Well, we did it. We ripped out all the paneling and installed drywall. It took us the whole weekend to do this one room, so don’t expect us to quit our day jobs and launch “Scallie’s Drywall” anytime soon! It’s not that this is necessarily hard, it’s just time consuming and really …. just sucks.
It definitely tested our communication and teamwork skills. Haha! I made the comment that hanging drywall for a weekend should be a prerequisite for marriage. For anyone who has done this, it really just takes patience and a lot of upper body strength.
Here is Scott taking down the final piece of paneling:
Not that our house smelled or anything, but there was a hint of 1970’s “old” in the house on a warm day. Once we took out the paneling I could already tell a difference. I can only imagine what it will be like once all the cabinets are primed and painted and the new floors are down.
Which, speaking of floors…. !!!! … We picked up all our flooring and loaded it into the house. Each box weighed about 50 pounds, and there were 30 of them. That’s a ton! … almost. At first we did the whole, “I’ll carry one, you carry one.” That lasted 2 whole trips. Then, we decided that together we will carry two so it wouldn’t be so awkward. That was one heck of a workout!!
Without further ado, here they are … and we opened all the boxes to let them breathe a little bit so no condensation would get inbetween the plastic and the wood (whether we really needed to do that or not, I don’t know, but we thought, What the heck?). Anyway, we are no where near ready to lay these puppies, but they do need to acclimate for about 2 weeks.
And this photo above is a little glimpse into what they will look like. Occasionally we will lay these two piece around the house and just smile. This will probably be the biggest transformation of the house and WE. CAN’T. WAIT!
Alright back to the drywall. Here is the room before we hung anything:
And here is the rest of the room finished:
Now begins the search for someone to finish the drywall. I thought the hardest part of all this would be the actual hanging … no … not by a long shot! Trying to find a decent drywaller, who is available and doesn’t quote you a ridiculous amount (one guy quoted $1.50/sq ft to finish our 300 sq ft room!!!) is much more difficult that I ever would have imagined.
We are hoping to get a few more quotes this week and hopefully someone will be able to come towards the end of next week. Oh and I also found out that our countertops will be in between July 25 – August 1. I’m really hoping for August 1, because we haven’t even started prepping the cabinets. Ahhhhh!
So, that’s about it for now. Hopefully I’ll have some good news on the drywalling front soon.