10 April 2014

ORC Week 2 aka So far this is not fun

Thanks for stopping in today to check out my ORC progress.
In the past week I've accomplished lots including chipping all of my nails, 
burning myself with a heat gun,
smashing my shin with a pry bar and potentially giving myself lead poisoning.
(That last one is kind of a real concern.  
Why it did not occur to me that I live in a house from the forties and my stupid stairs are most definitely painted with lead I do not know. )

Aside from my various injuries 
I did manage to get the wood paneling ripped out and half the new drywall up.
So long hillbilly basement.  
 Thank you Jesus that when the old paneling came off there was not a spiders nest 
or a tiny disintegrating dead animal 
which is what I was terrified (logical huh) would be back there!

In case you would like to know how to hang drywall I will tell you.
Lure a tall, handsome man to your house.
Trap him in your basement.
Give him drywall.
Tell him he cannot come up until he is finished. 
Reward him with Thai carryout that is accidentally way to hot and makes him angry.
Tah Dah!
All jokes aside, I had never seen someone hang drywall before
 and it's not nearly as intimidating of a process as I thought it would be.

I also finished ripping all the linoleum off the stairs
and scraped all the old adhesive and residue off.
This is where the heat gun injury came from.
Let me just say that as a person who managed to knock herself unconsciuos 
and dislocate her finger merely by falling from an ottoman,
 I was concerned that a heat gun might be too risky for me.
I bought this one from Home Depot
because it was 
A) the cheapest and 
B) looked most like a hairdryer and therefore non-threatening. 
While it does take the paint off,
  it didn't seem to be any less time consuming then stripper 
and in the few spots that I had missed scrapping the adhesive up, it made it way worse. 
 Also I was terrified for the rest of the night that 
 there was some tiny, hot, lurking ember 
waiting to burn my house down while I was sleeping.
So for me, the heat gun was a loss and back that sucker went!

 Next to the door there is an awkward little area where the old milk chute used to be.
The previous (again, hillbilly ) owners closed up this opening 
by nailing a piece of weird laminate over it.
They also cemented it shut from the outside.
I can't decide whether or not to drywall over the opening
 or just drywall around it for now and eventually restore it.
Thoughts and advice please? 
So you can see what I'm talking about
 here is a picture of me making a double chin and pretending to use my pry bar.
The milk chute opening is behind me.

Please comeback next week when I will show you pictures of paint drying.
Jk Jk.
Next week we will look at pretty pictures of mouldings!
Go see what the rest of the ladies are up to here!


  1. Ok I don't envy the work you've had to put into this makeover thus far. Decorating is one thing - renovation is quite another. As an old house person and former restorer of historic properties, I say you save the original opening and do tackle that at a later date. Hang in there!

  2. I'm with Kimberly on the saving the original opening for later. It may be a moot point for this project but paint stores (at least the one near me) sells lead detection kits. Good luck!

  3. I haven't used my heat gun in ages mostly because of the second degree burns it can cause. You aren't alone in being accident prone. Looking forward to seeing this come together.

  4. LOL...paint drying pictures!!! Wow, to all the hard work you got done this week and good job luring assistance! :) I think the milk door is a cute story to keep with the house.

  5. You are a very, very brave girl. I'm extremely impressed!! Hang in there, and please be careful!!!

    The Glam Pad

  6. Wow! I am a little tired just reading this post...you did a lot of hard work this week...I am impressed!!! Looking forward to seeing the finished room.

  7. I've never used a heat gun and this makes me think I don't want to. It will all be worth it in the end though!

  8. Hi Rebecca. This is impressive. I would have been like "annnnd I'm done" a long time ago. Hang in there. It'll look great when its all done. Also, love your blog--its super funny!.

  9. This sure is a lot to tackle! I would have given up but props for sticking with it . It's going to be all worth it in the end. Once you get it all done everything else will be sooo easy! You are very courageous! Great job!

  10. What a big project... Wow! Can't wait to see what you do with it!! :) Good luck!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

  11. This is a lot of work! I would keep the milk door as it is these little things gives charm to the house. Kudos to you for luring the handsome help! I can't wait to see the progress!

  12. Hrm, I have no idea about that little milk door...maybe add some dry wall and make it into a little cubby/wall cutout? Could be cute/interesting. My husband did some drywall for me for my ORC project and I too was surprised how non-intimidating it was. See you back next week!

  13. Best of luck with things. I definitely think you should keep the milk door. It adds a ton of character.


  14. HA! You are doing wayyyy more real work than I am - I'm so impressed! And I love your tutorial on drywall hanging. Wish I had the same one for wallpaper prepping and hanging. But I think it'll just be me eating Thai takeout.