We simply could not have done this project without the help of some really talented, generous friends. I can’t express my thankfulness for them!
Like my brother-in-law Karl, who helped us build (i.e. built himself, while we did really important things like sanding rough edges and vacuuming up the sawdust) two beautiful, custom vanities for our bathrooms.
They even fit into the back of our van…Of course, we had to pawn off some kids into Alonna’s car for the trip home…but it worked!
And our friend Rusty. He helped us cut can lights into the main floor and relocate some electrical boxes. He probably did other things, too, that I don’t even remember. He’s super handy to have around. And I can’t tell you how much I love that we now have lights in our main floor living room. (I will never understand why people build houses without ceiling lights!)
I could give you the long list of people who we’re indebted to for their help, but I won’t. Suffice it to know that we have a really amazing group of people in our lives.
I’m going to take credit for all of the wallpaper removal. My friend Dana gave me the hint to use Windex to soften the glue, and then I scraped it off with a little putty knife. Upside: it developed my arm muscles.
When the demolition was done, our friend Jason retrimmed the entire house. All of it. Every single piece of trim was touched by his hands (and his saw). Every door was hung by him. He did a great job.
Then our friend Terry used his mad paint-spraying skills to spray all that trim, as well as the closets, doors, and ceilings. He saved us countless hours of hand-painting those things.
(See how sneaky I had to be to get pictures of our friends?)
Next, I painted all of the walls. My sister-in-law Emily and friend Sommer painted the upstairs bathroom. Otherwise, my arms were busy gaining more muscles.
“Slow and steady wins the race.” That’s my motto for painting. It takes forever, but the results are worth it!
Our friend Dave was our go-to for the plumbing challenges we had…like setting new toilets, new sinks, etc.
And though we are not handy people, Luke installed nearly all of the vinyl flooring himself! (Our friend Craig helped, and I helped as well.)
There was more…Oh, so much more that happened in the renovation process. If you ever want to hear it, just come over for coffee.
In the next post, the pictures will speak for themselves. I can’t wait to show you the end results!