There’s something wonderful about falling into bed with every fiber of your being exhausted from the day’s endeavors. Things begin to seem a little less wonderful when it’s the 3rd night in a row and your once mildly aching muscles are now screaming from head to toe. I’ve heard rumors that there are 640 muscles in the human body, but at least twice as many have made their presence known in the last 72 hours.
Let’s recount, shall we?
The hubs and I kicked off the weekend with some fun by walking Uptown for the evening. On the 4th Friday of each month, there’s a festival full of vendors, live entertainment, and specials at the shops & restaurants. We had dinner at my new favorite spot, AsteRISK. I love the atmosphere there – the walls are lined with shelves of old books of every genre you can imagine. We found a book of brain teasers and had a ball figuring them out together while we waited for our food. They brought the check to us in an old library book log insert – how adorable? (P.S. The strawberry shortcake is heavenly.)
After dinner, we discovered a little shop called My Cousin’s Closet. It’s a home decor consignment store, which is perfect for a girl like me who has champagne taste and a beer budget. I found 2 pieces that will fit perfectly in our little fixer upper.
I found an amazing window table and a unique wine rack. Sarge made a sneak appearance in the picture of the wine rack – his face was too cute to crop out!
Bright and early, we rented a belt sander, edger and power washer before Calvin went to work. Looking back, we probably should have checked the weather report because it just so happened to be the hottest weekend of the year.
I spent most of the day power washing 1 (you read that right, O-N-E) side of the garage. There was so much algae built up on the side that it took every bit of 8 hours. The transformation is underwhelming at best, but now it’s 1/4 of the way to being ready for paint. Baby steps!
If you can’t tell, I’m an instant gratification kind of girl. When I don’t see the results quickly, I give up immediately in a nasty, toddler tantrum kind of way. In the future, I’m saving the crappy long term projects for when my hubby, Mr. Perseverance is home to help me push through.
Once I threw in the towel on the garage, I washed about half of our scrap wood & fencing. This was much more satisfying and now it’s ready to use for some upcoming projects which include, but are not limited to:
- Dining room bench
- Outdoor seating
- Outdoor bar
- Bedroom doors
- Kitchen Spice Cabinet
- Garage organization
Calvin got home from his day job around 6 and we began the real work of sanding the upstairs. We used the shop vac to suck up as much of the remaining paper/glue as we could. It took a few hours to get one round of heavy grit done with both the belt sander and edger. After a 15 hour work day, we fell into bed around to rest up for the full day of work ahead.
Calvin worked again Sunday, so my mom and her husband came up to help me keep chugging along with the sanding project. Things were slow and steady as we struggled through the triple digit heat, but we didn’t let that stop us.
The darkest spots weren’t coming up with the big sander, and as much as I like the idea of zebra striped floors, I preferred everything to be even. We used the edger to go over the dark places – working with that thing is really awkward and rough on your back – you basically have to bend over and squat down to make sure it keeps moving. It’s laborious, exhausting, and a very effective workout. We used a relay approach wherein each person would sand 1-2 boards then pass it off to the next person. This worked really well and helped us cool down between turns without losing pace.
When Calvin got home in the evening, my mom took off & we remembered our plan to tear down another closet upstairs – Oops. We had intended to do this a little further down the road, but realized that the wood underneath would need to be sanded, so it had to be completed right away.
This added about another hour of work before we could finish up the sanding, but I’m glad we caught it when we did!
All we had to do after that was finish everything off with one round of fine grit sanding and the stairs and risers. Now everything is ready for staining!