And when I say “it”, I mean popcorn ceiling debris, gallons and gallons of paint, and yummy hardwood floors just waiting to get out of their boxes! It’s renovation week in the new Dock house, and we are working our little tails off trying to get this place ready to move in ASAP! Exciting? Yes! Stressful? More than I ever fathomed. Worth it? Without a doubt.
The hilarious part is how we thought we could scrape off all of the super gross cottage cheese ceiling texture and repair/paint the ceilings ourselves, in like 2 or 3 days. Bwuahahahahahaha! Yeah, no.
We followed all of the advice and tips we could possibly get our hands on. We taped plastic sheets over everything, soaked those puppies up, and scraped scraped scraped. Then we looked at each other and said, “So, how fast can we get a professional in to do this?”
Don’t get me wrong. We’re DIYers all the way…hardwood floors, tile, custom cabinetry…I’ve soldered plumbing for a jetted tub with my own two hands, but this, THIS is a project not of this world. THIS. IS. HELLISH. Thank goodness a friend referred a contractor who was able to start the next day!
I have a new best friend. His name is Shop Vac.
Thanks to super dude with pro tools and some serious skills, and to Mr. Dock who was a kick-butt assistant, the cottage cheese is officially eliminated! AHHHHHHH!
[Enter: Chorus of angels singing]
Now time for some flooring! Is there anything as much fun as ripping out ugly 80s carpet? Maybe a few, but ripping out ugly carpet’s definitely up there on the list. Pulling up the tack strips and staples? Not so much.
And everybody’s getting involved. Painting this fireplace provided a VERY unique situation….we wanted it white, and we knew that the carpet would be ripped out and the walls would be painted, so there was literally nothing to be ruined. Couldn’t pass up letting the girls in on the fun so we all painted away.
Well, almost everyone. :) Some of us just bounced.
Can’t wait to share some exciting before and after pics with you! I have so many plans for it all….ah, too many plans maybe. Feeling overwhelmed. I can’t stop Pinteresting to save my life, and I want to do it all riiiiiight nooooow! ;) But at the end of a very long day, when my hair is caked with dust and paint, as the girls run and play in the sprinklers, laughing their heads off and having the time of their lives in a big, green, safe backyard, our backyard, I’m left with only one overwhelming feeling….gratitude.