Thursday, January 8, 2009

why my christmas cards are becoming groundhog's day cards. . .

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Scraping popcorn off ceilings


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Texturing and painting ceilings  (thank you so much for your help, Mike!)


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Priming and painting walls



Next stop. . . .

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Our neighbor Thelma was so awesome to let us borrow tools, and to explain to us how to lay the laminate. Exacto and Fluffy are back to school, so Hummer has been our main Helper Man!


The whole project has gone really well, up until now. It's really tricky getting it to fit the corners, and we have made several mistakes. We're starting to feel like we bit off more than we could chew! Wish us luck. . . .


Stephanie Johnson said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, what a huge project! We remodeled our former house for 4 years so I know how time consuming, etc. it can be. Good luck!!! It looks great so far. One question -- are you doing this to sell your house?

Maria said...[Reply to comment]

Good for you guys. Can't wait to see the finished project?

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! It's looking beautiful! You're going to want to stay there after you are finished. Keep up the good work. Only you can see the mistakes.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Your Mom's right...after all that you won't want to move! It looks great!!! I love the new flooring. And, it looks perfect in the pictures. But, I can imagine why you'd be feeling overwhelmed. So much to do! Just think of all the experience you're gaining by doing this yourselves! Thanks for the pictures. =)

By the way, one of my favorite parts of your blog are the "Quotables". They are always so funny!!! Love them!

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...[Reply to comment]

How fun...I love doing projects like that! It's always a big tree in the forest, but when you're finished, it will be a beautiful thing! I can't wait to see the project when it's done. Are you doing any fun colors?

Malauna said...[Reply to comment]

I love painting rooms when it doesn't matter if you get a little (or a lot) paint on the carpet!

And I can always use some seasonal Baker cheer at Groundhog's Day.

Devin and Melinda said...[Reply to comment]

What a project! It looks great and you are going to absolutely love it when you're done!

Debbie said...[Reply to comment]

You are doing great. We started our projects of bamboo flooring and painting about 10 months ago. It is still not 100% completed. It must be good therapy because a friend's brother did the same thing after the loss of his son. It has taken us a long time to be almost finished. Cannot wait to see the it finished.

Natalie said...[Reply to comment]

I am grateful for your comments on my blog. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing Benjamin's story. He will never be forgotten.

OR Duck Fans said...[Reply to comment]

That does look like a big project. Good luck! Looks good so far. Lashelle

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

It looks great. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. I want to come out ASAP. Let me know if I can help.

Cindy said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, it looks so bright and cheerful! We are really wanting to put laminate down. Our carpet is not pretty anymore...definitely has that "lived in" look ;-)

SWIRL said...[Reply to comment]

Love the colors! Love the boys helping! You are all going to feel so good- once it's done-.

Thanks for visiting my site also!

Amy Kay said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, that is great work you are doing. I want to know how you got the popcorn off the ceiling. I'd like to do that. I hope you are well, and can't wait to see the finished pictures. I am painting some here too. Have gotten 1bdrm, and 2 bathrms done so far. Lot of wall prep involved here at my house. Love,
Amy :)

Michelle said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks, everyone! I feel the comment love. :)

Amy Kay, about getting the popcorn off. . . .
It wasn't as bad as we feared it might be. Our house was built in '97, so it hadn't been up there all that long. We got a spray bottle and sprayed a section of it, then used a wide drywall knife to scrape it off. It came off really easily, and made a HUGE mess. :) Make sure to wear a mask when you do it. I thought I was too cool for that, and coughed for hours afterward. :)