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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Getting Startled…er…I Mean…Started! *)

The renovations to my new digs are well under way. As promised, I have taken as many photos as I could along the way. I think I will begin the sharing with some of the first photos that we took.

The house I will be calling home is not brand new…but not as old as I wish it was…lol. It is an older bungalow…and it has lots of potential. It has obviously never been well maintained…and needs a lot of love and attention. Grammie and Grampie are pretty sure I/we can fix this place up and make it home.….(until the 100 year old barn house becomes available…ha ha)

The first thing we did when we started working in this house, was remove some of wall coverings.


This lovely photo was taken in the dining room. I also must mention that the trims will all match each other when I have finished in this house…there is a mish mash of all sorts of different materials in there from years and years of odd do-it-yourself renovations


Goodbye ugly dining room wall paper!!! (…or whatever you were)


This shot is of the fireplace on the main floor of the house. I am still contemplating what I will do with this baby…paint??? I am open to suggestions….I do know for sure that the screen is going!

Next we move on to the living room…where I didn’t manage to take a photo of the nastiness on the walls before Grammie got in there….I have, however taken some shots of the ruins of it…


Yep!!! It was fieldstone print! ha ha


I suppose it could have been Dora or something!!! lol


Grammie wasted NO time getting up on her tippy toes and ripped this stuff right down!


GEEZZZZ !!! I am glad she is a nice Grammie…’cuz this stuff looks like it got hurt! hahaha!!!

Next lets move to the main floor bathroom.

WARNING!!!…There is something even more frightening in this room than this wallpaper.


I am in shock at the way it is hanging…I think it is supposed to be a bamboo print…am I right? Did they hang it sideways????? It is definitely not a good paper for this tiny little room.

If you can believe it…there is something far more frightening in this room than the decor…

I didn’t even see it until after I had taken the photos and was editing this post…

…I was taken aback….a long way back…

…there’s something in there…


Yes….yes there is…


….maybe not….

Wait…is that???? OMG!!! Is that….a demon?…..





WHEW!!! That was close! I thought it was something taller evil! ha-ha!!!

It appears that she is either not happy with the paper in the bathroom or she is having some jaw related issues! hahaha!!! LOVE YOU GRAMMIE!!!


After I got the paper off the walls, it became very clear as to just WHY it was up there in the first place. The walls are in horrible shape! Good thing I am a handy Tootsie!!! I had to sand the entire wall to get the old paint off….as there were holes that had been filled…but not sanded…and they were very rough and obvious. Then, I got the filler compound out and fixed all the holes, and spots that needed to be done…


Once I finished that…I got the paint out, and decided to start in the bedrooms.


This is ‘Busy’s’ Bedroom before…


This is ‘Busy’s’ room after it got two coats of creamy paint! I thought I’d go with a neutral warm cream to start with. We can add a color later on if we want.

Next I moved on to the living room….


EWE!!! …and I made fun of Grammie??? There I am!!!


Hi everyone!! gotta luv those braids!!! hahaha!!!


The paint sure made a big difference once I finished each room.


While I was painting…there was a lot of noise coming from the kitchen…


…Or what used to be the kitchen…


The cupboards that were in this kitchen are now laying just outside the back door in the yard…waiting to be either re-purposed in a garage…or hauled to the dump! Yay!!!

….but that is another post all together!

Thanks for stopping in today … I can’t wait to read your feedback! Stay tuned…the kitchen renovation post is coming up soon!

Hugs and smiles to you all….thanks for following me on this journey!

Until next time…Happy Reading!

*)*)*) to my three special winks. I am not one for revenge. It is not worth my time or energy. I figure just having to look at yourself in the mirror EVERYDAY is punishment enough!!!

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Betty said...

Glenda you have got what it takes and you know are going to make it! I know it. That smile is priceless. You know the way out of those tunnels, it hasn't been and won't probably be but you are going to make it.
The greatest revenge is to walk away and make it.

Sigrun said...

