Goodday to you all. I thought I’d sign in today with a little update on the progress that I have made to my new nest. Now a little warning is in order: brace yourself because things are looking worse before they can start to look better.
But to me it all feels good. I am hauling old stuff out. And with every piece of old I remove I create a clean slate for me to work with and the house feels like mine a bit more step by step.
I have been working for two weekends, with help from friends and family and so far I have removed all the floors (sometimes several layers of them), neigh all the wallpaper (pieces keep popping up in unexpected places) and various homemade constructions that just didn’t work for me. It is all bare walls and bare floors now.
One of the first things I tackled was the ‘built-in’ closet. A term I use loosely because it basically was a hole in the wall with a cheap closet behind it.
It looked reasonable enough from the closet side (although not really, that cheap old thing was falling apart, except it couldn’t because a thousand nails and screws were keeping it in place).
But on the other side, what is to be my bedroom it really looked like somebody had lost steam halfway through the project.
The back of the closet was boarded up with plasterboard, except not entirely. the wall was painted white, except not entirely and there was a big gaping hole in the wall.
Not my cup of tea.
So I took the hammer to it, put some girl power into it, and ripped the whole thing to pieces.
Leaving behind a nice big hole that will have to be mended. In both these rooms I removed the laminate flooring. Since the floor was glued this took a bit of force too and made a big old ruckus (my new neighbors are loving me so much right now, I am sure).
The second big project of the first weekend was the attic. Now that attic truly was one of the big selling points of this house. It is huge, and high and a lovely space to work with. Except for the creativity of the previous owner…..
The floor here was laminate too, in a pretty bad condition. But praise the Lord, it was not glued so pretty easily removed.
He (she?) used a lot of second hand materials to build walls and shelves and additions. Now you know me, I am all for repurposing…. Repurposing done well that is….. But this project did not fall into that category. It was ugly. And since I have plans for this space, it was in my way.
That pipe there? In the middle of the room? Is from the wood stove downstairs….
And that stained glass window? Not original to the house of course, but very nice indeed, so it had to be saved….
I had help from my brother with this project. Between the two of us, that attic was transformed in no time. Floor gone, half walls, gone, and crazy addition gone.
It took both strength and brain to figure out how to dismantle that contraption around the staircase. The logic behind the construction was lost on us. It was screwed and nailed and glued into place and it seemed as if the wrong move could have it tumble down on us in minutes. And because of that window this was one demolition project I needed to be careful with.
But we did it. It is all gone. Of course something will have to go up there again to make this a save staircase again. But building new is a project for later. Right now we are still in the ‘making a clean slate’ stage of this house remodel.
And that window? It came out in one piece and is waiting for some love and a new home. It will happen my dear, one day, it will happen….
I really got a kick out of that first weekend. The transformation was so quick and big.
Now I am hoping all this hard work will help in another kind of transformation too…..
This office chick has been walking around with muscle pains for weeks now……
Maybe I will get a slick body out of it too……..
……… one can only hope! LOL
CU my dears. I will be showing some vacation pics next. Just to give you something pretty to look forward too….
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