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Will you still come around?

Let me tell you a little story. Sometime this past January the hubs and I decided to paint our kitchen cabinetry. After that we decided to replace the overhead light fixture. I couldn't figure out why the light wasn't mounting correctly so I called my mom over to help. Fast forward about 3 minutes and I am missing part of the ceiling in the kitchen. About an hour after that, I had no ceiling. We ended up rewiring the kitchen, replacing the sheetrock on all the ceiling and walls, tiling... the whole shebang in about 3 weeks. I was NOT intending on gutting the kitchen but when my mom said "Bring me a hammer." all hell broke loose from there. I do love my kitchen now though so I guess in the end, it was worth all the callouses, the broken fingernails and sore bones.

The other day, my mom came over to show me how to wind a bobbin on my new sewing machine my grandmother gave me. Thank you a ton, Monar! Somehow we went from winding bobbins, to working on a patchwork quilt for my little guy to, somewhere along the way she says "Go get me a hammer." and she tears out part of the paneling in our bathroom. This was definitely on our to-do list, but it was pretty far down! We took down the awful paneling that had been painted 47 times and discovered a few things... huge holes, small holes, water damage, mold... At this point my chest was hurting and I thought I was going to have the big one. Not only did we take the paneled walls down, we took up 4 layers of flooring and the tub surround. We were doing some serious demo work over here. Yes, the neighbors love us!

I am now into Day Two of the project and of course I have taken photos along the way. It's just so gross and yuck I'm not sure you even want to see the progress. Would you? If not, I can wait and do the revealing when it's complete, which I hope is in 2 weeks or less. Who am I kidding? We have to replace subflooring, sheetrock, the tub, tile the enclosure, tile the floor, add beadboard, patch a billion holes, paint, accessorize... All I know is I hate taking baths and I need my shower back, like now!

So, do you want to see the nitty gritty? It's absolutely crazy what hides behind walls in a 50 year old house. It's embarrassing really. I'll show you though if you want... if you promise you'll still come back around!

I'm off to take a bath to wash the dust from mudding and sanding out of my hair. I'm lookin' a little gray.

Alice  – (November 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM)  

I promise to still visit :) I love seeing before and after pictures!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants  – (November 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM)  

I am thinking maybe you should go to your moms house and not have her over any more and if she insist on coming... hide the hammers! Good luck!

Lacey McKay  – (November 9, 2010 at 11:28 PM)  

I can wait to see the before and afters together. Either way, I'll come back! Your mom sounds like my kind of girl! That's just the sort of thing I WANT to do when I go over to other people's houses. I can imagine in twenty years when it's my own daughter's house, I'll be asking for a hammer too! ha!

Anonymous –   – (November 9, 2010 at 11:37 PM)  

Girl, you crack me up! But you also scare me with your statement about fifty-year-old houses hiding things in the walls. My husband and I are FINALLY beginning a big, HUGE renovation on our 108-year-old farmhouse next week--- so I'm sure I'm in for some real unexpected 'treats', too!

PS: I'd love to see pictures--- it'll make me feel like I'm not alone in this! :)

Stephina  – (November 10, 2010 at 5:30 AM)  

At least you finish projects in a fairly quick time frame. When the hubs went all demo crazy on our bathroom, we were without for 2 months. (Only bathroom in the house, we got creative).

Before and after picks are the best, please post. It's incredible to see the transformation, and even the in-between. Cracks me up that it's your Mum who gets you "motivated" to renovate. Love it.

Orange it Lovely  – (November 10, 2010 at 8:06 AM)  

I want to see.. Love that stuff!! Make you appreciate "the after" all the more!

April  – (November 10, 2010 at 9:23 AM)  

Yes! Let's see it. We'll get excited with you over the potential and the after shots. :)

Alissa  – (November 10, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

No more handing your mom hammers! lol.
Just kidding, I think it's great that she's forcing you to accomplish things on your to do list. It'll also be healthier to get those moldy walls out of your house.

Mama Reid  – (November 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM)  

Love the story and I would love to see the pictures that go with it! Good Luck!

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