I'm excited for you, but also worried about you--are you taking lead and asbestos precautions? there was a lot of that stuff used before the mid-80"s.

africanaussie said...

You are such an inspiration! I know you will have the place looking lovely in no time.

Bernie H said...

OMG, those wallpapers or wallpaper imitators were hideous! There's just no accounting for some people's taste sometimes! I think though that if you could have seen what I found in my last home, then you might agree that place has THE world's worst wall coverings EVER!

Anyway, I love the warm cream paint. It's a great start and, as you can say, you can add loads of colour with curtains and funishings and the fnishing touches that make up a great room.

Grammie looks like she means business and I have to agree with her reaction to that bathroom! You all are doing a fabulous job turning this house into a home.

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

Look at all your progress! Well done. I'm enjoying following the adventure with you :)

Crafty Gardener said...

Oh my what wallpaper, I wonder where on earth they found such stuff. It's a good thing you had a vision and could see beyond the mac tac (never heard of that kind of wallpaper). The house is looking so much better already.

Deb said...

Wow, you've done a lot already! Can't wait to see more pics...

FlowerLady said...

Dear Glenda ~ You are turning your new place into a treasure. Paint really does wonders. I can hardly wait to see how it all comes out and you put your decorating stamp on it.

Love your braids. My almost all silver locks are long and usually in one braid.

It is wonderful having the love, encouragement and help from your folks.

Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic 2012.


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Wishing you all the best with the renovation project.
Have a good Christmas and I look forward to following you in 2012.

Netty said...

Ugh! That wallpaper was hideous!! Your paint looks so much looks like a home already! I can't wait to see what you do with that kitchen :)

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Looks like you have a lot to do, but you are going at it strong --- with my Mom helping! I like that! It will all work out just fine and you will be a stronger person because of it! As always, I wish you the best!

CiNdEe said...

You are working hard and it is looking awesome! I agree with Betty! You are one tough lady! You will be just fine! I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

Alberta said...

Glenda, I'm so excited for you! Despite the issues you so lovingly (tee hee) illustrated, your new home looks to have wonderful bones and lots of potential. I can't wait ti see what you do with the fireplace and the alcove beside it...a built in perhaps? Love that you are going super neutral in that warm cream colour to give everything that fresh look. I know you will Tootsie-ize it later!

Wishing you lots of laughter as you work through the main issues. Lucky you to have such loving helpers!

Will be following you for future posts & TaDas!

The Japanese Redneck said...

With all your talent, I say mosaic that fireplace!

Happy holidays. Am out till Jan. 3rd.

Will catch up when I can.

Lona said...

Puts tacky wallpaper in a whole new category.LOL! Had me shaking my head at their taste.
I love the fireplace. Maybe a white wash of the bricks would look good.I am sure you will think of something. You are so good at all of this stuff and will have it looking like a million bucks.
Just getting rid of the wallpaper and painting it has to lighten the whole house up.
It is going to be fun to watch you add your touch to this house.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tootsie......THIS IS GRAMMIE..... I must say you are a bit of a bratt!!!! But it is GOOD that we can still get a few laughs while we are doing this. BETTY is right, when she said the greatest revenge is walking away and still making it. You will, because you are YOU and strong to boot. We are here to help you ALL THE WAY. And to BERNIE H?????? Gramie does mean business, and thanks for kindly STICKING up for me. I love you already. Thanks to everyone for being so supportive of Tootsie. Merry Christmas.

Mary / Mariah said...

Wow your doing good , lots of hard work but worth it . Once you put your special touch on it you'll really love it and put many great memories in it .
Enjoy , Mary

Becca's Dirt said...

A coat of paint makes a whole lot of difference. Glad you have Grammie and Gramps to help you. I am going to enjoy watching the progress on the house.

sabri said...

