Have been unreal. My lady took the kids to her homeland in Lebanon. I have been by myself this whole time, I took a vacation, my father stayed with me for 6 days and we tore this joint apart. Holy Shnickies... We replaced all of the doors, installed 3 ceiling fans. Did all new trim throughout. And worst of all, we refinished the floors. He and I spent three 16 hour days sanding. Three!!!! He was right there with me the whole time, going just as hard at 65 with the all day and night working, that was pretty damn impressive. Sure I had to help him up alot, but he never complained. All of this time I had 13 days off, 9 days working. I also had 2 dj jobs, one of which was the most high pressure wedding I have ever done. The other was a 10th birthday for a set of quadruplets! Im beat up. Ive got cuts and bruises, an infection next to my left index finger's nail and last night my legs would not work properly. I have never felt that before!!! I have worked harder than I have throughout this process. And there is no way I can complete it before she arrives tomorrow. I forgot how involved a process it is to paint. My mom came over to help there. She was getting a little annoying the way moms tend to do but she was a godsend. Took care of alot of those odds and ends that I couldnt get done. And that's when Mom too, blew my doors off... I didnt know this but that lady can paint! About a billion times better than I can, see, I dont have a steady hand. I basically have to gift wrap an entire room to get it right. I will mask door knobs... hinges... all that trim, she said she wouldnt need masking, I held my breath and she rocked it out. Was painting those 6 panel type doors in half of the time I could do it and she didnt miss a beat. Go hug your parents, I have to do some more painting! Have a look at the floor, it used to be that stained walnut look. And to think, this all started because I wanted to get rid of the carpet in the kitchen!!!! Who puts carpet in the kitchen anyway? I pulled it up and installed tile over the actual tiled area, and resanded the hardwood floor that had old glue all over it, it looks just as good. Freakin amazing. I didnt know I had this in me. Check out that little end piece I installed on the trim, effing awesome. This things are only $1 and you dont need to do a 45 degree mitre cut, so worth it when they get painted... OK< need to go paint now!
Moms always to the rescue.
Carpet in the kitchen?, you anglosaxons are so crazy, In UK I was in a home that had carpet...in the WC!!!
And you have not bidettes in the WC, dirty barbarians...
Good job, styles. Hard, HARD work, but there's nothing that makes you feel better when it's done. And won't everybody be happily surprised when they come home?
And send my regards to your folks for being good parents. The good ones never stop wanting to do as much as they can for their kids. Mine, who are closing in on 80, are still like that, God bless 'em.
And thank your folks for raising a pretty good son, too. ;)
The cream of the crop
20th August 2003
Congrats dude...Carpets in the kitchen..How did you manage? Almost as bad as when they're in the bathroom.
Never even heard of such a thing...*shakes head*
ahh parents, The next best thing to slave labour. The kids might be enthusiastic but they are never as productive as age and experience can offer. It's good to have the proxy woman's touch via your Mom's presence in your wife's absence. (Stylie will get mucho brownie points now, women love their reno's when they are done right) Gj man, wish I was in your shoes carrying the burden of home ownership.
I'll get more pics of the other stuff thats going on. I have the entire contents of the house in the basement, no clue where my camera is so you'll have to settle for my phone camera. CARPET IN THE KITCHEN! GLUED ONTO OAK HARDWOOD!!!
that is an absolute travesty. I hope you wore a mask when you pulled that shit up because I can only imagine what grows underneath a kitchen carpet. If you haven't tried to clean the paint dust off the walls yet, I suggest you buy a dollar store squeeze mop and use that to clean the walls off. There's all kinds of cleaning products you can use (varying from patchouli-hippy to toxic, wall raping agents) that work great and totally cut down on the time it takes to wash the walls by hand.
Nice job, a big hurray for parents! Always to the rescue and always helpful. :)
[COLOR=Black]Nice story. Know how you feel.
Did it myself two months ago. First removed the whole floorboard from the kitchen, living room and hallway. Replace it with some nice wooden floor.
Courtesy of the insurance payment because one of our drain pipes leaked and our living room was flooded with 2 inches of water. The insurance guy even had the balls to say that we could manage if we only replaced the piece of floor that got wet, funny guy, that one.
Anyhow third day I was sick as a dog and my [/COLOR][COLOR=Black]circular saw gave up on me so I had to saw everything the old fashioned way. I was pushing my dead line, my little boy turning four years old in a few days. Thankfully the in-laws came to the rescue, I was so feverish I couldn't do the math anymore at which angle and how many degrees to saw. I just finished in time, working 12 hours day, but when you see the results of your handywork, nothing can beat that.
Thank god I did the painting a few weeks before.:D
By the way what is " little end piece on the trim"? Is that the piece you place on the wall to cover the little space between the floor and the wall ? [/COLOR]
Carpet in the kitchen: nothing like giving the bacon and eggs a place to hide out forever.