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Our New Home

Vic with the keys

Vic with the keys

We became homeowners on September 15th!  The house is a brick craftsman-style bungalow that was built in 1930.  Three bedrooms, one bath, three fireplaces – none of which work, so don’t get too excited.  Victor and I have jumped into renovation with typical mad abandon armed with little else but some tools in a giant rubbermaid, a Home Depot 1-2-3 book and the internet.  We thought some of you might be interested in seeing what the heck we’ve been doing to the place this past month…

Our very Southern porch swing

Our very Southern porch swing. So far it hasn't collapsed under our weight.

There’s a lot of work to be done and in the past month the kitchen has gone from this…

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Home Depot vinyl tile, creaky, non-functioning cabinets, Kelvinator fridge.

To this…goodbye tile, hello plywood subfloor #1!

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To this!  Goodbye plywood subfloor #1, Hello linoleum tile and plywood subfloor #2!  Goodbye closet turned fridge cubby!  Goodbye…uhm, walls…tearing out the plaster and lathe there will allow the electricians and the plumber access.  And we’re rebuilding the wall in that section anyway so that the wall’s depth will be the same down the length of the counter, so it’s no skin off our noses.  Except a little off Victor’s since he tore most of it down.

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We also got rid of the wallpaper.  Funny – the wallpaper was French blue with little white flowers and covered wallpaper that was…French blue without the flowers.  That wallpaper covered paint that was…French Blue.

Here’s some more pictures of the demolition that we have wrought on this kitchen!  It’s very Old Testament right now in our kitchen.

Wood floors under part of the cheapo vinyl tiles made us think that there might be wood floors throughout.  Guess again.  Instead - linoleum.

Wood floors under part of the cheapo vinyl tiles made us think that there might be wood floors throughout. Guess again. Instead - linoleum.

The plumbing for the old sink - no need for an end cap when you have a plastic grocery bag and a rubber band!

The plumbing for the old sink - no need for an end cap when you have a plastic grocery bag and a rubber band!

And behind the fridge we found this Romex electrical cable.  Yes, it's live, and yes, it was just taped and shoved behind the fridge.

And behind the fridge we found this Romex electrical cable. Yes, it's live, and yes, it was just taped and shoved behind the fridge.

Elsewhere…my project: using a heat gun to strip years of paint (pinky-beige, off-white, green, off-white, tan, white) off of the excellent woodwork in the front rooms.  The Living Room is done – except for the tall parts Vic has to get – and I’m on to the Dining Room.  I’ve only been slightly slowed down by a pretty intense burn I got from scraping my arm against the heat gun.  Don’t try this at home.

Living Room

Before...

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Middle...After is a little ways off!

The house is full of surprises, as you’ve probably gathered.  For instance, the sconces about the fireplaces in the living room and bedroom.  They are electrical fixtures, but the Previous Owners had stuck candles in them (complete with wrapper!).  I took them down today and found this:

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Our kitchen cabinets and appliances await – they are feeling a little out of place in the bedroom.  Next up – the electrician and gas pipe plumber are coming to add some outlets and stuff this mess into the wall:

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That’s all for now!

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