My girls can proudly say that they spent their summer picking nails for their mother.
$.05 a nail. I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.
The house is coming along. It’s actually starting to get to that part where stuff is being put back together, rather than being torn off of the wall and being chucked into a bin. Mr. Suburble heaved a huge sigh of relief when the drywallers marched through the front door.
This meant that I couldn’t rip anything apart. The bones of the house were set. Tara was halted.
(Structurally. You know that I’ve got all SORTS of ideas for the decor.)
Remember this? The Blanche Deveraux mantel?
This is what happens when Tara gets an idea.
And this is what happens when a drywaller swoops in. The Fairy Godmother of home renovations… the drywaller makes magic happen.
And leaves clouds of “fairy dust” everywhere. Fairy dust that will continue to fall for MONTHS.
The kitchen was not immune to the Tara-tornado. Here, Mr. Suburble is ripping up the remainder of the subfloor (and tile!) that ran all the way under the cabinets.
I am being thrifty with my kitchen renovation; I’m saving the cabinets. As you can guess – typical of most cost-effective plans – this is a giant pain in the ass.
We have dragged those cabinets all over the place. They are the albatross of this renovation. I cannot WAIT to bolt them back to the wall where they belong. They are heavy, clumsy… and white. White kitchens are timeless. And cabinets cost a mint.
Whining aside – I made not-so-short work of the backsplash while Mr. Suburble was working elsewhere in the house. He tromped into the kitchen after hearing the sound of sledge hammer against porcelain and said, “So… I guess we’re getting a new backsplash.”
That we are, Mr. Suburble.
And we’re replacing the drywall. Your wife may have ripped it off of the wall in a fit of renovating.
The Drywaller Fairy Godmother was here! You can tell by the haze of white dust all over everything. So long, studs and exposed wiring!
Hellooooo paint, screws, floor, cabinets, countertops and tile. (Gah!)
Before you know it, only memories of an archway (and a little greek restaurant, as I have affectionately come to call this style of decor) will exist in the living room. Patchwork is complete.
And we figured: while we’ve got the crew in here — you know that we means ME, right? Mr. Suburble is getting pretty comfortable just shaking his head as I ask someone, “We can just cut this out, right? — let’s get rid of the curved arch into the living room.
I don’t have a before picture, but imagine a curved arch there – starting about a foot below the new cut-out.
It was a last-minute cut. And I think it was a good one. The difference in light and feeling of spaciousness, simply by slicing out that arch?
Amazing. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make such a large impact.
I feel like we’re gotten over the peak of the mountain. We’re standing at the summit, looking at the way down. It’s going to be a bit of a walk. But change is happening.
We may be able to live in this house after all.
Before long, this project will no longer be “the new house”. It will be our home.
Laurie@ Vin’yet Etc.
So much better already! This is getting exciting! 🙂
Thanks, Laurie! It’s getting there! I can almost… almost… see that light at the end of the tunnel!
Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
Yay for the drywall fairies!!! I remember feeling that way when the drywall finally went up at our house as well especially as we’d been looking at studs & rough wiring for MONTHS! It makes such a difference to be able to see walls up & have everything begin to take shape. Congrats on making it to the summit! 🙂 looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
You’re so right, Tash. It’s amazing what drywall can do. Suddenly, your project (that might not EVER get put back together) has walls. It’s going to be a real house. You can live here!
It’s amazing how exciting it makes the whole project seem. 🙂
your cupboards are lovely!! mine are prob from the 20’s and could use an update but it is mad expensive. Two of my friends just got it done and it cost $10,000 for a guy to custom make theirs in our town ..like OUCH
I hope that next yr I can actually start to do things around our really old house !! (both my kids are moved out now)
Oh, thank you, Sabina. I don’t know that I’d pick these off of the shelf – but they’re perfectly good. They’ll do.
And yes, cabinets are CRAZY expensive. If your cabinets are wood, there is a plethora of things that you could do to them.
A surefire way to get things done in your house? Start ripping stuff apart… you’ll HAVE to fix it! 😉
I can’t wait to see the reveal Tara! I agree removing the arch was a great decision! Great post!
It’s going to be gorgeous Tara! I love all the big windows in your kitchen!
Yay, things are moving along!! It’s going to look fabulous too, I’m sure! 5 cents, huh? We paid 10 cents a nail for ours outside in the driveway when we renovated and the kid got over 100!!
Heather @ new house new home
It’s a never ending battle against drywall dust around here sometimes too!!
This blog entry should be mandatory reading for anyone considering buying a home to renovate!
I LOVE the drywall fairy! Drywall suuuuucks, but its so nice to get it over and done with before you move in. That drywall dust is even worse when you have furniture and drapes!
Oooooh it’s looking great over here! I’m loving watching the progress!!
Wow, you have really had your hands full! I’m sure it will look gorgeous – can’t wait to see!
Oh Tara! Good for you! I remember that very same feeling! You’re almost there! FYi…I’m still finding sheetrock dust. That stuff is worse than Christmas glitter! It’s all going to be gorgeous.