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Day Two: Demolition

So, remember that ugly corner unit in the dining room? Yeah, that thing. Hideous. So we decided to take it out!


Here it is disappearing – Thaddeus and Lela went at it with crowbars but it turns out it just popped right off!


Behind the corner unit, we found out that the previous owners had painted the walls… so the original (awful) wallpaper was still back there. Okay, no problem, we wanted to repaint anyway!

BUT.. the owners had also added texture to the wall when they painted. Of course, there was no texture where the corner unit had been, so… time to remove the texture! Thaddeus went at it with a sander, and got a little dusty in the process…

Day Two: Painting Party!

Time to kick things off! My brother Thaddeus arrived with his goats late Friday night, and then I headed home to Portland for a few hours of sleep before… PAINT PARTY.

We had a great day today: got exactly as much done as we had hoped to accomplish, we’re right on schedule. Because we got all the walls washed on Friday, everyone was able to start right away painting the living room, craft room, and bedroom. Since we were replacing the carpet, it saved time not to have to lay down or tape any protective covering.
Here’s a neat slideshow showing the paint progress in the living room…

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Thanks to my parents, sister and brother, and our amazing friends Krista and Duncan for coming by to lend their many hands. I could never have done it without you!

…and thanks to our secret weapon, our goddaughter Elizabeth, who really pitched in!!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Day One

Today was the day! My sister and her boyfriend showed up at the apartment in the morning, and off we headed in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen in the valley. When we arrived… the keys weren’t where we’d been told they would be. Uh-oh. Actually, we could see a pile of keys in the house, but we couldn’t find the outside door key… Happily, we had the best realtor in the world, she answered the phone right away (IN THE DOCTORS WAITING ROOM!), got ahold of the sellers agent, and tracked down the keys for us.




First impressions… holy cow, there’s some work to be done. This is the mudroom at the back of the house… it’s obvious where the dog slept, isn’t it!? Stinks, too.


We took a break from the house and went for a walk.. Ana found an old watering can — here she is demonstrating that it still waters.


Around 1pm, the delivery guy showed up with an enormous pile of laminate flooring.. Turns out he just hauls it here, though, so we all had to stop our cleaning and painting prep and help haul heavy boxes from the truck into the house! They were so heavy we were afraid to put the all in one place on the floor, so we made 3 piles.. this is the one in the dining room. Thank you especially to Ana’s boyfriend, Johnny, for hauling heavy boxes in the cold on his birthday!!

After a long hard day: the contents of the fridge. Looking good!


Talina headed off for two weeks in Nicaragua with a school trip, which left me here to do the shopping… uh-oh. I’ve been doing some preparations for the getting the keys tomorrow!


Paint! We decided on the colors before Talina left, but I got the job of buying it. The lady at the shop helped me figure out how much was required… this is a massive amount of paint. It can’t freeze, and the temps are a bit cold, so here it is sitting in the stairwell of the apartment…
I have to thank our dear friends Courtney and Joe for the paint – Courtney recommended the brand, Miller, which is local, and the type, which is a low VOC and environmentally friendly mix. And she had coupons, so we made out like bandits: great quality paint from a local company, for an awesome discount. Amazing!!


More shopping — painting and cleaning supplies at Home Depot. We were able to convert some corporate rewards points I’ve earned over the last few years into a $500 gift certificate at Home Depot, and then I blew it all in just one week! But it was a relief not to feel like we had to hesitate over buying supplies, and since we are trying to stick to a tight schedule (to be done with the floors before Talina gets back from Nicaragua), it helps to not worry I’ll need to go back to the store in case I didn’t buy what I needed.

The last step of preparation tonight: my sister Ana came over and helped me haul plants from the deck garden downstairs and put them into Talina’s jeep, so we can drive them up to the new place in the morning. One fewer thing to worry about moving over the coming weeks.

And now… sleep! I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve…