Week 5 In Review

I’ve gotten a bit behind with my updates on our monstrous renovation project. Week 5 actually ended nearly 3 weeks ago, but that won’t stop me from sharing it with you here.

I’m sick and tired of this project. I am tired of painting, tired of sanding, tired of living in a construction zone. It becomes more difficult than ever to continue trudging forward on this hellacious march. My mom responded to a complaint of mine with the remark, “There is nothing like doing home renovations to cure you of wanting to do home renovations.” Boy, is that true. However, this project can’t stop and so it’s dragging us along willingly or no. The drywall replacement project in the kitchen has dragged on. I’m not complaining, because the results are outstanding, but everything seems to take more and more and MORE time than I’d planned or hoped. Without the cabinets back on the walls we can’t move on to the next projects in the kitchen and so things continue to pile up. We also still have no counters ordered, so I suppose there is no rush to get the kitchen back in order. : I am slowly going crazy and losing hope that we’ll ever have fun again.

Week 5

Saturday March 2 – Friday March 8

I’ve lost count of how many hours a week we’ve been working. Let’s just say, ‘a lot’. This week, I was out of town for 2 days at a retreat with the Kansas Leadership Center, but Tyler kept at it even while I was gone, working tirelessly to rip out the carpet in the living room and the laminate flooring in the dining room and kitchen. Before I left, I got my painting area established in the garage for the kitchen cabinet fronts and began work. Dad and Tyler finished the column and we primed some of the drywall. Tyler also continued patching the holes in the living room walls and preparing that area for painting. Before I left for the retreat, I spent more time trying to track down a suitable countertop option as we STILL don’t have anything ordered. At this rate, I’ll be lucky to be cooking again by summer. The pictures from this week aren’t very appealing. Lately it seems like the only subjects for my camera are trash, messes, and the depressing grey/brown of unpainted drywall and subfloor.

The living room is bare.

The living room is bare.

Destruction!

Destruction!

The painting station in the garage is ready to go. If only I were.

The painting station in the garage is ready to go. If only I were.

  • Tore out carpet in the living room
  • Removed the laminate from the dining room, kitchen, and hallway nook outside the master bedroom
  • Finished the column
  • Set up kitchen cabinet fronts and drawer fronts for painting
  • Cleaned cabinet fronts
  • Degreased cabinet fronts
  • Filled holes, dings in cabinet fronts with wood putty
  • Sanded cabinet fronts

Anne

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