage. And it got some of the candles off the end tables so now we may be able to actually use them again. James says its really ugly and wants to junk it or at least put it where it can't be seen. I told him absolutely not...even though he said please. As for the bookcase that was here, it found a new home...
Right around the corner in the dining room. For now an way. I really hate this bookcase. It looks cheap and doesn't look right any where I put it. But it has held up good...3 moves and still going strong. Not bad for $7.99 at K Mart, right? And yeah, that was the regular price. I bought it when I got my first apartment and never expected it to still be standing now (7 years later)
While this is working for now, I am looking into something more permanent to hold everything in one place. I just haven't found one yet that I like. And by hold everything in one place I mean this is only the over flow of stuff. There's more in the drawers of the entertainment stand and hidden on a rack in a corner. And I am also trying to find a new bookcase because this one isn't big enough. I have two boxes of books that just won't fit.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am hoping that writing what's inside the cabinet on the outside of it will end all that. These are about the coolest things ever. They are eraseable, removable, reusable, and come with the chalk! I ordered 2 sets because we have a lot of cabinets and some have more than one thing in them. For example spices only take up 1 shelf so I put the waffle iron, toaster, and food processor in there too. Hopefully this will work. It kind of seems like I'm teaching a kid where all the stuff is, but I'm not getting through any other way and I'm tired of being accused of stashing the Oreos...when they are in the same place everytime!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
House in General (Inside)
- Refinish all windows (including glazing)
- Refinish door frames that need it
- Find a way to remove paint overspray from baseboards and framings, then retouch. If that doesn't work out, then refinish all
- Refinish floors
- Replace ceiling fans with newer models. Currently they are all probably 70's-90's models.
- Remove drop ceiling
- Install new light fixture and wiring
- Repair plaster on ceiling
- Remove paneling
- Repair plaster if needed
- Finish removing carpet
- Put the pass throughs back in
- Have new top pieces made for all window and door frames
- Find (or have made) replacement door and transom for door to kitchen
- Replace wall where woodstove used to be
- Repair plaster where needed
Front Bedroom (Guest/Game Room)
- Replace light fixture
- Refinish cabinets
- Find period appropriate hardware to match original cabinets
- Tear out sink base unit
- Have a custom base unit made that matches original cabinets
- Build or find an island
- Tear out little cabinet by door
- Relocate freetanding cabinet by refridgerator, put shelving in its place
- Tear out linoleum and subfloor like stuff under it
- Remove all wallpaper
- Replace formica walls with drywall
- Replace stand up shower with tub
- Refinish linen closet
- Replace floor under shower (shower leaks so I 'm sure this will be needed)
- Have large mirror on wall framed and possibly relocated to another room. The mirror is about 5'x4'...I might be a little off, but not much. Its huge.
- Insulate. There is currently NO insulation
Laundry Room/ Rear Entry
- Replace walls. (They are plywood pieces, with big cracks between each piece)
- Level floor
- Paint the cabinets so they match
- Insulate...again, no insualtion right now
- Find a way to place the cabinets so there is more room.
- Replace trap door with something as sturdy, but not as heavy
- Fix floor
- Put hole in floor for sump pump. (sitting on the floor its still leaving about an inch of water)
- Repair foundation
- Paint smokehouse
- Figure out how to bring the corner back together so there is not a huge gaping hole
- Level backyard
- New gravel in driveway
- Fill in the holes clementine has dug out
- Install another T post for a clothes line (there's already 1 there)
- Remove a large branch from a tree so it doesn't put a hole in the roof
- Repair the back side of the barn
- Remove shingle siding
- Restore original wood siding
- Repair/replace window trim
- New screen doors (hopefully wood)
- New transom screens (No more birds between the doors!)
- Replace wooden front porch steps
I also had an interview yesterday for a management position with a shoe store. I go back today for my second interview and testing. I explained that I will be going back to school full time in the fall and they said thats no problem. Not getting my hopes up too high though because I have to disclose my permanent restrictions today which is a general deal breaker. They can't not hire me because of it, but 2 other places have said I wasn't qualified for the job (when I was overqualified) and another said they didn't feel I would be happy working there so they were going to go with some one else. And everytime this has come after a great first interview and after I disclosed in the second interview. I hope it works out though because this unemployment thing is not working out. I have worked up to 4 jobs at a time since I was 18, and while some time off was kind of nice, I need to get out of the house.
Monday, February 11, 2008
After all that the day was wasted so we stayed home and played basketball on X Box and waited for the dog all night. Nothing else got done. And its now Monday and the dog still isn't back. Today's plan is to finish cleaning up the disaster in the 2nd bedroom. Next weekend we are going to take down the drop ceiling. I can't wait to get it down, I think the room will look bigger and that musty mildew smell that showed up when we opened it up will be gone again.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The first words out of my mouth were not pretty or lady-like. Why did they do that? James said "come on lets just put the tiles back and act like its not there" Are you kidding me? And let the house burn down? I don't think so! The suspension part of the drop ceiling has made the entire ceiling look like this...
The cracks make huge squares in the ceiling. And where the screws are at there are nice holes where the plaster is crumbling around them. Great.
This is the whole space. You can kind of see the squares in the actual ceiling. I told James no band-aids, this ceiling is coming out. So thats the plan for the weekend. Since we're on a kind of tight budget I don't know when the actual ceiling will be repaired, or when the tops of the frames will be replaced (3 doors and 3 windows were all removed) but the drop will be removed and a new light fixture put in.
Monday, February 4, 2008
And I got most of the carpet out last week.
That is water damage. A lot of it. I have no idea what its from, and I guess it doesn't really matter since its already done. The wood is still in great shape over all. Nice and solid, no creaking. We didn't want to sand the floor since its already been done once, but I think we may have to. I'm not sure how stain will go over that with out sanding. And there is still some of that nasty carpet left. I am unable to move furniture or lift anything heavy, so I cut the carpet out in small strips around the furniture.
Well, since I can't do anything else in there today, I'm going to work on the bedroom and get caught up on laundry. Since I'm not working I am slowly tearing the house apart room by room. Cleaning, decluttering, organizing...all that fun stuff. Actually its not fun at all, but it is nice to have the house neat. Unfortunately I have this problem that I hate housework, so it usually doesn't get done unless I have a reason. Don't get me wrong, I do the basics, but anything more usually just doesn't get done. So there were piles of clutter covered in dust, but not any more. I have the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom done so far.
That is the corner of the drop ceiling. You can see that the paneling goes into the ceiling. The problem here is that we we not going to remove that yet. I couldn't figure out why the panel wouldn't come off the wall so I had to get a step ladder and get up there and see (I can't look up long enough to tell what the problem was). When I saw this a long stream of dirty words followed. The dogs went running . It was so bad. The good news is this...
I held the camera up and took the picture blind, but it came out good. This is the actual ceiling. the reason we were not going to remove the drop yet was because we weren't sure how it looked up there. I'd say it looks pretty good from here. Granted, it is a small part but it gives me hope. So until I find out if James wants to go ahead and remove the drop ceiling, no panels will be coming down. Which makes me sad. I'm ready to get it done!
And mom...if you still want the paneling you need to tell me soon because we can only store it for so long. I hope to have it all down by the end of the week. If you don't want it or wait too long it'll make a nice fire :)