So why was I surprised when we didn't get everything accomplished this weekend that we set out to do?
Because I had forgotten exactly how much TLC you have to give an old house to bring her back to life -especially when 40+ years of tenants/owners are factored into the equation.
Enter Exhibit A.
Yes, that is only half of a windowsill, and you can literally feel the draft wafting in from where I was standing taking these photos. I was literally seeing our hard-earned dollar bills flying out the window.
At some point in time, the roof leaked, and our best guess is that it affected the ceiling a little, the drywall a bit in the closet, and perhaps this windowsill. None of which accounts for the fact that there was no caulking whatsoever around any of the "new" windows in the house when we bought it (I say "new" because the previous owners installed new windows but kept the old beat-up trim...).
If this wasn't water damage, I don't
Enter Exhibit B.
I think, at some point in time, someone tried to break into this room, because it looks like several doors (with varying heights in handles) has been installed, leaving us this lovely hole - right where our new handle needs to eventually go.
Thanks to our friends spackle, wood filler, and caulk, however, these beauties were looking great in no time!
We had to use alot of wood filler to fill in the windowsill.
And still ended up having to use a little spackle and caulk to get things nice and smooth!
The doorframe, however, went quite a bit smoother.
So, we patched, sanded, caulked, patched, and sanded some more on Friday and Saturday to start whipping this room into shape.
Even the ceiling got patched and sanded!
Barley, as usual, supervised.
Tom took down the last of the closet door tracks (and the last few items in the closet). Boy, was it good to see those annoying sliding doors go!
Before painting, for the best adhesion it's advisable to clean the surface to be painted - whether with soap and water or TSP-alternate cleaner.
But what if you're getting ready to paint really, really rough wood like our paneling?
Rather than scrub down the wood and then wait days for it to dry, we just whipped out our handy Dyson ball vacuum (which we're still in love with, by-the-way), and used the bristle-brush attachment to go along and get any particles and dust off of the rough wood. It worked great - the bristles knocked loose any particles or dust, and the vacuum just sucked them right up! It was probably the easiest and funnest part of prepping (although for some reason I have tons of fun patching and sanding things too - weird, I know).
Afterwards, it was time to cover up the carpet so we didn't get any ceiling paint drips onto it. Since we were also planning on painting our baseboards, we had to tape those off, too.
We laid out our dropcloths and went around the baseboards, slightly overlapping the painter's tape and tucking it underneath the quarter round for the best protection and coverage possible.
After all our prepping, this is what the office looked like:
Then it was time to paint! Stay tuned for that tale of our seemingly-never-ending painting adventure (and the deets on the disasters we ran into (oops!)).
We're wondering: what's the craziest thing you've had to repair while prepping a room for paint? Got any stories to beat our half-windowsill-and-crazy-doorframe one?
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