Saturday, April 09, 2011

Learning New Skills

We bought this place based on digital photos and a walk through by my sister-in-law. This is the only picture we received of the guest room.

We were told that there was a stain on the ceiling. So I figured some primer a little paint - no problem.

When we finally got down here back in July this is what we saw.

Sure, we can paint that. But wait....... here is the view from the other side of the room.
It was worse than it appears in the picture. We knew that replacing a section of ceiling was in our future. In our other house John had to replace a floor and we worked on some walls but we'd never tackled a ceiling.

When we finally got down here at the end of January we looked it over again. The ceiling was resting on the shelving unit so it would have to come down. While we were puzzling out how to take it apart we noticed some water damage near the floor on the shelving unit. We also discovered that the shelves were glued to the wall. So we decided to put off repairs and figure on hiring someone to do the repairs for us.

Our nephew came down on vacation and had a day to come and look things over. He didn't hesitate on how to take down the shelving. A few good swings of the hammer and down they came, along with a section of wall board.

It was obvious that the wall board on both sides of the window would need to be removed too. We had gone from a ceiling in need of paint to a wall that needed to be rebuilt, something else we hadn't done before. By the time our nephew was done ripping things apart, this is what we were left with.

He made us a list of lumber on other supplies we'd need and promised to be back in a week to help us put it back together.

I called around and couldn't find replacement ceiling sections. The lumber we could get in the car but not the wall board so we rented a truck. As long as we had a truck we also picked up a couple of other things we couldn't get home in the car. We cleaned out the room, cut the wall board that he had cut zigzag and waited for his return.

He and John sistered in the lumber and the structure was repaired surprisingly quickly. He was flying out the next day so we were on our own.

We got the wall board up and without anything to put on the ceiling I went ahead and painted.

Tomorrow, The Ceiling

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  1. GOSH!! How horrible! I would've freaked out, if that was me! I hope you got a good price on your home...I've just learned about mudding and sanding. I love it! Can't wait to see the finished room!

  2. You will be glad you made the complete fix, and it looks like you are well on your way.

  3. Sissy - I HATE mudding. This trailer has molding strips instead of tape and mud so I went with that. We picked this place up for a song so we figured we'd have to put some money into it.

    Pam - I'm glad it's done and we surprised ourselves with how well it turned out.