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Major Remodel - Day #1 
Mar. 6, 2011 8:28 am 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2011 10:26 am
We've lived in our house for over 25 years.  When we moved in we both agreed we didn't care for the wallpaper in the livingroom and that would be the first thing we'd change.  Well.... we had a toddler, then a new baby and before you knew it 25 years had gone by and we'd changed a lot of things but the wallpaper was still hanging.

Finally we decided it was time to make-over our livingroom.  The ceiling was never a favorite either and now the carpet was worn out.  Our son came home for his Spring break on Friday.  So, Saturday morning bright and early we got started.  The old drop ceiling was torn down, off came the awful wallpaper and the carpet was ripped up.  My livingroom is totally gutted! 

My job in all of this was to assist in clean-up and keep the men well-fueled.  Friday I made Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker and Saturday morning I made Baked Beans from Scratch.  I also had chips and fresh strawberries to go with.  When the demo part was done we sat down to eat and enjoyed a good Smithwick's beer to wash all the food down.  Then, off to the store we went to purchase the next day's needed supplies;  i.e. paint, drywall, etc.

The ceiling is going from a drop ceiling to a drywalled ceiling and that is mostly today's chore.  We have a very high cathedral ceiling so it will be a job hanging that drywall!  Today's food will be left-overs from yesterday; there is plenty!

I'm hoping that all this will be done this week so we can have the carpet man come in and lay the carpet next Saturday.  Plus - our "helper" will be going back to school after this week. 

Two years ago we began remodeling our home. We started with the computer room, diningroom, kitchen and son's bedroom.  After we finish the living room we will be moving on to the bathroom and our bedroom and then finish up with the basement.  It's so fun to see the transformation from start to finish in each room.  The living room is by far the largest job.  The others were just new flooring and painting.  I'll keep everyone posted on the progress.
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Missy is such a help! She always wants to be in the middle of everything.
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Mar. 6, 2011 9:01 am
Good morning, Mother Ann! Sounds like things are pretty busy in your neck of the woods. We bought our house 18 years ago thinking we'd stay 5 years, sell, and move on to something bigger and better (sigh,). The biggest improvements we've made are replacing all the windows and propping up the main support beam in the crawl space. We dream big, though, LOL! Good luck, have fun, and HIRE A CLEANING CREW:D
Mar. 6, 2011 9:25 am
Good Dog, Missy!! Make sure you brush up against the paint when it's wet... If you can get some on your paws, that's a big plus! (PS I'll start repairing the snow damage on Monday... guess that's what it took to get us finally off our duffs...since we bought in '93!)
Mar. 6, 2011 9:26 am
Hey Mother Ann, looks like you have things all under control! I keep telling hubby about walls that i want to knock down to make the room larger!! I need a bigger kitchen!!!! Missy looks like she's pulling her share of the work load ; ) I hope all goes well with your living room and can't to see the finish product! if ya need an electrician I'll send my hubby over for ya!
Mar. 6, 2011 9:50 am
Mangel - hmmm.... a cleaning crew - sounds like a good idea! Or, I could just have my daughter over... LOL
Mar. 6, 2011 9:52 am
Marvel's Kitchen - Missy is a good girl - she won't make a mess. But, Suzy (the one in my avatar) will be more than willing to help make a mess!
Mar. 6, 2011 9:53 am
dragonfly - I'll keep your hubby in mind, but mine can pretty much do it all... it's just getting him motivated to start. This job's motivation is the TV is totally disconnected. He should finish this up in no time. Ha!ha!
Mar. 6, 2011 10:11 am
How exciting! I cannot wait to see how it turns out.
Mar. 6, 2011 10:48 am
Awww, so sweet... Missy really does not want anything to change [ever], and liked it all just the way it was, but is still there to support and help with your "human" efforts. She just needs to know where her food/water dishes are, and that you will still give her all the good lovin' and pats she deserves! Good dog Missy!
Mar. 6, 2011 2:02 pm
I am happy to see all work was properly supervised, although Missy does seem to be laying down on the job. I always found remodeling to be a lot like childbirth, a painful process but so worth it.
Mar. 6, 2011 5:43 pm
Sue - you are so right about all she really needs is to know where the food/water dishes are - for her it's especially the food dish! You must have labs. LOL
Mar. 6, 2011 5:44 pm
BigShotsMom - Missy is a great supervisor. Later today both cats got brave and came to help. Our Suzy preferred spending her day laying on our bed out of the way. Great comparison BTW with childbirth! Made me laugh out loud.
Mar. 6, 2011 5:59 pm
We are starting the dust and damnation,too. I'll be writing about it soon. In the meanwhile, I will feel sorry for you, hubby and son. I think I might get a head start by feeling soory for myself now.
Mar. 6, 2011 8:21 pm
Aaahhh, remodeling. Seems like I've spent my entire life living with remodeling some room or other. My Dad was a chronic remodeler and so is my darling hubby. It sounds like you've got a pretty good handle on things and I can't wait to see the finished product.
Mar. 7, 2011 4:38 am
My gosh... Missy is a BIG DOG!!!!! and of course, she has to be right in the middle of everthing! :) Renovating is fun (I like it, hubs thinks otherwise as HE does all the work) :) Can't wait to see the finished product!
Mar. 7, 2011 4:55 am
Candice - it is very hard for me to get my hubby to embark on a project. His line of work is carpentry - he does this for a living so it's like the old saying "The shoemaker's kids have no shoes." LOL
Mar. 7, 2011 4:57 am
Mike - Good luck to you. When I'm done feeling sorry for me and all my dust - I'll feel sorry for you with all yours! My son is not so sure he's home for Spring break. Yesterday we had to listen to his music at full volume while they worked. Most of it was OK, but some was that heavy metal, hard-rockin' stuff that you can't understand a word of. By dinner I was wanting to pull my hair out!
Mar. 7, 2011 4:58 am
Gitano - You think Missy looks big laying there on the floor. She's huge when all 80 lbs. of her and all 75 lbs. of Suzy try to claim their halves of the bed! I can't wait for the finished product either! LOL
Mar. 7, 2011 8:02 am
I don't envy your remodel, when we bought this place years ago, RN Grampa told me I could change anything I wanted, once. I moved walls, and changed rooms (he is a ISM) so any steel stud, drywall, T Bar, vinyl board was all easy peasy for him. His taper friends made me beautiful sculpted ceilings (that can be washed), the electricians came out and moved my plugs/lights, and I painted for weeks. It is nearly time to repaint and I am not looking forward to the job. I repainted bedrooms 2 years ago, but the kitchen, dining, living room need some refreshing. Paint swatches have been taped to the walls for several months now-changing the colour every so often, maybe this fall:D Enjoy your new to you redo.
Mar. 7, 2011 1:07 pm
Thanks RNG! Oddly enough - we've remodeled other rooms in the house that weren't near as awful as our living room. I'm not sure why we waited so long on this one. I think it has something to do with how much work it needed - the others were easy make-overs. :-) Doing that ceiling was a killer for hubby. I told him he had to get that drywall hung before he was an old man - today he turned 50; LOL.
Mar. 7, 2011 1:36 pm
Oh mercy! I HATE remodeling! I'm begining to think our 20 yr old house can just stay the way it is. LOL! Your food sounded great as usual!
Mar. 7, 2011 4:11 pm
CatHill - You can wait at least another 25 years; I did. LOL I don't do much of the work - my husband is a perfectionist and he's very good at what he does. I just make the food and stay out of the way. Today is his 50th b-day. I feel a little guilty watching him work away - but we did have nice ribeye steaks on the grill and a really nice Merlot from our "wine stock-up run" to Virginia last summer. I'm seeing my son learning how to do all this and know he'll make a good husband to some nice girl some day.... LOL!
Mar. 7, 2011 4:11 pm
Oops! I meant you can wait 5 years, for a total of 25 years....
Mar. 8, 2011 8:23 am
I am a remodeling nut....but I have to admit to running out of steam as I age. As a designer, it is way easier to do a clients home. I can get a crew in and out quickly, but my own house still has unfinished projects. The old story of the shoemakers children rings true for me. BTW Might you need a break from drywall dust and a get away to the LV AR blowout? Would LOVE to have you:)
Mar. 8, 2011 4:17 pm
Mauigirl - While the AR blowout sounds like a blast, if I recall it doesn't match up with my spring break, which means I can't get away from work (I work in a high school guidance office - this is our busiest time of year). Plus - after all this remodeling I think I'll be broke.
Mar. 10, 2011 6:31 am
MA last summer we built a basement under our existing 120 yr old home, while we lived in it. After two months of jumping the hole of the basement to get in the house with a 1 yr old we finished. So glad now we did it but never again.
Mar. 10, 2011 7:27 am
Mar. 10, 2011 1:04 pm
Skuba - Before we moved into our house the previous owners did that very same thing to the house. Our basement is not a true basement, it's only about 3 feet underground - we have a door to outside and full-sized windows in ours. I saw the pics - that is quite an undertaking!
Mar. 11, 2011 4:33 am
I am a home improvement contractor and the advice I give to all my customers is "order a pizza or chinese take out" don't rush the job, then you will get professional results.
Mar. 11, 2011 5:53 am
My husband is a contractor and an extreme perfectionist - he will do a good job.
Mar. 11, 2011 6:11 pm
I say tie a paint brush to Missy's tail and she can help paint! ;-) It is difficult while the remodel is going on but worth it in the end. However, it does sound like you guys are organized and have everything under control. Want to come to my house when you are done and redo our living room! ;-)
Mar. 12, 2011 7:22 am
Occasional Cooker: By the looks of your avatar I think you could come over, bring your friend and we could tie brushes to all 3 dogs' tails. The painting would be done in no time! Then we could head over to your house. LOL.
Mar. 12, 2011 8:27 am
Mother Ann, I really enjoyed reading your blog. We moved into my childhood home when I was four years old and it needed massive renovations. My Dad did almost all of the renovations himself, after working all day. My mother, god rest her soul, was taking care of three children while all this mess was going on. I can remember saw dust everywhere, finding old relics in the walls of the house, and "walking the plank" to go to the bathroom (we only had one and the floor had to go!) It was a messy time, but I do have fond memories of that house and can't believe some of the stuff we lived with while it was going on. Good luck with the rest of the renovation! I'll be anxious to see how it turns out. Suz
Mar. 12, 2011 10:26 am
Suz - Thanks for stopping in! I'll be posting an update after it's all done. We're getting close. The walls are painted and they're working on the trim today and tomorrow. I'll even post some more pics then. Sounds like you have some great memories!
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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