Day 13 Renovation Adventures: Sanding, Wiring, Drywall Repair

Day 13 Renovation Adventures

From The Happy Husband…

We took a short day today because Toni’s sister flew in for a short visit. We cleaned up a bit and removed some redundant wiring. The kids swept and used the shop vac to get the leftover thinset and black goo.

Smoothing the walls for paint

Toni’s dad brought out an orbital sander for the walls. It cut through the glue and left a smooth surface for painting. Well see if it looks good enough for the painter.

 smoothing walls

Some of the guys who helped us out earlier came by again and did some drywall repair. I should have watched Toni’s dad when he was working with them so I could learn. I’m sure I’ll get another chance.

need new shoes

I still need boots.

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Day 12 Renovation Adventures: Black Goo Be Gone

Renovation Adventures Day 12

From The Happy Husband…

Today was got a lot done. The tile guy came to finish and did a great job. We have practically filled the 20 yard dumpster so…

renovation trash

…I was thankful that he loaded the tiles, thinset, and unidentified black goop in his own trailer.

black goo

I took down the sliding glass door between the family room and what will become Toni’s office with no broken glass! I did tear a hunk out of my foot but that was a small price to pay. I packed out my Navy boots when I should have brought them. Steel toes and leather seem more appropriate to this job.

renovation

The kids jumped right in with the “safe scrapers” that I ordered. I armed them with the plastic razor blades and the vinegar/water sprayer and they attacked the wallpaper glue. It worked very well.

scraping wallpaper2

Scraping wallpaper

The black goo on the family room floor came up nicely. We will probably need to grind the floor to put down hardwood without a float but it looks 100 times better.

black goo hallway

cleaned up

All in all, a productive day.

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Day 11 Renovation Adventures: Tile Removal

From The Happy Husband…

My sister in law just asked me what we got done at the house today. I stared at her for a few seconds and stammered something about wallpaper and tile removal. I told her I remembered doing something that involved destroying something.

Day 11 Renovation Adventures

It was one of those days. I know we worked but we’re getting tired and the projects are blurring a bit.

The tile removal guy came and popped a bunch of tiles up but his trailer broke on the way from another job so he has to come tomorrow to finish. He has a plan for the mystery black stuff in the family room. We’ll see how that goes.

I got a bunch more wallpaper off and have a greater appreciation for the work the kids have done because they make it look easy.

Sorry so short today. I’ll have more pictures and a longer write up tomorrow.

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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.

builtin_before

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

builtin_reno

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.

builin_hole

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

built_in_brick

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.
Cabinet Destruction
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.
Cleaned Up Cabinet
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.

Petes Dragon pieces

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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