Glenlochan -The Beginning

Glenlochan -The Beginning
Glenlochan - The Beginning

Glenlochan Today

Glenlochan Today
Glenlochan Today

Monday, March 9, 2015

Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Not the city, Hollywood, the ceilings.  Hollywood ceilings.  For the uninitiated, these sound like glamorous room toppers - glitzy finishing touches to a well-decorated room.  At some point, they probably were all the rage.  In reality, they are nothing more than popcorn ceilings. With. Glitter.  You read that right.  Glitter nestled among the textured popcorn bumps of the ceiling.  Sparkling, twinkling, gaudy glitter ceilings more suitable for the bedroom of a princess-obsessed little one than a whole house application.

Saying good-bye to the first Hollywood ceiling in Philly (there are many yet to do) was not difficult - the question was, why didn't we start this project sooner?  It's a messy mess regardless of how you tackle it, but Rob thoroughly wet the ceilingvand once saturated, the popcorn and glitter easily scraped off - no dust, just clumpy wet messes all over the plastic dropcloth. Here's the "before" ceiling (the glitter is hard to capture via camera):

Here's the after, nice and smooth:

  And a quick comparison between two sections scraped and original:

Despite the mess of Rob's Saturday project, my job was a lot messier - removing tile from the bathroom.  How did I get stuck with the demo job requiring a full ventilation mask?  Because I wanted to save the tiles if possible.  She who wants to salvage rather than destroy must do the extra labor required for salvage (or some nonsense to that effect).  Anyway, that's how I spent my Saturday - covered in dust, grime, sweating under a ventilation mask and with numerous dings on my hands from broken tile.  I'm only halfway through the removal process and I've salvaged numerous bags of sea foam green tiles (despite many I could not save).   I definitely was the one worse for wear after these two weekend warrior projects.

Of course, it also went a bit slower because I was thoroughly distracted by the horse hair (boar's hair?) plaster underneath the tile.  It doesn't matter how many times I see it, work with it, touch it, I'm always fascinated by the idea, the history, the craftsmanship, and the practical use of animal hair.  See There's Horses in Them Thar Walls .  I'll probably never get over it. 

We're looking forward to saying good bye to the rest of Hollywood.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Philly Post: No Separation of Living and Reno

Last year, we longed to do renovation in a house we were actually staying in rather than having to retire to a tiny camper at the end of each work day.  Staying in a camper in the yard of Glenlochan was taxing, and not having our "stuff" was challenging.  But, our memories of living amongst renovation must have been colored by "renovation goggles".  We have forgotten how challenging it is to stay in a house with your stuff WHILE you are renovating it.  And, the last house in which we did this was much larger.  Because the Philly house is so tiny, the challenges of staying in and among a  renovation are exacerbated. 

In addition to dust, there are tools ALL OVER this small house.
Cleaning takes on new meaning  - or no meaning at all.  After all, what's the point in tackling dust bunnies when construction dust coats everything anyway?  What's the point in scrubbing the floors when dirty construction boots will drag in grass, mud and other dirt? Beginning last winter with the basement project and continuing through our latest project, the dust and dirt level in this house is at an all time high. And I'm never one to turn down a handy excuse to avoid cleaning.

We are also playing musical rooms.  One day I came home to discover that the front bedroom we had slept in the night before, was bereft of our furniture and covered in plastic.  The back bedroom had been emptied of its contents and set up identically to the front bedroom - very twilight zone.

What's behind the [ineffective] plastic shield?  At this point, I don't even want to know.
And, doesn't everyone have mattresses in their dining room?
It's been a long winter and slow going on the renovation front due to numerous other pressing items and lots of time at the other house and on the road.  We'll be doing the renovation shuffle for the foreseeble future.