Sunday, June 15, 2014

All Before's no Afters

Some of you may be wondering what is going on at my project house...

its still a work in progress! Yeah the work came to an almost screeching halt with the injuries last yr, but I have not completely given up.  I do what I can for as long as I can and that will have to do for now!  I try to devote one hr per day to the projects and it varies as I jump from one thing to the next! 

I was back to stripping wall paper in this area that at one time was a hall way, it had 2 layers of paper covered with a layer of paint!! Time consuming but not to hard to get off I spray with water, and let it sit and then it slides right off...unfortunately I sometimes make a gouge mark in the sheetrock I'm trying to expose and that has to be spackled.  The attic step from whence I fell right there in this shot its closed of course and has to be replaced! 

There is paneling half way down that I'm leaving in place it will be painted...same color as the wall...the ceiling is ceiling tile.  I would like to remove these boards and replace this tile...we'll see-- that all depends on the budget and my recovery!  I got all the paper off in this area and began the spackling of the corners and bad specks...I took the bathroom door off the hinges, it has some problems Ill explain at another time...

This old hallway was a sunny yellow color! There was a wall right there where that corner is beyond the door to the right we took that down back in 1977 to give more room n the kitchen an old oil heater used to sit in that area, it was a dark creepy hallway... this house was built in the 40's or 50's and we moved it to this location in 1977 it traveled on wheels for 12 miles!  It used to sit right where there is a Wendy's restaurant now in was a "town house" that came to the country!  ONE of these days Ill try to find the photos of the house being moved!

and the tear out of the bathroom has begun! 

sink, toilet, and wall board removed
old toilet in place
old tile in place

old tile coming off

                                    There is old sheetrock under that old wall board! its in baaaaddd shape probably will have to come out...Where is the sledge hammer?

Next time you see this corner I hope it will be bare!! 
 ITS a long way from being anything like an After.... 

here is a tiny after....recall the ivy outside that was covering everything? I did get it under control...and I planted these 2 shrubs to fill in this empty spot. So far these shrubs are growing.

ivy out of control


There is plenty of other projects in the works...I don't have any AFTERS for now but one day...this place will be the envy of the neighborhood!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.


  1. Slow and steady wins the race!! Keep up the good work.

    1. Yep, on hr per day ....the hard stuff has to wait for me to be able or for me to hire someone else to do it...

  2. You sure do have a huge project on this Old House. But I don't doubt it will be a gem when you get it done. All that wall paper I heard if you use fabric softner with water it will come off faster. Of course it looks like you are done with that job.

    1. hmm thats a good idea I am using vinegar in the water, I bought that wall paper stripper goo its useless!!

  3. You have a lot of fun projects going. :) We admire your diligence and perseverance!!!

  4. Boy howdy those pix look like I could have taken them at various times in our many remodeling projects. Good luck , take it easy ... the stuff will wait.

  5. Your house has been through a lot. First being moved 12 miles, then you! LOL

    1. LOL yes its really been through a lot-

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