The First Cut is the Deepest

baby I KNOWW...

So, the great basement demo of 2014 hath commenced. If you recall, there was at one point in this house's life, some water damage. It appears the exterior has been 'fixed' (I'll re-fix later, but water didn't seep in this past winter/spring, so, win!) but the interior was left in all it's water damaged glory.

You may have also noticed THREE different patterns of VCT on the floors in the last few images. It's like they couldn't choose JUST ONE pattern because they are all sooooo good...

Ceilings were sagging in random areas, and the walls were looking pretty scary.

Have you watched those house flipping shows on TV? Where it's the first day of demo and they find like 10k in issues? *crow bar to wall* "oh, look! Knob and Tube wiring! Asbestos everywhere! Structural walls preventing the ever loved, OPEN CONCEPT!" First of all, the whole "OMG WHAT!" is starting to get old. YOU KNOW what to expect SCOTT. Homes built in certain areas in certain time periods are designed/built in RELATIVELY similar fashions. Like, finding asbestos in my house was like "yeah, okay, figured. (but still sucks)." Building materials come and go (peace out lath and plaster, hellllooo drywall), and ALL of this is documented (interwebs FTW).

BUT, then there are the curve balls. The previous homeowners turned (non-licensed) general contractors out there. My kinda people, ya know. Spoiler, there was an addition added to my house some decades ago- have I mentioned that? SO, the questions is, WHEN.

sidebar: this house was owned by a couple who never had children. the husband died around 20 years ago, according to the estate holder (who was the niece's husband). he worked for some establishment where he built things - not sure what things - but things. he also worked from home, which explains the garage/workroom set up. there is an intercom from the garage to the workroom to the kitchen "honey, time for lunch!" there was also a box of VERY old epoxy paint in the garage, along with MANY random objects left in the basement rafters (still there...). i'm 80% sure he built all of the cabinets in the house, and there are outlets for every power tool imaginable in the basement/garage. so he must have been a powerhouse. i'm also fairly certain the house killed him, knowing the products he chose and (i'm sure) installed himself. 

The house was built in 1953 and I found a box in the basement of leftover VCT tiles with a written date on it for 1977. So i'm assuming that's when the addition was built.

ALL this to say: What's in the ceiling?? The ceiling in the workroom is topped with a flat roof, which appears to have been re-coated in the later half of this century. BUT, what was below that? Rotten joists from water damage??  NO insulation?  MOLDY insulation?? Asbestos insulation??? The ceiling material is definitely not dude.

WELL. It wasn't AS BAD as I thought, THANKFULLY. I started ripping the ceiling down (which, underlayment was used as a ceiling (LOL), so, MESSY process), out of curiosity and found STYROFOAM as the insulation. LOL. Styrofoam is more expensive/ relation to other insulation methods, but still has a pretty good R value. One thing it is GREAT at, is keeping water out. So NONE of the Styrofoam has water damage! Finger snaps for not having to re-insulate!

So once I was happyish with that, I moved to the walls. YOU SEE, about 50% of the walls in this room are covered, either by the same underlayment (BTW, this is basically wood chips glued together, 3/4" thick) as the ceiling, or peg board. The walls under the underlayment are in pretty decent shape, a few minor cracks to cover. The the stuff under the peg board? Not so much.

As I ripped out the peg board a waterfall of concrete fell with it. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay....Basically, concrete blocks were used as the foundation (typical) but then they skim coated it with a layer of concrete to 'look better'...unfortunately overtime, water gets stuck between the layers, the lime deposits get separated from the concrete mixture and the outer layer started crumbling. Nothing structural, so i'll just be chiseling away at the loose parts and leaving the rest #vintagetextureFTW

This isn't the WORST possible thing, but at the beginning of projects you just want rainbows and unicorns to appear and everything to go fast and smooth. WHATEVER. I just keep thinking of how this place is going to look when i'm done and I get all EXCITED again.

So, what WILL it look like?! HOW WILL we get there?? no idea...
>>remove underlayment from ceiling and EVERYTHING on the walls.
>>clean walls and brush out crumbling concrete
>>patch concrete, prep for drylok
>>paint on drylok to seal up the walls
>>prep VCT floors (they contain asbestos, so they're stayin put!) for PAINT! (gasp!)
>>install new ceiling! (beadboard?! PLANK!?)
>>install trim
>>New Lights! New shelves!
>>Organize my BRAINS out.

until we meet again

I am perpetually with you, taking care of you. That is the most important fact of your existence. I am not limited by time or space; my Presence with you is a forever-promise. You need not fear the future, for I am already there. When you make that quantum leap into eternity, you will find me awaiting you in heaven. Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow. 

