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If I’ve been a little quiet lately, I apologize. Things have been a bit hectic around here. A bit of renovation always makes me jumpy and on Saturday, we tore down the ceiling in the living room to replace it since parts of it were water damaged and cracking. I, however, was no where to be found after we removed everything but the sofas from the room. Construction and the mess associated with it, especially right in the center of the house, makes me jittery and agitated. Best I be out of the way. When I got back after a couple hours of running errands I was pleasantly informed by my husband that when they ripped out the sheetrock, lo and behold there were the original post and beams from the house. This is kind of surprising since we were pretty sure that the living room area had been renovated and there wasn’t much of the “old stuff” still remaining. We were wrong. We found some hand hewn beams and wooden pegs as well as the gas lines from the gas lights that must have previously lit that room of the house. There was also an old ceiling fixture that had simply been covered up when the 2×4 went up and the sheetrock went in.
We decided that it would be a shame to cover it all back up again and changed our plans to keep it open which required a different plan for lighting since we had planned on putting LED can lights into the sheetrock ceiling. The next day, we were heading over for a pleasant afternoon in Glens Falls to hit up the closest Lowes and get the fixtures that we wanted. While we didn’t make it to the Thai restaurant that was on our radar for a late lunch or early dinner, we had a pleasant day nonetheless. When we got home, yours truly did it again. I slipped on the ice getting out of the truck. While most of me moved when this happened, the hiking boot securing my ankle decided to stay firmly planted in place when I fell. So, needless to say my ankle didn’t make the journey with the rest of my body and now resembles a much larger, more swollen and painful version of its former self. The pizza we had grabbed for the boys that I was carrying and dropped when I got out of the truck fared far better than my ankle did.
To alleviate my anxiety over the house being in a state of upheaval from the work in the living room, I can now ponder attempting to safely hobble about on a sprained ankle with minimal pain. It all evidently works out in the end.
Trying out my new mobile posting capabilities while we were running some lunchtime errands. Hoping that this will give me the ability to post when I am out and about not driving of course but most likely waiting for a child or two.
We’re getting close. So close. Tonight I was scrubbing the beams with a wire brush and bleaching them to lighten them up. The original post and beam that we uncovered when we pulled down the wall is far too nice and old and Vermont-ish to have covered back up with sheetrock. The only problem is our doors are already stained and to avoid a room that looks like a gigantic hodge-podge of stain samples, we need to bring it all somewhat close to the same color.
The beams are dark with decades of dirt, grim and god-only-knows what else. I read that motor oil was commonly used to color wood “in the old days”. Maybe that, maybe not.
The above photo shows how dark the beams were before they were scrubbed and cleaned down.
Here’s the “after” – much better, not to mention cleaner.
Now…. I just have to do two wall’s worth of these….before Tuesday when the carpet is delivered.
I love Halloween, it’s a great holiday and a really good excuse to pretend to be someone else, at least for a few hours. It seems that there is always something going on that prevents us from throwing an awesome Halloween party. Next year, people — I promise. Cool Halloween party at our house – right now the house is a disassembled, messy, construction zone while we remodel the den…
The Halloween decorations weren’t even all unboxed — how sad. But we’re shooting for it all to be done for the holiday season so watch out — tinsel will rule!
Den destruction – uh I mean renovation – is underway. The room is emptied of all items of furniture, lamps, dust bunnies and a good part of Jinx (at least in fur). I am happy to report that there are many single socks in my house that are at this moment happily being reunited with their mates – tearful reunions all around.
In the meantime, the boys were given the opportunity to do some destruction and here are the action shots. Tom kindly removed the sledgehammer from the boys’ hands before they were able to damage each other or anything that we might not be replacing.