First we have to sell a house

5.30.14 Before we can start the lake house we have to sell our primary residence.  We have been in our home since 1997 and it holds all the memories of raising our kids.  They were 5 and 2 yrs old when we moved in and our daughter just graduated from college and our son will graduate from high school in two weeks.  17 years of good times and 17 years of accumulating tons of STUFF!  Like many empty-nesters we have the itch to downsize and build something from scratch.  Which could be the demise of our 26 years of marriage – ha!

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I will miss my flower gardens - I am taking some of the perennials with us to the Lake House but it is a lot of work and time.

I will miss my flower gardens – I am taking some of the perennials with us to the Lake House but it is a lot of work and time.

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This is the house we need to sell.  4 bdrms and 4 baths.  The list of things we need to do to fix her up before we sell is quite long.  We are starting in the bedrooms by taking down popcorn ceilings and old wallpaper.  All the brown rugs from the 80’s have to go and all of the stained wood trim is getting painted.

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Master bedroom on day 1 of renovation.

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Here’s a view of the other side of the master – rug gone!

spray scrape results

Removing Popcorn Ceiling:

1)  We, or should I say Dan (my husband), removes the popcorn ceiling by spraying water on a small section (about 4′ x 4′)

2)  Wait a few minutes and carefully scrape off.  Any gouges have to be repaired so careful is the name of the game.

3)  Fix flaws with plaster.  Let it dry and rub off with wet rag or sandpaper.

3)  Instead of renting a steamer to remove the wallpaper, I tried the same sprayer and it worked.  There was so much wallpaper adhesive still stuck to the walls that they felt slimy – it was a real chore to wash them all down.  But take the time to wash them down or your paint will not adhere.

 

 

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