That Feeling of Satisfaction

United States
June 26, 2011 4:41am CST
I am now wishing I had thought of before and after photos before I started this project. You see, when I bought this place the window in the bathroom was in horrible shape and it has been like that without change since then. The bathroom window has a storm window mounted on the inside and then the outer window. As near as I can tell, at least the outer window is the original equipment installed in the trailer when it was new in 1975. The storm window looks a bit newer and there is about 3 inches between the two of them. The frame had severe water damage and the plywood had warped and weakened so that the only place where it was still attached to the frame was at the staples. The area between the windows was full of dust, cobwebs and wood chips. Needless to say, no one wanted to tackle this job! But it was getting to the point where I simply could no longer stand the sight of it! We had acquired a new resident spider between windows and I was determined that this one would not live another week. Due to my daughter's work schedule I had to wait until today to get anything done. We took off the storm window, placing it in the tub along with the trailing cobwebs that clung to it. YUCK! My daughter then removed all the loose wood pieces and swept the inside frame thoroughly. She hammered the staples down flush with the remaining wood and washed the inside of the outer window. Next we painted the frame. My next door neighbor had given me three cans of partially used paint: ceiling paint, flat paint and floor paint. We tried the ceiling paint first but it proved inadequate at covering the wood so I pulled out the floor paint. Of course, this being an enamel paint, my daughter didn't realize that she couldn't clean the paintbrush with water. LOL...it was her first introduction to enamel paint. Well, we are well on our way now. The enamel worked so well! My window looks beautiful now. Next step will be to finish painting. I want to put one more coat on the frame and then paint the rest of that wall and the floor immediately around it. (The floor is torn up in process of redoing it.) Once we've finished the painting, we can start work on the other walls. My bathroom is a work in progress but just getting that window fixed has made such a difference in the whole look of the bathroom! I feel sooo good when I walk in there now! The paint is an off-white so it really brightens up the room, too. No more of that ugly gray/brown rotten plywood. It's just beautiful white now. Isn't it amazing what a difference just one little project can make?
2 responses
@ElicBxn (60805)
• United States
27 Jun 11
Yes it does, even just a serious cleaning can make a lot of difference like we did a few weeks ago - and working on the sheds, that's really making a short term mess in the back yard to make a wonderful change in the end.
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• United States
27 Jun 11
The trick for me is getting it finished! I have so many projects that I haven't even started yet but getting the energy and strength to do any work on them is a real problem for me. Wish me luck in getting more done!
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@ElicBxn (60805)
• United States
27 Jun 11
what we've discovered is to only work on one at a time... well, the cleaning is sort of an on going thing, but we worked on the one shed and finished it, now we are working on the second one until we finish it.
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• United States
27 Jun 11
Yah...I do the same. I just need to finish this project. Trouble is that I have trouble getting it finished in a timely manner because I get so exhausted! I want to get one more coat of paint on the window frame before I put the storm window back on, then paint the rest of that wall. I need to get to the dollar store for more paintbrushes. This paint needs turpentine to clean the brushes with and it's easier just to throw the used brushes out. Thank heaven for the dollar store!
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@louievill (18379)
• Philippines
26 Jun 11
ah again I'm so happy for your achievements friend, anything that makes a true friend happy will make me happy, hope I was your neighbor, maybe me and my eldest son can help if you need our assistance.
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• United States
26 Jun 11
You are so sweet to think of me in such a way, louievill! Thanks for your kind thoughts!