Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


A Cacophony of Smells

Today Our New Old House smells like the following:

  • CitriStrip
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Fabric Softener
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Rustoleum spray paint
  • Tea tree oil & lavender
  • Nachos

It’s been a busy weekend in Our New Old House. We set ourselves a deadline of Dec. 19 to have the living room and dining room done – or at least done enough to host a big holiday party. That meant we have to get the following list of things done:

  • Strip paint off woodwork
  • Finish scraping up crustified carpet padding
  • Paint the walls
  • Rearrange the cables and electronics in the bookcase
  • Paint the cold air return grate
  • Make everything tidy and pretty

I think we’re on track to make all of those things happen. Dining room is painted. Today Brandon primed the last bit of the living room that needed it. I spray painted the grate. Woodwork is done except for a couple of troublesome spots with stubborn paint. Sections of carpet padding in the dining room are soaking, to be scraped tomorrow after work.  I bought the supplies I’ll need to stain parts of the woodwork and polyurethane it, but I think those final steps will have to wait until after the party. For now, the woodwork looks lovely just stripped of paint. It’s got a nice rich color and a smooth finish so that’s good enough for now.

It’s time for me to take a shower and get to bed. I’m exhausted, but I can’t wait to show off our progress. I’ll have some pictures soon of our living room and dining room, as well as a little treasure Brandon found behind one of the built-in bookcases.

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