The blog is new, the journey is not. We bought this house four years ago and have not made much progress to date. All that is about to change.

The two story brick house was built in 1963.  Five bedrooms, four and half bathrooms; about 3800 square feet on a nice half acre lot with some beautiful old trees.

I wish I had pictures from the beginning, but since I don’t I’ll have to give you word pictures.  The first order of business was to remove old, stinky carpet which covered hardwood floors. The carpet pad had adhered to to the floor and required much scraping and cursing before it was dispatched.  Left behind were many, many carpet staples which had to be removed by hand.

Next, I scraped and peeled wallpaper as the walls had apparently not been primed before it was installed.

The kitchen was small with an adjoining breakfast room complete with a pass through window where the June Cleaver-like mom was supposed to pass the lovingly prepared food to her adoring family. That wall needed to come down. The kitchen cabinets smelled pretty bad due to absorbing 40+ years of kitchen odors. I had them torn out which inspired the following conversation with my mom:

Mom: Why don’t you rent it (the empty house)?

Me: I can’t, I tore out the kitchen because the cabinets smelled bad.

Mom: You could have just painted them.

Me: Doh!

This is the present state of the kitchen:

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