Friday, November 7, 2008

Ghosts? Naw!!

Oh, Dear Ones, I must tell you. I was quite frightened yesterday. But I feel so much better now. We're having our entry redone! I just forgot! I've just been so busy!


Now that my head is clear, I can tell you what has been going on. I've told you before, our house was built in 1970. It's rather old and this yucky wallpaper has been on these walls for 38 years! I've tried to talk workmen into just painting over it, but no - they wouldn't do it!

I just have never liked this horrid wallpaper! I would have painted over it myself but the entry is two stories tall! Even my ladder won't help me!

See? This wallpaper almost goes up to heaven!

So our wonderful 'can do all things' handyman, Jose and his helper said they could strip the wallpaper and resurface the walls and paint away. Woo Hoo!!


After the wallpaper was stripped off, there was the gluing that had to be scrapped off! That was a chore. You see this silly drawing we found on the sheet rock?

We decided someone was trying to decide how they would cut the spindles for the staircase. So they were practicing. We found three designs someone had drawn on the wall. I know these are not spindles, but you know what I mean. The shape of these little thingys are rathy funky, but I like them! They're going to get a fresh face too!

So that's how they got up so high. Smile Jose and helper guy!!

Jose had to cover up the stained glass window because he was spraying texture onto the flat sheetrock. I wish I could have done a little of this but he didn't offer to let me! :(

Walls are free of wallpaper, glue backing, new texture and they're primed!

The wainscotting is rather old looking, but again I like this stuff. Just not the nasty color. But that's going to change.



See! It's not scary anymore! It's just going to get better! Yes, that nasty carpet will be gone pretty soon! Just bear with me! ;)
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Stay tuned for the next episode...

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

This Old House

This old house once knew my children
This old house once knew my wife

This old house was home and shelter As we fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now she trembles in the darkness when the lightnin' walks about
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm getting ready to meet the saints
This old house is getting shaky
This old house is getting old
This old house lets in the rain and
This old house lets in the cold
On my knees I'm getting chilly
But I feel no fear or pain
'Cause I see an angel peeking through
A broken window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm getting ready to meet the saints
Now my old hound dog lies asleeping
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
And he'd sit there, howl and grieve
But my hunting days are over
I aint gonna hunt the 'coon no more
Gabriel done brought in chariot
When the wind blew down the door
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm getting ready to meet the saints

~sung by The Gaither Vocal Band and many others


45 comments:

  1. I hear ya; I'm with ya and it's looking marvelous, chickee!! I'd have done exactly the same thing: strip the paper and paint. Looking good, honey.........
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  2. Good Morning Sheila,

    That is beautiful! Your home must be older, how old is it? I'm sure at some point you've posted about it but I have missed that. I can't wait to see it finished!

    Have a fantastic Friday!
    Hugs,
    Kathi :)

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  3. Ooh girl, this is so damn exciting! I notice you didn't even give us a hint on what the color was going to be, or what you were doing for new flooring. You meanie!

    And did you notice Chloe Dawn snuck into one of your pictures? She truly is a camera hog!

    Justine :o )

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  4. I can understand how you'd get carried away and think? you had ghost when all you had was a terrific makeover! (Ahem!) I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  5. WOW...looking better every day!! Can't wait to see the finished look!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  6. Oh I love, love, love your wainsotting and your staircase....my, my, my....gorgeous! Don't even get me started on that stained glass window. I'm so excited! :) Keep on posting, I'm doing cartwheels for you over here...lol. Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs~ J.

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  7. Wow how exciting Shelia - a facelift. I loved seeing your pictures. I am glad Jose and his friend are not scared of heights. What colours I wonder? Cannot wait to see the next update!!! Wallpaper all the way to heaven made me smile....sweet.

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  8. Yesterday I was thinking that I really liked those spindles. Now that I see that wainscoting I'm wondering if the person who built your house might have really been a woodworker. You have some unique details that we all wish for!!

    And that staircase!! Oh wow. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see it all finished.

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  9. Yesterday I was thinking that I really liked those spindles. Now that I see that wainscoting I'm wondering if the person who built your house might have really been a woodworker. You have some unique details that we all wish for!!

    And that staircase!! Oh wow. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see it all finished.

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  10. Good Morning Shelia
    See I didn't think you would have to worry about ghosts it would be ok. and it sure is going to ok...its going to be lovely.
    I just love your railings. I have never seen anything like that..its very very attractive and I can't wait to see how it is finished.

    you have lovely stained glass too. There are so many beautiful features in your home...nice to have a facelift and thank you for sharing the process.

    have a lovely day...
    Judi

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  11. I've wanted to paint over some of the wall paper in my house too but no luck. Bah, they'd do it on "Trading Spaces." :)

    Your walls are all ready and I can't wait to see what comes next!

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  12. Oh you are too funny girl...We could have matching entry right now..you seen my mess the other day..will Len painted it yesterday and started pulling up the trim around the door..but I will tell you Shelia our entry and strair case is almost the same curve..I will have to show you a pic of it when it all done..I also have a closet under them..thanks for sharing girl..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  13. Good Morning Shelia!
    Your house will be compltely new and beautiful soon. I wonder ... what and how will be next.

    A lot of blessings to you!

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  14. It is looking BEAUTIFUL!!! I know you are never supposed to say never but I don't think we will EVER put up wallpaper anywhere again. It is SUCH a pain to strip down once it is outdated and I LOVE painted walls!! Can't wait to see more!!!

