I’m feeling melancholy today as I enter my last few days of vacation. I’ll miss the electrician coming on Monday, the water heater installation and a bunch of other really great landmark activities! No, really, I mean it. I love this project.
I admit things got rough when the temperatures dropped and it rained while we were waiting for the floor stain to dry. It turned the floor rehab into an Epic. This morning, The Theory and I are arguing over who gets to add the second coat of polyurethane. I think I have a more even hand, but he thinks I am “disempowering” him. This is the kind of gender hate-speech that causes relationships to founder during DIY home improvement projects.
Here’s what he should have said: “K, you tend to apply too much poly, that’s why the first coat took 14 hours to dry.” And I would have said, “Remember what happened with the stain.” And he would have said, “In the spirit of revolutionary self-criticism, I accept your words.” This is what an argument looks like at our house, and it’s very hard to know when you’ve won.
Here are some good things to remember:
- The sheet rock is up and mudded.
- The floors look great.
- Dennis, the tool rental guy at Home Depot, says that finding an unbelievably large cache of rodent crap behind the walls is perfectly normal in older houses.
I haven’t shown any images of the stove wall because it seemed dull compared to the L wall. But it had some great wall paper.
Here’s the stove wall after the demo:
Closeups of the two competing wall papers:
How the wall looks with sheet rock in place: