The plan for the first day was to make a list of things we needed and go to Lowe's. We bought buckets, mops, cleaning supplies, respirator masks, gloves, plastic sheeting, a broom, paper towels, construction lights... the list goes on. We dropped about $300 on that one trip!
After that, we headed back to the house to start cleaning.
The plan for the first week:
-Clean the bathroom thoroughly
-Install new shower head/faucet
-Remove old outlet covers, junction box covers and phone jacks from wall
-Remove trim that needs to be replaced
-Wash down the walls in the kitchen to prepare for paint
-Remove old cabinet in the back of kitchen, where our dining room table will go
-Clean the built-in hutch to prepare for paint
-Remove bottom cabinets and countertops
-Remove the old hood
-Tear up carpet
-Remove tack strip and staples
-Clean hardwood floors
-Remove trim and closet door
We also tested all the walls for lead paint - to discover there is none! That is good news for our lungs.
Curiosity got the best of us with the horrible wood paneling. We just needed to know what was behind it. This begins a series of photos were Michael removes a pesky lightswitch cover with the claw of a hammer:
So what did we discover behind the wood paneling? Drywall with a few layers of paint! That is good news, trust me. We could have found plaster, moldy sheetrock, more paneling... but it seems like the removal of the wood paneling will be somewhat manageable. That is one project I am excited about finishing.
So far so good. We haven't hit any major bumps in the road. We have been working on the house almost every night this week until about 11, then getting up for work the next day. We are tired and sore, but excited to keep moving forward towards making this house our home.