First Weekend Progress
Wow-we made a ton of progress!
We started the weekend off with a trip to Home Depot to buy paint supplies.
Man, is that place expensive.
We headed over to The Blue House and Shaun got started demo-ing the bathroom and I started with the fireplace. We decided to take down the board on the wall but we’re going to leave the wood on the actual fireplace and paint it white until we can put up drywall-this will probably happen when we convert the fireplace to natural gas and get an insert. I took down the slats on the wall and then sanded the lip that was left from the adhesive off the wall. It was a lot of sanding! It’s now ready for painting.
Shaun and our friend Luke demo’d the whole bathroom, including the floor.
Our other friend Danny came over with his truck and we decided to do a dump run. The truck wasn’t completely full so Danny and Shaun decided to rip up the carpet in the bedrooms and the basement.
In the bathroom, we found one of the old paint colors. I like it
Once we got all of that done, we started removing wall paper in the bathroom. What a long process-woah. It took my friend, Sarah-Marie, and me 5 hours to get it all down and there was still glue left. First we removed the top layer of paper. Then, we scored it, sprayed it with hot water with Dawn added, and then ripped and scraped the paper off. We got some of the glue but a lot was left behind. You can see it to the right of the yellow paint in the above picture. The walls were covered with little bits of that dang glue.
That ended Day 1. We felt very accomplished!
We got up this morning and headed straight over. I applied 2 washes of TSP and then washed that down with hot water in the bathroom to remove the glue. I started sanding and the glue was not coming off. I then started spraying the walls with hot water with Dawn, I sanded with 100 grit sand paper, scraped with a paint scraper, wiped with a sponge, used my finger nails, and wiped down with a dry cloth, again, and again, and again. I did that from 10 am-1 pm and still wasn’t done. While I was doing that, Shaun was removing all the carpet tacks from the various floors and getting the bedrooms ready for painting. He also prepped the rest of the bathroom for painting.
I took Lu to a birthday party (a much needed break for her!) and then went grocery shopping. While we were gone, Shaun spackled the bathroom, painted the ceiling in there, and got the downstairs ready for painting and carpet. I got back to the house at 4 and started the glue removal process again. By 5:30 we were finally ready to prime the walls!
Speaking of Lucy, she was amazing the whole weekend. We brought over her art table, toys and books, and she entertained herself the whole weekend.
She even helped with wall paper removal and painting! She is, officially, the best kid ever. Oh, and I met one of my neighbors. She has a 5 year old daughter, there is a 5 year old boy on the other side of us, another 5 year old boy next to that house, and a 4.5 year old girl in the next house! I got a little teary after talking to her. This is EXACTLY why we wanted to move to this street. It makes me so excited for Lucy and it makes me worry about high school years! Ha!
Back to home reno!
Here’s the bathroom with the glue removed and the painted ceiling:
It doesn’t look that impressive but let me assure you that it was a TON of work to get to this point.
Look at my glue free walls!
Sarah-Marie came over and helped us prime the walls.
The bathroom is ready for grey paint tomorrow and any work that the contractor can do (we’re waiting on tile), the two bedrooms are ready for carpet and paint, as is the basement. We still have some prep work to do in the living room, especially with the fireplace, before we can paint in there. Shaun is going to call the hard wood floor refinisher tomorrow and we need to get the carpet installer out to measure and order the carpet for the bedrooms and basement.
All in all, I’d say we had a VERY productive weekend! After this week, Shaun will be off of work for a month and he’ll be working full time on our fixer upper .