Days 18 & 19 Renovation Adventures: I fought the wallpaper and the wallpaper won

The good news. This will probably be my last post where I discuss wallpaper, ever.

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After spending about 90+ hours working on wallpapered walls we have decided to hire out the rest of the job. It is delaying the rest of the project and we really would like to get settled some time before Cora gets married.

The price to fix all the wallpapered walls and get them ready for painting is about $900. After the amount of hours we’ve spent on this, $900 seems like a bargain.

Hopefully it will all be finished before Monday and we can start painting. I still haven’t decided on paint colors so I need to do that this weekend.

The kids have decided on their colors, but I’m still deciding on a color for the main areas of the house as well as a color for the trim and doors.

If you are anything like me, you need to look at a ton of colors, see them on different parts of the walls, and then go with a whole new set of colors before making a final decision.

I *think* I know what color I’m doing the walls, but I’ll probably make a last minute change. :-) Our last house was a combination of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Accessible Beige, which I loved, but I don’t think Sea Salt will work in this house.

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(Old house with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams)

I’m deciding between Pediment and Front Porch. If you have used either of the two let me know what you think!

Speaking of trim, we actually need to get that done before the rooms that will have carpet are going to be painted. Since the ceilings in the house are 8 ft, we are installing 5 inch trim. Pictures coming on Monday.

I decided to purchase the appliances through AJ Madison which is a store based in New York, but you can order from anywhere.

DH was up in the attic running a wire for the ceiling fan and must have sat on his phone in just the wrong way and the display broke…not the glass on the outside, just the display. So DH is without a phone for the next few days. 

The wire is in place and the fan should work great. We still need to wire for two fans in the family room and  buy new fans for the house. 

Lesson learned – don’t take your phone up in the attic for renovations unless you have it in a super strong case.

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My dad finished some plumbing in the half bath and kitchen so we will be able to close up the walls there. The plumbing in the house is polybutylene, which is not awesome. We aren’t going to replumb the house now, but we are laying pipes in the walls so that when we need to replace the plumbing we won’t need to open up large sections of the walls.
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The former bar area is getting prepped for a painting and we also wired for the built in microwave.
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I ordered all the kitchen appliances this week. I realized that if I didn’t get them ordered soon they might not arrive in time.

I had two different objectives when researching these appliances. First I wanted to find highly rated products, then when I decided on the brand/ model I wanted to find the best price.

I spent a lot of time reading reviews online. I decided to purchase the appliances through AJ Madison which is a store based in New York, but you can order from anywhere. Shipping is free and I didn’t have to pay sales tax.

Here’s what I ordered. Click on the links to see the model numbers and specs.

Bosch 800 Series Induction Cooktop

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The only request DH had in the kitchen was that they stovetop did not have knobs. He wanted it to be totally smooth. I personally like knobs, but when you only make one request you should probably get it.

Frigidaire Professional Series Dishwasher 

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Frigidaire has smudge proof stainless steel, which was a huge selling point for me. Especially on a dishwasher.  I like the style with the controls on the interior of the door, we had that with our last dishwasher and I got use to the clean look.

Frigidaire Professional Series Double Ovens

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I went back and forth about getting double ovens. I’ve had them one other time, and liked them, but I didn’t feel it was a must have. But when I started pricing out reconfiguring the kitchen it was cheaper to replace than redesign.

Samsung Counter Depth Fridge

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I wish Frigidaire made a fridge with a cooling drawer. I really love the drawer for snacks for the kids and sandwich stuff. It keeps them from staring into an open fridge for 20 minutes every day at noon.

The fridge is counter depth (which I highly recommend) because it gives it a built in look, without the built in price.

Frigidaire Professional Series Microwave

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Not much to say about the microwave except that I ended up picking the one that matched the ovens since they will be on the same wall.

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Day 16 & 17 Renovation Adventures: Family is Back Together!

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Something awesome happened yesterday!

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These two crazy kids moved to Florida! Unlike her parents they found a cute apartment that is ready to move in tomorrow. No remodeling for them, they are going to be sleeping in their own bed tomorrow night! I raised a smart one for sure. :-)

I’m also excited that their apartment is right around the corner from our house. We timed it this afternoon and it was less than two minutes from parking space to driveway. Hopefully my son-in-law is as excited about this as I am. :-)

I’m very excited that our daughter and son-in-law have moved to Florida too. When we decided to move to Florida I wasn’t expecting them to move.. Our son-in-law has lived in the same area his whole life so this is a huge sacrifice for him and his family.

