Monthly Archives: June 2010

How much can you get done in a week?

If  this question were posed to me two weeks ago, I would have said “not much”. But, since last Wednesday we have been busting it out in the side room, a.k.a the den, and I would now say we could build an entire room (or at least almost) in a week.

This time last week this is what the room looked like:

As you can see every seam has been covered with drywall mud and it had been sanded twice already.

Now, the way this show works is, Mitch and Diana (in-Laws of the century!) come over at night. Alex helps Mitch do the “man” stuff and Diana and I tell them how to do the “man” stuff. 🙂 Then at the end of the night I get a few projects I can complete the next day while I’m home enjoying summer break. My job on this day? Sand everything on the lower half of the room. Sounded easy enough. I just needed the 220 grit drywall sandpaper and a mask. I’m sure this task would have been easy for a person who can actually breath during normal life, but since my asthma and allergies make my life hell, this was grueling for me. I doubled up on the masks and wore safety glasses. Three hours later   ( it should not have taken that long) I had finally finished.

That night Mitch and Alex finished the upper portion of the room. After a quick cleanup the space was starting to look like an actual room.

My kitchen table on the other hand…….

My Kitchen Table

needed some serious help, as did the rest of our house! Everything was covered in drywall dust, it looked like our house had been abandoned for 30 years and the floors were even worse. Luckily for me Ms. Diana is an expert cleaner ( she doesn’t miss a speck of dirt) which is nice when your house is in the shape our’s was.


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First of all, thanks to all of you who are still checking the blog even though there hasn’t been an update in forever and a day! You guys are awesome! Second, school is out! YAY!!!!! And I am slowly starting to get back into doing things around the house. To be honest, I was suffering from a little burnout. Between school and the sloooowwwww progress of the side room, for the last month and half I haven’t wanted to touch anything even slightly related to the house. BUT over the last week we have made major progress with the room (which I will detail later).

Right now we’re dealing with an unbelievable amount of drywall dust. I don’t, but for some reason I just didn’t think people were serious when they said dust would be everywhere once we got done sanding. I was right. They lied. It’s EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE in this place! So, tomorrow will devoted to cleaning the entire house (since I also gave up on that about a month ago) and maybe a little painting.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN! Updates are on the way!!! 🙂


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