Hey! I am happy you are here to follow along on this crazy adventure, let me give you a peek into what has been happening this week. If you missed week 1 check it out here.
Removing Closet Walls, is about it folks.
And trying to make the walls look normal afterwards...which is much harder than removing them let me tell ya.
Removing everything from the room was actually first. My boys and I set up their things nice and cozy in our basement living room which will now be their bedroom for the next several weeks. (assuming I can actually pull this off in time...are you still crossing your fingers?!!) Above is what the room looked like after we were done last Thursday night.
The next day I sold the bed. Oh, and by the way the budget for this room is basically zero. Nice. We took a fun trip to Disneyland this summer and we have nada left. So yes, I have been selling things on craigs list to pay for this room...so far so good. I think I did mention that I was crazy in my first post...
Several years ago a good friend (who does remodel work) answered some questions I had around the house and one of them was "can I remove these closet walls?" The answer was yes, they are not weight bearing walls.
So secretly I knew I wanted them out, and last Thursday the moment of truth had arrived. Was I brave enough to do it? Apparently I was!! Eeeek!
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Make sure when you remove a wall that is is not weight bearing, and be cautious of possible cords/electrical in the walls, it is a good idea to turn off any circuit breakers before. I knew this side wall did not have anything to worry about.
Because this wall was not on a corner, I measured the inside of the closet to determine where to score and cut from the outside. You can see my score line on the above left photo.
Once all the drywall was out it was time to remove the studs. I cut them in half with my reciprocating saw and they came out pretty easy after that. My husband came down and got some shots of me...after he looked at me in disbelief and said "Who are you?"
I was feeling a little surprised at myself too...I had never ripped out walls before. :)
But after watching a youtube video I decided I could do this, but I had another problem too. See that support pole in the top left photo? Yep, it was a surprise. Not only did it cause a challenge for moving the outlet but also for replacing drywall later on.
First challenge was I had to drill a hole in the wall to move the outlet so I found the stud and marked it on the wall (top right). Then I cut the wall open to the right of the stud so that I wouldn't have to hammer the outlet box into the stud with a pole in the way. Guess what? The outlet from the other room was in that spot! ugh. I just cut a huge hole in the wall for nothing. Yay! I love patching drywall. (not)
Sooooo, I had to open up the wall on the other side of the stud and deal with the pole anyway. Luckily it all worked out in the end, and my first wiring of a plug was a raving success! Yippee!
Holy mess! Glad I used the tarp. When I finished, my ever faithful Sunny (our dog) had been by me the whole time, I hadn't even realized that she was getting showered with the stuff, her back was covered with white spots! It was hilarious...sorry I missed that photo op.
I have been wondering about it all week too. :) Obviously with no money, replacing the carpet in the whole room is not an option, and putting in flooring for the whole room won't work either, I wish I could. So I decided to just do flooring in the closet area (maybe not the best option, but it is what I am doing). I removed the carpet, pad, and tack strip. Then after some counseling with another home depot guy I made a plan of how to install the new box of laminate I bought.
You will have to stay tuned for that next week! I have been out of commission for couple of days...I haven't had a chance to do anything but STRESS that I haven't been able to do anything.
Speaking of stress...one of the reasons is because I had to go to the doctor for a stress fracture. I was training for a marathon (which would have been the first weekend in October) and one week before I was to run, out of no where, I had pain in my foot which never went away, and got worse when I ran.
I didn't run the marathon and just barely got to the doctor Tuesday. Luckily I caught it before my bones cracked so I am now having to do stretches and inserts in my shoes and fun things so I can get better, because I GOT INTO BOSTON in the spring!! I have been trying to get there for years, and my sister and I are finally running it! Whoop!! So I HAVE to get better.
Ok, moving on...
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Thank you so much for following along, it makes me all happy inside, really, you are the best!
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