Day 1 vs Week 4

Today is my first day back to work after 9 days off and I’m already late.  Here are a few pictures showing how much better (and in some cases worse) things look now:

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Entryway

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The fireplace

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Living Room

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Kitchen

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Hallway

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Bathroom

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Guest Room

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bath

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Laundry Room

-A

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Week 3

I know, I know, I’m late.  I DID take these pictures on Tuesday but then vacation and a wedding (not mine) happened and I lost track of time.

Here’s what happened in Week 3.

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The laundry room is basically unchanged…just fewer tools.

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The kitchen is almost done!  The lathe and plaster have been covered (thanks dad!) and the bead board is all gone and that wall has been retextured.  I was here late one night finishing the painting and now all that’s left are cabinets around the stove (which has been hooked up to gas and works!) and a major clean up.

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The bathtub surround is back in place and some paint has started going up!  I can’t wait to clean that bathtub and soak with a bottle um, glass, of wine.

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The bedroom is DONE! The bed won’t stay there and the chair will end up in the living room but all the painting is finished!

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I don’t usually think that closets are exciting but this one is.  I now have a light and an outlet in here and all I have left to do is cover the floor.

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The paint is done and the new light fixture has been installed.  All that’s left to do in here is to paint the vanity grey.

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The door is gone and the wall has been textured.  So far nothing else has been done in here.  😦

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Okay, I know, the living room isn’t much better this week than it was last week but the fireplace wall is at least under control now.  Primer is going up over the red and yellow and the walls have been textured.

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The entryway is my new happy place because IT IS DONE!  The walls are a pretty grey and inside the closet is a pop of coral.  I can’t wait to hang some decorations to finish it off!

I’m already excited to show you what’s been happening in week 4.  My vision is finally coming together and while I’m still not living there it’s at least starting to look like the house won’t be a total disaster by my housewarming party on the 30th.  Oh and my friend’s baby shower on October 12th.  And also Bunko on October 16th.  Yikes.

-A

I spoke too soon

Last week I mentioned that I hadn’t yet seen evidence of ghosts in my house.  I think I was wrong.  I know that many people don’t believe in ghosts but I’ve had too many experiences in my life to deny that some people may hang around after their body dies.

It was late nights painting alone at my house that first lead me to believe I wasn’t as alone as I had thought.  My house is old and it has old, loud floors.  I think someone (I hope a former owner, Matt, who I’ll tell you more about another day) likes to hang out in the kitchen.  Throughout the night I hear what I KNOW is shuffling footsteps in the kitchen.   You can call me crazy, I understand but if you ever want to come over to hear for yourself you’re welcome to.

While looking at pictures of the house I’ve found a progression of photos that I think show more and more activity.  Think what you’d like about orbs in photos.  You’ll tell me it’s dust and I’ll tell you it’s not.  These pictures were taken back to back with different areas (and in some pictures, in no areas) showing orb activity.  Check it out:

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This picture was taken on day one.  No other pictures in that batch have any orbs.

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This picture is from the second week.  Of all the bedroom pictures this is the only one with an orb.

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This one is also from week 2.  Other than those two pictures, no others in this batch had orbs.

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This was my bedroom tonight.

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Wow!  There was a ghost party in my bedroom and I wasn’t invited!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Week 3’s wrap up.

-A

Week 2

Laundry Room

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AKA the tool room.  Also that’s my old busted water heater, hopefully on it’s way to the trash.

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Kitchen

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The green is called Sprout but I can’t find my paint chip so I can’t tell you yet which brand.  I LOVE it and can’t wait to get the lower parts of the walls fixed so I can see how the room looks all painted!

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Getting closer to having outlets for my stove and microwave and a light switch to operate the only light in this room!

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Hallway

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My pretty coral knob from Hobby Lobby and, of course, part of the tub surround from the bathroom.  Because why not keep it in the hallway?

Guest room

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The door is gone!  And now that I F I N A L L Y have water my dad can finish this wall up!

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I love this picture because it shows the fresh, new green peeking out over the top of the old, tired green.

Master bedroom

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Yes!  This is what I’ve been dreaming about since I started thinking about colors.  This color is Valspar’s Almost Charcoal.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it with the white trim and can’t wait to get my furniture and art into this room.  This room will be done first.  The patchy wall at the back of this picture was left unpainted because I’m having a new outlet installed on that wall (where there are none) and in the closet (where there are none and NO LIGHTS.)  Can’t wait for that to be done!

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This picture makes my ceilings look huge.  They are high but that door to the bathroom is also short.  I can comfortably walk through it but anyone above 5’7″ probably has to duck.

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This picture give you a better idea of the ceiling height.  Also I love the Sprout green with the Almost Charcoal.

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No light in the closet yet, so not much to see

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The 1/2 bath is being painted Plaster Pink by Olympic.  I’m leaving the trim and shelves white and the vanity will be painted a soft grey.  Also, the toilet is set and usable.

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The tub surround is actually in good shape.  We just took it down to repair the plumbing behind it rather than cutting a hole in the wall behind the bathroom.

Living room

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Yikes.  I can’t look at this picture for very long.  It’s freaking me out.

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Weird that this is an improvement, right?  The insulation in the fireplace is tucked neatly away and a layer of wallpaper has been stripped from the surrounding wall.

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The plan is for me to start moving in within the next week.  Seriously.  Stop laughing.  It’s going to happen!

-A

Architectural Archaeologist

As we’re taking out doors and repairing walls I’m finding hints of what the last 105 years of owners did with the place.  I’m actually kind of obsessed with it-add Architectural Archaeologist to my list of dream jobs (along with TV ghost hunter.)  I seriously can’t think of anything I’d enjoy more that digging through the walls and basements of old houses looking for old wall paper, walls and paint (and also ghosts.)

