First week.

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I guess it’s only been a week since we bought the house, but it seems like ripping paneling off of walls and cleaning grease off of kitchen shelves have been a part of my life for a long time.

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Taking down this OSB false ceiling went rather quickly.

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Cleaning the kitchen took two of A’s nap times, but I haven’t even done anything with the floor or the pantry yet. Maybe the contact paper I bought yesterday will help me feel better about putting my stuff on the shelves.

We are making good progress, especially considering that Ryan hasn’t had too much time to be at the house this past week. But we still have more removal to do before we can think about adding anything back.

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Here’s a view from the living room to the dining room. Both rooms have now been completely depaneled. The process involves prying off all the trim, much of which must be labeled and set aside so that we can put it back in place once the walls are ready. If the previous owners hadn’t done such a good job of doing the same thing when they put up the paneling, but instead had just butted the paneling up to the edge of the trim, our job would be much easier. The most time-consuming part is pulling all the big, thick trim nails out the backside of the trim with a vise grip. Often some small chips of wood flake off as the nail comes through, which is why we don’t pull the nails out the front side of the trim. Thankfully the nail heads aren’t too big.

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On Monday, my cousin Derek came and helped with the prying and pulling. It happened to be the muggiest day of the summer so far, which might be why the nails just didn’t want to let go, but we kept at it and finished this room before suppertime. Thanks for the help, Derek!

Since then, I’ve been doing more prying, pulling, labeling, stacking, and cleaning. A has been spending some time with her grandmas, some time watching Peppa Pig, and some time helping me hose down the front porch. Some day we’re just going to sit on that porch!