Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A weekend off - and more painting.

As part of our extended not-having a real vacation-ness this year, Jenn and I took a long weekend in Jasper for Jenn to get her PADI open-water diving card (very cold in the lake) and for me to read the 100 mile diet and drink the beer at Jasper brewing Company. In between, we both napped about 3 hours a day. A glorious weekend.

Now we have returned and I will be starting in on the floor in the back bedroom tomorrow. With luck, I will be done one room by tomorrow night. Yeah. Right. And monkeys might fly out of my butt.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


We are finished, except for some touch-ups and some edging that needs a bigger ladder. Next the floors. We have 850 square feet of laminate and 900 square feet of underlay, we have only to get the tools from our various hook-ups and start in. Weekend Jasper, Tuesday floors.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Almost done

One more coat on the stairs, one more accent wall in a bedroom, and a few touch-ups. That's it. Time to paint a 1200 square foot 2 level - 8 days, assuming we get one last coat on tomorrow.

In addition, we have de-junked and moved all our bookshelves to the basement, where we hope to find them permanent homes.

Also, as a special treat, and in lieu of using my bonus money to upgrade our Hyundai to something with lower miles, we picked up a new mattress. I don't know if it is comfortable yet, because every time I lay down on it, I immediately lose consciousness.

On the beer side, my new kegged pale ale is drinking a treat, and I hope to have the Trippel and a Municher Dunkel in kegs by the end of the week.

Tomorrow, our plans get even more interesting. After work, I am picking up our flooring, about 850 square feet of decent laminate, along with underlayment and perhaps stair nosing. I will also need to get some 1/2 inch plywood subfloor for a small part of the downstairs where there is not already additional subfloor. The good news is that our floor in the kitchen and hall already meet code for tile. Woo hoo.

Oh, yes, the tile. about 250 square feet of it, but that is going in last, as it will be the most disruptive, essentially keeping us out of our kitchen and front hall for quite some time. I am also considering a tile backspash in the kitchen, but really only if I don't need to put up any serious kind of backer-board. I dunno. And then the tile for the countertops............

Oh dear. I seem to have the bug.....

Saturday, July 04, 2009

More painting

There is now only one room in the house that has not been completely repainted, the upstairs bedroom that I use as an office. The only reason for this is that it is full of all the stuff we have jammed into it to make enough room to paint the rest of the upstairs. The rest of the house has had between 1 and 4 coats of paint, the baseboards are all off, all that is left to be done is another coat on the stairs, hall, and downstairs, and only on the grey parts.

We started painting at 8:30, we finished at 10:45. We took a half hour for lunch, a half hour for supper (thank god for pizza delivery) and a hour to take a truckload of stuff to the dump and pick up our new mattress (comfortable). So, after 14 plus hours of moving and painting, I have settled in with both an unconscionably large glass of rye whisky and a glass of dry-hopped West-Coast style IPA. Beats Methocarbomol.