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What progress has been made…

February 18, 2004, 5:00 PM

Look at this!

I finished the window wall, and rounded the other corner. I did this two days ago, but just now got around to taking photos.
I finished the window wall, and rounded the other corner. I did this two days ago, but just now got around to taking photos.

This is the opposite wall, across the room, around the door. I edged it last night, and broke out the roller today. Looks good, eh?
This is the opposite wall, across the room, around the door. I edged it last night, and broke out the roller today. Looks good, eh?

Same wall, other end. I edged around the closet today, and now am taking a break to let the paint dry and so the fumes can disperse a little. I plan to finish this wall today before I go to bed.
Same wall, other end. I edged around the closet today, and now am taking a break to let the paint dry and so the fumes can disperse a little. I plan to finish this wall today before I go to bed.

This is the side wall that the bed is on. I will not paint this today. But as you can see, we're getting there, as that is the round-the-corner work on both walls on the edges. All I have to do is fill it in.
This is the side wall that the bed is on. I will not paint this today. But as you can see, we’re getting there, as that is the round-the-corner work on both walls on the edges. All I have to do is fill it in.

Same area, opposite wall. I'm working on the corner for the one wall, and the other end is done. Next area I do is the area behind the dresser. I do this because in order to do the area behind the bed, I need to move the bed to its new location, and the new location is in the corner. So I need to paint the area behind the dresser so that the area the bed will move to is finished so that I only have to move the bed once.
Same area, opposite wall. I’m working on the corner for the one wall, and the other end is done. Next area I do is the area behind the dresser. I do this because in order to do the area behind the bed, I need to move the bed to its new location, and the new location is in the corner. So I need to paint the area behind the dresser so that the area the bed will move to is finished so that I only have to move the bed once.

So there you go. Once some of these fumes disperse a little and the paint dries a little, I will be continuing the paint work. And I’m on my second can of paint. So we’ve really made some progress here.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

No progress photos, but we’ve gotten somewhere…

February 18, 2004, 1:53 AM

Okay… I have no progress photos since the last time we spoke, but here’s the scoop on the painting. As of RIGHT NOW (I’m taking a few minutes as a break before I continue), I am doing edging on the wall with the door and the closet on it. I have so far edged around the door, and edged along the floor from the bed to the closet. I’ve edged on the ceiling from the bed to the door. I also did the corner by the door.

Last night, I finished the window wall, and I mean DONE, as in completed. This morning, I did whatever minor touch-ups were needed after I inspected the job for missed spots, put back the outlet cover plates, and then removed the tape.

And I was right and Dad was wrong. It looks just fine with the trim still in its original paint. In fact, it looks better than otherwise.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

One corner painted, and no accidents.

February 16, 2004, 12:57 AM

It took me like ten minutes to finish what I couldn’t finish last night due to the ladder collapse, and then from there I got out the roller and went at it. And so here’s what we’ve got:

Painting  Painting

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

Day two of painting ended up ending slightly prematurely on account of bloodshed…

February 15, 2004, 12:40 AM

Don’t worry… it wasn’t a lot of blood. But Mom’s stepladder finally gave up and I fell. I did land on my feet. However, I do have some cuts on my feet now, and I skinned my knee pretty well. The cuts on my feet were caused from where the metal stepladder broke apart, and my feet hit the recently-broken metal. The skined knee came from the fall, where my right knee scraped past the undamaged top step a little too closely, and skinned my knee. No blood there.

In all honesty, the stepladder should have been retired a long time ago, since the first step was starting to get a little questionable. But unfortunately, my parents, who have seen the stepladder, never replaced it when it started becoming questionable as far as safety goes. My parents generally use everything until it breaks, which in this case, caused an accident.

This is why they say that the home is the about the most dangerous place you frequent. Since there are no laws governing what people do as far as safety at home. In the workplace, safety is important. There are laws about job safety. At home, it’s our responsibility to stay safe, and we often fail.

