Monday, March 14, 2016

Does Drywall Dust Have Calories?

Boy, I hope not!  My daughter told me that I looked like a ghost after all the sanding.

Did you know that drywall has a purpose?  I mean besides hiding all the ugly framework and inner workings.

In most states, it is a state requirement for houses and buildings.


It's purpose is to be a fire barrier. To slow down a fire if it spreads.  You may have notices that it comes in different thicknesses.  Each thickness has a different rating of how much it slows down the fire.

It also comes in two different types.  The most popular is gypsum board.  This is a general, all purpose type of drywall and is generally used through out the house.

The other type is green board.  Green board is used for wet applications.  If it gets wet, it doesn't tend to "melt" like gypsum board will.  Since this is a bathroom, we are using green board in here.

It goes up the same as gypsum.  We are using screws to put ours up.  Some use nails, but it really sucks if you miss and make a dimple in the wall.

When you are putting up the drywall or green board, you want to leave as few as possible seams.  Also, beside corners, you want to butt the factory edges together.  The factory edges are slightly thinner to allow for mudding and taping.  You are going to use the smallest drywall knife for your first coat.  I put it on thick to get the tape to embed in the mud.  When you are putting the tape over the mud, use the knife again and take off the excesss mud.  Let it fully dry.  Sand smooth.  With a slightly larger knife, skim coat over the tape with more mud.  Let it dry.  Sand smooth.  Carefully look over your seam and skim coat over any areas where the tape is showing or the mud is rough.

You also want to skim coat over the screw heads.  When you are screwing down the drywall, sink the screw heads slightly below the surface of the drywall.  If when you are skimming over the screws and they show, just screw them down a bit more.  You will need to sand these smooth when they are dry also.

When you are doing the final sand, make sure the edges are feathered out and smooth.  Run your hand over it.  If you can feel an edge, you need to sand more.  It's important to get the sanding smooth.  If not, you will see every blemish when you paint.

Also, make sure that there are no bubbles in your tape.  A bubble is made when there is not enough mud under the tape.  If you do get a bubble, just cut it out with a utility knife and mud over.

Corners are a bit trickier and a royal pain.  You have two types of corners, inside and outside.  Inside corners, mud the drywall. fold the tape in half and with your fingers first, fit into the corner.  Let it dry, sand smooth and repeat with a slightly larger knife.  Outside corners you will want to use corner bead instead of tape.  There are two types of corner bead, metal and plastic.  I prefer the metal since it is easier to use.  Plastic tends to move and twist when you are taping.  Metal corner bead is more durable also.  When the room is finished, it will protect the corner better from every day use.

The hardest part is the drying time inbetween coats.  It seems like it takes FOREVER!

Got all that done?  Now it is time to prime all the new drywall and paint.

Speaking of painting....I need to get that done.

Friday, March 11, 2016

That Would Be The Gut

Well this was a messy job!

What have we gotten into?!

My poor hubby!  He worked his butt off getting everything out of here.  This is the view from the back half of the kitchen.  The old kitchen actually had two entrances to it.  We are going to use this entrance for the new bathroom.

It looks so bare now!

The window is going to stay.  Going to have to figure out something for privacy though.  Later though.  First we have to pull up the floor to get ready for new walls.

We found out when we pulled up the floor that there were several layers of flooring underneath.  These two pieces are some of the "beautiful" floors that had been installed previously.  I keep looking at these thinking that at one time someone put down this floor and was really happy to have this for their new floor.  We actually found 6 layers of floor under the top layer.

The walls are starting to go up now.  It's getting easier to visualize what the size of the room is going to be.  Before we can put up drywall, we need to run the electrical, plumbing and heat vent.  As you can see on the existing wall, there are two plugs.  We are going to remove the one closest to the new wall and keep the other one.  We are going to remove all the old wiring and upgrade it with new.  The old wiring is run in flexible conduit and really old.

Even though it seems to be going slow, we are getting alot done.

For now, I am going shopping!  I need to find a new toilet and sink for in here.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Finding My Style

So I have been given the keys to the checkbook by the hubs.  Anything that I get rid of I can replace.


I've been thinking alot of how I want to decorate when the walls are up.  Talk about giving yourself a headache!

