I’m doing something a little different this week. I’m showing you what we did to the house day-by-day. The main reason I’m doing this is to show you how much you can get done even when you can only do a little at a time.
Apparently we’re going to work on the living room and dining room next. David removed the trim on the wall between the dining room and living room. He’s either going to leave it off and sheetrock the edges or repair it and put it back. Here’s what it looked like before:
And here’s what it looks like now:
He also installed the door on the microwave cabinet in the kitchen. Here’s what it looked like before:
I didn’t really expect David to get anything done on the house tonight because he worked all day and then went to the gym to teach a class. But he still got a fair amount done.
He removed the trim boards on top of the bookcases between the dining room and living room. They’re badly stained.
He also removed the crown molding in the living room and dining room:
And he removed the base shoe that was easily accessible from both of those rooms and the entry.
And here’s the construction lesson for the day: Base shoe and quarter round are NOT the same. People frequently use those terms interchangeably but they are NOT the same. The trim at the bottom of a base board is called base shoe. It’s a little smaller than quarter round – about ¾” tall and 1/2 “thick. It’s rounded on top and flattens on the front. Quarter round is exactly what it sounds like and is NOT intended to be used at the bottom of a base board.
You know how I know this? I called it quarter round and David immediately corrected me. I guess that’s a pet peeve of his. So now we all know the correct term for the piece of trim at the bottom of a base board.
In the photo above, you can see where he removed one piece but not the other. The piece remaining can’t be removed until we move some furniture.
Thursday was all me. I’ve started doing some scraping on the outside of the house whenever I have a chance. David can’t stand watching me do it. Instead of sticking with one area until it’s done, like he would do, I move around a lot. I get bored with just one spot. I’ll eventually get it all. That’s all that matters, right?!
Saturday was a big day and a messy one! David removed the overhead lights in the living room. They were pretty ugly. Sometime during the week, before he could remove the lights, he had to track down the wiring and take care of that. Then he physically removed the lights and patched the holes.
He also removed the tile in the entry. It was a small area but it was a lot of work!
The wood floor under the tile has adhesive residue on it but we should be able to remove that by scraping or sanding.
David also spent time this week and weekend working on the garage and the garage door openers. We’re getting closer to having openers!
So that’s it for this week. But we do have a question for you. We’re trying to decide what to do about the living room and dining room walls. We were originally going to leave the paneling as is and paint the other walls. But we’ve since realized that our target buyer will probably not like the paneling (we’re guessing this house will be purchased by a young family. If that’s the case, we need to do something different. Our current options are (1) leave the paneling as is; (2) remove the paneling and install drywall (there’s no drywall under the paneling) and then paint; or (3) paint the paneling. What’s your vote?
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