So anyway, I will recover and be just fine.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

Not bad for a couple of hours’ work…

February 14, 2004, 2:17 AM

What did I do today? Not a lot in actual paint, but I did a lot of prepping. Take a look:

The earliest stages of painting

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

LET THE PAINTING BEGIN!

February 13, 2004, 9:40 PM

Well! The floor has been cleared, the walls have been cleared, the walls have been spackled, the walls have been sanded, and now it is time to paint. After work, I bought three gallons of Colorplace paint, in that “Manatee” color that I told you about. I also bought a Mainstays brand roller kit, and a plastic shield for doing the top of the walls so I don’t get the ceiling like I did in my Potomac Hall room, as you can see:

Paint smudges on the ceiling, Potomac Hall room 461

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Categories: Bedroom remodel, JMU

And now we are prepped for painting!

February 13, 2004, 1:28 AM

Okay… all that pink-turned-white spackle is sanded, and when you use a whole container, you get a lot of dust. This whole room is now about two shades lighter than it was before I started sanding. I mean this place is COVERED. Everything in this place has a layer of white powder on it. I will be vacuuming tomorrow night after work in order to get up most of the dust. Then I will also be wiping down a lot of my stuff as well, since the dust got on everything, and we want everything shining again when this project is finished. For that matter, I am also covered with it as well. But I can fix that with a shower and a change of clothes.

And it’s interesting… the walls’ appearance’s lowest point was when I had just finished removing the pictures, the nails for the pictures, and the videotape wall shelves. Now that the holes are patched, despite the walls being off-white and the holes being eggshell white, the place looks a little bit better.

After I clean up this massive amount of dust in here, then we really start improving the appearance in here. You see, after we clean, we paint. And I’ve selected the color for these walls. It’s a gray color called “Manatee”. Why gray? Well, first of all, it’s not white. I’m tired of white. But why not a color other than gray? I still want a neutral color, and this is a medium-to-light shade, just to lend a little more contrast between the ceiling and the rug and the walls. Painting it the Baker-Miller Pink color crossed my mind, but if you’re exposed to it too long, you start to get depressed. I actually did a bulletin board in March 2003 in Potomac Hall about the Baker-Miller Pink color called “Jailhouse Pink”. Take a look…

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

Spackled!

February 12, 2004, 12:57 AM

And the spackling is done. Now it must have time to dry overnight, so I can attack it with sandpaper after work. And look at this, on the normal progress photos:

My room, spackled

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

I bought that spackle today.

February 11, 2004, 11:23 AM

I bought that spackle today after work. I would hope that this spackle is not dried out, since I just bought it tonight. And if it is, I can return it, since after all, I work for the place I bought it at. I’ll do it before work if I have to. But it shouldn’t come to that. But this is neat stuff. It’s the goes-on-pink stuff that dries white, to let you know that it’s dry. All I have to say is that I’ve accidentally sanded wet spackle before. That’s a mess. So we’ll see how this goes.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

So this officially puts me one day behind where I want to be…

February 11, 2004, 1:47 AM

After the successful room-stripping yesterday, where I took down all the wallhangings in the entire room, now we have to patch all the nail holes.

And why does this put me back a day? Well, the spackle I found in the garage turned out to not be nearly as fresh as I’d hoped. I figured it was still nice and squishy like it should be on the inside, but noooo… it was tough and rubbery, and not even a little water could fix that. All I made was a mess, which I had to then clean up. So that puts spackling back a day, as I now have to buy some fresh spackle after work. I have a nice putty knife set that I got at work tonight, but no spackle. Excellent planning on my part. NOT.

Also, just so you know, if you really want some great values on this stuff, the brand you want to look for is “Mainstays”. I’m currently swearing by it. And when it comes to light bulbs, you want “Great Value”.

Still, once I get some spackle, I’m slathering it all over the walls in here. And this place needs a lot of it.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel, Roads

Reminds me of many “last days” in Potomac Hall…

February 10, 2004, 1:48 AM

Logically following from the cleaning was the un-decorating. That took minutes to do, followed by a quick de-nailing, as I pulled out all the nails that held in all the pictures.

