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    i'm living in a new (to me) house, and have been working on doing things. most of the floors have been redone (by previous owner). they still need uh, whaddya call the wood strip, but nothing besides that.

    the floors that need help are kitchen: new tile.

    bedroom off porch: new floor, eventually floating wood but probably for now just stick em tiles. it's old linoleum from the seventies with so many cigarette burns you can almost taste the tabacco.

    garden room: just concrete now. well, not just concrete. concrete that smells like cat pee. so probably hardest nut to crack.

    laundry room: just concrete. probably last to worry about.

    i will worry first about the bedroom. wish me luck.

    anybody else working on fix it or remodelling or diy stuff? feel free to chime in.

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    Does remodeling ever end once you own a house? We do a Christmas letter every year and go ahead and laugh, but one paragraph is devoted to 'what we did to the house this year'. And we've lived here for 10 years and it wasn't a fixer upper to begin with!

    Our only real plans for now are to do something with the laundry area - it's a custom built, vintage 1960's maybe painted wood contraption that conceals the washer and dryer. It's painted and constantly needs a touch up. I don't feel the need to hide the machines, but the area around them is just concrete under them while the rest of the room is carpet. Eventually we'll call our favorite contractor and pick his brain on what to do/build in that area.

    That said, it will prolly be a while before we call since we paid said contractor a chunk of change in 2007 to remodel the kitchen (complete gut, including removing a window) and to remodel/create a master suite that included raising the roof. Plain and simple, we're broke. But man, it was worth it!

    Good luck and keep us posted!


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    Right there with ya.

    I laughed at DH when we bought this house as he said that it was "new" and "wouldn't need so much work." I do believe he's learned the error of his ways, there.

    The three windows on the back of the house need replacement, along with the back door. Just as I'm getting bids for that, we decide that maybe what we really want to do is knock out part of that back wall to create a new eating area and covered patio/outdoor kitchen kind of thing. I'd just as soon have the hot tub hauled off at this point, as it hasn't worked in years, but it's possible that the right new design back there could include it.

    The yard is a swamp--we have drainage issues that need to be addressed--and DH wants to concrete the side yard where the trash cans live completely. After nearly having my shoe sucked off twice taking the compost out last week (thanks for the muck-proof crocs, froggie!) I'm forced to agree he may be correct.

    The bonus room needs paint, a window that offers sun protection, and some furniture, the family room sofa is dead, and we need new carpet (but there's talk of a puppy, so I'm waiting to see about that first...)

    DS11's room is first on the list, however--it's nearly done, and just needs the desk-worktable area redone.

    You know how these lists grow, just sitting here I've thought of 14 more things. :lolpoint:
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    Living in rentals and Navy housing for the last 18 years hasn't presented the opportunity to do much. We could paint but would have to return the walls to their original color before moving out. Based on DHs track record with short fuse transfers that's just not an option. There are too many other things to do when we're getting ready for a move to repaint the house.

    Since we can't do anything DH and I play the "If this was our house I'd ..." game. All the fun of the dreaming with none of the expense.
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    Since spring is right around the corner( yeah I know there is snow out the window) you might want to think about the garden room and the smell. You can use a product to paint the concrete in the area called KILZ http://www.kilz.com/selector/. This might cover up the cat pee odor and give it an added lift.
    I am not remodeling- I am still trying to hang pictures and get things set after living here for a year and a half.
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    okay. i&#039;ll look at that. i&#039;m going to paint the whole floor. then, if i want to cover it later with something else.......but it&#039;s gotta have something over it. my guess is that they had carpet on it before and it got peed on a lot then someoen else pulled up teh carpet. i guess.

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    I painted a portion of my basement floor with epoxy paint a while back and it turned out great! You can add color to the paint and really dress up that area with only a little out of pocket expense. Good luck with what ever you end up trying.
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    If the bedroom has that tobacco odor in the floor it also might be in the walls. If it is a washable wallboard you can use a vinegar water mix to clean it.Stick and peel sounds like a good temporary solution to the problem with the floor.
    The baseboard issue is something that can be worked on as you can. The good news is that it doen&#039;t involve a bunch of complicated tools or anything of great expensive- you might already have a small coping saw. A stud finder is nice- but before stud finders came about we all just listened to the wall as we knocked on it to find the stud. The &quot;deeper knock&quot; was where the wall stud was.
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/rm_walls_mo...1374608,00.htm

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    reading this before bed. maybe when wake up tomorow on day off can think more clearly and use info. thanks.

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