the ultimate one day remodel


The new house has a mother-in-law-type of unit on one end. The plan that we made before the house closed (after a rather cursory walkthrough) was to move our stuff into that part of the house and just "camp out" until the main house progressed to a certain degree of livability.  Once we pulled up with the Uhaul, ready to unload, the jewel tone carpet and matching green drapes seemed decidedly unlivable and remarkably strong smelling. We decided that unloading would have to wait a few hours. 

Using a crowbar that had escaped packing by being an awkward shape and a few other tools that were near the surface, we got to work tearing out the carpet, pad, and underlayment.  The plan worked well and we threw down some leftover white paint on the walls and subfloor to clean things up and cover over stains and any other unsavory finds. While waiting for the paint to dry we got to work unloading the Uhaul and somehow managed to get the thing unloaded before calling it quits for the day.   

The next morning we brought the wood-burning stove in from the other room and hooked it up to the existing flue pipe. That little stove has made our space amazingly nice and cozy for these last few weeks of winter.  It kind of looks like a shanty town but living on painted sub-floor is really not too bad.


  1. Oh my goodness! I can't believe you did that in a day! I don't think I could have done that in a month! Looks great!

  2. This really is quite incredible. Maybe you should start a make-over business! :)

  3. I love your style, Chelsea. You have made that look very homey...I would like to sit and have tea at your kitchen table and look out at the desert on a brisk morning. I hope the remodel continues to move along, and that the time of transition brings its own joys.