November 24, 2015

They say to do the master bedroom first. Maybe we are the problem people, but I just do not see why. We are only in this room at the start and end of each day. I would much rather put our first projects into the spaces where we spend lots of time – the main floor.

Also, when you are tired parents of little people, a bedroom just having a soft bed makes it a relaxing enough get away for me (for now)! These photos are the room while the previous owner still occupied the house.


The drapes have already been ditched. The blue carpet still lives with us. Funnily enough I plan for this room to be a lot of blue tones, just not via carpeting. My problem with the living room color I chose is it turned out too blue rather than gray, so I may recycle it up here. (In here, however, it might not be blue enough for what I want. Oy.) It will get used somewhere. It is a great color that has sadly gone unappreciated by the Schultzes.

  1. Move chair rail higher
  2. Paint walls blue, probably two different shades above and below rail
  3. Upgrade to king bed
  4. Lose old IKEA dresser and upgrade with a more vertical one for corner near bathroom
  5. Get some seating for end of bed (probably a bench)
  6. New window treatments
  7. Chandelier light fixture for above the bed
  8. Maybe one day blow out closet into part of the guest room to have a walk-in

The master bathroom will be its own post because it is quite a handful. We actually just use the kids bathroom and have closed the pocket door, opening it maybe once since moving in. Yes, seriously. (The carpet scares me!)


November 23, 2015

Alternate title: Bushpocolypse 2015. Since the first showing of our house before we bought it, the already large bushes have continued to grow and even get uglier.

EXTERIOR BEFORE from Rachel Schultz-2

The weird spike branches popping out make them particularly monstrous.

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz

David’s parents came over with a cornucopia of lawn tools. Removing bushes is a job, let me tell you. Our goal for this day was just to trim the ten or so mega-bushes down to stumps. It took considerable effort. (Not for me, of course. But for David and his dad – considerable effort.)

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz

I have not yet mentioned this was on Halloween. By nightfall David and his parents were muddy and wielding sharp tools around this shrub graveyard. I apologized to the trick or treaters and told them this haunted house experience was inadvertent.

Hauling the brush away took about as much time as cutting them down. The whole ordeal was about twelve hours across two days. (Three trailer loads like this to dispose of it all!)

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz

Meanwhile, David’s mom nicely weeded some of our backyard up to the sunroom. This is the before and after.

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz

We wanted to get the weeding near the house done because David plans to improve the grade before winter. Over the snowy months, we will leave the stumps, but come spring time they will get pulled up. We could not resist trying one in the mean time. Our method was using a car and a tow strap.

Watching it happen is cool.

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz

This is our yard now! The house feels nicer not so hidden behind the landscaping.

There is much to do to make it welcoming, but they say it gets worse before it gets better, right? Some smaller, well manicured bushes lining the walkway are in store.

WEEDING & SHRUB REMOVAL from Rachel Schultz


November 19, 2015

After doing the huge job of laying the wood floors, there is this tiny finishing touch that turned out to be not so tiny. At the beginning and end of each room and around things like door posts, you have to nail the boards in on the top instead of side. This leaves little holes that to be filled in with wood putty.

WOOD PUTTYING THE FLOORS from Rachel Schultz 2

In this Lowe’s how-to video we often referenced, homeboy (who kind of became a beloved character to us) used pencils like this to fill in the floors. I thought the pencils sounded really handy and easy, so I bought some myself.

The pencils were not handy and easy.


I imagined the texture of the putty would be soft like a cray-pa. It is more like a very sticky clay. When I had to apply enough pressure to get some to come off the pencil the whole thing broke off. Also, peeling back the paper was absolutely horrible. David ended up having to widdle it for me with a knife. These would probably be good for some touch ups, but for a mass filling it was obnoxious.

The holes are not too noticeable. I had half a mind to leave them, but that would be slacking. After David did so much to lay the floors, I have to bite the bullet and do this (well).

Something had to be different, though. I emailed Jon the Professional to ask what he uses for this. (I mean, it takes forever. A pro would have to use something different.)

He told me about the jar version! It is less expensive for a lot more putty and you can easily wipe it on with your finger.


The process is wiping some onto the hole with your finger, which leaves a big glob like this.


Then the excess rubs off with a rag. I was using a dry cloth, but Jon the Professional suggested moist wipes. He said even with these things it is slow going.

Hard work, Rachel. It will not kill you.

WOOD PUTTYING THE FLOORS from Rachel Schultz 3

Here is a completed corner! Motivation to finish! Please ignore dirty walls and scrappy trim. I look forward to stripping wallpaper and fresh paint.

The floors, however – looking good.

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