La Sala del Sol

Arriving early  Saturday morning and for the rest of the day, then for about 7 hours on Sunday with his buddy, Manuel has taped and mudded our exposed drywall.

The large gaps that we left in the ceiling were taped first with mesh tape.
The large gaps that we left in the ceiling were taped first with mesh tape.

He mixed up his own joint compound in addition to using some bucket of pre-mixed .

Batches of quick dry joint compound were mixed to order.
Batches of quick dry joint compound were mixed to order.

I think I love the smell of drying wallboard mud.

The conservatory ceiling was the largest single surface (and one which we dreaded tackling ourselves).
The conservatory ceiling was the largest single surface (and one which we dreaded tackling ourselves).

Finally I’m beginning to see that our rooms will not remain unfinished shells for the next 5 years.

Right from the beginning we realized we didn't have the finesse to finish drywall.
Right from the beginning we realized we didn’t have the finesse to finish drywall.

At the end of the day we were talking about what the conservatory might be called in Spanish and came up with “La Sala del Sol”, SunRoom. The plan is for Manuel to return next Saturday (he works during the week) and I think all the drywall will be finished .

The conservatory furnishings are cluttering the living room for another week.
The conservatory furnishings are cluttering the living room for another week.

Next step: priming and painting. That’s on us.

What chores do you hire out? Has it changed with age?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “La Sala del Sol”

  1. Funny thing, right before you said it I could smaell drywall mud in my mind. Isn’t coming towards the finish line great? Of course you know you will never be finished. There is always SOMETHING else to be done.

    1. I come from a long line of women who like to change things up. The thought of being finished and never changing another thing isn’t for me. I’m a furniture rearranger and décor tweaker. (How would that look on a business card?) Jo

      1. Lol you might be on to something. I been trying to come up with a catchy line for my personal calling cards. Tired of people asking but what do you do? I dont put my job on my personal cards. This is perfect

  2. Isn’t it great to watch someone ELSE do the work? I’m pretty sure we will hire out at least part of our exterior painting … it hurts just t think of all that awkward work!

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