Primed and Ready

Quick update with a few new shots. Dining room, living room, and foyer all received a second coat of primer this morning. It’s still a bit wet in these pictures so the coverage looks spotty, but it’ll be a nice base for the finish paint. I hope to spray a coat of ceiling paint yet tonight. Kiyah’s bummed she’s stuck in the kitchen for now.

 

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Resistance (to progress) Is Futile

Despite sometimes not feeling like it, we’re still getting closer to the end. Many late nights and even a few early mornings have taken us to having the walls and ceilings in the living room, dining room, and foyer ready for texture and paint. I applied both coats of texture and when that’s dry, in about an hour thanks to the use of some fans and a dehumidifier, we’ll be able to apply the first coat of primer. I’ve learned my lesson and two coats of primer is the way to go. Otherwise that first drywall and joint compound is too dry and will suck up lots of the finish latex paint. Two coats of primer should mean only one coat of latex finish later. We have Royal Floors coming back to finish the maple in these rooms in a little over a week. That means both coats of primer yet this weekend and maybe a coat of ceiling paint (if I have enough). Painting the walls and prepping/painting the trim will hopefully be complete by the end of the week. Then it’s time for a long weekend trip out to Portland, OR and to take a tour of the Hanford, WA site. That was part of the Manhattan Project and should be awful interesting. Alright, here are a ton of pictures of the build up and progress…

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Same Old, Same Old

Been too busy working to post any updates! Downstairs floors are scheduled for refinishing at the end of July so it’s a mad dash to finish up the ceilings and walls. I had some new steps poured in the back yard and then I added a little triangle of concrete to match up the wider stairs to the narrower walkway. Amy and I also had an amazing holiday in the UK for two weeks. It was kind of a big deal!

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It’s A Huge Cover Up I Tell You

Work has continued. With the help of good friend Arnie, I tried out the drywall jack and let me tell you it a glorious thing! So the walls are all hung and the ceiling in the dining room is up. Next will be hanging the living room and foyer ceilings, opening up the cracks in preparation for repair, and than the big task of finishing all of the drywall. This weather has been total junk around here, but despite that I’ve been out on the dirtbike a handful of times including my first race of the year. I have some more big road bicycle rides on the horizon and some outdoor work as soon as weather permits. This is going to include repainting the front porch, getting new stairs poured in the backyard up to the garage, and just general lawn upkeep. Alright, pictures pictures pictures.

Here is the living room ceiling on deck for new drywall:
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Kiyah is still helping:
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Hung dining room ceiling and wall:
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Arnie getting photobombed and the jack in action:
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Arnie cracking panels:
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This was an area I found to be sagging so badly I just decided to take it down and later shim it for the drywall. This was a great example of why the ceiling needed attention. Nearly 110 years of settling and vibration have left some areas on the verge of collapse:
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You can see more of the cracks that were covered over:
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Leaving a mark for some poor soul who has to redo all of this again in another 110 years!
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She’s still helping:
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Downstairs Wall Down

Wall fell down. No big deal.

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No Blood Stains!

Every single last bit of carpet is up! A few spots will need repair due to leaking radiators over the years but on the whole it’s in great refinishable shape!

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April Showers Bring May Flat Ceilings

Lots of stuff (when hasn’t there been?) in the works. I took some old bits to the scrap yard for spring cleaning, Amy’s been chipping away at the stairs, and I’ve been getting ready for the big downstairs living room and dining room push. This is going to include fresh drywall on the ceiling, one new wall, and copious crack repair. Carpet will be coming up at some point too. Drywall’s been purchased along with a jack. Big thanks to Arnie for stopping by with a box truck to get the 12′ sections home. Oh and because I was bored, I replaced the boiler when that failed via a leaking tank (read: I was not bored and hated to have to do this). I’ve also been doing spring maintenance on the dirt bike which has included a fresh top end, greased linkage bearings, and sorts of bits here and there. The cats continue to provide moral support.

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Pre-Spring Update (Maybe Pre-Pre Spring With This Dumb Weather)

We finished up the pallet wall a while back. It turned out amazing and will really look nice when I get trim up. That’ll be when the flooring goes in the kitchen. Otherwise I’ve been getting some ice riding in and Amy and I had a quick trip down to Austin, TX. We’re prepping the upper stairs for paint and I’ll be purchasing drywall for the downstairs work later later this week. There’s a drywall panel hoist with my name on it being shipped at this moment too. I found part of a picture under some trim I pulled up too. It’s kind of eerie.

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Back Hall Painting Done

Great stuff in the back hall. Finished up the drywall, primed, and finished painting. We went with just texture from the paint roller. It’s amazing to finally have a smooth wall in the house! I’m proud of my work back here. It turned out really nice. Just trim left and the pallet wall. We picked up pallets for it and we’re prepping the boards. Floors will be finished up after the living and dining rooms are done.

The last picture is a reminder of what it looked like just a few short weeks ago.

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Plywood Up

The last wall in the hallway came down yesterday. Today I’ve put up 19/32 plywood as an underlayment for a future pallet wood wall! It’s going to look way cool when it’s done. As you’ll see in the pictures, Kiyah was a huge help.

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