Which of course also means that my 1994 redecorating job and later alterations are officially gone. That redecoration is now gone, and all that’s left are the nail holes… at least until I spackle ’em up. I’m going with a different decor scheme in the new setup. Remember – we’re leaving the kiddie room behind, and introducing the adult room.

Still, let me tell you… it really feels different in here without the wall decor. Reminds me of my final days in Potomac Hall. There, I took all the wallhangings down on Wednesday of finals week, and then totally moved out on Saturday of the same week. It felt really weird without the decor on the walls, and now it feels equally weird in here without it, even though I’m not going anywhere.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

Progress photos!

February 9, 2004, 9:09 PM

Well, I have some before-and-after photos for you to see. I finished the cleaning phase of this project and now the demolition phase can begin. In fact, I plan to take down pictures right after I eat dinner this evening. So let’s see before and after…

Before cleaning  After cleaning

That is my room standing by the door looking towards the opposite corner. Big difference, eh? And now #2…

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Categories: Bedroom remodel

I found a vintage mover’s sticker on the back of my bookshelf, if you can believe that…

February 9, 2004, 1:52 PM

And when I say “vintage”, I mean really VINTAGE. This was not from my family’s 1992 move from Rogers, Arkansas to here. Oh, no. That would be understandable, since that was when that particular bookshelf was placed in that corner.

No, this was from our 1985 move from Glassboro, New Jersey to Rogers, Arkansas. You want to talk about a vintage sticker. That sticker is as old as Sis – 19 years old. That’s amazing, if you ask me. It’s survived the move that it was intended for, the move to Virginia, and several rearrangements of that shelf. I am impressed.

And in case you’re wondering, how did I know which move it was? Well, the New Jersey-to-Arkansas move was done by United Van Lines. We used North American Van Lines for the Arkansas-to-Virginia move. So there you go.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

The video tape wall is clear…

February 9, 2004, 2:17 AM

That’s frightening. My video tape wall is clear. Total time? Ten minutes. Packed into two tubs. What do I have to say about it? It’s done!

And the waste products were light. Mostly just dust. Also, here’s a tip. Never EVER buy white shelves. That’s a major reason why these shelves are being removed.

Now all I have to do is clear off the top of the bookshelf and remove that, and then move the recliner out of the corner (where it was quickly stowed so we could put the futon in) and then clean around that area. Then also some miscellaneous de-junking of the desk, the dresser, and the area right in front of the dresser.

Then we attack the walls, clearing them. But not until I take progress photos.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

The bookshelf is clean now, and my, what a trip down memory lane it was.

February 8, 2004, 11:27 PM

So the bookshelf is clear. That’s an accomplishment. That thing hasn’t been totally clear since 1992 when we moved here. I’m taking the opportunity with this project to update my book collection. A lot of my kiddie books are going. Going where? I’m probably going to donate them somewhere.

And such a trip down memory lane it is, too. It took hours because I was revisiting old books. I also found old outdated textbooks from elementary school on there. See, when I went to Grimes Elementary in Rogers, Arkansas, they would simply give away old textbooks to the students when they were adopting a new book for a subject. So I have old reading books (second grade with Mrs. Cline), an old English book (fifth grade with Mrs. Bradley the first), and an old Social Studies book (fourth grade with Mrs. Maidt). In my sixth grade year at Stuarts Draft Middle School, we could buy old textbooks about to be retired for $1.00 each. So I snagged me a copy of my old English book (Mrs. Miller’s class), as well as the math book that I had with Mrs. Kucs (pronounced “kooch”). Now all I have to do is clear off the top, and we can put it into motion and move it on out. I’m getting a new bookshelf that’s taller but narrower (basically the same capacity).

Next thing I attack is the video tape wall, which is a set of five “built in” shelves that Mom and I put in some years ago, and are now hideously overcrowded and ugly. They never really had a defined purpose when we put them in. We just thought some shelves were a good idea (see the red flag going up?). So they went up, and have always been kind of unfortunate. So when that gets cleared out, the shelves are coming down.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel