Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Getting Rid of the Yuck Factor


Our kitchen had a formica back splash with aluminum trim. It was dreary looking and very stained behind the cook top. Jeff started to rip it off and as he suspected it was glued to the sheetrock wall. The formica removal took most of the paper from the sheetrock with it. 

In another life, long ago, Jeff hung sheetrock for a few years. He was able to make it all pretty and ready for paint. 
While he played in the mud, I stripped the wallpaper where the fridge goes. Behind it I found an icky, moldy mess. On the other side of this wall is the washer hook up. It must have leaked at one time, creating mold. Jeff cut the wall out on both sides to also find some rotten framing.


The framing is now replaced and last night Jeff hung the sheetrock.


I have started to tackle the pink bathroom. The wallpaper is gone. Now to scrub the glue off of the wall.
We hope to be in the house by this weekend. Everything won't be done, but the icky stuff will be gone!

13 comments:

  1. Good luck to the both of you. Here's a tip. The deeper you dig the more you dig up.

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    1. You are so right! Many years ago a sluggish flushing toilet, in my 1940' built house, led to completely gutting the bathroom.

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  2. fixing sheetrock is a real talent, maybe you two will make your own tile backsplash, getting rid of the icky stuff is worth it,

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    1. Linda, that's our plan! We can't wait to have the time to do it. Jeff is also making the knob for our drawers and doors.

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  3. It'll be so nice when it's done! :)

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  4. Yucky stuff seems to hide behind stoves, refrigerators, and washing machines. It’ll be very nice to have it all gone and start fresh.

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  5. Our bathroom remodel last year started with a broken pipe behind a tiled wall.

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  6. Good for you getting down and dirty...the really awful yuk will be gone now, and you're building on clean foundations...so to speak. Good luck with going through all this!

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  7. Your title for this post had me chuckling. I can't imagine hanging sheetrock as a job... absolutely my least favorite job while building my home. Obviously a good skill for Jeff to have though. My first home had pink and black tile in the half bath off the master bedroom.

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  8. The true joys of buying a house.
    Doing and doing again.

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  9. Nice work you two. Removing all that old wallpaper and hidden mold.. whew!

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  10. We were scrupulous when we sold our house of ten years, scrubbing scrubbing scrubbing, and moved into a newly refurbished place. I think an honest seller works hard to clean the place up before selling, but you can't think of or find everything, right?

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    1. This house had been empty for at least 5 years. We bought it "as is" at a very good price, so we knew what we were getting into... well, most of what we were getting into!

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