We worked a lot of hours over the weekend at the Milwaukee street house…we are now officially at the ugliest stage before it starts to get pretty.
I worked on the prep on the windows in our room to paint…I wasn’t satisfied so I really got after them. I sanded them, put wood putty in the holes where all the drapery hardware had been through the last 100 years…and sanded them again. Inside our closet….what can I say…I am so over stripping wall paper from every room in that house over the last thirty years and the wall paper in the closest actually laughed at me and said you can’t paint me….of course I stepped up to the challenge and said the hell I can’t!
I knew through putting joint compound on a screw hole that moisture would make some of it (top two layers) come loose. So I did what anyone that was tired of stripping wall paper would do….I spray painted it to seal it prior to painting…I will let you know how that works.
After a final wipe down of the woodwork, I deem the woodwork ready to prime in that room and closets ready to prime….next work trip in. We have been doing such time consuming, tedious things, that I am very ready to see results, even if it is only priming the woodwork in one bedroom. After that is primed and painted, I will plastic it off and get the texture gun out and texture it and then paint it. Then I will head to the next room…probably should be the west bedroom. We will take the carpet out ahead of McKenney building the closet in that room…then we will buy carpet to match the other two bedrooms.
We will have to patch the pipe holes- where the radiators came up through the floors yet, the list is long…..and the more I think about it, the crazier I feel…so I will concentrate on finishing the one room…and not let my mind wander to the extent of getting overwhelmed…
My friend Tami stopped by yesterday and picked up the original front door that we had. She will clean it up and put it to use as a door at her house. Perfect!
She got a full visual of our chaos at the Milwaukee street house…describing the chaos in words must not have done it justice! She was somewhat stunned at the resulting water damage. She understands transformation and what you can do with a house and she was even a tad overwhelmed at the magnitude of the project we didn’t want! But, I will keep in my mind how it will look when it is done…it will be clean, nice, new, and best yet…FOR SALE. (Although I still love the charm it holds)
Time to hit this day, time to be grateful that we are making progress, be grateful that we have jobs and that we have this life to live. Many things to give thanks for. By concentrating on the things we are thankful for, it makes the obstacles seem less…