I have not-so-secret plans to get his whole family down here permanently in the next few years so everyone can be together.

In other less exciting news our dumpster is gone!

I’m a little sad since it was nice to have a gigantic garbage can in the front yard. However, I’m sure the neighbors are happy to see it go.

The good thing about the dumpster being removed is that it means most of our demo is finished and we are getting closer to putting the house back together.

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I also realized that our 18 year old had never seen our house without the dumpster!

Yesterday our good friend and amazing electrician came down from Jacksonville to help wire the kitchen.

Remember the ridiculous bundle of wires that was hidden by the soffit? Well my dad wasn’t sure we were going to be able to get those tucked away and still be up to code. In fact, he sat me down and told me that he might have to put in another soffit.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I knew Russ from Impulse Electric could figure it out so I told my dad we would wait and see what he said.

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Yay!!!! Tucked away and legit!

I have to recommend Russ at Impulse Electric to anyone in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra Beach or St. Augustine who needs electric work done. He knows his stuff and is a honest guy. You won’t be disappointed!

What I cannot recommend is sanding walls unless you have no other option. The mess was RIDICULOUS. I spent most of Monday cleaning up the mess from the sanding.

Now if you are going to sand, close off the room and get a respirator, but seriously think twice before doing it.

This was after the first sweep. This photo isn’t blurry- that is all the dust swirling around our house!

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Cora thought vacuuming was fun so I was more than happy to give her a turn. She chose sunglasses over googles.

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Since the walls and everything else were covered with dust I used an oxtail brush to clean them off. Well at least that’s what my dad called it. I searched the internet to give you all a link and all I could find was paint brushes and pasta recipes.

I’ll try to find out more tomorrow.

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We removed the light fixture in the kitchen and the ceiling will need to be cut out. The light had melted the paint. Definitely not good.

We have our holes drilled and wired for our can lights and I’m ordering LED bulbs for them since the lights I purchased have halogen bulbs and those things are ridiculously hot.

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Today we worked more on the walls and had a friend from Vintage Decor come over to get some advice on our wallpaper walls. He recommended either knock down or orange peel.

Knock down is crazy messy and we would need to do the whole house since the current walls have an orange peel texture.

The nice thing about the knock down texture is that it covers everything. We have a dry wall guy coming tomorrow to let us know what he recommends. I actually like the knock down look, but I don’t want to spend money doing the whole house if I can get away with something else.

Another thing our friend mentioned was to paint our ceilings a color other than white. He suggested “mushroom” which helps a house look less broken up by a white ceiling and colored walls.

I’m going to research this more tonight.

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I was really glad our friend could stop by because he has spent his entire career helping people decorate and remodel their homes. He loved our house and he said our backyard was amazing. I thought it was a little overgrown but he told us to get the amount of plants we have in our yard put into a yard it would easily be $60-70k!

I about choked when he said that! But it is always good to hear that we are investing in a good house and that all our blood, sweat, and tears will pay off in the end.

I actually love our backyard and am only planning on trimming back some of the plants that are really close to the pool. We have plans to resurface the pool and the deck next year. I try not to get ahead of myself, but I LOVE our yard and it will be exciting to tackle that project next year.

I got all our appliances ordered so I’ll share those with you all tomorrow.

It’s exciting to see everything coming together, but it is also so much work trying to coordinate it all. You definitely save a lot of money being your own contractor, but you need to have time to do it all.

I’ve been saving receipts so hopefully I can post a budget update soon.

Until tomorrow…

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Day 15 Renovation Adventures: Sanding Walls and Electric

Today we continued to sand the wallpaper walls. The orbital sander is working well, except that the entire house is now covered in sanding dust. Tomorrow I’m going to decide if we continue to sand or go back to scraping. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but we are running short on time so the walls need to get finished one way or another.

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We are hoping to start painting on Monday which means the drywall needs to be finished up by the weekend.

A few of you asked about the orbital sander.

