Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


Countdown to party: T-minus 2 days…

Here’s where we were on Tuesday night. Party’s on Saturday. Can we do it?


I think we can.

We’ve made some good progress on the dining room. Here’s how the dining room windows looked mid-chemical strip:




And with chemical stripping done, waiting for wood filler to dry so I can sand it.


The rest of the woodwork in the dining room is coming along nicely. I finished stripping one side of this door.


And the rest of the woodwork on the doorways:


Here’s the kitchen doorway mid-chemical strip:


Brandon took off the door so I could get the rest of this doorway stripped. It’s pretty much done now except for some minor clean up of putty between the pieces.


And the kitchen doorway very close to finished:


In the living room we still had a section of wall that needed priming.


So Brandon primed it.


Also, I heat stripped the paint off the window frame and baseboards on that side.


There are still sections of the floor that need to have the carpet padding scraped off so I’ve been finishing that job this week.




Finally, in preparation for the party, I made a batch of cookies. Ok, really this batch was just to motivate myself to keep working. Well, ok it was to bribe myself to keep working. Whatever. Cookies rock.


Last night I painted the whole living room with the same bone white that is in the dining room. I was only able to do one coat, but it’s a huge improvement from the stark white primer. Tonight I’m going to finish scraping the dining room floor (finished the living room floor on Tuesday,) do a couple of touch ups on the wood work, and possibly heat strip the woodwork around the living room front door and front windows. Brandon started putting up the wallpaper border in the dining room last night and we’ll finish that tonight. Then Friday will be for arranging furniture and cleaning up.

Phew! There’s nothing like marathon house fixing!

2 Responses to “Countdown to party: T-minus 2 days…”

  1. May 17th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Adam Cord says:

    What kind of materials did you ues for pasting those wall designs?

  2. May 19th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Kelli says:

    Hi Adam, the wallpaper strip came with adhesive already on the back. We just had to soak it a little and stick it to the wall. Unfortunately, though, either our technique or the adhesive weren’t good because it has come loose in spots.

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