HA HA !!! you should see my braids i wear around long as my hair is my kids laugh at me..HEY !!! i love my braids..i am so glad to finally see what your up too..looks like it's gonna be a warm and charming place to be in the end...if i know will be addorable..and creative..keep the posts coming...i am so looking foward to seeing...i know it will be alot to get this i will be waiting patiently..DARN, i wish we lived closer hubby could 0f helped with electric and i could of helped you clean up..too bad!! love ya gf..

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

This place does need some love. You will make it warm and welcoming. It already looks better. Can't wait to see the kitchen.

La Petite Gallery said...

Tootise, you are a brave soul. I have seen that sticky paper called contact on walls. They must be MAD,
lucky you know just what to do. In all my life I have never seen Grass cloth in a bathroom, with humidity, They didn't know what they were doing. Take it easy. Stop and smell the roses.
Merry Christmas. yvonne

Betty819 said...

Never heard of that stuff that was on those that a Canadian product? You know some people put up whatever somebody gives them or whatever is on sale. You know like Opps!paint.Our first house that we bought in 1967, the seller went to the paint store and bought exactly that. The ugliest colors possible..They had about 5 kids plus kept foster kids so they applied oil based paint over latex..doesn't work, it peels..There was a pile of dirt in the living room floor at least 6 ft. in diameter before we made settlement. They explained that one of their foster kids had to be put in hospital for pneumonia and they didn't have time to clean it up but would come back the next day and do it which they did. They had the hardwood floors sanded and refinished even though it was not in the contract and they came out beautifully. We had 11 1/2 yrs. in that house, a lot of good memories.

I like that first color you put on, like a terracotta? How many bedrooms, baths?

One time we helped an elderly Aunt and Uncle clean up after they purchased a house in Md. The sellers had never moved any furniture, just painted around the outline of the furniture with Opps! Paint..dark chocolate and dark Navy blue..We helped clean up the jungle out back and found a beautiful outdoor fireplace and patio. Whenever they renovated that house, it really turned out so adorable and I'm sure yours will turn out great too. You can do this, you can! We all have faith in your abilities.

Sigrun has a point, what about asbestos testing? Do they do that automatically in Canada? Here when a person puts their house up for sale, they have to sign a document stating that they do not know of any problems..I wished that would have been in effect when we bought our second had water problems for years. Everytime it rained hard for a day or two, our family room would end up with wet carpet. We called in a waterproofing company that installed a French Drain System around the entire perimeter and put in two sump pumps. Found out later from a utility co. employee, that there used to be a spring/creek that run in front of our house where the road was located and he remembered playing in the creek as a kid.

Betty819 said...

Probably a good idea might be to apply a primer/stain blocker such as Kilz or Zinnser before you apply your color paint. Primers will hid a multitude of sins..and make your paint color go on smoother. Did you all wash down the walls after Grammie took the wallpaper off to remove the glue or is that why you sanded the walls?

What brand of paint are you using?

Betty819 said...

Before you use your fireplace to build a should hire a licensed, certified chimmney sweep to come and inspect and clean it, for safety. Never burn pine firewood in a is dangerous and can cause a chimmney fire. It's an expense that you may not have anticipated but it may save your life. We used to burn about 2 cords of seasoned oak or other hardwoods every year in our fireplace and had it cleaned every year. I don't recall the cost of that yearly cleaning/inspection butI do remember the last 2 cords of wood we paid $155 per cord and that was 7 yrs. ago. A glass fireplace screen will keep a lot of cold air out when the fireplace is not in use.

Andrea said...

Hi Tootsie, this post is real amusing. It is good I came here last that i read all the comments which continue the drama in your post. I somehow have some pity with the first owners when everybody made fun of them, so i will not be another one! LOL. I am so amused further when Grammie suddenly surprises me with her sudden entrance in the comments. She really is funny and i bet 'love of your life'. By the way, Happy New Year. Are you doing all the paintings alone! That is amazing.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Glenda,
I sure got behind in blog reading! I am trying to remember if I knew you were going to be moving. You sure are doing wonders in your new place! I wish I had the skills and patience you do. How is the kitchen coming along? Are you doing the work in there, or have you hired someone?