Green Room Progress: Week 3
It wasn’t the most fun a girl could have, but first things have to happen first, so we cleaned up last week’s debris. The drywall and plaster chunks, the textured crown molding and most of the lath went into the truck and off to the dump….my first workout of the week end.
I say most of the lath went to the dump because, I picked through it and saved some of the best pieces. The lath is all rough sawn pieces of pine, but when you sand them up a little they are pretty. One day maybe I’ll use them in a piece of artwork or in a frame…we’ll see what I think of. This process of picking through the lath for the best pieces slowed us down, but Brad remained infinitely patient with me. He’s such a good guy. No wonder I love him so much! Even with my dawdling, it took only about an hour to get everything loaded into the truck.
We had to scrape wallpaper that was revealed when ceiling came down, resulting in more plaster falling and more patching. However the patching is probably only temporary because we made the big decision to blow some insulation into the exterior walls, so we’ll probably unscrew those patches and use those openings to blow in the fiberglass. That means we will at some point need to break from this project to do the insulation, invoking what my Dad calls Walsh’s law: “No matter what you do, you have to do something else first.”. He developed this law based on years of experience!
We hung new drywall on the ceiling…..my second upper body workout of the weekend. It was a little bit of a challenge getting the drywall up the stairs and into the room because of the tight turns we had to make, but it didn’t look as much like an Abbott and Costello skit as I thought it would. That is probably because Brad actually knows what he is doing and because he didn’t make me carry two sheets at once!
I got a great lesson in drywalling because there are no right angles and nothing straight in that room . Our house is a study of slopes and angles. Hmm, maybe our house was designed by Picasso and worth millions and we just don’t know it yet!
When we stripped the wall paper we found an opening to the chimney hiding behind the paper, not covered by drywall or plaster, just wallpaper with an old shirt stuck inside (some ancient insulating technique maybe?) .
Brad pulled off the mantel to make patching a little easier and we got a treat. The mantel was signed on the back. Check it out…
Hard to read, I know, but it reads “J. T. Kras Berlin, Md”. Thanks J. T. and don’t worry, it will go back up, but first I think I’ll strip it and put a nice clean paint job on it. I’m very curious to see what kind of wood is under there. I sure wish there was a date with that signature! Heck I wish I could meet J. T.!
One of the other things that needs to be done in this room is saving our old doors. We have these really cool porcelain doorknobs throughout the second floor that remind me of the house I grew up in, but the doors are all in need of love. Some have split wood on the panels and they all have too many layers of paint!
The door to this room was well chewed by someone’s four legged friend.
It’s slow going, but we are making progress. Anyone ever watch Chip and Joanna on Fixer-Upper, one of my favorite HGTV shows? They only take one episode to do a whole house……maybe I just need more worker bees?! If you haven’t seen the show, I highly recommend it. They are living the life I want!!