House Renovation Update #3

House renovation #3 drinking game. Take a swig every time you read the word “drywall” or “floors.”

Okay, so I’m a little late on this one. Sorry about that, but you see, I have good reason! If I would have posted on Friday, the photos would have looked eerily similar to last week’s update.

But wait, you guys! Guess what happened on Friday and Saturday. Just guess.

Drywall happened, that’s what! What a difference drywall makes, am I right? WE HAVE DRYYYYYWALLLLLL. I’m totally Oprah right now….AND YOU GET DRYWALL! AND YOUUUU GET DRYWALL! And the audience goes wild! Sobbing and fainting commence! DRYWALLLLL

(My apologies to those of you who follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for busting the Oprah reference again, but hey, I bet 11% of you never heard my weekend Oprah singsong Drywall bit. I can’t deny the awesome old school Whoorl readers, can I?)

Back to drywall. God, I love drywall. When looking at this photo, here’s what comes to mind.

1. Spiders
2. Electrical fires
3. Burglars

But drywall!

Hang a little drywall, and I’m all,

1. Look at that light.
2. Ain’t no burglars in there.
3. Do I hear heavenly angels singing? (I wrote “heavenly angels signing” first, and couldn’t get the image of Rachel Coleman in an angel outfit demonstrating how to sign the word “heaven” out of my head. p.s. – I’ve also been playing the drinking game.)

So, yay for drywall. DRYWALL. Drink.

In other news, D finally decided on a stain for the wood floors. I say D decided because the man took his insane finicky behavior to a whole new level this week. You guys, hours, DAYS, were spent trying to perfect the stain to put on the oak floors. On Thursday morning, after dropping Wito at school, I stopped at the house, walked into one of the bedrooms and saw two things.

Number one.

Number two. My husband sitting on the floor talking to Crow, our floor guy. Poor, poor Crow. I looked at him and saw something in his eyes that could only be described as pure, unadulterated desperation. The kind of look you might give after, say, finding out that your flight home has been delayed by 18 hours. I know this look, you all. Because I’ve been shooting this look on a regular basis for about 10 years now. Let’s just say Crow was beyond thrilled to see me, especially when I told D to wrap it up and pick a damn color already. (Crow had a great sense of humor, and made me laugh when he grabbed my hands and said, “thank you so much for coming. No really, THANK YOU FOR COMING AND SAVING THE REST OF MY WEEK.”)

You’re welcome, Crow. Trust me, I feel your pain, buddy.

Now that the finish has been decided, the bedroom floors should be completed within the next few days, the base and case is going in soon, and our kitchen cabinets are being made as I type this. Oh, and did I show you what we found for our kitchen backsplash?

Come to mama.

Until next time!

  1. Courtney

    October 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    So what stain color did he choose? I’m picking our floor color as we speak and I’m stuck! I’m also stuck on matte vs satin finish. I think our floor guy and your floor guy should start a support group because I too am driving mine nuts!

    • whoorl

      October 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      It’s a water-based mix of stains that they came up with – basically, we’re just trying to keep the oak looking natural without the heavy golden tones that are common in lots of houses. (It’s the most similar to the stain directly in the middle of the photo.)

      It’s hard, isn’t it? Good luck, Courtney!!

  2. Katy

    October 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love these posts! I read a lot of home remodel blogs and love hearing about all the details on the process, would be interested in learning specifics on what choices you make – such as what countertops/backsplash options you considered and what you end up choosing, paint colors, appliance choices, love any and all details!

  3. Ninabi

    October 3, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I love that gorgeous filet of stone that is destined to become a backsplash. Two years ago we sold our historic home and moved into a “green community” (we’re actually selling electricity to the city from our panels) and for the first time in my life, choosing what our home would look like was magical. Instead of the limited range of choices with the builder for some items we just said, We’ll install X ourselves. I’m pleased with the green glass and copper lights from Italy over our kitchen bar counter.

    I cannot wait to see all the lovely details you and your husband have so carefully chosen. Frustrating to some, perhaps, but you will be living in your new home for a long time to come so yes, those details DO matter!

  4. Partitioning Gauteng

    October 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Right away I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming again to read further news.