Survival Mode

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


Things are moving along, but we're at that exhausted stage of renovation.  The floors are in process but still not done.  The electrical is in process but still not done.  We can't do insulation until we pass electrical inspection.  Inspections can only happen on Fridays because of our schedules.  The holidays are here.  Michael's job is demanding more of his time right now.  We're tired from trying to balance it all, which means we're less productive when we do work.  

You get the picture.  

This week was spent on floors and electrical.  It was FREEZING outside (literally - freezing rain and sleet) so we couldn't exactly open up the house to ventilate after doing the top coat on the floors.  On the coldest days Michael worked on electrical instead.  That was great except that the power went out for awhile on the one day he was going to have the most time to work.  This stage of renovation requires power tools.

Stuff got done, but not anywhere near as much as we would have liked.  

That's not to say nothing got done.  The floors were sanded.  One coat of the clear coat was put down on the living room floor (and we decided we wanted a different finish).  The clear coat was pretty rough despite vacuuming and 2 washes with mineral spirits prior to putting the clear coat on, so now Michael needs to go give the whole thing a light sanding before we can put another coat down.  

We're in survival mode.  We're focusing on whatever the next step is, nothing further.

Here's a pic of the living room, complete with peanut gallery:

Sanding removed most of the water stains, which was great!  We're also really pleased with the color and will not be staining it.  Michael is just putting a few clear coats of water-based polyurethane down.

Today Michael is bound and determined to finish the floors.  Once that is done he'll finish the last of the electrical and hopefully we can do the electrical inspection on Friday.  We are hoping to find a plumber that can do the gas line for the stove this week so we can do the mechanical inspection on Friday as well.  We'll see how that goes.  

Onward and upward!


Living Room Update

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


We've been hard at work on the living room and hallway.  They're not quite done, but here's a little update: 

This was late last week.  Michael sanded and skim coated and sanded the walls again.  There were a lot of walls.  Then I painted.  And painted.  And painted some more, just for kicks.  Then Michael painted.  It was a lot of paint...

Then we cleaned.  Renovating with kids is interesting.  You have to clean up every day or they will track drywall dust everywhere.  Trust me, I know from firsthand experience.  So that adds at least an hour every night to whatever you're doing.  Good times.

In the end, it's worth it.  Here's what the living room looks like now: 

It's a work in progress.  The row of ceiling boards along the wall you see here and the wall along the dining room in the picture above is stained.  The rest still need to be stained.  We still have electrical outlets to swap out and light fixtures to hang.  We have to figure out a solution to the dummy door handles we bought for the closet doors.  Our current furniture is not what will be here permanently, but it's doing a fine job until we get some more mid-century looking stuff.  I need to get to West Elm to swap out the legs on the sofa.  

But it feels clean and bright!  And the house is smelling less and less like the lady who lived here before us.  We'll be sure to post pictures when we're done.  It'll be a little bit.  Michael is working on some designs and drawings for our church right now, and then we might need to fix our downspouts, but it'll all get done eventually.

One step at a time!