FINALLY my laptop is completely fixed, and I can start blogging again!  I have missed it so much!  Call me a computer snob, but I just can’t use anything but my Macbook!

So as I’m sure you all can imagine, we have been extremely busy since I posted the tour of our main and upper floors.  The house is starting to (slowly) be transformed into the home that we dream of.  Ok, fine, the home that I dream of.  Mike just agrees to share my vision and help make it happen!

Unfortunately, before things can get better around here, they’ve had to get worse.  How much worse, you ask?

Well, lets just say that Mike has now hidden the crowbars from me. 😀
I stand accused of being overly destructive, and not finishing what I start.

Let’s take a look at the evidence against me, and see what I can get up to when left unattended:

Exhibit A

Sometimes I get bored, and instead of cleaning the kitchen, I decide to tear off the walls.  Yes, really.

The section of insulation is covering an old doorway that used to lead out to an addition.  We’re going to re-install a door, and re-build an addition, which is where Mike’s office will be relocated.

The horrible drop ceiling also had to go.  Mike is going to move that pipe so that it’s inside the original ceiling.  By removing the drop ceiling, we regained the original ceiling height.  It’s amazing how an addition foot and a half can make the room seem so much bigger!
Here are some pretty pictures of what the kitchen ceiling now looks like:
Although our house has a brand new 200 Amp fuse panel, the electrician who supposedly rewired the house figured that no one would ever find the original live knob and tube wiring if he spliced it in the walls and ceiling.  Thankfully, Mike has electrical experience, and can fix the wiring himself, but it still sucks. 
 
I still need to finish tearing off some of the remaining strapping, the old wainscoting, and some plaster.  Mike needs to fix the wiring, and bury the pipe in the rafters.  Then we need to drywall.  Eventually (as in, the distant future) we’ll replace the cabinetry, countertops, and backsplash.
Exhibit B

I like to strip paint off of things.  Lots and lots of things.

As I mentioned before, the original trim for our front door was found in the shed.  I have since stripped, sanded, and painted it, and it is awaiting the nail gun.  The picture below shows when I had pried off half of the cheap trim that the previous owner had flanked the door with, but I have since finished the job.

As alleged, these jobs all remain unfinished.
Exhibit C

After I ripped the kitchen walls down when I was supposed to be washing dishes, you would think that Mike would learn that I cannot be left unsupervised.  But I guess after a few weeks with no demolition, he started to let his guard down. 
 Big mistake, Mike, big mistake.  
Remember how I told you that I hated the laminate floors in the kitchen?  Well sometimes you just wake up in the morning, and you think, “I don’t care what’s underneath those floors.  I just can’t live with them anymore.”  
And this is what happens next:
I tried to convince Mike that it was my mini accomplice, and not me, who had initiated the demolition of the kitchen flooring, but I don’t think he bought it.

So what was underneath the wood laminate and two layers of 1950’s laminate?  The original thin plank hardwood floors!!!  Covered in glue, but still!  
So after a few weeks of living with them looking like this, and feeling horrible and dirty under foot, the dog’s water dish got kicked over, and I realized that the glue turned to mush when it was wet.
Five back-breaking hours later, the floors looked like this:

I can’t wait until we can sand and refinish the floors to match the rest of the hardwood floors.  It will be amazing to see a uniform floor from the front door to the back of the house.  Mike did such an incredible job of refinishing all of the floors in our house!  Here’s a little reminder of what they look like now:
Eventually, when we remove the cabinetry, I will need to strip the floor under them, since the hardwood goes all the way to the walls.  Then it will be up to Mike to work his floor-refinishing magic.

In My Defence…..

I have not JUST been breaking stuff around here!  I’ve also been being somewhat productive, as well.  Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to:
Upholstering:

Papering:

Painting:
Shopping:

(don’t mind the wood filler on the trim… there’s lots more painting on my to-do list!)
And trying to still be a good mom, even though I’m completely overwhelmed with the task of making this house a home:
I have lots and lots of progress pictures to show you, but I’m going to make you come back and visit me again.  I’m so happy to be back, and will try to post every day and respond to your comments and emails.  I do read and enjoy all of them!

See you tomorrow!

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