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And The Walls Came a Tumbling Down

My husband and I have been looking forward to this for a long time: the day we take down two walls and turn the living room into a great room. He’s been hard at work running electrical, working in the attic, and doing all the other small tasks that have to happen before you can do the major tear-down.

Then, this weekend we did it! Those walls came down, one side at a time. There are spots in the photos because this sure did kick up a lot of dust. Okay, first photo. By this time Jeff had scraped the popcorn ceiling down and gotten most of the inside-the-bedroom insulation ripped off. We put the chunks of insulation straight into the rolling garbage bin and hit them with hammers to break them into smaller pieces. Most of the inside drywall fit into the trash that way. You can also see the plastic sheeting covering the doorway on the left in this photo. We did as much as we could with that up to keep the dust contained.

inside drywall down

Jeff cut the drywall next to each wooden stud, and then cut the stud from the ceiling and floor. That way we had nice, long, pieces to remove. This was helpful in reducing the mess. Plus, we’d already filled the trash cans. These sections are in the backyard waiting for next week’s pickup. half drywall
Do you see the sections? One of the walls is gone. Now you can see the door to the garage, which we also installed.

Short Wall goneAnd from that door, you can see what used to be a long hallway and hall bathroom. The bathroom isn’t in the hall so much anymore. 🙂
No more hallway
Here’s the view from my desk. I’m blogging, facebooking, Pinteresting, and sewing from the living room great room. Both of those walls are down, modernizing this house and giving lots more living space. I’ll give you some shots of the whole large room later. Right now we still have all the furniture squished into what used to be all of our living room. We have some drywall patching to do, painting, flooring, etc still. But look at all this S P A C E! walls gone

 

Of course, it’s not officially a Great Room until the quilts are hung. 🙂

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Where’ve You Been?

I’ve been neglecting to write for a few weeks now. What have I been up to? Well, aside from spending a lot of time getting un-sick (yuck) and with my kiddos at work (so cute) I’ve been working on the house. Here are a few new skills I’ve learned.

1) Replacing window screens. When I expressed amazement that my husband could do it, he showed me how. Now I’ve volunteered to do the rest of the screens in the house, starting with the back screen door, which has been attacked by vines.

2) Mudding drywall. Filling in holes, covering low spots, etc before we paint.

3) Using a paint sprayer. I’m pretty handy with a brush and roller, but the spraying bit was new to me. We’re rolling colors, but it’s very handy for white ceilings and hard-to-reach areas  like under the water heater in the garage.

4) Cutting and installing carpet. Okay, so we didn’t completely install it with tacks on the side, but throw-rug-style is just fine for the master bedroom for now.

5) Scraping popcorn ceilings down. It’s easy! Just wet it down and scrape. It flops right off and you sweep the gunk off the floor.

bedroom4

Oh, and I’m excellent at sorting through items. Initially, they’re in three categories: save, sell, and donate. Goodwill’s having a good donation year in my town.

I have not been quilting, but am excited to do some paper-piecing with friends tomorrow. I’ll post s’more about that soon. Promise.