The Smoke House Rehab (Part 2)

It’s been a LONG weekend of rehabbing the Smoke House, but we are finally making some great progress!  Rustin & Elizabeth helped us ALOT on Friday and Saturday, and then Steve and I worked by ourselves on Sunday.  We were able to clean most of the kitchen, rip out all the carpets, and clean all the bathrooms.  (Steve generously assigned the bathroom cleaning project to me).  The bedrooms, hallway, and living room are ready to have their baseboards cleaned, and then all that’s left is to paint and put down new carpeting.  We’re still contemplating if we want to leave the vinyl floors in the bathroom or replace them with tile.  The vinyl doesn’t look too bad, but we’ll probably end up replacing it with tile so that it matches the entryway and kitchen.  Might as well make everything the same, right?

The kitchen has been an adventure.  Elizabeth and I spent the entire day on Saturday cleaning the cabinets and counters.  And what a task that was!  But the difference is amazing!!  Just look for yourself!

They look like brand new cabinets!  And when we add the new hardware, the transformation will be complete.

Here’s a before and after of the drawers in the kitchen.  I’m still surprised at how clean we were able to get them.  Bleach mixed in water is clearly our friend!

The fridge still needs to be cleaned out, and let me tell you, I am NOT looking forward to it.  And yes, I know it’ll be me that has the lovely task of cleaning this beast because there is no way Steve will come near it.  Did I mention that he found a vial of blood in the freezer?  Yah, talk about gagging!

Here’s another look at the nasty cabinets.

Here’s a nice butt shot of Steve scraping the carpet staples off the sub-floor in the master bedroom.

Here’s that awesome shot again of the clean freezer and dirty fridge.  The whole outside of the fridge is clean now.  I just have the dreaded inside left to do.

Here’s the hallway leading from the entryway to the bedrooms and guest bathroom.  The sub-floor is now completely cleared of all the carpet debris and thoroughly vacuumed, as are all the bedrooms.  I didn’t take any pictures today with all the blue carpet cushion stuff gone and all the rooms vacuumed, so just pretend that it is. 🙂

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #2

Master Bedroom.  Those wooden carpet tacking strips are gone now.

Living room.  All the trash and wooden strips are gone, and it’s ready to be painted!  We’re going to sand down the fireplace and paint it white.  It used to be white, but now has a yellow tinge from all the cigarette smoke.  Pretty much every wooden surface in the house has a yellow tinge.

I can’t believe how far we’ve progressed after only 3 days!  Here’s what we have left to do:

  • Wash baseboards and crown molding and paint white
  • Paint walls
  • Sand and paint fireplace
  • Finish cleaning kitchen
  • Rip up vinyl floors in kitchen and bathrooms and replace with tile
  • Install hardwood floors in living room and hallway
  • Install new carpet in bedrooms
  • Hire an HVAC guy to come and assess the AC/Heater and clean out all the ducts
  • Hire tree removal service to cut down 2 VERY large evergreen trees in the backyard that serve no purpose.
  • Redo the front porch (it’s sinking)
  • Replace all hardware and light fixtures
  • Mow yard and clean up the landscaping
  • Pressure wash all the siding on the outside of the house
  • Pressure wash deck, and seal

It seems like a long list, but really I think we’re in the home stretch.  We’ll probably only be working on it for a few more weekends.  At least I hope!  If any of you have done remodeling or rehabbing projects and have any tips or advice, we’d really appreciate it!

Sneak Peek of Tomorrow’s Post

I’m very tired from today’s cleaning adventures, so I’m going to postpone today’s post of our rehabbing the Smoke House until tomorrow.  But here’s a sneak peak of just how dirty it was, and how clean we were able to get it.  I still cant believe: (1) that someone could live like this, and (2) that we could get it so clean!

Look how clean the freezer looks compared to the fridge!

Clean drawers on the top and far right, and nasty ones below.  Every single cabinet and drawer looked like this.  I still don’t get it.  Did he urinate or vomit all over the kitchen every day?  He must have really tried hard to get it this dirty.

Much more to come tomorrow.  Stay tuned!


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This is what happens if I don’t sweep my floors two days in a row.

These “tumbleweeds” gather around by the baseboards if I don’t sweep for 2 days.  And these are not the result of me sweeping a bunch of hair into a pile….oh no!  This grotesque mass formed all on it’s own from the loose hairs my shedding dogs have so abundantly supplied.  Kaylee especially is blowing her coat in preparation for the warmer weather, so much so that I can literally pull handfuls of fur out without any trouble.  The Saints shed year round, but twice a year they REALLY shed!  So I warn you, before you get a dog with a long coat, ask yourself if the above picture is really what you want to deal with on a daily basis.  The drool is another factor, but we’ll save that for another time.

After I’ve swept all the hair up into a nice HUGE pile, guess what always happens…

That’s right…..Lazarus lays in it!  He does this without fail whenever I sweep!  Even while I’m sweeping he’ll lay down right in the path of my broom.  It’s gotten so consistent that I have to lock him in the laundry room whenever I want to sweep.

Then he rolls around in it.

Oh yah, buddy!  Cuddle that hair!  Maybe he thinks it’s his long lost brother coming back to play with him?

All I know is that he loves that hair pile, and that he’ll always be willing to help me clean it up……or not.