Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Absentee-ism and Home Repair

I have been noticeably absent from the blogging world lately. You know that house that I bought? Well, it has most certainly turned into a mini-farm and one great big project. There were a bunch of little ones that we have been working on as time and budget have allowed. But two big ones have recently taken over our lives. First, we started cleaning off the walls in the dining room and kitchen so that we could repaint. The walls were covered in painted-over wall paper. Which means that they have been amazingly difficult to get cleaned. Oh, and the wall paper glue was really good. So the wallpaper is coming off in tiny little chunks and is taking FOREVER. I have logged about 20 hours in scraping time and it still isn’t finished. Guess I’m going to continue spending my evenings scraping instead of writing.

During the wall scraping project, we discovered that the back door to the house needed some serious repair. It was letting a lot of daylight in. The threshold had dry rotted off and the bottom part of the door was delaminating. So we repaired it too and replaced all the doorknobs with new knobs and locks.

So it has been an exercise in time, money and patience. As soon as the dining room and kitchen are repainted, we will be painting Anthony’s room, and then re-doing the guest bathroom. Needless to say, I will be checking in with pictures and stories from the work.

A pic of the dining room in progress.

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