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Happy Holidays from Our New Old House!

Happy Holidays From Our New Old House 2010

Wishing you and your house a safe and warm holiday season!
-Kelli and Brandon

Happy Holidays from Our New Old House!

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Mission Accomplished!

When we left off last time, our living room and dining room looked like this:

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On Saturday, it looked like this!

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Actually, that picture is from after I’d cleaned up after the party a bit. But you get the idea.

Friday night Brandon put up the last of the wallpaper border in the dining room.

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I’m very pleased with how it came out.

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On Saturday morning he put the attic door back on with freshly painted hardware.  (I still have a little more clean-up work to do on that door, but it looked pretty nice having it back up.)

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On Saturday night Our New Old House was full of friends and laughter. We finished all the projects on our list in the knick of time and it was a wonderful party.

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We’re so grateful for everybody who came and celebrated with us! Our house is so much warmer with friends to share it with.

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.

Light ‘em up!

It’s Christmastime! I decorated Our New Old House with lots of lights so Santa will be sure and find our house. I do worry how he’ll get through the glass door on the front of our wood burning stove fireplace though. Must remember to leave the latch undone when I go to bed on Christmas Eve…

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Admittedly I was not the first to do this, but it seemed an appropriate sentiment for this year’s Christmas.

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