I asked on the Three Wooden Spoons Facebook page if there was any interest in weekly house updates and it seems that quite a few of you enjoy seeing renovation progress as much as I do! I’ll try to be consistent with posting updates, though sometimes they might be a little boring if there hasn’t been a big change. We are hoping to move in in a month or two so things should move along pretty quickly. Should is the key word there.
The first step was to open up the kitchen to the dining room/living area and create a new hallway to the main floor bedroom and bathroom. The unusable chimney needed to be removed (a very dirty job) and a support beam needed to be installed. Oh, and the kitchen had to be gutted.
A friend came through with some old barn beams that we used for the support beams. We removed the whitewash and will sand them down a bit and maybe add some sealant but we’ll leave them exposed and as natural as possible.
The smaller doorway is the new hallway. It originally connected through the kitchen but we closed that doorway to make room for more cabinets. Old homes always have about ten too many interior doors, it seems. Our first house also had three doors off of the kitchen, not counting the bathroom. We created a new door for the bedroom in the hallway, closed off the one that lead to the old hallway and will remove the one from the living room. So. Many. Doors.
The flooring for the new hallway and bathroom is being pieced together from pine boards pulled from the interior walls and some we found in the barn. They need to be sanded down and polished up but I already love them. And they were (almost) free!
Reid had his work cut out for him with the electrical and he rewired a bunch of outlets and lights, and then started on the drywall. There’s not much he can’t do and he is in his element working on this house. We are keeping most of the original drywall so there wasn’t too much to do, just the bathroom, hallway, and kitchen ceiling. He is still working on finishing that up.
What have I been doing this whole time, you ask? Good question. Mostly posting house pictures on Facebook and Instagram when I should be working, but when my jobs consist of clean-up and pulling a million old drywall nails, what else can you expect?? Only kind of kidding. I did order a sink and faucet for the bathroom and shopped for a vanity, and pulled those million nails and hauled out loads of junk. But mostly I provide meals and chase after this one, who’s about as helpful as a flat tire…
Gotta love her! She was pretending she was snoring.
Projects for this week: finish up the drywall, order a kitchen, work on the bathroom. I’m really excited about the vanity we’re putting together!