Drywall is done: You are invited to a priming party!

Howdy folks! It is an exciting week in the Saffell house. Drywall is DONE! D.O.N.E. Can I get a hallelujah? Anyone out there thinking we would NEVER have walls free of wallpaper?! I won’t be mad if you admit it. To be honest, I had my moments, too. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here we are as you enter the front door.


Lovely new drywall on your left. Original bead board on your right. Then, we can peek into the dining room.


Here is a look from the back door in the living room.


Now let’s peek into the master bathroom upstairs. I won’t bore you with a picture of every wall. You are welcome.


At this point in time, I don’t know if there is anything prettier than unfinished dry wall. The house really feels like it is starting to take shape now that dry wall is up. I know we still have a lot of work left, but dry wall is just so exciting. WALLS PEOPLE, we have walls!

Ryan and I spent last week revisiting the wallpaper we have been ignoring.


One. More. Corner. I think I need a pep talk. I just want to pretend the wallpaper isn’t there and paint over it. Do you think people would notice??? It is only half an inch thick….

We spent last Saturday working on the kitchen ceiling. We decided to go with a bead board ceiling instead of dry wall, which means we are installing it. Also, we decided to cheat and use bead board sheets instead of individual boards. Once we are finished, I will share what we learned about working with bead board sheets.


Look! I am on a ladder. That doesn’t happen often!


The ceiling is taking longer than we expected (Imagine that?!?!). We hoped to knock most of it out last Saturday, but we ended up having to make plywood slats for the ceiling. We will attach the bead board to the slats instead of cutting the bead board to accommodate the width of the stud spacing. Cutting the bead board for each stud would have not only taken forever, but it would have created a lot of waste. Slats were not what we originally planned but in the long run it will be faster and less expensive. I’ll take it!

We also started putting bead board up in the pantry.


I am so excited about our walk in pantry I can’t even stand it. I kind of want to finish this room first because I am that excited! Sadly, our building inspector mentioned nothing about a finished pantry on our certificate of occupancy to-do list. *sigh*

Here is a funny from this week. Ryan pointed out to me that apparently he is almost too thin for manual labor.


Do you think that is what the manufacturer’s were implying when they made this tool belt?  Skinny people = not allowed to use power tools or perform manual labor. Ryan has his tool belt set on the second to smallest notch. I guess you need to have a waist of at least 31″ to do any work requiring a tool belt? Ryan barely passes with a waist of 32.” His wife should feed him more…gosh…. 😉

Anyways, my biggest announcement for today is that we are having a “work day” this Saturday. By work day I mean we are inviting friend and family to come join us! Since the dry wall crew finished today, we are ready to put coat of primer on EVERYTHING. Primer = electricians can come back and finish! Wahoo! If you are in the area and available, we would love to have your help Saturday!

House help invitation copy

Even my grandpa is coming. If my grandpa with a fractured foot can come paint, so can you!!! *Insert major guilt trip here*

Kidding. Kind of. In all seriousness, my grandpa is coming, and he does have a fractured foot. He’s just hard-core like that. If you have been following our blog and want to see it in real life (I am talking to you locals!) feel free to stop by. Bring your painting supplies.  This whole paying a mortgage and paying rent/HOA fees/porta potty/storage unit is getting old and our pocket-book definitely won’t be able to handle it if Ryan is one of the lucky government employees who gets furloughed. The faster we can get into our house the better, and you can help make that happen this Saturday! Putting on a coat of primer sounds small, but I promise it is a huge help. All I ask is that you let me know you are coming so I can have enough supplies ready!

Have a great rest of the week! Peace.



Hello Drywall My Old Friend.

Ryan and I spent our Saturday morning running around like chickens with our heads cut off knocking out the last of our pre-drywall list. We were able to finish framing the closet for the second upstairs bedroom (Note – Our children will not have walk in closets. Something tells me they will survive though. First world problems are so hard!).


We FINALLY removed the LAST window unit! I won’t miss that eye sore anymore.


When we removed the window unit and took down the bead board under neath, we found this lovely treat.


A bird’s nest! What every homeowner wants hidden underneath their window sill, right? 🙂 Kidding. I wasn’t really excited about it either, but I just cleaned up the mess and moved on to something else. In the crooked room, we also finally got around to moving this giant, metal, storage thing. It his been there since we bought the house. It was too big to get down the stairs (with the original wall there) so the homeowner left it. And we avoided it.

For 8 months.


Turns out it is not nearly as heavy as I thought it was. You know what is nice about slightly-steeper-than-normal-stairs? You can slide things down very easily!! Things like giant metal objects. I see children attempting to slide down stairs on their mattress in our future.

Dear Future Children. I am already onto your mattress slide scheming, and I will probably join you. Don’t tell your father. The End. 

Peace out metal foreign object.

Ryan and I wrapped up everything on our list Saturday morning and then spent the afternoon driving to Shoals (about an hour and a half one way) to check out some heart pine flooring I found on Craig’s list. I have yet to be burned by Craig’s list, but I know it happens, so I still get a little nervous about Craig’s list finds. I get even more nervous when it involves a chunk of time and a chunk of money.

When we pulled up the wood was loaded on the back of a trailer….


AND IT WAS AWESOME! It was just what I had hoped it would be, maybe even better! We borrowed a friend’s trailer (thanks John!) and carried home 500 square feet of heart pine for the kitchen (at $1 per square foot, also awesome!). I am so excited about it! Here is a close up.


I love it!!!! The only bad part about Saturday was the fact that it was cold. and snowing. and cold. AND SNOWING.


SNOW. IN ALABAMA! The day I have to load, haul, and unload 500 square feet of wood flooring, of course it snows.

Now…for what you have all been waiting for….


Drywall was delivered Monday! Have you ever seen drywall being delivered by that really awesome crane thing?! Um. It’s awesome and scary all at the same time.



There was so much drywall! 100 sheets of drywall! They even started hanging it the day it was delivered. WE. HAVE. WALLS. YO.

It freaks me out a little guys. Freaks me out. Have you ever watched drywall be delivered? Am I the only person who finds  a bird’s nest in their exterior walls? What about the flooring we picked up, what do you think??