Monday, September 29, 2014

Still Trying To Repair The Sunroom

My poor husband is still at it.  Good news is that the sun porch hasn't fallen over. I kept expecting the walls to just fall flat like you see in the movies. So we've got that going for us.  He's been able to put up some new supports for the walls, do the wiring and add insulation.

I bought something recently that came with a ton of styrofoam so he's using that as the bulk with some spray insulation to fill in the gaps.  Yay, recycling!  He also fit in a new sill.  Next week the new knee wall will get drywall and then it's on to baseboard.  Of course there's still the prep/painting to do.  Wah-wah.  Progress is progress though.  I'll posting on thursday also for the start of The One Room Challenge.   Anyone else doing it?  I can't wait!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Yep, it's been a while since I posted.  Enjoying life I suppose.  Things seem to move in slow motion over the summer but now that school's back in session we've picked up again as well.  Finally found someone to fix the crown.  It's not perfect, but after waiting for what seemed like an eternity to find someone to do something, I'm calling it good.  Sometimes you just have to say f-it and move on.  The good news is that we finally got the wallpaper up.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure about it.  I think it just felt so different and traditional, but now I adore it.  I definitely have some plans for the foyer but I'm saving them for the upcoming One Room Challenge....maybe....if I can get motivated.

 We also found some doors in the attic that use to close the sunroom off which were just painted and hung.

Now on to the bad and ugly.  No, it's not the mess you see in the room above.  That's just reno and real life people!  Anyway, remember when we started on the sunroom?  Well it's turned out to be a total cluster you know what.  I feel like I've spent a ridiculous amount of time scraping off flaking paint, meanwhile my husband has removed the lower plaster and baseboard to add wiring.

And then he noticed this.

 Hmm, termite damage.  We don't have active termites, but just how bad is the damage?  Well after removing the plaster we found that the wood that is supposed to be holding up this structure has been practically devoured by termites and is not even really attached to anything anymore.

This is the wood that was removed.  It's so chewed through that it's light as a feather.  And now we can see right to the outside in the corners.  Great.

So, needless to say, my husband's got his work cut out for him.  Just one more thing to add to the list.  I have to say that in my head, this room is going to be amazing when it's done.  I have plans to do a ceiling to floor bookcase with a library ladder and eventually french doors out onto the porch.  It'll be great, but this one step forward two steps back crap is getting old.  Plus it's going to be one expensive room to finish.  Why oh why can't anything just be easy (and cheap) in this house?!?!