Sunday, March 25, 2007

More Actual Work

Okay, so I got some actual work done on the MacGuyver Kitchen this weekend. On the plus side, I don't have the MacGuyver sink and diswasher any more. On the minus side is that I don't have any sink or dishwasher (or sink) and I won't have one till I finish the kitchen. I guess that's one way to motivate myself.

I do have some actual pictures of it, but I didn't load them into my beautiful MacBook yet, so in the meantime, I'll just have to brag about some previous work that I did, but haven't bragged about yet. This way, I can justify having taken a picture of it in the first place. It's not enough that I actually do something constructive around my house, I need to brag about it endlessly, otherwise what's the point? If a tree falls in the woods and I can't film it and show it to hippie to make him cry, then why bother chopping it down in the first place?

So before I fired the contractor, he didn't finish up the drywall in the kitchen.

Here is where the drywall meets the glass door in the MacGuyver kitchen. Even if you don't know anything about construction, you can probably tell that it's not finished because you wouldn't buy a house if the doorway looked like that. You would pull your Real Estate agent to the side and say "what's with that doorway?" And he would tell you that the owner never bothered to fix it because he doesn't have a blog.

The first thing I had to do was add corner bead to the unfinished corners. This wasn't difficult at all, except for the fact that buying it involves a trip to Home Depot, which is about as enjoyable as a visit to a fat-fingered proctologist.

So I put the corner bead all around the doorway, then I proceeded to use joint compound (also known as drywall mud or lucifer's spit...okay I made that up) to finish up the edges.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket So I finished it up, then sanded it. Mudding is fun, because it's like playing with frosting, but sanding it afterwards sux, so I hired a day laborer to do that and the rest of the sanding. That way I can use my time more constructively (get it?) by doing things like laying out the kitchen, blogging, or pretending to "supervise".


Anonymous said...

Your pictures bring back fond memories of breathing in drywall dust and weeping salty tears of frustration for six solid months. I gutted about 40% of my current house, including the kitchen and bathroom, after I bought it and did most of the remodeling work myself. The stuff for which I hired people included the drywall and the electric because 1) Screw up drywall and it will mock you forever unless you go blind and 2) Electricity kills without mercy. The best lesson I've learned after two major remodels has been when to flush my ego down the crapper and hire someone. Also, day laborers need to eat, so hiring them is good for your karma and their nutrition.

Unknown said...

I like hiring day laborers and stacking them up into naked human pyramids.

Oh wait... that was the President.

Twoste said...

I'm a day laborer.

Anonymous said...

your jade necklace is waiting.


You live worse than the bums in downtown miami beggin for money on the street floors next to the hip hop clubs - while high on heroin hahahaa

love the remodling - what ended up happening to the wall with the sliding door?

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work, and what of this "day laborer"???? Hmmmmmm......

Anonymous said...

We redid the kitchen on La Casa last year. It made for kind of a hellish summer, but man do we enjoy it now. Hang in there.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

You can call me, 'Sir': I think this will be the last project that I take on that is so ambitious.

John: yeah, but that's okay under the Geneva convention, apparently.

Twoste: Yeah, but do you know what you're doing?

Anonymous : huh?

SAILOR MOON: you gotta see it in person, my leetle pupusa.

Sugar: thanks.

Moxie: I'm trying. I think the kitchen is a hump that i need to get over.