It’s been a little while, and the work I’ve done lately has been thankless. I decided to tear out my 3 layer thick living room ceiling, 2 layer thick kitchen ceiling, and the ceiling and walls in the wood framed parts of the back bedroom. Here’s what that looks like. Don’t be scared.
So, I naively thought I’d be paying a few hundred for people to take all this out. Wasting plastic bothers me, so I was drawn to the idea of this being loaded into a dump truck and hauled out. Instead, they would have bagged it all to get it out of the house. Makes sense I guess. That is a lot. And it would have cost me about $1350, or just short of 3x what I expected. Instead, I borrowed a good friend’s Suburban, brought in another good friend to help carry it out, and put a Bagster on my good parents’ driveway. I’m proud of them for letting me do this. I know the ugliness (and having the driveway blocked) hurt them. I left small scraps of my 8 vinyl kitchen floors on top so the neighbors could pick their favorite. Update: I promised I would give credit to Quinn, my brilliant next door neighbor, for providing me with the Bagster idea.
Is that the best $160 I’ve ever spent? Or was my new air conditioner? That’s a good question. But now my un-insulated and un-plastered back bedroom is fighting a losing battle with this heat. When my head was near the exterior walls I could feel the heat radiating on my face. But even if it was in the high 80’s, it was more bearable with the cool air blowing on me. It gave me the will to clean up that room. So here’s how the house looks today. Good enough to start putting in my new interiors, as I continue to haul out the trash.
I think you and I both may be a little starved for prettiness in this post (even if you can see one of my awesome doors) so look! I’ve cleaned enough to see (one tiny part of) my living room floor again!