Some Preemptive DIY

Jason and I are getting antsy to do something with this house.

On Monday we had a guy come out to look at our furnace…it was refusing to turn off the heat in our back bedroom and laundry room. We even had my dad out to check the thermostat. He removed said thermostat and still, the dang furnace continued to run the heat to that area! Anyhow, we had the guy come out and he fiddled with some crap wires and unplugged the whole unit. Problem solved, for now… except before he goes he says, “It’s an old unit, it could go out in a week, or in 5-10 years.” So we get a quote for the repairs for the crap wires and some other bits that were more pressing to replace. $1180 including labor. We’re waiting to hear back on how much a whole new unit would cost. Even if it’s two and a half times as much, it’s a good deal since they last 20-30 years. Ours is circa 1987.

So we’ve resigned ourselves to spending a lot of moo-la. It also means we can’t do AS much for the house, cosmetically, as we initially wanted in the short-term. But tonight, we started another little something we’re both excited to see finished.

Granted, I think the baby room will be painted before we move forward with this DIY project, but we’re excited for the challenge of completing it.

The Plan

  • Reseal the skylight.
  • Remove odd frame.
  • Remove nasty wall board.
  • Replace wall board with lovely, new wall board and texturize and paint to match the rest of the ceiling.
  • Fill in the cut bits of the 2x4s to reestablish the integrity of the supports.
  • Make faux wood beams like this guy, stain, and install.
  • Paint entire bathroom a pretty, subdued green color.

Note: Jason is spraying bug poison to eliminate an exceptionally obnoxious cricket who managed to find its way behind the wall boards in our gaping hole, I mean skylight cavity thing… apparently it’s giant-normous. It’s been there for well over two weeks keeping us up at night.  

**Question: What is on  your DIY bucket list for the near future?**


One response to “Some Preemptive DIY

  1. Pingback: One, Two, KICK « Living, In Action·

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