Other to dos which need to happen before paint goes up on the walls.
1. Call an electrician to find out how we replace the old wiring in the house. Can it be done piece by piece or does it have to all be done at once? Since the ceiling is opened up I want to find a solution before we move forward.
2. We need to decide if we are going to rip out the walls and ceilings of the other two rooms on this floor (guest room and dining room shown below, hopefully someday two bedrooms). The walls are cracking and in really bad shape. All the woodwork has been rimmed out of these rooms so preservation is not a concerned. The rooms have the same old floors as the den so hopefully the room will still look period correct. We need to decide soon so I can maybe hire someone to hang all new drywall for the rooms ceilings and walls at once. Maybe we can do this ourselves but a decision needs to made one way or another.
3. If we do remove the walls in the other room we can blow in insulation—which is a plus in my book. Currently the house has no insulation which makes for a chilly winter.
4. We have two fireplaces on the second floor. I need to call a chimney guy to find out what I am really dealing with and get some estimates. Currently they are caving in and we don’t have caps on the top—we have a lovely rainfall effect when we have Spring storms and a great breeze through the room in the middle of January.
5. I need to call around for estimates to have my floors stripped. There is no way I am doing this ourselves. Stripping and sanding floors is a disgusting labor intensive job. I’ve heard if your an amateur you’ll screw them up and regret it for the rest of your life. Also, the paint on the floors is nasty stuff. I would rather save up and leave it to the professionals.
Then after I have checked all my to dos off the list I can go back to decorating which frankly is a lot more fun. Maybe I was jumping the gun talking about sofa styles? I feel like I’ve been putting off calling for help because I’m over anticipating the cost. I know every project will be jaw-dropping expensive. But my impatience over the slow pace of the renovation has gotten to me. I would love to have this floor completed this summer so we can get back to renovating our bathrooms. I’m willing to bite the bullet and call in the professionals for some advice. I just don’t know if my other half is on the same page.
Above and below photos from the second floor of our house in different stages of the renovation. For a video tour of the den click here.