So, it’s been four weeks since we closed on our house. Can you believe it?
It feels bittersweet. On one hand, we have gotten a number of things taken care of. On the other hand, Ryan and I always wish we were further along. And, it’s already been a rocky road.
But, we are staying positive and things are going well overall, and we did have some good progress in week four.
Out with the junk
This week, I finished pulling nails and tack strips out of the front bedroom. It looks a lot better. (If you ignore the cubbies. Those have got to go. Focus on the floors.) We also filled three contractor bags with the UG-ly replacement trim and “crown moulding,” which was actually just cheap plastic trim nailed to the top. I could remove it easily without any tools. (The singing of the Jock Jams – U-G-L-Y chant may have helped the process. I can’t be sure.)
But, I think the floors will be great.
And, the closet is actually a decent size for a house built before 1900.
Oh yeah, and the bathroom’s totally done. It looks just like my inspiration photos.
But, it is pretty much cleared out and ready for copper pipes. Working plumbing, here we come this weekend. HAPPY LABOR DAY!
(The area where the lathe is is where we plan to install wallboard and bead board. I think that height will be perfect.)
Ryan also finished painstakingly hand-pulling every.single.screw out of the floors in the dining room and the kitchen. The rooms are going to look amazing. And, it’s going to be amazing not to stub my toes on the screws anymore.
And, the kitchen. Totally cleared. Yay! Bags and bags of debris, screws and dust were filled in the making of this kitchen shot.
I’m going to adore this kitchen. I get giddy just thinking about it. And, I may have browsed Martha’s new line of cabinets at Home Depot yesterday. Gorg.
Who has gas?
We do. We do.
That was a large hurdle but the gas is FINALLY hooked up. We needed the gas hooked up in order to get the boiler checked. So, the boiler was checked, and…
You’ve had a long and productive life. The gasman says you were installed in 1950, which means you are 60 years old That’s like 420 in boiler years (or is that dog years?). The boiler man said his assessment is not to spend a dime trying to get you working. He couldn’t even get the pilot on. (Which, ironically, means we wouldn’t have had to go through all the garbage to get the gas turned on. Figures.)
Almost every part needs replacing. And, some parts don’t even exist anymore in replacement parts. And, even if we did have everything replaced, it’s still not guaranteed that you’d work because without turning on the pilot, he cannot know for sure. So, it sounds like we are putting you down.
It’s for your own good. You’ll join your friends in the boiler heaven in the sky.
So, next week we’ll find out how many extra part-time jobs and medical experiments we’ll need to discover to pay for a new boiler or forced air system. I’m really looking forward to scheduling all the appointments for quotes. (Sarcasm.)
But, on a “cool” note – the ceiling fans have arrived, people. I know some of you don’t care for the lights of the ceiling fan variety. But, I happen to believe in the positive attributes of ceiling fans. And luckily, it’s our house. 😉
Once I spotted these fans, my parents picked them up for us at Tuesday Morning for a steal. They are good quality fans and I like the look – simple and will blend well with the look of the house. They will be installed in the living room, both bedrooms and (eventually) the kitchen.
So, after some ceiling paint, these puppies will go in. Can’t.wait. I’m anxious to have working lights and fans. They will make working in hot rooms a little more bearable.
And, then I can get rid of this ugly thing. In which the fan and three lights don’t work at all. Useful. (Even you fan-haters must admit the fans are an upgrade. I’ll turn you into fan-lovers yet.)
What are your thoughts about the ceiling medallion. I kinda like it if it were cleaned and painted. What do you think?
So, that’s week four for ‘ya. And here’s the updated checklist for you diehards.
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