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Day 23 Renovation Adventures: Prepping for Orange Peel

Our new handyman is doing a great job. Today my oldest daughter and I went over to the house to tape off doors, windows, and ceilings to protect them from the orange peel overspray.

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This included the dining room, hall, entry, two bedrooms, and one bathroom. We almost got the entire thing finished. I’m headed back in the morning to get it finished up.

Our guy gave us this paper and tape dispenser that was supposed to make the job easier. I’m either super uncoordinated or the dispenser doesn’t really work. I’ll see if I can snap a photo tomorrow so y’all will know what not to spend money on when doing this job. :-)

We found it quicker to hang a strip of paper on a door then add the long strip of tape.

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It made the job go much quicker. In fact the longer we worked the more “tricks” we learned to go faster. By the final room we were going about twice as fast as we were when we started.

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The good news is that all our taping today saved us another day with the handyman. He should be finished by Friday instead of Sunday as originally planned.

Some of the rooms have these old style lights in the ceiling. They have what I like to call a “distinct 70′s vibe” about them. I’d like to replace them, but we’ll see how much some of the other projects ends up costing us first.

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Possible LED recessed retrofit downlight replacement, they are $20+ each so I’m not sure how many we will replace. I’m actually not even sure how many we have in the house. I’ll need to count them tomorrow.

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One thing we’ve decided to replace are the receptacles. They are all original and many of them have come loose or don’t keep a plug securely plugged in. They are also beige and I’d like them to be white. Receptacles are about $2 each and the plates are $0.50 each. I don’t even want to add up how  much that would be for the whole house.

I think we will do the main areas first and then do the bedrooms later.

I did find this super cool USB receptacle, but they are about $20 each. At the rate my kids “borrow” my iphone plug it might be worth it to put a few in my bedroom!

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Have you seen one before? Would you put one in your house?

I’m extra tired today. One of our retirement transitions has been me working full-time while dh looks for a job. Working on the house, plus working, plus homeschool is cutting in to my sleep schedule a bit!

Thank goodness it’s only temporary! I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine, although I definitely enjoy the renovation projects!

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This is part of our ongoing renovation project for our new home in Florida.  Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving or else.  Follow the daily accounts of our real life during this DIY renovation process here.

  

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FREE: Amusing A! Letter Recognition Pack

The free fun with letter’s continues this week with the Amusing A! Letter Recognition Pack from Curriclick.

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Amusing A! is a print & go pack full with activities for your Preschool or Kindergarten class. You will find activity sheets to introduce, review and consolidate letter A recognition. The activities range from a beginners level to a more advanced level and are appropriate for ages 3-6.

Using this pack children can address these skills for these words:

  • apple
  • axe
  • ant
  • arrow
  • alligator
  • ant
  • ambulance

- word writing practice some pages are tracing letters, some provide lines to write on
- letter writing practice while tracing words
- building words using letters
- lower and upper case letter
- capital letters- letter sounds
- word flashcards
- letter hunting finding, circling and coloring letters and pictures
- prewriting using tracing lines
- beginning sounds

You will find 23 black and white worksheets and 12 colorful flashcards.

Download it for free here

  

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Day 22 Renovation Adventures: Two Week Setback

Check out our renovation project plan here.

I’m sooooooo disappointed. Today we had a handyman come to the house to install trim and see if he could help fix the awful drywall job. The longer we looked at the job the more issues we found.

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It will take a few days to get the house ready for painting and we have to pay a second person to redo the job. We are also going to put orange peel on all the walls that were skimmed because the texture is so off from the other walls.

We were hoping to be able to get it done quickly so we could stick close to our painting schedule. These three rushed over to the house to help the handyman sand the walls.

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The did an amazing job and their hard work shaved a day off what we have to pay the new guy.

Unfortunately the house is not ready to paint, and since our painter has a few other jobs we won’t start on paint until at least the middle of next week.

Since the floors go in after the paint and kitchen goes in after the floors, it pushes us back two weeks which is a really long time since there isn’t anything we can do to speed up the process.

The house is basically prepped for painting and tomorrow we’re going over to help tape for the orange peel. Hopefully my years of taping off walls will pay off and we can save on labor for the handyman.

The good news is that if this is our biggest set back, it isn’t that bad. It also gives us time to get a few extra things done from phase 2.

Hopefully there will be lots of progress made tomorrow!

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