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It is a Bosch 3725DEVS 3.3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Variable Speed Sander with Dust Canister. Specs are below.

  • Powerful 3.3 amp motor handles the toughest applications
  • 4,500 to 12,000 orbits per minute; removalable auxillary handle for close-quarter work
  • Micro filter collects up to 120% more dust than conventional dust bags
  • Hook-and-loop pad for quick sandpaper changes

It works very well, but the dust bag is not really adequate for the job we are doing. If I was to buy a sander for a big job I would get one with a dust bag that had a round tube instead of an oval. With a round tube you can attach it to your shop vac and really minimize the dust. For a job as big as ours the small canister can’t keep up, but for smaller projects it works great.

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We are hiring someone to help with the drywall repair since there is so much of it and we aren’t really experts at drywall. But we started closing up a few walls in the bedrooms.

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I also tried to take down this mirror from a hall closet door today. All our doors are being painted and so we needed to remove it. Unfortunately, it had been painted along the edges so when we pulled it off it shattered. Thankfully no one was hurt, but I was bummed because I really wanted to reuse the mirror in my closet.

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We have an electrician (and good friend) coming tomorrow to help with the kitchen which is a hot mess of wires. (Pun intended)

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We have the holes drilled for the ceiling lights (the big light box is coming out) but we might decide to put in more lights once we get the first set in.

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We also have a small (ha ha) issue with this box which use to be hidden by the soffit. Since we demo’d the soffit this box has nowhere to go which is a big-ish problem.

We have a few ideas, but hopefully our electrician friend will help us figure it all out tomorrow.

While I was gone this weekend I realized I haven’t shown you much of the house that we aren’t tearing up right now.

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I absolutely LOVE this iron gate on the side of the house. It isn’t in the best shape, but it has so much character it is awesome. One of the reasons we decided to buy this house is that it is on a street where every house is very different. I’d love to show you all the different styles on our street, but that might not be the best way to make friends with the neighbors.

I really like that every house seems to have a story and history to it and I feel like this gate is just part of our story.

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See this lonely little green fruit? It is hanging from this pitiful little tree. I think the tree might be dead, due to the fact that it only has 3 leaves and one sad little fruit. But I’d love to save it if possible.

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Do you know what kind of tree this is? Any ideas on how to “save” it?

Tomorrow should be a big day with the electrician coming and a day closer to moving in!

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Day 10 Renovation Adventures: Mysterious Cabinet

Renovation Adventures Day 10

Yesterday I mentioned we are going to remove a built-in in the family room.

When I first sized up the project I thought it would easy-ish. Easier than wallpaper removal, harder than busting up drywall with a sledgehammer.

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I carefully removed the glass shelves, glass doors, and modeling around the outside of the cabinet.

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I was hoping that we could save the cabinet and use it in a different room.

The molding was a bit of a pain to get off but it came off in good shape.

When I pulled the bottom part of the molding we made a discovery.

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The brick under the built-in, well isn’t there. The built-in was built over a hole.

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There is also a loose brick at the top of the built-in. I’m sure that behind this brick we’ll find some kind of treasure, I’m just hoping it’s not the furry with a long tail kind.

So, anyway, with all the extra parts removed DH and my son attempt to remove the cabinet, but it is glued to the brick.

Continuation by The Happy Husband…

I tried to pry the cabinet away from the walls but it wouldn’t budge. I had to sledgehammer it out of its spot.
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I felt bad about it because Toni spent so long carefully removing the fragile parts and we ended up having to destroy it. The unfinished section of the fireplace is a first for me.  Do you think it was originally intended to hold the wood for the fire? In any case, the cabinet appeared to have been glued to the walls and built in place. Another surprise.
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The brick will have to wait for Toni’s return but I did find a bit of a treasure for Disney fans. As I was sweeping up the debris under the cabinet, I found these Pete’s Dragon color form pieces. They are just Eliot and Pete but they’re probably from around 1979 and remind me of when I lived in Florida as a kid.

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I also took some ceiling fans down and peeled wallpaper. I know I’m a geek but I couldn’t help telling my oldest son that peeling wallpaper in this house reminds me of a palimpsest. Yeah, he wasn’t impressed either but I just got to use a serious SAT word on my wife’s blog…it really does remind me of that though.
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