5.26.2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Chris and I had a pretty productive weekend filled with LOTS of projects:

Saturday - Day 1

We had to return 160 square feet of hardwood we bought back in January because Chris and I never really noticed that the flooring place gave us red oak instead of white oak. We bought it 5 months ago, set it in the front room to aclimate, and have been working on other projects since. Only now when we started testing out stains on it did we really notice it was a slightly different color and taking stains strangely. But, when you order something from a store, you figure they give you what you order. Wrong. So, we had a minor heart attack, fearing we lost over $600 on incorrect flooring, but luckily after going to the hardwood store and talking with them, they exchanged it free of charge for us after they realized it was their mistake. Phew! We also went to Urban Ore to get a salvage door we're going to make into a closet in the kitchen, and picked up some tools from the Tool Lending Library in Oakland. It was a relatively early day because I had to be at work at the A's by 3.

Sunday - Day 2

Our laundry room exterior wall has rotted away due to the poor job of who ever built the addition to the back of the house. They didn't properly insulate the transition from original house to the addition, so water has been steadily leaking through ever since.



So we worked on cutting out the section that was rotted, replacing it, and properly waterproofing.



(Chris being real photogenic :) )

I figured while Chris didn't need my help I might as well rip out the big, prickly, suckulent that prevents us from getting to the side of the house
(like the sink bird feeder our previous owners put in the backyard?)

It took about 30 minutes and a little of Chris' help towards the end because the roots went pretty deep, but I prevailed!


Monday - Day 3

My dad came over to help out in the morning while Chris was at work doing some electrical for the alumni house. He replaced two electrical boxes in the office so that we have power and phone/internet properly wired now.

(we got this COLORFUL dresser for free. It fits the wall in the office under the window perfectly and fits all of our paper, phone books, pens, pencils, blah blah blah great. I WILL be refinishing it soon though, don't worry :) )

While my dad worked on that, I insulated the laundry area, a job I actually quite enjoy


When Chris got home we had some lunch and then ripped out the rotting, VERY dangerous deck out back.



I think my dad and Chris tore it down in about 3 minutes, seriously.



When we finished, my dad wasn't leaving for another two hours or so, so we fugured what the hell, let's start demo-ing the bathroom




It was a weekend of a lot of hard work, but we got a lot done, so it was great! Hopefully we get the drywall lift in the next few days and we'll work on putting it up in the kitchen and get the kitchen door to the side yard replaced too!