Home Sweat Home

We did it.  We had a marathon painting session on Saturday, helped by indefatigable neighbors who proved to be much better painters.  On Sunday we scrambled to finish pulling or pounding down carpet staples in advance of the floorers’ arrival.  They showed up around 9 AM and went straight to work, transforming a stained plywood floor into a beautiful glowing light oak surface.  The antique white walls and the light floor, plus a good cleaning and no furniture have changed the dirty dark cluttered cave of a living room into a seemingly expansive open space.

The glowing strip is a metal seam that will allow the floor of the tip out room to fold when the room is tucked in.  It was brass or chrome and brass seemed a closer match.  We still need to buy and install an L-shaped edge around the rooms with the new floor to finish it.  The photo below, of the back bedroom, shows the true color of the floor a bit better.  That little hatch used to open into the under the bed storage area which no longer exists.

We still have plenty to do!  In addition to the edging I need to paint the kitchen and bathroom, buy and install lights for the back bedroom and find an electrician to fix the bathroom light (the previous owner did tell me that there was no working light in the bathroom – not a problem if you live alone but when you need to close the door it gets dark).  I need to make shelves for the pantry (currently just a big open space) which I plan to do today, and find someone who can fix the closet.  Some things will have to wait – we have exhausted our funds and also our DIY stamina! We camped out here last night (on air beds we had in storage, borrowed fold out mattresses and a camp cot) and today will begin moving all our belongings and cleaning up the old trailer. It leaves tomorrow for storage!

We have tried out the oven – baked two pizzas – and it works!  The kids want to make brownies today and if we get moved in good order I’ve promised we will have some.  Then our home will smell good!

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22 Responses to Home Sweat Home

  1. V's Herbie says:

    you rock! enjoy your new home!

  2. El says:

    Sounds like you have some great neighbors to help you out. It is looking like a different place. It is amazing how much bigger and brighter it looks.

    Hope you’ve gotten the chance to be busy baking brownies 😀

    Is the fridge a full-size? If so you might want to post on craigslist and see if you can get some bins/shelf guards that way.

    Until you can do something more permanent an easy and temporary fix would be using duct tape. Using two pieces one you cut the width of the shelf and the other longer to tape it. Then put the two sticky sides together and leave the ends so you can tape it in place.

  3. Debby says:

    It looks amazing. Welcome to your new home. Great job & you must be so proud of your helpers!!!

  4. Rachael says:

    PS, the floors look really good! I think $350 for that was an excellent price.

  5. Rachael says:

    I am so happy for you, yes it is a lot of hard work but you guys are doing it! And your wonderful neighbors- I think you owe them a lot of cookies! lol!

    No really- I’m so durn happy I am wiping tears out of the corners of my eyes. They are happy tears. Happy happy joy joy!!

  6. Jeannette says:

    From where I sit, if I didn’t know you lived in an RV, I never would have guessed from these photos, the floor looks amazing and how bright it looks with the paint. Hope you get moved in and can take a breather soon

  7. Janis says:

    What a difference!!! All your hard work has paid off. It looks terrific. Hope you and the kids enjoy your new home.


  8. When a tornado ripped my town apart and I had no electricity for 5 days, I went out and bought the solar yard lights to use inside instead of candles because of the danger. One of those lights in the bathroom would supply just enough light to be able to see what is what. You have an amazing place now. It sure looks much cleaner than former pictures. Good for you. From the description of the size of the other place, you must be so happy. The floor looks beautiful. Having it installed would have saved my sanity.

  9. Donna says:

    Congratulations! Even with the unplanned work and repairs, it is well worth it to have the space and a clean, fresh place. I am so happy for you. Wish we were closer so we could have helped. You should be proud not just of your work, but for making so many friends in the neighborhood. That speaks volumes about your attitude! Good job…now for some good news on the job front. 🙂

  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so so so happy for you all!!!

  11. Mary Beth says:

    I am so happy for all of you! This looks beautiful, and as a previous commenter said, I hope this is the beginning of a loooong stretch of good luck for you!

  12. maja says:

    Wow, it looks fantastic! I can’t believe how much you’ve managed to do in such a short time, absolutely amazing. The baking brownies will definitely make the place smell good. Congratulations!

  13. Carol says:

    I’m jealous of your DIY skills (although not of the necessity from which they arise). Best wishes in your new home!

  14. Jynet says:

    That flooring looks amazing! I’m very impressed. I’m glad you decided to have it installed by someone. 🙂 It looks like a project that would eat up a lot of time (and patience)!

  15. Kathy says:

    Hooray! Hooray! I am happy for you and the space looks so nice. I know there is much more to be done and I am glad you have accomplished so much. Keep us updated! In the meantime, good luck with moving and enjoy the brownies!!!

  16. Becky R says:

    that floor looks great

  17. Mamie says:

    So happy to see this post! What a wonderful accomplishment to have managed all the setbacks and turned the sow’s ear into a silk purse… welcome home!

  18. Maria says:

    Yeah for you and your family and the wonderful neighbors and friends! What a wonderful 4th of July gift–I hope the added space makes everyone’s life easier and that this is the beginning of a long string of good luck for you!

  19. SAB says:

    Boy, this has turned out to be waaaay more work than you could have anticipated.!! It looks very nice now, and I hope that as you get settled, you’ll enjoy having the extra room and working appliances. Brownies, yummy!!!

  20. Linda says:

    I’ve been checking back frequently for an update. It looks great! I’m so glad it is coming together. Looks like alot of space compared to where you’ve been. The sweat equity is well worth it. Good luck and many blessings to all of you in your new home!

  21. Nancy says:

    Wow! It looks just beautiful, what a feeling of accomplishment you must have!
    Looking forward to hearing how you furnish your new place and turn it into a real home…:)

  22. Sheila says:

    Wonderful for you! Enjoy your new space. At this point there should be no more surprises. Did you decide to swap bedrooms with the kids? Keep us posted. Enjoying the photos too.

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