5.22.2014

Please Pardon the Dust

I realized today that it's been a month since I last posted about our golden flatware. My, how time flies! While chatting with a new friend on Twitter, he mentioned that he'd just read my bio, and I though, "I have a bio?" Which led me back to the blog and caused a slight update to the aforementioned bio. Tastes and interests change with age and experience, so it was time for a little tweaking. 

Remember a few years back when I talked about how I'm like a mouse with a cookie? Well, it's happened again. This time, it started with wallpaper. After 13 years of blue and white stripped wallpaper in our dining room, I was sick of it. About a month ago - maybe a little longer - the hubs and I were planning to veg out on some Psych on Sunday night, but got distracted on our way downstairs by a passing comment I made while walking through the dining room. "I'm so sick of this wallpaper..." Two hours later, pieces of it were strewn around the floor and the walls were blank.


Being INTJ's, we think through and analyze all of the possibilities before making our next move. But it's also one of the reasons those who don't know us think we're flippant about these things. We're introverts, so we don't share our ideas with others while we're in the dreaming & planning phases, and the first the outside world hears of it is when they see us ripping everything apart - apparently on a random whim. What they miss is that this idea has been processed for YEARS, we just finally took action. To the outside world it looks like we once again jumped into a project haphazardly, when we actually have final plan drawing on our computer and in the filing cabinet. Trust me - we look random, but nothing could be further from the truth.

After years of talking about gutting the front half of the house (we did the back half 10+ years ago), we were preparing to paint the plaster walls, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it. We knew - it was finally time to make our big plans a reality. We purged closets and drawers, piled everything from the front half of the house into our guest bedroom and library, and hired friends to rip out all the 74 year old lath and plaster. To say it's dusty would be an understatement. 

As a reminder - this is where we started (nice, right?)


Phase 2 - Trim Removal


Phase 3 - Where we were earlier today (Dust City)


And now you know why blogging has been low on my priority list for the last month. We've been a little busy. One thing that my husband and I are both very good at is being able to visualize the end result, so while some folks walk in and freak out, we're quite excited about what it will look like when we are done. And yes, of course I'll show you the finished product... when we get there. 

Got any house projects of your own this spring?

8 comments:

  1. OUR house projects suddenly seem less daunting. Thank you for that! :) We'll be washing and re-sealing the logs, stripping and re-staining the front deck, and (hopefully) replacing the green, painted facia with stained cedar. Somewhere in there we'd like to get the new roof done this summer too. (And by this summer, I mean sometime in the next month before my husband leaves again...)

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    1. There's always something to do to houses - or at least it feels that way! :) Best of luck on all of your house endeavors this summer!

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  2. That looks promising. Your reward waits. I know exactly what you mean about house projects. I bet yours actually get find though. Any part of our projects that depend on my husband....well let's just leave it there. After 43 years I'm not going to change him. I just have to be in awe of folks who finish all the way to the reward. Ysy! Can't wait to see the end.

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  3. Oh my goodness! You make me smile! Can't wait to see the the results.

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    1. The next time you're down here, Becky (and Neil)!! :)

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  4. My only real house project this summer is to watch while we get our windows fixed by my brother-in-law & a friend, and to keep the kids out of the way. We do need to do a bit of rearranging to make room for the new baby, but that shouldn't be anything major.

    I'm also an INTJ, so I completely understand your comment about it appearing that you do things on a whim. I've had friends/family think the same thing about me, when I know that I've been mulling it over for weeks, months, even years. They just never knew I was even considering it!

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    1. So nice to meet a fellow INTJ who can understand that! :)

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