Operation Spare Room


What better to do in winter weather than completely overhaul your spare bedroom, right? Exactly, a perfect time… when you’re reminded that your house has no insulation, it makes motivation to add insulation pretty noticeable. Mind you, initially I was simply thinking of painting the spare room… My husband had other plans. “Aw, why not just totally re-do the room?” I then thought he meant get new light fixtures. It wasn’t until he was getting quotes for electricians and typing “insulation” into google that I became a little worried.

By the way, the image on the left is what the spare room looks like. We had previously determined that it was certainly the most hideous room in the house.

So, moving on in the story. We’re over-hauling the spare room. Our to-do list includes, but is not limited to: Taking the woodwork (except the doors) back to woodwork and stain a dark walnut – to match our other woodwork and bedframe. Remove all plaster, replace with drywall. Replace old knob and tube wiring with new, up to code wiring, insulation the exterior wall and ceiling, install new-energy efficient windows, install four recessed lights, a fan/light, paint, strip my childhood bedroom set and restain, create curtains (my first sewing maching project), and generally make the decor and accessories fluffy and lovely. Ideally, we can complete the majority by March 14th. [a side note, we actually begun this late January so it was more feesible than the current posting date].

Our inspiration:

As with any project, there will be challenges. A few of ours are…between us we have zero electrical experience, we know nothing of windows, haven’t a clue which insulation to use, and lastly, we both work 40+ hours a week. Minor details…

We’ve thankfully been able to look pitiful enough for the Husband’s uncle to take pity on us and help us out. The man knows just enough about everything and an enormous amount about what we need. (Thank God). My gracious brother has kindly accepted a trade of manual labor for food, laundry and lodging.

Wish us luck.

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