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  15. God Bless Jose and Helper Guy!! I'm so glad you didn't have to climb that ladder and mess up your pretty nails for that nasty job. It's looking wonderful - I just know that when it is finished, it will be magnificent. Sally

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  16. Looks like a big job. Can't wait to see the finished product. My mom used to sing this old house. We lived in an old bungalow that needed work, but my mom loved that house!

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  17. Hi Shelia -
    Your house has so much personality. I can't wait to see the finished entry way. Great pictures of the progress.
    ~Adrienne~

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  18. Oh, I'm so glad you don't need an exorcist. You just needed a Jose!
    I love you spindles and and wanes coat and your stain glass window. I'm glad that you are changing them. So old things are worth keeping around.
    *hugs*

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  19. What a beautiful entry, and you're going to make it even more beautiful. That stained glass window is incredible, and those "spindles"--never seen anything like that. Love them. Can't wait to see the finished entry. laurie

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  20. I wish we could go for a tour in your home, it looks like a mansion. I love the railing on your stairs. Can't wait to see the end results.

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  21. Exiting stuff going on over there Shelia! The pic of your stained glass covered made me panic, I thought you were painting over it! lol!! It's sooo beautiful!

    Cant wait to see the entryway, (it's sooo huge!) all done!

    Raquel

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  22. What an undertaking...it's good you have those strong men who aren't afraid of heights. Keep us posted on the updates.
    Miss Janice

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  23. Hello,

    I have seen you around blogworld and wanted to come and say hello !!

    I am looking forward to seeing the transformatin of your foyer !!

    I notice you always sign with "be a sweetie" I've never heard of this before.

    Nice to meet you,
    Kathy :)
    jokaj@comcast.net

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  24. Whoa Shelia...what a big project! when we bought this 45 year old house last year and starting to take the wall paper down, we found there was more than one UGLY layer...so to the internet I go...and found out how to NOT remove it...it was still a huge job sealing all the seams, etc., etc. but we painted part with textured paint and put a wallpaper mural on part...so far...so good!
    I know your home will be spectacular! ;-) Bo

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  25. Lovely lovely lovely! I can't wait to see the finished product. The staircase is so very elegant. I'm so glad you hired someone to take down the wallpaper for you. I stripped the wallpaper off one wall of a small bathroom, and even that small job was such a chore!!! I'm so very, very grateful to God that your lovely home was not damaged during Hurricane Ike. I look forward to watching the progress of this wonderful renovation!

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  26. Hi Sheila, This is going to be gorgeous! I love the flow of your staircase! ...and the wainscotting is really pretty! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

    Love the Gaither song, it is one of my husband's favorites! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

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  27. That has to be the coolest staircase I have ever seen! Must be like living in a fairy-tale.

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  28. Shelia, you are going to have a brand new house. How exciting. You aren't ever going to want to leave home now. That's a good thing...more time for blogging!
    Speaking of blogging...ummmmmm ahh, where is that baby picture of you? Don't forget!

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  29. this looks like a lot of work. I envy you the changes for the better...have a great weekend friend

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  30. Hi Shelia, It's fun to see your makeover in progress. It looks like a big job! Do the guys know that they're being featured in blogland?

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  31. Hi Shelia,
    I can't wait to see how every thing will look when it's done. I know it will be absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for the comments on my blog. I have missed you. Blessings, Carol

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  32. Hello my sweet Sheila... LOVE your foyer and staircase... What a beautiful home you must have... would love to see it sometime... Soon it will be done and you'll be so happy...Have a wonderful weekend... Love YA,

    ((((HUGS)))
    Donna

    ps... I am loving your music...

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  33. Sheila, Now I know the rest of the story. My sister went through the same thing. Her dry wall was resurfaced. It looks fabulous now.

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment about Cocoa. He was loved so much. I know you understand that love. You have your sweet Chloe Dawn.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  34. Hey Shelia; I can't wait to see the after, good think your handy men are not afraid of high places.

    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  35. Sheila sweetie, I can not even imagine you without a song on your blog or in your heart...
    Love Ya,

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  36. Oh Shelia, This is so exciting for you! Your foyer and staircase are amazing. I know your stiles are different, but that's why I really like them. I can't wait to see what paint colors you chose and what you have in mind for the steps. ~ Robyn

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  37. I know you are getting anxious to see it done. And so am I !

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  38. It's no fun having your house a mess...and workman around interrupting your day...but this is gonna be so nice when it's finished. And I love your funky railing!

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  39. Hi Shelia! Love the window, wow, it's beautiful. can't wait to see the new paint colors!


    Buffie:)

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  40. Your house is beautiful Shelia, wallpaper scrapings and all!! You couldn't get me that high up no matter how much you paid me! I'm getting scared just looking at it.

    I hope you love your transformation when it is all completed!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  41. I love that you're keeping the stair balusters and the wainscoating. If the house was 100 years old everyone would think it was great! It shows character and workmanship. Good to get rid of the carpet and wallpaper!

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  42. Wow, Sheila.
    Now that is one impressive project to tackle. And thank God for people who aren't afraid of heights or scaffolding. It is going to look wonderful just in time for the holidays.
    Lisa & Alfie

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  43. Hi Shelia! Thanks for responding. Don't know how I saw that one & not this one. Probably b/c it was almost 2 a.m., and I should have been in bed! Can't wait to see your finished foyer! Love the stained glass!

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  44. What an undertaking with gorgeous results! I think your unique Balusters and wainscoting add character to your entry.

    Sweet Wishes,
    Sara

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  45. Wow, I am really behind on blog commenting! Love what you did here! It looks so fresh and beautiful! You have the most unique spindles I have ever seen, but they look great!

    Kady

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