5 Jun 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons: Update

If you missed the whole saga about our rental house and would like to catch up, you can start with Part 1 here.

Ready for an update of our crazy rental house?  Hope so, because here it comes....

We've made 2 trips in the last couple of weeks.  Wonder why there has been very little DIY around here lately?  Yup...that's why! 3 hours each way + a lot of work in between driving = a very tired blogger.

Random fact: we pass this every time we drive there.

Redneck Superstore

No, we have never stopped, but it does sort of intrigue me.

When we went to the house 3 weeks ago, it was the first time we had been since the tenants moved out.  Even though the house was in various stages of being repaired, we were sad to see that a lot of the tenant's stuff had been left in the house for us to clean up.  Mattresses, box springs, chairs, bags and bags of clothes, a lawn mower, books, towels, sheets, ketchup in the fridge...it was all left for us.  That weekend we made a trip to the Salvation Army, but we hadn't left ourselves enough time to do all the cleaning that was necessary.

On Saturday we went back and tackled all of it.  We were lucky enough to have family who watched Fin and we just got in the truck and went for the whole day.

BUT, you know that things don't go as planned for us, right?  Backstory required....

Back in the winter Mr. Swell was playing floor hockey and he hurt his baby toe.  He came home that night and told me he thought it was broken.  He decided to go to Urgent Care to get it checked out.  They x-rayed it and said it wasn't broken.  It was just a bad sprain.  Give it 6-8 weeks and it should be better.  About 10 weeks later it wasn't better, so he decided to go to the doctor again to have her check it out.  She sent him for a bone scan just to see what was going on.  A couple of days later our doctor called us and said that Mr. Swell had Septic Arthritis in his toe (from what I understand, it's an infection of the joint).  I laughed. It probably wasn't the right thing to do, but seriously...did we really need this right now?  We both laughed.  It's a pinky toe for goodness sake.  But, it was serious and he was told that it had to be treated aggressively and quickly.  Within 2 days he was in to see an Infection Disease specialist and had a PICC line inserted (a line that goes in his arm and travels in a vein to the tip of his heart).  He has to administer IV antibiotics at home for the next 6 weeks to try and fight the infection.   I feel really sorry for him, but at least it was caught early and is treatable.  Warning: don't play floor hockey at work over lunch!

So, how is this related to the rental house you ask?  Well....we had to move all of the junk out of the house, and the PICC line prevents Mr. Swell from lifting anything with his arm that is more than 3lbs.  I did NOT want to make that 3 hour trip one more time to clear junk, so I did what I had to do.

The first thing I did at the rental house was mow the lawn.  The lawn is about 10 times bigger than at the house we live in.  Want to know something?  I haven't mowed a lawn before in my life.  No jokes. My Dad did it growing up and then I moved into condos.  By the time we moved into a house we were married and the mowing was classified as a blue job (ya, we totally have blue and pink jobs).  Anyhow, I can now say that on Saturday I mowed a lawn for the very first time....and I didn't chop off my foot.  High fives all around!!!

Then I really got to work.

I pulled lovely things like this off the wall....

Lovely Fan on the wall

And I loaded this bad boy up...twice...

Loaded truck

Then we went to the Salvation Army again and the dump.  

Small town dumps...gotta love them (I mostly love them because it's $5 to unload your whole truck!).  I released some aggression.

dump agression

Christmas tree in June at the dump...why not?

christmas tree

I tossed it with all of my might....

The dump worker who was sitting in the bulldozer waiting to move all of our stuff into the pile was having quite the laugh at my expense!

We also did a few other things like fill sink holes and fix up the deck, but I was too tired by that point to take any pictures.  

Moving onto the inside of the house...

It's looking good!

rental house - new hardwood

The hardwood is all in.  The original hardwood we picked was apparently poor quality, so our contractor ended up getting another brand, which is actually nicer.  It's hand scraped and very rustic and I love it.

This is the view from the living room into the dining area/kitchen.  

rental house - new hardwood

The cabinets should be in within a couple of weeks.  The island will be where those pipes are sticking out.

rental house - new hardwood

The bathroom floors and walls are fixed and we are just waiting on the vanities and then new toilets to be installed.

master bathroom

Once the carpet was completely dry (and tested for moisture/mold), it was professionally cleaned to remove all of the stains.  I am sort of happy that the carpet didn't need to be replaced, as that would have delayed us a few more weeks.


The tile in the front entry was also replaced.