I think I want to keep all the high dollar pain in the ass to replace items neutral.  I would like to be able to change out colors, especially for the seasons.  I also want to keep things kinda rustic.  I really like the idea of bringing a Celtic feel to the house too.  Everyone is in this french style, which is pretty, but EVERYONE has it.  I want something different.  I love the muted colors of Ireland too.  I am not really a pastel kind of girl.

I like to decorate with pictures of my family and artwork made by the kids.  These things I love to see.  It makes me feel good looking at them.

So I have come up with an idea I want to incorporate in every room.  In every room, I want to put something old, something new, something made just for you.  I also want lots of plants, even though I suck at gardening.  Really suck.  I guess I should take some gardening lessons.

I want to take everything and just toss it out the window.  Start from scratch.  Do what I like and use what I want.

What's your decorating style?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Take a deep breath....and JUMP!

The porch is pretty much done for now with the snow.  There are a few more things to do and then the pretty stuff can start!

Now....onto the next project!

This next part is HUGE!  I am so excited for it and I think my old girl is ready too.  It is far past time.  She is a beauty and it is about time that everyone knows just how beautiful.

This project is going to be hard.  We are planning on renovating the entire house while we are living in it.  Can you say excited and scared at the same time?!  I'm worried that we are taking on too much, but thankfully my husband is a licensed contractor and knows what he is doing.  We have been doing, redoing and redoing the plans and finally have come to a great floor plan!  With this project comes rules though.

Rule 1 - ONE ROOM AT A TIME.  This is the big rule.  I don't want to have the entire house torn apart and a mess.  I mean, we do have to live here after all.

Rule 2 - NO MOVING ONTO THE NEXT ROOM TIL THE PREVIOUS ONE IS COMPLETE!  By complete, it means livable.  Not necessarily totally decorated complete.  It needs to be able to be used for the intended purpose.  Make sense?!

Now.... where to start.... 

The farmhouse has only one bathroom now.  It's on the main floor at the back of the foyer.  Since we are going to be using the foyer for more useful means, the bathroom is going to have to go.  First though, we need a new bathroom before we rip out the old one.

NOOOOO!  I worked so hard on making the bathroom beautiful!

Atleast I will have a bit of time to say good bye to her.  Where will this new bathroom go?!

So this end of the kitchen needs to be cleaned out so the cabinets and appliances can be moved.  Since the new bathroom is only going to be a half bath, there is going to be a temporary shower outside of it.  When the full bath upstairs is done, the shower will be pulled and replaced with a stackable washer/dryer.

I better get a move on.  I need to move all this stuff and set up a temporary kitchen til the new one is finished.

Oy vey....

Saturday, March 5, 2016

WTH is a spandrel?!

Spandrel?!  What's that?!

It is not to be confused with that god awful contraption invented by, more than likely, some out of shape man to make women look curvy that is a real  *&%$# to get off when you REALLY have to pee.

If it sounds like I own one of said torture contraptions, it's cause I do.

'nuff said....

A spandrel is apiece of fretwork that you usually find in the opening on a porch.  There are all kinds of spandrels.  I was told, not by Google, that it was used on Victorian porches to keep birds from flying under the porch roofs.


I think I need some of THOSE!!

Did I mention if you are painting them more than one color, they are a real pain in the buttocks?  Yeah, they are.  I would suggest painting them before they are installed and then doing any little touch ups after.  Of course, we also had to have brackets to seem like they are holding them up too.  Now this is my kind of gingerbreading!  No calories on the hips here!

Love! the way the morning sun shines through the spandrels and brackets!

If you need me, I'll be sipping coffee on the porch.


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the stonybrook house


Metamorphosis Monday

Thursday, March 3, 2016

For the love of ....


More freaking snow?

This was my yard last week....


My kids were off of school on Friday and Monday for Midwinter break.

Thursday, we got this.... school for the urchins.

The weekend was gorgeous!  The snow melted and we ventured to downtown Detroit for Autorama cause that's what you do when you are from the Motor City.  It was warm enough by the river for this....

It was so warm that I, once again, cleaned up all the monster piles of dog doodoo that a Great Dane makes.

Monday was also beautiful and warm.

And then..... was back!

No school Tuesday OR Wednesday!


I was about to go stir crazy....again....  Even clicking heels together didn't work.

They did FINALLY go to school today.

Now it's snowing.

This weekend it is supposed to be in the 40-50's.

Michigan where if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.  It'll change.

This time though, I am refusing to clean up the dog crap til we are in the "safe zone".