Sunday, June 29, 2008


One of my most un-favorite things is remodeling. Living in an 80+ year old house it's inevitable that there will be some projects to undertake from time to time. I love the results of remodeling it's just the getting there part that I don't enjoy. Since I bought this house almost 10 years ago, I've made lots of cosmetic changes; painting a few rooms, new kitchen counter tops, flower beds, painting the outside of the house, etc. Here's the outside pre and post painting. The flower beds are MUCH more grown up now.

The time has come, after living here almost 10 years, to scrape the popcorn ceilings......aaaaaaahhhhh....doesn't that strike terror into your heart???

I had actually even started to scrape some of the ceilings (just the kitchen and master bath) about a year ago and just never got going again to finish the job. I got a few quotes on what it would cost to have someone come in and do the work (scraping the ceilings, retexturing, painting, and installing several lights/ fans). The prices were pretty steep for just the scraping. So now I have enlisted the help of my friend and fellow YaYa, Edwina. She's providing ceiling scraping labor in the form of her son (and my sorta-kinda-but-not-really boyfriend) and a friend of his. They are high school students and just a bit less expensive than the "professionals".
To top it off, I have a leak in the roof that has created a gross mold spot in my master bathroom. Yuk!!!

Monica at work heard the prices I was quoted for the electrical work, and promptly called her husband (an electrician) to do a price comparison. He says he can give me a much better price.

Out in the backyard, I've decided to get rid of the pool. I had started taking apart the deck myself (can you believe it???) when Leigh, my fellow YaYa and next door neighbor called up asking what I planned to do with the wood. I really hadn't thought ahead that far, except that I wanted to get rid of it and would probably have to pay to have it hauled away. She said if she and her husband, Aaron, could have the wood, he would take it down for me!!! Hooray! I get out of the heavy labor, and save the cost of hauling it away. Here's the swamp and what's left of the deck:

So, as you can see, I've got a lot of projects about to get under way. Can't wait to see the final results.

More and more I learn that The Beatles had it right, I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends....


Mimi said...

This is a very witty blog. I'm sure you will have a huge fan base soon! I'll be back!

Dana said...

What a lovely home!!! How did you ever find it, hmmmmmmmm?

Denise Felton said...

How did I not know you had a pool? Have you never allowed the YaYas into your back yard?

Your house is so wonderful, Lisa. I didn't think there was anything left to be done to it. Can't wait to see the results of your latest efforts.

Audra & Josh said...

Your house is so awesome! Not what I pictured, but nice to put a house with a face...hehehe!

Janna said...

I never knew you had a pool/swamp in your backyard. Funny.

I love your house. Houses like yours have tons of character. I love DIY projects. I just don't have any energy leftover for many of them these days with 2 little kids to chase after all day.

I'm adding your blog to my google reader.