Home Remodel

When Demo Gets You Down

I am starting to feel the pains of ever and on-going demo and so has ReeRee.

ReeRee chased us around for 3 days (no movies) and it was too much.

When you've had too much demoThis is what happens when you have too much demo!

She slept through the master bedroom getting drywalled, poor thing!

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Lunch at the “New” House

ReeRee and I call the house we are remodeling the “new” house.

Poor ReeRee- her dad is gone everyday branding and she is stuck going to the new house with me.


Now that the power line has been put in and the electrical line trenched in, we have power, so ReeRee can at least watch movies on her sleeping bag.

Lunch at the new houseI stopped to eat lunch with ReeRee, who continued to watch her movie on the DVD player.  (Notice our tray is a leftover piece of drywall.)

After working over Memorial Day weekend every day, I had a REALLY hard time getting up.  So tired, but there were still rooms to be mudded!

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Little Bathroom Update

The little bathroom is small and dark.  Since we were working without electricity for a while, work in this room only happened on really sunny days.

I removed the toilet (easy peasy) with a sledge hammer and ran the pieces outside as water ran out.  Gag- note to self: do not go into plumbing as a second career.

The fiberglass tub fought back.  After the easy tap with the hammer destroyed the toilet, I took a swing at the tub.

Fiberglass has some spring to it and my hammer bounced back into the calf of my leg.  After hopping around on one leg, I found Newt who saw-zawed the tub in half.

Little Bathroom May 17Surprisingly, this was the only room in the house where the water didn’t leak.  However, the sink is not vented, so we may have to move the sink to the same wall as the shower guts (right hand side of picture).

However, the mice came up through the holes where the plumbing came in and poo-ed under the tub.  It was the only place we found mice poop.  (Note to self- use lots of steel wool and seal in the cracks in the subfloor.  The sloppy work on this house drives me crazy.)

After chipping away at the linoleum that was glued directly to the floor for hours, I bought a heat gun.  It is still a slow painful process, but I removed all the tile in about 2 hours.  Versus 2 hours of chipping and only a few tiles removed.

Little bathroom May 26The little bathroom is ready for the plumbers to rough in lines this week.

I hope the plumbers show.  I’ve found contractors to never be on time or come the day they say they will.  Sigh.

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Universe Awry

You know your universe is awry when the highlight of your day is doing laundry.

Kitchen after


Home renovations make everything else you hated to do before, seem enjoyable… especially for a person who likes order, scratching off completed tasks, and time-lines that are met.

Home Renovators Anonymous (HRA) is meeting at my undestroyed house to clean toilets.  Sound like fun to anyone in the middle of a gut job?

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Kitchen Update

Here is the kitchen before major demo.  It had weird angled walls that closed in the kitchen and wasted precious space.

Kitchen with cabinets and doorwayWe removed the cabinets and kitchen island.  The cabinets were so cheap and installed so weird, most of them were destroyed, but I do have a LOT of solid oak doors for sale.

Our friend, Dave, closed in the doorway (see picture above).  There were 3 entrances into the kitchen- goodbye Doorway #3.

Kitchen no cabinets 1 less doorDave also removed the angled wall that used to have the refrigerator on it.  That wall has been straightened out.  (Gross note- the fridge leaked underneath for so long, the subfloor and drywall was moldy and the floor was still wet- hence the wood putty to even out the floor eventually.)

The plan is to use the old enamel sink rescued from the 1906 farmhouse that was burned, and find used cabinets to run on both sides of the kitchen.

The stove (left hand side) and sink (right hand side) won’t move.  My mom is nagging (please stop Mom!) to move the refrigerator from the unsheetrocked area (left hand side).

I’m thinking maybe it would fit near the doorway of the kitchen, but my mind is too full to think of this now.  Plus the layout would depend of what cabinets I’m able to score.

Do you know of a good place to find solid wood cabinets that could be painted?  I researched online and found ReStore and Uncle Benny’s in Denver.  I see a trip to visit the relatives in Colorado in my future…

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House Remodel

Due to our “fluid” state, Newt and I bought a crappy double wide that we hope to fix up, but still would be able to move later on (if needed).

The flip included everything inside.  Then our crappy house mover destroyed the mud room addition.  Once moved, the roof and siding didn’t look as good.

Block foundation, new roof, new siding and house wrap, new addition, plumbing, heat pump/HVAC, electrical lines, sewer, electrical hook-up, water…

Here are some indoor pictures to keep you updated.  Lucky for us, our friends (with experience AND power tools) are helping us on the inside.

Before pictures:

Kitchen beforeLiving room/eating area beforeMaster bath before

After two weekend of demo (plus some drywalling), removed rotten subfloor in bathroom, removed black mold linoleum… here are the results.

We kept the 3/8 inch drywall with the ugly vinyl wallpaper that screams “I’m a trailer house!” in the hallway, primed over the joints, taped over the joints, and mudded (and sanded) 3 times (my mom did most of this).  Then we textured the wall and ceiling using the Panda-Pawed (with knock down) technique.

Hallway drywalled textured

If you have pent up frustration, I suggest whacking a Panda Paw for a while.


The room looks like it could be in a real house.  Goal for the remodel: tighten it up, insulate it up, and get rid of anything that reminds me of a manufactured house.





The kitchen also had some work done.  It will be drywalled on the outside walls.  The inside walls will be primed, taped, mudded, and textured like the hallway.

Kitchen afterOr maybe I will just leave it like this… I like the open concept feel.

The master bath was removed.  There was a leak and black mold throughout and into the next bedroom.

Master Bath/ ReeRee's roomIt peeved me that the builder was so cheap they didn’t drywall behind the tub- see the pink insulation peeking out.  geez.  This room will be split back into two rooms (the master bath and bedroom).  We are moving the closets to make better use of the space.

Newt has been taking extra good care of the cattle lately, since we started this project.  He prefers cows over tools.  He even volunteered to cook us supper- twice!

He forgot to mention he drywalled a bit in college.  When forced to, Newt does a nice job.

I don’t think OSHA would approve of spurs on a ladder.

Drywalling in spurs


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