Getting The House Ready

Cutting the carpet out!

Cutting the carpet out!

Get it out of here! Smells like cat!

Get it out of here! Smells like cat!

Hate carpet in the bathroom! That had to go too!

Hate carpet in the bathroom! That had to go too!

Found the litter box in the house!

Found one of the litter boxs in the house!

The house started slowly smelling of cat as we were working on the ceilings. Since we already knew we wanted the carpet out and tile to replace the downstairs, we ripped up the carpet only to find “wonderful” cat urine stains in several corners. I did some research online and brushed in hydrogen peroxide on the area. I hope it clears it up, we are going back to the house this morning. If not, I am going to try apple cider vinegar today.

Removing tile in front entrance

Removing tile in front entrance.

Getting it done!

Getting it done!

Tile is now GONE!

Our flooring, aside from kitchen vinyl, is completely out of the bottom floor!!! I removed tac boards and nails along with the entrance and fireplace tile.We stopped at Home Depot this morning for a Milwaukee drill hammer and let me tell you I love this tool! It works so well on ripping out tile and tac board!

Tip:

Make sure to wear gloves, eye protection and a mask cause things can get pretty messy.

Tyler painting away at our ceilings!

Tyler painting away at our ceilings!

While I drilled downstairs, Tyler was upstairs painting the ceilings. Our Handyman Mike came Thursday and early Friday to texture the ceilings. When I first saw the spray it was wet and my first thought was “Why remove popcorn if you are just going to spray it back on?” Thankfully Mike explained to me that it’s just wet and it will look smooth and nice when it drys. Which, thankfully, it does!

Texture is flicking off while we are painting!

Texture is flicking off while we are painting!

We had an issue though. We decided to use Behr Ceiling Paint and Primer In One and now some of the texture is coming off on the roller. We headed to Home Depot and spoke to a lady there. She told us that we needed to prime it first and then paint it. That is why pieces of texture are coming off. She also explained the purpose of a paint and primer in one is to cover up darker paint, and not to escape painting twice (going over the wall with a primer and once again with a color) which is what I thought paint and primer was for. Oops.

So we need to go back and prime first, then paint on our white ceilings. Live and learn! It is coming together though and I’m glad we only did a few areas before we realized the issue. That said, you pick up a few spray guns to finish the job. Since everything is covered now from removing popcorn, I think it’ll just be easier to paint the ceilings this way. Gotta make up time somewhere right!

Our dogs have yet to visit the new house, but we’re moving in this Sunday and they cannot wait! We’re making sure all the nails are out, the slab floor is clean and the yard is safe before our move in. Handyman Mike comes Tuesday to start installing our new tile! We were able to get a better deal on our tile installation by first removing the flooring ourselves. So if you’d like to cut down on costs, ask your estimator how much installation will cost if you remove the current flooring yourself. Sometimes they will offer a better price.

Going to finish the flooring and ceilings tomorrow… hopefully (fingers crossed)!

Let’s get her done!

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