Chronicles of an Airbnb Hopeful – #2
When I asked Scott recently how things were going with him and his help, he responded, “Well, we have about 37 hot dogs to eat.” I keep sending him links to cute places to eat in the area, but as the saying goes, there is no rest for the weary.
Surprisingly, time really does fly when you are up at the house. And there is certainly no shortage of things to do. If you look in just about any direction, you will notice something that needs attention. Like any home renovation, everything is more costly and more time consuming than you imagined.
The first couple weeks of renovations have been dedicated to removal of popcorn texture, painting ceilings, gutting the first floor bathroom, new tub installation, new plumbing and tile work in the bathroom
Curious how to remove popcorn ceilings? Check out the video below.
Getting rid of popcorn ceilings is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Make sure to prep the room with plastic before scraping to protect your walls from moisture and reduce the clean up. You will want to lay protection on the floor as this process can get messy. Other tools required are a spray bottle filled with water and a scraper or a small drywall knife. Spray ceiling with water and wait 10-15 minutes. Afterward, you can begin to scrape.
Pro tip: Popcorn ceilings may contain asbestos. Prior to removal, it is recommended that you hire a trusted professional to sample the ceiling and have it tested for asbestos.
Other tasks have included painting the main living room space (still in progress), removing carpet from the main living area (in progress), cutting down overgrown trees (in progress), scouring Facebook Marketplace for every great deal, meeting with potential home service professionals, and of course, eating hot dogs. Speaking of Facebook Marketplace, my kids think I am an addict. Sadly, they are right. I have always had a soft spot for a unique furniture find or a good yard sale.
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Since our attention has been focused on the house, we have had limited time to explore the area. I can tell you that the lake is breathtaking. The other day while Scott was knee deep in dust and I was about five hours into painting, I convinced him to take a quick dip in the lake and give ourselves a break before returning to work. It was SO worth it!! We joke that now that we own property near the lake, we need a boat. For now, we will settle for a floaty.
While the progress still appears negligible, I just keep reminding Scott to “just keep swimming”…
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