Friday, April 11, 2008

Sometimes You Just Strike Gold

There is something to be said for owning a home that's almost 50 years old. While there are old, outdated things that need special attention, there are also little gems just waiting to be discovered. Take for instance, our back stairs. We knew that the stairs themselves were hard wood (covered by disgusting carpeting) but until this afternoon, we had no idea the landing in front of the back door was also hard wood. Gold, I tell ya....we struck gold! We've taken up the carpeting on the stairs going into the den and the one on the landing. I'm waiting for husband to pull a couple of nails for me before taking up the nasty linoleum from the landing and giving the floor there and the stairs into the den a nice going over with some Murphy Oil Soap. I will probably tackle the stairs coming up into the kitchen from the back door next weekend. My hands are so covered with blisters (burst) and cuts from the carpet tack strip that I don't think I can take much more pulling nails and staples this weekend.

Our project for the day was painting the den, but as you can see, it's taken a bit of an unexpected twist. The den is such a dark cave (a half basement--the walls are half way below ground) and a coat of light colored paint will certainly help brighten it up. Rather than feeling exhausted by the home improvements, I'm feeling energized and ready to take on another project before too long--perhaps painting the dining room or one of the bedrooms........ First things first, though, and let us get through the den project.

We purchased a new TV (Hello, HDTV) and sound system for the room and have a Wii game system that is supposed to be delivered today. (Hello, 21st century.) Thus, all the spiffing up that we're doing downstairs.


Blogger Sherry W said...

Can't wait to see!!!

12:16 AM  

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