Wow - what a week. I had planned on doing a post every day - day one - day two - that sort of thing but it just didn't work out. Who knew these house fixing things could be so exhausting and painful? I didn't - that's for sure. Paint? No problem. Pull staples? No problem. HAAA think again!!
So, we signed for the house on Friday Oct 11th. First fly in the ointment.... no water. I had called earlier in the week to get gas, electric and water switched to our names. First sign of a small town is the water guy made me call back to talk to Tiffy - because she is the one who handles this and she only works until 3(all in a Southern accent). Unfortunate delay. So when I call back she says first that the current person owes money so no switching for me and that the water has been off there for over a year. Another delay. Water was on every time I was at that house before signing. The other party goes and pays the bill - they switch it to our names. Now it is Friday. So I tell her that the water has been on every time I've been there - she says nope it's off. OK, fine I am not going to argue. Soonest they can now come is Monday to "turn it on" haha whatever, I still think the water is on so no big deal. We sign on the house aaaannndddd the water is off - so the contractor we bought this house from clearly figured a way to turn the water on and turned if off before I took possession and since I am not having it turned on until Monday - no work can be done. Ok, fine. We go pick out carpet - it will be a few days before they can send a guy to measure. We go pick out 3 or the 4 appliances we need. We were talking about having a gas line brought into the kitchen so we could get a gas stove - more on that later - so we didn't want to pick the stove yet. We ordered the washer, dryer and dishwasher - a few days before they can deliver. We pick out paint - historic colors, we are trying to stick with an Arts and Crafts style
|screech owl - blind in one eye|
|barn owl - missing a wing|
|red shoulder hawk - head injury|
|lobster ravioli I bought at Trader|
Day two: Sunday we went out to the house. Scott decided we would pull the carpet and padding - if they do it they charge you. Scott used to lay carpet - they are only charging $97 for installation so it is not worth having Scott do it - lots of carpet and he works all day. He pulled it out all up and we drug it to the garage
|one room with hardwood floor|
Day three: Monday Scott had to work so I went out to the house alone. Water guy came and turned on the water. I started removing staples from the steps - not as easy as it sounds. Plus there were about 50 per step. You have to remember when you are a few steps off that if you pull hard and it releases - and you were not ready - you might fall down the stairs - ack!! I did not fall - whew! I started cleaning the paint off the banister. When I got bored with that I went upstairs and removed staples from the master suite floor. I could hardly walk the next morning! You may think it sounds easy - like I did - but try squatting around the perimeter of your room with pliers - yanking out staples.
Day five: Wednesday I went out and started painting - not the room I taped, of course. I am doing big sections and Scott will edge. Started in the master suite - big room - with the brown. Guess what? We bought mid-grade paint so it should be good - nope needs two coats. I bought a big damn house I can not paint every room twice. OMG!!! Luckily we only bought 3 gallons. I painted the master suite and one of the smaller bedrooms - used all the paint.
|pretty right? - nice view too|
|out the window|
|a little mist rising|
Day six: Thursday we have our three appliances delivered. The dippy girl at Best Buy did not mention we had to have a different person come install the dishwasher - she said "it will all be delivered and installed" even sold us the proper hoses to install it. The delivery guys get there - park at the bottom of the steep driveway HA Ü
|makes the room look much smaller|
On the way home that day I saw three turkey vultures eating a possum - I called Scott and said "where the hell am I?" Anyway I painted our guest room green
|not really that bright|
|that is a concrete floor! There is a basement under that!!!|
The red really shows paint strokes and is also two-coat. It is also not that bright - again the paint sample shows truer. I then removed all the tack strip from the stairs and the room with the wood floor - omg was I sore by the time I got done. Have to squat down - hammer the prybar under the nail and then pull it up. It has a nail every three inches or so all the way around the room - plus they put two strips around the fire place. So after the first week I don't think there is a muscle that doesn't ache. I still have three rooms, two hallways and the rest of the dining/office to paint. I still have a hall and three rooms to pull staples in. I need to clean the kitchen - including inside cabinets and put down liner. Plumber comes next week. I hope we get our stove ordered for delivery. Tonight we go look at out carpet estimate - may be two more weeks before that happens. I didn't think it would be this hard or take this long - all we needed was carpet, paint and appliances. Today would be day seven but this weekend Scott will be able to go with me. We will be there ALL weekend and I needed a day off to rest my aches. I wanted to stitch but I don't know if I will get to it. I am going to cook some things so we don't have to eat out. That is ALL I am doing!!! Oh wait - we have to go to Lowes. drat.
I hope the rest of this goes off without a hitch - wishful thinking. Hope you all have a muscle-ache free weekend!