Sep 17, 2014

flooded basement timeline...

So we came home less than two months ago to a flooded and moldy basement. So far we have had Serv Pro come in and clean up the water, dry the basement out and handle to disposal of all our moldy and wet items. Basically everything that was down there. This is what the basement looks like today. 

You are first met with a zippered doorway. Very sci fi movie feeling. It does keep the kids and dog out and the bad mold spores away from the upstairs.


You have to unzip it and carefully step through...



Everything has been removed. Some items that we are hoping to save are being stored in our garage for now. My beautiful built-in is gone but it will be back...


The sheetrock was removed halfway up the wall. I was told yesterday by my contractor that he would have to remove the whole wall to make the new sheetrock seamless. Luckily I did board and batten because we then realized we could remove it up till the horizontal molding line and then cover the seam with the molding again. 


The floor was the first thing that was removed when clean up began. Since all the tiles which were original to the house got wet they popped up. They also needed to be tested for asbestos since they were now disturbed.  The tiles are asbestos as is the mastic which held them down. I have people coming next week for asbestos removal. This will be a two day process for my 400 square foot area. They will be removing the tile and then sealing the floor by painting it over. 







Everything has been disposed of since it was sitting in water and mold for almost two weeks (the amount of time we were away on vacation). The toy closet is empty, the pantry closet is empty, and my work closet is as well. Nothing like a flood to make you clean your closets out!






When we finished our basement two years ago we put in a bulkhead door. I’m so glad I did that now since everything was carried out that way and not through my house. 






It is very strange seeing everything in this state. It is not exactly the project I was planning on working on this fall. Oh well. 

I have mulled over what I will do down there but I’m of the firm belief “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” I loved my basement. It worked out perfectly for us. The storage, the laundry room, the extra space for my kids to play, hang out and have slumber parties. All of that made it a great space for my family. I will not be changing a thing other than new furniture and accessories. The built in will be recreated and the walls put back up. The closets will get new shelves and the floor will be put down again. I have no idea what the time frame will be on this entire project. My hope was that I’d have a basement again by the end of the year. Once the asbestos tiles are removed it is full steam ahead on Project “Get the Basement Back.” 


Sep 15, 2014

how to patch a wall...

I’m going to warn you ahead of time. These are not the prettiest pictures. I’ll start you off with something pretty to balance out all the ugly. 

First up is a bucket of crayons. Who doesn’t love a bucket of fresh and unused crayons?



 Next up, a sign in a restaurant that I thought would be fun somewhere...



Last but not least is a mirror I saw at HomeGoods. I picked it up for my boys’ shared room but then the DIYer in me put it back down. I’ll keep the picture for future reference...


And now on to the ugly, holes in your wall. When I took all my cabinets down I was left with some holes. Some were deeper than others so I picked up a patching kit at the hardware store, complete with spackling paste, a self-adhesive patch, sand paper and a putty knife.


The spackling paste is sandable and paintable. It also includes a dry time indicator. Pink when fresh, white when dry. 

I first cut the patch to fit over my biggest hole. This was the area around the counter top. A chunk of the wall came out when I lifted the counter away from the wall. Not too bad but it needed more than just spackle. My other holes were smaller nail holes which were easy to fill. After the patch was on I spackled over it, let it dry, sanded a bit and then spackled again. 


I did the same to the smaller holes.


By the time I was done it looked like there was bubble gum all over the place. Or frosting, I couldn’t decided.



Once the spackle dried it was on to the paint. Actually, the whole kitchen got a new coat of paint. Or two or three...


Sep 12, 2014

open shelving on HomeTalk

Have you heard of HomeTalk. Hometalk is a home improvement, gardening and DIY network where you can share ideas, ask questions and get inspiration. You can find a topic you are interested in and search ideas by category. It is a great resource for homeowners and anyone who loves DIY. 

I was asked by Hometalk to curate a collection on open shelving. I focused on the kitchen and put together some examples that anyone can do...



I have a profile on Hometalk with a number of boards and projects. Take a look...



Sep 10, 2014

Back to school organization...

via Hooker Furniture
The school year has begun which means so has the paperwork. Permission slips, forms, homework assignments and more are slowly making their way into your home. Come join me on the Hooker Furniture blog where I’m sharing some tips and ideas to contain the chaos!

See you there...

Sep 8, 2014

my one man cleaning cleaning crew is retiring...

My one man cleaning crew is retiring since he starts kindergarten on Monday. Whimper. 

My youngest is like my little sidekick and has been with me every day as I work around our house and then blog about it. My other two will lend a hand as well but since I do most of my work when they are in school the job falls on my youngest. He loves to help. He is my clean up crew, and the one who double checks if I’ve screwed something in tight enough. He measures, sometimes paints, and accompanies me to Home Depot to cut wood. He is always ready to try out a chair or two and has made many, many long trips to IKEA. He likes the meatballs.

I went back through my blog to find all the times he lent a hand...














I keep reminding him of all these little “last times.” I mentioned it again at the grocery store yesterday that this is his last “trip during the day, not on a weekend, and not during the summer” to the grocery store with me. His reply was “It’s ok mom, at least we have great memories!” 

Sigh. 

Sob.



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