Monday, September 5, 2016

Making progress

My daughter offered to help with the remodeling today. But she was disappointed that I wasn't ready to paint yet. To be honest, I am, too. I am so ready to be ready to paint. But I have most of another day of prep ahead.

However, I'm definitely making progress. I've washed the ceiling (with a roller on a long handle) and bagged up the fans and taped off the center beam, so I actually am ready to paint that tomorrow. I only got about 1/4 of the walls washed and patched, but I spend a lot of the day spot-patching and peeling tape off the window sills (from those plastic winterizing kits), so I have quite a lot done. Plus I got enough done that I could let my daughter paint primer on the banister. She was happy about that - both getting to paint and not having to be on the "scary" ladder. So - progress.

This is the banister "before". The blue will be a darker blue that matches the window shades. (Oh, yeah, I took down the shades and their brackets.) The white parts might remain white, or we may make them blue, too.'

Meanwhile, on the cork wall from hell: After scraping and sanding for several days, it still looks like this, but it does feel pretty smooth.

After applying a thin coat of spackling to every uneven spot, then sanding, we're down to this:

This might work out yet, but holy cats, it's been a lot of work.

My adventures in ceiling "popcorn" patching, however, turned out pretty well.

The textures match up -- I'm eager to see it when it's all one color.

Still no luck getting any of the duck wallpaper to peel off. I wanted to frame a length of it as a memento, but it's super-duper stuck to the wall. This is the only reason I'm making an exception to my "never ever ever paint over wallpaper" rule. (We had rooms downstairs where there were so many paper/paint layers it was like peeling cardboard off the walls.)

And the big giant (not really all that giant) hole I had to patch is covering well. I love this spackling compound -- it's pink when you put it on and turned white when it dries. Takes the guess-work out. Which is always a bonus. 

I am exhausted. All my muscles hurt. I am covered with minor bruises. But I am making progress! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cursing in the general direction of the previous owners

Day one of the great remodel went well. I got 90% of everything moved out/sorted/donated. It was surprisingly sad. All these video games that my kids wanted "so bad, just this one thing, please please please ..." now in a box, untouched for years. Same with the Lego sets. Lots of memories. I can't help remembering all the times I had to say "no" because we just didn't have the money. And the times I said "yes" and then skimped at the grocery store or skipped lunches or whatever to make it work.

And the times I was too busy to play board games with my son.

It's been tough.

But -- progress got made, anyhow.

Once upon a time, before we owned this house, someone decided that it would be really cool to make a bulletin board by gluing square cork tiles directly to the wall. I don't know what the hell kind of glue they used, but I can report that it is still going strong. The only way it comes off is with the paint. Ugh.

Starting point

After an hour with a scraper

After the cork is gone, the glue remains. 
I'm almost tempted to varnish over it and call it art.
But ... no. 

This is the outside of the closet door. It's lovely.

This is the inside of that door. The photo does not capture the true horror of the color. 
I don't know why the door is this color.
I'm afraid that at one time the entire room was this color.

This is the biggest of the holes I need to patch ... as far as I know. Except for the one the dog chewed.
I haven't uncovered that one yet. I'm afraid. 

The ceiling in the stairway has been patched. Tomorrow I'm going to see if I can
match the "popcorn" pattern. 

Also a big of water damage here. It's old, not an ongoing issue.
Going to popcorn it, too.

So -- lots of work done, lots and lots still to do. Tomorrow is patching and priming day. And possibly prying the baseboard off. Everything needs to get washed down. 

Well begun is half done, right? 


Friday, September 2, 2016

Okay, where was I?

So. After a month of getting fired twice and a week of agonizing, I'm back to where I as before. I still have a day job and I can work from home after the first of the year. I have some assurance that I'll have this arrangement for at least a year. And I can bring home whatever office furniture I have room for.

I have room for a lot of office furniture.

I have Monday off for Labor Day, and I took Tuesday and Wednesday as vacation days. My plan for the looooong weekend is to get my soon-to-be-office painted. I imagine this would be a 1-day job for a lot of people, but ... I'm slow. That's okay. It's going to be fun. Even if it kills me.

I went out and bought paint tonight. Oh, and painting supplies, because my oldest son apparently absconded with all of ours when he moved out. Also lots of things to repair walls. I even found stuff that will fix the popcorn ceiling. It's ugly, but not ugly enough to motivate me to try to scrape it all down. There are two spots where it got water-damaged and patched that are weirdly smooth. So more popcorning. (Wow, that sounds dirty!)

Here's what I'm starting with:

North end of the room

South end of the room

Bannister to the back stairs. I predict this will be the easiest or the biggest pain in the butt.
(I'm hoping I can be persuaded to "let" my daughter paint this.)


The back stairs. There are also front stairs, so no one needs to go tromping through my office. 
They will anyhow, though.

This door is in the center of the room. It leads to a hallway to the rest of the upstairs.

 So. The blue trim is going to be white. The white walls are going to be pale blue. The dark blue shades stay. The dark blue couch goes. (It's not really very comfortable.) The other couch stays, but moves to the north end, at least for now. The floor will eventually be carpeted, and the ceiling fans will be replaced. But those are projects for other weekends. Except that I have to pull off all the baseboards. (At least I can take them outside and paint them standing up.) Also there's a big hole in one wall where a long-ago dog chewed through it. We put a couch in front of it and forgot about it until now. Ugh!

I'm thinking about $1,000 for this whole project. I'm $204. into paint and supplies so far. I should have enough ceiling paint to do my daughter's room, too. Oh, did I mention that she asked to paint her room "while I was at it"? <head-desk>

Five days.

I'm excited.