31 Days: Break for progress

Since we are about halfway through the series, I decided to continue with Friday’s theme and take a break (rest) from the series to give you some updates. Guess what? I have more than wallpaper to update you on. Woot woot!!!

Mom and Dad came out last weekend to give us a hand. Ryan put Dad on electrical duty, which consisted of pulling all of the old knob and tube wiring.

Dad even agreed to go under the house and pull the wiring there. Ryan was very excited Dad was willing to go under the house! Some spots of the crawl space are pretty spacious and easy to move around; however, some spots are pretty tiny, like “I am in no way shape or form going under the house unless someone is chasing me with a knife” kind of tiny.  Dad hopped through the hole in the porch creating A LOT of confusion for Bella and Tori.

Bella kept running back and forth between the living room (right above Dad) and the hole in porch. Dad caught on  and decided to ag it on. It was pretty hilarious! Poor confused puppy!

A little while later Dad reappeared from underneath the house looking a little dirty…

Ok, a lot dirty 🙂 Isn’t my Dad awesome?

With Dad on electrical duty, Ryan started working on sistering all of the joists in the kitchen. One joist had a good bit of water damage and the others were, well, OLD. Instead of being stiff and solid, they were more like trampolines.

Can you guess what I was doing?

Yea. Wallpaper. Only this is not like the other wallpaper on the ceiling. The dining room wallpaper came down pretty easy thanks to the steamer. This wallpaper you ask? Um. No. This wallpaper was made by the Devil himself to torment me. My guess is they painted one the of layers of wallpaper so the steam can’t penetrate the bottom two layers. In the time we scraped almost the entire dining room, we had only done an eight of the living room. *Womp womp*

Now, let’s fast forward to this weekend. Operation New Fence began!!

Step 1: Take down the chain-link fencing.

Step 2: Dig up posts.

Ryan and our friend John were able to take down all of the chain link fencing in about three hours. After lunch they started working on the posts. Ryan and John were able to muscle several of them out with just a few tugs. Some, however, required digging, muscle and even a tractor.

By 4 o’clock Saturday, all that was left was a few more posts.

In case you were wondering, the dogs were tied to their dog house and will be staying there during the fence project (except for at night when we take them home with us to the condo).

Please pray we and the dogs can survive without a fence for two weeks!!

While the boys were working on removing the fence, I started working on taking up some of the hardwood flooring in the back living room. We are hoping to re-install this flooring upstairs in one of the small bedrooms and refinish the hardwood underneath.

Well, what I hadn’t planned on doing was removing the small concrete pad in front of the fireplace….

I quickly realized the concrete was actually laying on a small portion of the wood, so when the wood came up, the concrete came up.

I tried to take up a few large pieces by myself, but quickly saw I was only butchering the wood while trying to pull it up by myself. It would have to wait until I had another set of hands…err…crowbar.

Ryan did get wood moved around for me so I could finish scraping the wallpaper in the back living room.

Scraping this was almost blissful after that demon wallpaper!! I was able to finish in about an hour.

I forgot to take a picture of the room COMPLETELY FREE OF WALLPAPER! Oops!

Last update – We got our building permit!

What did you guys do this weekend? Any takers on helping peel demon wallpaper??

Thanks for reading! Regular 31 day series will start back tomorrow! If you have advice to share for the series, I would love to hear it 🙂

Brittney

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3 thoughts on “31 Days: Break for progress

  1. Everything is looking so good! It’s nice to see somebody doing the renovations in the right order – structure first – pretty stuff last. Great job!

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