Sunday, July 30, 2006


Razor Blades in the wall?

We finished gutting the kitchen today (okay, mostly Ken, but we helped take his mess to the dumpster). Susan and I finished taping & mudding the back bedroom and most of the master bedroom. Don't believe anyone that tells you taping & mudding a ceiling is fun.

If you'll look closely at the first picture, you'll see the back of a white medicine cabinet on the right side of the wall...I had never heard of this before, but in the old days they used to have a slit in the bathroom medicine cabinet where people would stick their old double edge razor blades. When they would drop a blade into the slit, it would fall into the wall behind the bathroom cabinet and pile up between the studs. If you click on the picture on the right, you'll see some cool old razor blade packages we found and some of the HUNDREDS of blades we recovered. Apparently this was common practice even until the early 1960's and some medicine cabinets actually had the words "dispose blades here" embossed above the slit. Feel free to leave us a comment if you've ever heard of this. I thought for sure Susan and Ken had been secretly sniffing the drywall paste.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Tapin' and Muddin'

Let's see, what's next? Lots of taping and mudding...and maybe we'll get the rest of the kitchen demo finished this weekend. I already broke one pipe under the sink! The plumbing is located behind the wall so it's nice to know where the shutoff valve is before we swing the sledge hammer next time.

Susan, get plenty of rest before you get on that plane. And be ready to see lots of changes since your last visit!


Dwindling Drywall

What a huge difference!!! The house is looking sooooooooo nice. Ken made great progress this week in spite of the fact he only used nine fingers. Here, you can see he opened up the doorway into the sitting room, moved the electrical outlets protruding out of the floor, and hung the rest of the fifty sheets of drywall. See how small that stack of sheetrock is now??? That looks like a marble floor but it's loads of dust. Today was the first day Ken had to crawl under the house. I told him to stay outside and throw his shirt away in the big monster can.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Who's Cutting Up Now?

I read somewhere you should never leave a guy alone with a box cutter and a house to renovate. Everything will be fine, Ken. Nurse Susan will be flying in Friday to fix you right up.

While at the emergency room--who did Ken run into? Dad! Hope your hand is feeling better Pop. And...Happy Birthday Mom!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Here, let me help you fill up that dumpster...

Some of our friends have asked us how we could possibly fill up three 30-yard dumpsters with stuff from one tiny little house. Well, this is one tiny little room with half of a dumpster full of junk. This is the Florida Room on the back of the house, finally getting the TLC it needed. These pictures are of two different ends of the same room. I know, what IS all that stuff? Vases, cleaning supplies, dog bowls, pieces and parts to old washers & dryers, torn cushions, a record player console, old clothes. You name it. It's in the dumpster.


A Room You Haven't Seen Yet...

Here's a room you haven't seen yet, the bathroom! Say bye-bye to the beautiful vintage pink and blue tile because it won't be here when it's finished. The subfloor is totally shot, so this room will be a huge hole at some point.

In the "after" dream, the window will be missing, too. Who wants to look out into the Florida room when they're taking a shower? Not this home recycler! Think "not pink" when it's finished.

Monday, July 03, 2006


Weekend Progress

Oh my goodness...we made great progress with the drywall. The landscaping is still the same, however. It's true, everything costs more and takes longer than you plan. We managed to complete all the ceiling drywall! It look so good. The pile of drywall is dwindling slowly but surely. The walls in the kitchen are totally open in preparation for the new kitchen/breakfast bar floorplan. The picture on the left is the "before" picture of the area we opened up.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Sago Palm is staying...

Check out this beautiful Sago Palm located just outside the Florida room. It is about 5-6 feet in diameter and we estimate the age to be 15-20 years old, maybe older. There are lots of smaller plants at its base and they look very healthy. We just might have to adopt some of them or move to the new garden we have planned for the front yard.

We're not sure if this is a male or female. We think it's both!


Drywall Progress

Ken did an amazing job installing the drywall in the Master Bedroom! We helped a little, right Ken? In addition to this room, Susan and Ken drywalled the ceiling in the second bedroom, and also insulated the hallway. Karen was busy kicking walls out of the kitchen to make way for the new bar. The stack of drywall doesn't seem to be disappearing as quickly as we would like...but the azaleas look much happier with a little H2O.


We stripped the kitchen bare!

The cabinets are off the wall and the stove was put out by the street. Within one hour someone had already picked it up (for scrap? Who knows.) The wall on your right (the pretty red ugly one) has been torn down.

All we did was breathe on the trap under the sink and water poured out onto the floor. This is a PITA (pain in the ass) room.

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