I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do. Don't be distracted by future concerns. Leave them to Me! Each day of life is a glorious gift, by so few people know how to live within the confines of today. Much of their energy for abundant living spills over the timeline into tomorrow's worries or past regrets. Their remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the full. I am training you to keep your focus on My Presence in the present. This is how to receive abundant Life, which flows freely from My throne of grace. 
(Jesus Calling, September 30th.)

A week ago today, we lost the handsome man in the photos above, my Grandpa. He married the most selfless woman in the world, had 6 children and 17 grandchildren, wrote a book, devoted himself to God everyday, and was a great 500 partner. We spent the weekend celebrating what a great life he had with all those whose lives he touched throughout the years. There are no words for how much this man has affected our lives throughout the years; and it is always so hard when illness takes over someone's body all too early. But, he is exactly where he wanted to go - to be in heaven with his daughter Renee. We love you Grandpa - below is something he told us in his last few weeks of life, which will always put a smile on my face:

I want I want I neeeed

Fun fact: my living room doesn't have any overhead lighting *GASP*. YES, I could install can lights, and MAYBE I will, in a few years. But for right now a few lamps are working JUST fine. BUT, the room needed some...verticalness. You know, something to bring your eye up and make the room feel more than 5' tall. I thought about putting some vegetation in this corner.

But I didn't like the idea of a dead plant over there (spoiler: I can't keep anything alive). SO, I turned to some overhanging lamps!

Marble Base Five Light Arc Floor Lamp
$299 from here

LOL Price tag. Catch ya later.

I couldn't find something like this for under $100. So I turned to good 'ol trustworthy Craigslist and found one for $35...THIRTYFIVE dollaz. Yeah, it had some brassy accents and the base was crumbling, but THIRTYFIVE! Sold, sign me up, i'll be over in 5.

Here she blows in all her black/brassy glory. Kinda hard to see, but look at what a GORGEOUS day it was outside.

The base was a little concrete mold and some of it was chipping off by the screws. So I loaded it up with some construction adhesive and put a clamp on it for awhile - worked like a CHARM. 

To prep for spray paint, I washed everything down, sanded the surface a bit to get some grit for the paint to stick to, then wiped that down with a dry cloth. I taped off everything I wanted to keep it's original color (not the brass), and went to town dousing it with some oil-rubbed bronze spray paint (my go-to black)

Not such a bad sight for $40. I do need to get some less illuminating bulbs, and work out the rod placement but ONE THING AT A TIME people. 

Now, back to that basement demo...

Baller Status: Feral Hearts

So back in Kindergarden, ya know, a few years ago, I met this chick and I was all "let's be besties" and she's like okay crazy. WELL. Fast forward twentyish years and this chick has some MAD TALENT in the photography department. She finally pulled the trigger on showing the world her shizz and I COULDN'T be more proud. SO, for the first installment of BALLER STATUS, I present: Feral Hearts

Picture Illegally taken from her website. 

Picture Illegally taken from her website. 
SO, Go check out her website, follow her on Instagram, e-mail her and say "girl you rock, wanna take pictures of me climbing mountains?" or just send her mad juju across the air waves. Finger snaps for finding your passion and running with it - you go girl.

^^Photos from last week's camping trip are up, and amazing!

Rock what ya got! Un-Sponsored by Bar Keeper's Friend

So, as mentioned, a kitchen overhaul is approaching in the next few months (year?!). As i'm looking at different products/fixtures/appliances I keep going back to a farmhouse style sink, not necessarily for the overhang of it, I think i'd need to go with a smaller model to not feel like my kitchen is just one large sink #smallkitchenproblems - but I love the white ceramic style. Picture white cabinets, wood counters, modern tile backsplash, new appliances and a white farmhouseish sink.

THEN, I walked into my kitchen was like, wait.

With a new set of eyes, I saw my kitchen sink. I was always in the mindset of replacing it. BUT, I think the faucet/dingy color was FOOLING me all long to thinking I needed to. I'm still not sold on a faucet, but in the mean time I can at least MAKE it look newish. I've tried SO many cleaners in the past to try and clean this hot mess:

 UNTIL....BAR KEEPERS FRIEND came into my life and was like, wassup girl? I got this.


Now, a faucet!