Wednesday, March 16, 2011


As many of you have heard, the Lansing Court house is undergoing an extensive makeover, including new paint, new carpet, new drapes, and maybe a few other things... I thought it my job to chronicle the momentous occasion!

Step one: removal of all wall hangings and furniture. For those of you that know the mantle above mom and dad's fireplace, you know this was no easy task. Taking down the family pictures was itself an all-day affair!
But where'd all the furniture go?? Down the hall and to the right as demonstrated by Larry:
Step 2: Removal of wallpaper... what a job! Just think... all those months Dawna and Adele were getting in trouble for picking at the wallpaper... come on, Nana, they were just getting a head start on what they knew would be a long and arduous task!
And the kitchen is complete!

The Hallway was extremely NO FUN! In this picture, it looks great... however, that was just the top layer of paper... under that was more paper; under that, a painted sealant; under THAT, really old thick wallpaper... all of it had to go and it required the use of water sprayers and several mean-looking tools:

Step 3: Carpet removal! Say a fond farewell to lime green shag! Look how beautiful the hardwood floors are! Mom and dad are still taking votes on whether to keep it or cover it with carpet:

Step 4: Painting prep: baseboards removed, piano covered, etc:

Mom says she likes the chandelier better all covered in plastic...shows how much she's liked it over the years...

And now... the first steps of reconstruction:

First, the hallway walls re-textured and painted (I think the wood floor looks particularly beautiful in this picture):
Second, living room walls are starting to get color! I LOVE the blue/gray color! Can't wait to see what it looks like Without the green carpet...
So that's the update so far... every day something else happens. I think today is crown molding day... I'll try to get as many step-by-step pictures as I can... even though my camera isn't the best! It's gonna be gorgeous, guys!



At March 16, 2011 1:45 PM , Blogger Aaron and Emily said...

Adele denies pulling off any wallpaper. At least, she doesn't remember doing it (I sure do).

The blue-gray IS beautiful, I love the color! Thanks for taking step by step pictures, Deeb. Now I really picture what Mom's talking about over the phone.

At March 16, 2011 3:12 PM , Blogger JulieD said...

Wow! This is so awesome! It's looking so great already!

At March 16, 2011 9:36 PM , Blogger Camille said...

I'm sure my vote counts for nothing since I will likely never set foot in that home, but I vote to keep the wood floors. They're beautiful!!! I want them!!! AND... great choice on paint color, I am wanting to do some bluish/gray in my bedroom someday (aka likely never going to happen because I HATE to paint, but if there were a painting fairy named Danielle who came to paint my house, that is the color I would tell her to use, HINT HINT). P.S. I missed you this week. sniff sniff

At March 17, 2011 12:01 AM , Blogger sunnysnows said...

Woo hoo! How exciting! and those wood floors look awesome!

At March 17, 2011 8:32 AM , Blogger Caleb and Elizabeth said...

What a transformation already! so excited to see the final product. I think it's going to look fantastic.

At March 17, 2011 9:25 AM , Blogger Sarah S said...

It looks fabulous already!!! I'm so impressed with everything they are doing. You are so great for posting pictures - it's really fun to see them and follow the progress.

At March 21, 2011 8:02 AM , Blogger Laura said...

It's looking great! I helped Chris and Pam take down some wallpaper and I've now vowed to never use wallpaper in my house.


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