door situation is looking up

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’ve got a bathroom door again!  After two weeks of using the facilities behind a curtain, privacy is back!

Stripping and staining this door only took a total of two months.  That’s a year and half less than the basement door.  And even with that improvement in time, I’m thinking of throwing in the towel on the last door in the kitchen, and merely painting it.  I just can’t take stripping anymore.

electrical nightmare

October 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Long story short, five months ago I found out 80% of the house needed to be rewired.  Considering we thought we had already had this done three years ago (and paid for it), it hasn’t been a very pleasant experience.  However, five months and two electricians later, we now have a completely updated house.  And holes everywhere.

Lessons learned:

Insist drop cloths are placed everywhere, or else you’ll spend five hours cleaning up drywall dust and have numerous new scratches on the floor

Do not trust any electrician who hardwires smoke detectors by running the wires through your return air supply vents.  That doesn’t meet code.  He should be fired.

the kitchen saga continues

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

A little progress has finally been made. A family friend was able to replace the door in the kitchen with an old door we bought off craigslist.  It’s amazing how quickly it can be done when someone who knows what they’re doing does the job.  It took him under an hour.  And now we get a spectacular view into the spectacularly crappy mudroom.

Lesson Learned

August 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paint stripping is just about the worst home improvement project that one can take on.  It’s awful.  After 14 months, I only have one kitchen door done.  Out of four.  Yikes.

You can make out the door to the basement here.  It’s the open door with the brown paint.

And after hours and hours of labor, and gallons and gallon of Citristrip:

I cannot emphasize enough how un-fun this project is.  Not even wine helps, as the Citristrip smell ruins the wine taste.  And to top things off…please note the two fans in the photo.  As the 100+ degree weather hit, we discovered our air conditioner was not working and irrepairable.  Thousands of dollars later, our air is cool, but our kitchen redo is now a far off dream.

Bummer.

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