11.14.2011

Uh oh...

renovation
6 PM on a Sunday night (last night, to be exact). Here's how the conversation went:
  • Abbey: I can't stand that our living room is L-shaped. Doesn't it seem like shelves would look weird? Couldn't we take out the wall to the stairs and kind of open it up a bit?
  • PRH: It would make the room look bigger. I think we could take out that wall. Hmmmm...I wonder how it's constructed.
  • Abbey: Couldn't you just take out a little chunk of the wall and look down in?
  • PRH: Yeah, that wouldn't be too hard. Let me go get a screwdriver.
PRH returning with a screwdriver and crowbar should've clued me in. It didn't.

End of conversation, beginning of loud banging sounds. Goodbye, gross textured wall. Hello, slightly bigger library project.

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17 comments:

Deirdre said...

Okay...that really made me laugh. Sorry for that! ;) However, how exciting that you will be able to expand your library! I'm so very jealous. I'm sure it will be fabulous!
xo Deirdre

Je suis une monstre said...

HAHA! You brave and crazy woman! I love the destruction/ reconstruction saga of your house, it is so brilliant, I think it will all turn out just beautiful :) Katie. xxx

Emily Rodriguez said...

Oh, it will be awesome. I swear we are kindred spirits. My husband and I do stuff like this all the time on a whim when we have no money to actually finish the project. I always talk him into it by convincing him that demolition cost nothing. By the way, I'm the reader who won your first 20 in 20 giveaway. I love my piece!

Dawn Trest said...

whoa! I'm sure that made for an exciting Sunday night :)
can't wait to see how it all turns out.
xo, Dawn
www.hellodearie.com

Emilie said...

I came this close of doing the same thing this week-end. Must be the lightless days, we are all craving more light!

Now where is my crowbar?

JCasa *handmade said...

oh abbey! i absolutely love how you've exposed the construction and am so intrigued by the stacked brick posts. beautiful. xoxo

Sierra said...

Oh my! Well you have to admire a man who takes the bull by the horns!

ms.composure said...

LoL gr8 post!!! hope everything turns out ok!!

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Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

haha.. that's awesome! I love the whole 'let's just take a peek'.

I'm curious to see how the project progresses. :)

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

Love it! I swear something gets into people when they are renovating. I think it's the only time you willing make work for yourself!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this! As your cousin I know how crazy our family is and this doesn't surprise me at all! I don't think anyone would believe this is a normal thing in our family.
Love you guys tons!! ~Jolie
P.s. thanks for letting me spend time with eze and kicky Friday night. I was having withdraws from not hanging out with my little buddies!

Karen said...

Hee, hee! Been there, done that! Keep the lath-- it's getting harder to come by these days and it's great for future cool art projects that you and your hubby dream up. I'm waiting with baited breath to see how it all turns out. =)

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Ooh, exciting! Nothing like jumping right in :)

Nome Alone said...

We've totally done this since owning a house. Scary at first, but worth it in the end!

Jen said...

Abbey...you are so lucky your husband thinks like you, and agrees to go for it. Mine just looks at me like I am nuts when I come up with a demolition and remodel idea. We had the same lath and plaster walls in our farmhouse, and when removing walls we kept the posts with the white lines from the plaster and repurposed them later in sets of 2's and 3's as larger beams across the ceiling and other places. It turned out really great and it was ice to recycle them and keep them in the house, plus it adds to the history of the place.

Steenkbug said...

That conversation sounds so familiar...I think my husband and I pretty much start all of our home improvement projects the same way!

Anonymous said...

careful, because some plaster contains asbestos - best to have it tested.

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