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'
Susan, get plenty of rest before you get on that plane. And be ready to see lots of changes since your last visit!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Who's Cutting Up Now?
- One box cutter ~ $6.00
- One emergency room visit co-pay ~ $50.00
- One roll of gauze ~ $6.23
- One roll of medical tape ~ $3.74
- One sheet of ruined drywall ~ $10.00
- One fingertip ~ priceless
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...
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
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!
We stripped the kitchen bare!
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.