The Bungle-Oh!

Before and After Photos

I don't know if we really planned on renovating a 1945 bungalow, but here we are. Since moving here in early December, we have worked nearly full-time on unpacking, organizing and, ultimately, renovating our new home in Silver City.

Office

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Since we're both IT professionals, setting up a home office was a priority. First we had to get rid of the awful beige shag carpeting.

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Since the subfloors are concrete, we went with LVT ("luxury vinyl tile").

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For safety reasons, during installation the cats and me lived in the RV, while Dennis took care of some last-minute business in Tucson. The cats were NOT IMPRESSED.

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With the floors done, we moved on to surface prep and painting.

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I am using exclusively colors from the Benjamin Moore "Affinity Colors" group, and this one is called "citrine".

Bedroom

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Next up was the bedroom.

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A major obstacle here was that one call was covered with painted vinyl wallpaper. It took two full days to scrape it off.

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From December 5 until our house sold and we brought over the last load from Tucson on December 29, we slept on a pile of rugs, blankets and sleeping bags.

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When at last the floors were done, the walls were painted, and our furniture arrived, it was a real treat. BTW that color is "Fiji".

Bathroom

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The "guest bathroom" was a sad little hallway with no door next to the laundry room, with broken plywood cupboards and two-tone gray walls. We repaired and painted the cupboards, installed new knobs and painted the walls "kalamata".

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Now that room is just desperately in need of a bathtub. In the front yard, we found a cast iron tub inside a rusted out stock tank, inside an old wooden hot tub, but it's too large for the guest bath.

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Our friend Ann found a perfect 4½ tub in a neighbor's yard and we happily dragged it home. But it's missing its feet, and we continue to search for replacement feet or some other method of supporting the tub.

Backyard

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I'm not showing any "before" pictures of the backyard since it looked too much like the set for a "Dukes of Hazard" episode. But here's the near backyard, after I removed the pile of rocks (below) and shoveled a ton of pea gravel.

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The Pantry

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One of the largest rooms in the house is the giant former pantry, a jumble of shelves separated from the living room by a completely unecessary hallway.

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I started tearing down those shelves the day we closed on the house.

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But behind the shelves were walls covered in painted fake wood paneling, and who knows what else?

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One of the downsides of living in Silver City is a shortage of skilled tradespeople. After waiting two months for an ESTIMATE, we decided to do the demolition ourselves.

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During a cold snap that kept us indoors, we removed the drop ceiling, the redundant wall and the nasty fake wood paneling. To our great surprise, underneath the paneling was good sheetrock that was never taped nor textured. It may make the path forward much easier! Now the question is what to do with newfound space, which is a great problem to have in a small house!