I have to do a few things today.
One of them was to take a few cabinets in the kitchen down. One of them held the fan that goes above the stove. I took quick action and they came down fairly easily. Poor Simon was eating while I started removing one of them and got a little spooked.
I am trying to rid rid of everything on one side of the room so I can get to the walls. Today, I am also running down to Lowe’s to pick up a Dewalt belt sander. That should take care of the lumps in the walls. I am not doing that by hand. I read up on the internet about using a belt sander on walls and there were mixed reviews. Some people thought it was crazy, while others said they have done it and it worked wonders. I think I will go with the recommendations from those who have actually done it and not with those who are playing a guessing game.
So, here is my shopping list for today:
– belt sander with semi-fine grit belt to sand the walls smooth
– joint compound for repairing the walls and a skim coat afterwards
– joint tape
– respirator mask
– shims for some joists in the basement not meeting the new girder beam
So far, this project hasn’t cost all that much. I got the new fan yesterday, but have a gallon of white ceiling paint left over from the living room. I have all the tools for the wall repairs. A few hundred bucks today for some more tools and supplies isn’t bad. I am saving a lot of money by doing all the demo work myself.
After the ceiling is painted, the crown moulding is hung, the walls are prepped and the floor is ready, we will call the kitchen people to come take their measurements. After that, we will head up to the showroom to pick out what we want. While that is on order, I will pick out some tile and have the tile guy come down the do the floor. Hmmm…not bad.
Here are some photos of the beauty…
Damn, that’s ugly.