I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We usually host for thanksgiving but since we are currently living in an apartment my in-laws offered to host this year. It was a great day with family. As the girls are getting older it makes these big holidays even more fun because they get so excited. This year, aside from being thankful for our health and family, we are thankful for the opportunity to do this project. It’s a long process, but we are blessed with the chance to bring this house back to life and create our dream home.
Next year we will get to host Thanksgiving in our new kitchen! There has been a lot of progress this week in the house. The remaining fireplace wall in the kitchen has finally come down and the ceiling framing in the kitchen is done. When we tore out the ceiling it was discovered that the beam supporting the second floor was actually about 20” farther into the dining room. Basically this means the kitchen got bigger. I’m starting to get really excited about the space - it’s huge! Ignore the pile of wood in the picture. I asked them to leave it so I can sort through what I want to keep. Old growth wood is hard to find!
It has been established thatI love wallpaper. Unfortunately, none of the existing wallpaper in the house is salvageable. It’s old, peeling, and quite dirty. Since we are waiting for plumbing and HVAC to start, I thought I would get a jump start on removing the wallpaper in the living room. Good idea!
The last time time I tried to remove wallpaper did not go well. It started with high hopes and ended with me paying someone to do it after I had a mini breakdown. I still consider that $200 some of the best money I’ve ever spent. That said, I went to Lowe’s this morning and got wallpaper remover and tools. I carefully dowsed the walls with the remover, waited the appropriate amount of time, and set about scraping. Thirty minutes later I had removed one square foot of wallpaper. Clearly this was turning into a bad idea!
Not in the mood for giving up...I went to Home Depot and rented a steamer. Once I was back at the house I decided to try again. I started in the side entrance this time and with the steamer, that paper practically fell off the wall and revealed a weird bird stencil on the wall. Then I gave the living room another chance. It was easier with the steamer but still a lot of scraping. I discovered that part of the issue was someone has partially removed a layer of wallpaper, painted over it, then papered over the paint. Yikes!
I still have a lot more work to do, but I feel more confident now and have a much better plan for next time!
It has been a slow couple of weeks. We hired an electrician (more on that later) and have just been finishing up the demo. The plumbing and HVAC is going to start next week, so once that begins we can tighten up the schedule a little bit. This stage of a remodel always seems like it takes forever, but in our case it’s made worse by us doing the work ourselves and mostly on weekends. Have I mentioned we have young kids? Ha!
In case you haven’t read the about us section, I work for a residential construction company in Needham. So I’m very familiar with the remodeling process and how clients usually start to feel at about this stage. It’s the feeling that you are never moving back into your home. It’s combined with a feeling that everything is not within your control. And all of this is compounded by all the budget numbers being firmed up and the money seemingly flying out the door. So stressful. Fortunately Paul and I both drink wine - so bottoms up to this phase!