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Retr0brighting a Tub Surround

And now for something completely different in regards to our home renovation projects. Different from painting, I mean, which we have been doing a lot of. A couple of the plastic panels of our tub surround in the upstairs bathroom weren’t looking so great anymore. We had installed the tub surround during our circa 2004 home renovation, when we redid the walls in the bathroom. Over time, certain plastics yellow with exposure to UV light.…

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Reno Update: Kitchen Caulking, Motorcycle Print, Stair Treads

You may be able to tell from the title of this blog post that I’m too tired to think of anything clever, like I did for last week’s post. House renovation tasks continue, along with packing and cleaning. It’s a TON of work getting a house ready for sale. This morning, I scrubbed the bathtub thoroughly with Bar Keeper’s Friend in order to remove some stains. This afternoon, I mowed the lawn because regular maintenance…

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My Husband Cleaned My Clock

No, he did not punch me in the face, which is one meaning of the phrase, “cleaned my clock.” He literally cleaned my clock. In his effort to repaint the kitchen, Erik had to remove everything hanging on the walls and clean the walls and cupboards with degreaser. I shared the following photo in last week’s blog post, pointing out how the area behind the stove still had to be painted. In the middle foreground…

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More Painting, Plus Electrical

Work on the house to get ready to sell feels like it is speeding up. During the last blog post, I left off with the red kitchen ceiling being primed by Erik. It did, indeed, need 3 coats of primer to cover that very deep red. We chose a new yellow for the walls. It’s a bright yellow that reminds me of lemons. The original yellow we used for the walls looks almost peach in…

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The Old & New Inside the Walls

Work continues on our dining room renovation project. Since my last post on the topic, we have taken out all the plaster and lath. In fact, that dirty job ended up being a bit bigger than we expected. Some of the lath along the south wall went behind the front wall of the closet. As Erik attempted to remove it, plaster inside the closet fell off the wall. We didn’t intend to redo the closet,…

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