DIY DIVA

Demolition

December 9, 2004 | 5 Comments | Garrison House
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I bought a house that was previously owned by color-blind, shelf-happy, eighty year old people who thought that the best way to patch a hole in the wall was to cover it with scotch tape and paint over it.

Sidenote: If you just read that sentence and said to yourself, “Huh, there’s a brilliant idea… never thought of that one,” then can I just ask you to do me one really really big favor?

Go away.

Because my vision still gets clouded by a red haze of rage when I think about how many pieces of painted-on scotch tape I had to pick off my walls and then re-patch. Sweet baby Jesus, it’s enough to drive a girl insane.

For everyone else…. Welcome to the very abbreviated version of the projects that occurred over the course of the first three years that I owned my house. I’m kind of envisioning myself as a sort of voice-of-God raining over this post, telling you about the future and taking away all the suspense as to whether or not I managed to maim or kill myself with a power tool between now and October of 2007. (There was only one incident that occurred between a 100lb. piece of flagstone and my knuckles… it’s hard to say who won.) I have this magical power because I’m actually transferring these posts over from my old blog (Renovation) so that all the DIY deliciousness can be in one place. From here on out, I’ll stop being the Voice of God and you can read everything as it was back in a day before I had a working shower.

(insert wavy vision and dream like music here)

So I bought this house six months ago from this people who had no taste, less vision, and a negative amount of Do It Yourself aptitude. It needed saving. And right after saving,  it needed some serious demolition.

This is the living room as it looked when I took possession. (Notice the remarkable difference from the picture that was in the real estate brochure. Never ever believe what you see in pictures, especially when large sums of money are on the line)

Mission 1: Removal of Stinky Carpet

No more carpet

Meet my talented team of carpet ripper-uppers… also known as E and Holl.

Mission 2: Under Carpet Clean-Up (also known as REASON #1 WHY TO NEVER WILLINGLY PUT CARPET IN YOUR HOUSE. EVER.)

Ruler in The Dirt

Do you know what this is? This is fucking disgusting. (I really try to keep the swearing to a minimum here because at some point my grandmother might read this and wonder why she couldn’t have a quiet, ladylike granddaughter, but there are some times when the F word is really necessary. Like when you realize you are allergic to the house you just signed 15 years of your life away to.)

What you’re looking at there wasn’t even remotely ALL the dirt on the floor,  I literally stood in one spot and swept in a circle around me, and this is what I ended up with. Likely 50 years of silt and dust mites that had filtered through some god-awful carpet and padding. And made me itch like I’d rolled in poison ivy. Blech.

Mission 3: General De-construction of the house.

I have to admit, the people in my life kick ass. Here’s a little picture montage of everyone helping me tear down shelves, wall paper, paint, ugly awning on the back of the house, and pretty much anything else we could get our hands on.

 

Lesson One: How to get rid of a Smell
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  • Sunshine and Paint Pots


    Been reading your blog for the last few months, but finally decided to go back to the start and work my way forwards one post at a time. Expect the occasional random comment on some ‘long, long ago’ posts. Besides making me laugh, you also reminded me why I don’t like carpet!

    Cheers, Col

  • Taf


    Ditto! Just recently started reading your blog and am inspired to get back to work on things around my house.

    Thought I would get the skinny from the start and catch up in my spare time.

    One thought… there is a missing picture at the end of this post, yes?

  • Taf


    Also… web suggestion…

    is there any way to add a “Next” and “Prev” button at the bottom of the blog posts?… it would make reading through the full blog a lot easier than needing to page back and find the next post.

  • Lori


    Me three. Started reading your blog and decided to go to beginning, LOVE.IT. but a next or prev button would make life easier

  • Gabi


    Hahaha me four! Just read a year’s worth of posts (starting at the year 4 victory lap) and I had to go back to the start. :)

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