Here’s what I’ve found so far at my house (so far no evidence of ghosts)

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The old coal chute-with coal still in it!

ImageThe left side shows the lathe and plaster and the right shows what looks like siding.  We’re thinking that maybe this wall was the original front of the house and the living room areas were added on later.

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Peach paint behind the old doorbell box

ImageGross old carpet under the vanity in the 1/2 bath.  Why they would spend all that time pulling up the carpet and refinishing those floors just to leave a nasty piece in there??

I can’t wait to see what else the house has in store for me!

-A

Week 1

Here’s what’s been going on during the first week:

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Scraping peeling paint from the back of the house

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And then repainting it

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Repainting the trim around the windows

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New front door and storm door (and a trash pile to go to the dump)

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(mostly) first coat on the red door

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Toilet…in a box…in the bedroom

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Dog bed in the kitchen

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Construction zone in the living room

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Workshop in the smelly, spider infested sheds

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Yay! More drywall repair in the kitchen!

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Whew!  I’m tired!

This week we:

  • Replaced the lock on the back door (keypad, so I’ll never be locked out!)
  • Replaced the front door and added a storm door (thanks dad!)
  • Scraped the peeling paint from the siding and all windows (thanks mom!)
  • Started painting the trim around the windows (mom, again) and repainting the siding (thanks Benjamin Moore lady who color matched the existing color from a piece of paint scraped off)
  • Bought the new toilet
  • Cleaned out all the kitchen cabinets and put in shelf paper
  • Started painting the back door

It feels like we did so much more!  I’m so lucky to have retired, handy parents who are willing and able to help me out so much!  I can’t wait to start getting paint on the walls inside and thoroughly cleaning everything up.  I’m hoping that by next week’s wrap up it starts looking like we’re making progress!

The plumber comes on Thursday to make sure everything is working properly.  Fingers crossed that it does-I also want him to run the gas line to the kitchen (so we can tackle that next) and replace the faucet and knobs in the hall bathroom.

Back to work tomorrow 😦

-A

Here she is!

The befores and the plan

Laundry Room

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  • Paint the walls, ceiling and door
  • Turn the unsafe half wall into a full wall
  • Add baseboards and trim

Kitchen

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To do:

  • Paint
  • New ceiling fan
  • Add cabinets and open shelving to the North wall around the stove
  • Take down the bead board (and relocate the good pieces to the hall bathroom)
  • Repair the plaster walls
  • Someday replace the drawer pulls and knobs

Hallway

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The right side of this picture shows where the stove, new cabinets and shelves will go.

To do:

  • Paint
  • Figure out a way to make the laminate closet door look 100 years old
  • *eventually* find out if the floors running through the rest of the house are under the laminate floor (I REALLY hope they are!)

Guest room

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To do:

  • Paint, paint, paint!
  • New ceiling fan
  • Fix the closet doors/make them look old (they won’t stay closed and they’re that plain, white fake wood.  I hate them.)
  • Redo the shelves in the corner closet (seen in the 2nd photo.)  The shelves aren’t installed very well and they’re weird heights.  It will be my temporary crafts closet and I want to be able to organize my bins
  • Take out the door (on the right in this picture) and wall it up-the layout of this room doesn’t make sense (there are two doors into this room)

Hall bath

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To do:

  • Paint
  • Move the medicine cabinet that’s over the toilet to over the sink
  • Change out the faucet, knobs and showerhead
  • Finish trim around tub
  • Add bead board to the wall on the left

Master bedroom

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To do:

  • Paint
  • Replace ceiling fan
  • Finish adding trim around the baseboards
  • Paint the closet (a walk in-I KNOW!)
  • Put outlets on the closet wall and inside closet (so I can have light in there!)
  • Add organizers to closet
  • Install carpet/flooring in the closet

1/2 Bath

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  • Strip the wall paper (actually already done-thanks mom!)
  • Paint
  • Replace the light fixture
  • Replace the vanity
  • Replace the toilet
  • Replace the medicine cabinet
  • Install outlets in the bathroom (there aren’t any right now!)

Living are 1 (soon to be office area)

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My camera battery was dying at this point-flash was hit or miss

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To do:

  • See that doorway into the green room in the second photo?  It’s going away!
  • Paint
  • Turn the wall sconces over-they were installed upside down and they collect bugs and are a pain to clean

Main living area

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To do:

  • Paint
  • Remove the mirrors
  • Remove the tile above the fireplace.  The mantle is great and I don’t love, but can live with the tile on the hearth
  • Replace the ceiling fan
  • Create some built ins to the right of the fire place for the TV, DVD player, cable box etc…

Outside

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Yes, that’s my reflection in the GLASS they used to construct these sheds

Yikes, right?

To do:

  • Paint
  • Replace the front door
  • Lay out grass seed/fertilizer this fall and hope for grass next spring
  • Trim up the bottom three feet of that blue spruce out front so it doesn’t scrape my car as I pull in and out of my driveway
  • Fix the gate to the left of the house-it scrapes the ground and doesn’t open properly
  • Plant a garden and flowers…someday!
  • Build a real fence around the whole yard starting with the corner where the nasty sheds are-eventually have a driveway that leads straight from the street to the alley
  • Tear out the old, ugly fences
  • Install siding to the laundry room addition
  • Have the apple tree pruned

I don’t have pictures of the tiny entry way (which is one of my favorite parts of the house) but I will take some tomorrow!

Also tomorrow I’ll show you what I’ve already completed!

Now I’m ready for bed!

-A