Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I'm just an average mom. I take pictures of the kids. Lots of them. Of course I want to save them. So I burn them onto CD myself. A year or two later I go to find a picture and lookie there. Blank disc. What???? I know I put pictures on there. Ok, I'll admit I'm not too big of a geek when it comes to this stuff, but I KNOW I put pictures on there. Ok, find the Isobuster program. Get the pictures off of the corrupt disc onto another one. (It really was my burner I know.) Anyway, my point?
Isobuster was the best $25 I every spent. Ever.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What was left

Some of you had great finds in the houses you own. We did not. The PO picked the house clean, except for one thing. The stove. That is in the basement. That thing is going to be a you-know-what to get out of there.
This is all that is left. Imagine all the lefse that was cooked on there.
Poor stove.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sooo frustrated

Ok so in previous posts I had stated we choose to paint the cream trim white. Now I like my wood trim an actual wood color, silly of me I know. Yesterday while hubs was sleeping from working the night shift, a bug crawled up my butt and I grabbed some soy paint stripper, (which by the way SUCKS) and thought I'd try stripping something we knew we needed to stip when we would get to the stairs. (In the next 30 years or so.)
So I applied the stipper, wrapped in cling wrap like a good little girl. Let it sit until it was nice and bubbly. Well paint stripping sucks. Anyone who paints wood trim for the first time ought to be shot. It's going to take us years to strip everything in this house. So everything BUT the staircase stuff is going to painted white for now and stripping will be next winter's project.
So guys, what paint strippers do you recommend? Besides the Silent Paint Remover, which I can't afford right now..........

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Wood floors

After talking to hubs, we will probably have to put new ones down. These ones, while gorgeous, just have too many gaps and just can't be saved. We (hubs) talked local floor guy here in hicksville and he agreed. I really wanted to keep these floors.
Oh well......just add another project to the list.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The right color choice

Is Old Cedar. It just matches the house. Even hubs who was afraid it was too dark agrees it really fits the house.

Here is a picture of the French Doors to the entrance way.

Nice. Now we just have the rest of the hallway that goes to the stairway and then finish stripping the wallpaper off the fun, NOT.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Foam rollers

Hold a LOT more paint. Hmmmmm. As someone who hasn't used one before it was a learning experience.

We choose a brown color for the entrance, hallway and stairway, we didn't want it to compete with our lovely gold in the living room.

Well hubs didn't want it too dark, so we went lighter than we normally would.

It looks pink.

Back to the store.

The results?

The next post.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Entranceway Light

We can cross that off the to do list.
I realized I'm really really bad at before pics.

Here's the new one. Now I know the finish doesn't match the new light in the living room or in the dining room, but guess what? I don't care. It's eclectic, it's me and I like them all.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Little thoughts and ramblings

While awake at 2am this morning I had a few thoughts. Would hubs make it back from work ok? We had an ice storm here and I worry. The other thought is, I wish my dad was able to remember things better. He suffers from Alzheimer's and even though it's in it's early stages he still has a hard time remembering things. He forgets at times that we moved into this hicksville to be closer to him and mom. We only live 5 blocks from them now. He forgets that we are fixing up the bungalow.
I think he would be so happy to see what we are doing to the house. My father has restored and renovated every house he has ever owned. He is an awesome woodworker. He was a plumber way back when and knew enough electric stuff so he could just about anything to a house. To look at the houses he remodeled and restored. I really wish he could see the bungalow and remember it. Oh well.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ok people I have an issue

Ok the entrance and hallway wallpaper stripping has come to screeching halt. But I've got some trim painted white, does that count? No? Shucks.

What's my issue? What's my problem? Well. I'm 5' 3 1/3" the DMV makes me choose either 5'3" or 5'4" so I choose 5'4" to feel better, but that really stretching it. Now I have some *really* short friends, so I often forget I'm short as well. BUT I remembered it recently. Yup, the stupid hallway leads into the stairway, I have no idea how to get the wallpaper down from there. Hubs has an idea, but for the life of me all I can see is one trip to the ER for me.

Oh and BTW here is Don Helfrich's signature from August 1985.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Front hallway

So we are starting on the front hallway. Stripping the wallpaper off and and GLUE and such. ICK. Why oh why did they have to wallpaper every square inch of this house? Why Don Helfrich? He wrote his name on the walls on 8-20-85 quite a lot in this house. At least we can paint over it. I have chosen a nice beigey tan for the hallway. Then we have to PAINT over the wallpaper in the dining room. A big no-no I know, however....there is lead paint in the dining room walls, so the lead inspector said it would be best not to remove the wallpaper. Since we have children under the age of 6 in the house that's what we are doing right now. (We are planning on removing a wall from the kitchen to the dining room in the future, but that is the future's problem.)

Anyway just one more post about removing wallpaper. To anyone out there that doesn't know. It's a pain in the butt. A big one.