Linen look tile from Lowes

Linen look tile from Lowes

I really like the tile.  It looks like linen, and has just the right amount of texture.

So that is where we are at.  Things are looking much better than they were a couple of months ago, but we still have a ways to go to get the place completely finished, on the market, and sold.  We will make another trip to see everything once the cabinets are in, and then hopefully just one more trip when it's sold.  

I'll tell you, I will sure be happy when it's done and I can focus on our own house again (because I think it's feeling quite neglected!!).


19 comments:

  1. Wow the house is looking good.
    I can't believe that a small toe can cause such issues. Hope he is better soon!
    And unbelievable how much crap people leave behind!!!

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    1. It is unbelievable what people leave, isn't it? I threw out 6 garbage bags FULL of clothes. Don't you think someone might miss that? I am totally done with being a landloard. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. You are superwoman. No doubt.
    Please go to the redneck emporium and do a blog post. Please!

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    1. hahaha. Oh man, that would be funny. Not sure if it's an actual store though if that is just their warehouse. I'll try and get a closer look on future trips.

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  3. Oh, you've been sooo busy! I would for sure stop at the Redneck Superstore, you never know.... and I love your tiles there, that place is lookin' pretty good!

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  4. I love the look of the hand scraped floors and I love that tile!

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    1. Yes, the tile is really nice. The best part is that it's just from Lowes, so it's nothing too fancy and is quite affordable. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. LOVE THE TILE. & The wood floors.

    That really sucks that they left you all that stuff to remove. But I guess I'd probably look at it as an opportunity to maybe reuse some of it for a future craft project. Glad things are working out and hope that your husband is better soon!

    //Justynn

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    1. There were a bunch of books left that I totally nabbed. They are all physician related books, so they are things that I wouldn't normally find at the thrift shop, which I guess is a bit of a silver lining. I'll find a place for them and then make sure to post a pic. Thanks for the comment.

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  6. Wow! I can't believe curiosity hasn't yet led you inside the Redneck Superstore. What a name! I feel like that's the kind of picture that gets submitted to Fallon or Leno or something...!

    I have also never mowed a yard. And I guess living in NYC...I never will! I'm impressed!

    Also, I'm really impressed with what you chose to refinish the house. It's looking wonderful. Really well done! The linen tile is so cool! Best of luck in getting this project finished quickly! xoxo

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    1. I just went to their website (rednecksuperstore.ca). You should check it out...it's a pretty good laugh. Only in Alberta...on the side of the highway! Let me tell you, you really aren't missing much by not mowing. It's sort of a boring task, but I was still quite proud of myself that I did it. How I managed to get through 30 years of not doing it is still a bit amazing to me, but I will be happy to give the task back to Mr. Swell when he's all healed up. Thanks for the comment, and all the love!

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  7. You and Mr Swell are amazing!!! WOW, I was wondering where you were... that's amazing that the old tenants left so much behind, some people! The tile is beautiful, love that texture! Tell Mr Swell, I hope his toe gets well soon, scary, I'm glad he's okay! Have you gotten yourself a horse shoe yet? Might be a good idea... ;)

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    1. Awe, thanks Laurie. I know, I have been MIA lately. Honestly, I have just felt so uninspired. I have been doing some photo related stuff, but the desire to thrift and bring new things into our house after I had to toss all of the rental stuff is pretty much gone. Hopefully we won't have to make so many trips in the next couple of months and I will be able to focus on our house again. And I hear ya about the horse shoe...this has been a really bad year for us so far. I just keep telling myself that it's preparing us for something big (and good!).

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  8. it is looking great! i love that tile going in the entry! and the dump looks like a great place to release stress.

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  9. Kelly...love the floors!!! The wood and tile are so pretty!!! And now you have me wondering what is in that giant store. If you ever stop and go in...please share! ;) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Thanks Jesse! I actually think that store is a warehouse, I don't think it's open to the public...but maybe i should just drop in one day :) I did check out the website, I don't think it's quite in my niche!

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  10. Oh and I hope your hubby's toe gets all better!!! CRAZY!?! And a little scary, right? But, if that would have happened to my husband I probably would have laughed, too! ;)

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    1. Ya, it's totally crazy and scary. Our family doc was so worried that it sort of had me worried. Just glad that it was caught in time and he will be all good in a few months.

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  11. It looks like it was great exercise! :) I feel for you, we've been there, not fun! The tile is fabulous!

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