Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SIMPLE DIY TO DISASTER...


Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be off line for so long of a span of time.  Things with both sets of my parents have settled down and have moved into a new routine that is manageable for them and for me.  I was all ready to come back on line when what was supposed to be a simple DIY of sheet rock patch, sand, and paint has snowballed into a disaster.

Two years ago we removed a wall and some of the sheet rock did not float out well and due to some wiring changes, making a couple of cuts into the wall meant patching, sanding, and repainting.  Handy Hubby did a beautiful job of patching, floating, and finishing then handed the job off to me for priming and painting.  Easy peasy! (famous last words)

I head to the paint store to find out that they no longer make the tint for the current color.  I literally wilted, the dining area flows into the kitchen with no breaks so that meant that it all would have to be repainted.  My kitchen has lots of little areas, tons of decorative trim, sheet rock in some areas, with cladding on the lower walls, and an alcove that is filled with trim and shelving, in other words, it equaled a lot of painting.  Six paint samples later a new wall color was chosen, popping trim and prep ensued. My plan is that this will take 3 days tops!  I got this!

Day 1:  Slurping up and wiping off sheet rock dust, washing down every kitchen surface, ignoring the fact that I can now artistically doodle in the fine layer of dust all over the rest of my house.  
Day 2:  two coats of primer on all nooks, crannies, corners, and walls.  
Day 3:  two coats of paint on all nooks, crannies, corners, and walls.  
Day 4:  SOS call from one set of parents...project abandoned  
Day 5:  Sick cranky husband, a promised outing with my daughter, necessary errands, etc.  project lies fallow  
Day 6:  Wake up with determination only to find that stove and refrigerator were not moved as promised so only half of cladding can be done.  Two coats of primer and paint later dining nook cladding is done.  
Day 7:  Wake up even more determined only to find that stove and refrigerator were still not moved as promised.  
Day 8:  Repeat of days 5 and 6, grrrrr!  
Day 9:  The Handy Hubby comes home for lunch and I refuse to feed him until those appliances have been moved...finally!  Uh Oh, Oh No!  Something is not quite right, hardwood flooring should not crumble when ones moves ones stove.  Cladding gets done.  
Day 10:  Hunk of kitchen floor has to be cut out, sub floor too, water seeped under back door threshold, one new back door and threshold, new sub floor patch, and new unfinished floor boards later...we now have to hermetically seal the entire kitchen, rent a floor sander and refinish the floors.  I am completely deflated.  
Day 11:  (today) All shelving and trim in kitchen alcove get two coats of primer and paint.  
Day 12: (tomorrow) Necessary grocery shopping, errands, and an appointment, no work will be done.  
Day 13:  (Friday) Seal off all cabinets, drawers, pantry, doors, rent sander and let er' rip!  
Day 14: (Saturday)  Remove loads of saw dust, thorough clean, reseal flooring.  
Days 15, 16, and possibly 17 wait on stinky floors to dry while fighting migraine floor sealer is sure to produce.  Maybe I should head to farm for a few days.
Day 18 or maybe even 19: (depending on humidity and drying) Put the whole thing back together and keep ignoring the build up in other areas of the home.
Day 20: (if I am lucky) This will have been a very bad dream and I will be standing in a completed kitchen/ dining nook!  (fingers crossed)

NOW do you see why I am still off line?  I think I am about to lose my mind.  Everything that was in my kitchen is now in the studio, the entry, and the living room. I have a stove and refrigerator in my living room, with a microwave cooking station on the sofa table.  The Handy Hubby assures me this will be resolved by the first of next week.  I will believe it when I see it.   And, I will be back for real and for true just as soon as this DIY disaster is done.

On a happy note, Spring is showing up here, the Robins have returned...


15 comments:

Dorthe said...

Oh dear Sandy, what an awfull adventure, I dearly hope for you that it WILL be fixed next week- I hope you are fully recovered,too- and wishes you a lovely spring-how wonderful to see the Robin in your garden.
Hugs,Dorthe

Vee said...

Groooooaaaannnn...I would be such a sniveling whiner that I wouldn't be fit for human companionship for weeks. So that you can write about this all level-headed like impresses me. Course, I think we can all agree, given that nasty leak, why this all transpired. God is good.

bobbie said...

YIKES!!!

Er... Look at it as something that took your mind off your 'other' troubles??? :O

Things can only get better ~
Sending hugs to help that along ~~~

Desires of the Heart said...

Oh so sorry Sandy, why do these things happen at the most inopportune moments in life?? But, on the goodside, you will have a fresh new kitchen when it is all over and done and you won't have to think about it for a very long time. We have missed you!! Hope things are calmer and more peaceful for you in the months to come. I am just coming off a stressful year with the passing of my Mom in June and then the emptying and repairs of her house to get it market ready. It is sold, Hallelujah!! I have been working trying to get my house back in some order after a long period of neglect and it feels so very good. My "ducks" are starting to behave and line up like I want them to. Blessings to you, Linda

Shopgirl said...

I certainly understand. We are here, Big hugs, Mary

Lorrie said...

Gracious! Talk about snowball effect. Hope the project goes according to the current plan (without surprises)

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

You poor girl, life does have a way of throwing us curve balls, does it not? Big Hugs!

amy of four corners design said...

I am so sorry...it does sound extremely frustrating...I had some irritating moments redoing my bedroom recently - but not to the extent of the problems you are experiencing - hopefully all will be put back together soon...

Createology said...

Oh Dear the DIY simple to drastic unforseen issues. I do hope yours are soon to be resolved and your home is in tip top shape once again. Blessings...

Jean Bee said...

OMG -- I know it's not funny but I had to laugh (thanks for that - I needed a laugh!). I understand how frustrating but since you can write about it in such a funny way maybe that helps to deal with it. I'm sure it will be worth it when it's all back together and thank goodness you found the water problem before your floor fell into your basement!

Lady Jane said...

My goodness you certainly have had your share of trials. Glad things are back on track and I will pray things stay that way.

Ruth Kelly said...

I don't understand what floating of he dry wall means but I can understand being frustrated at the paint store when they no longer carry the color you needed. Too much work but it feels great when you are done.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my heart! What a frustrating adventure! I hope you are now enjoying a completed paint project dear one!

kimber said...

Just wanting you to know that I am keeping you in my heart and missing you! Hope all is well.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh my. I was contemplating a quick little project today between rushing to get a ton of other things done. This is a good reminder to not start something thinking it will always go smoothly. Maybe I'll wait till after my other events before redoing a wall....

Good luck!

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