Oops, We Did It Again

We rolled into San Marcos around 6pm on Monday full of good memories and ready to get back to life.  Our house was so clean and peaceful.
Then within a few hours our dining room looked like this!

Yep, we did it again.
Just when we think we can live like normal people in a normal house we go and do this.

When normal people are unpacking and resting after a very busy holiday,
we spend our time picking out paint colors.

So here we go trying to get in a guest room remodel before the end of the year!  That means within a year we would have had central air installed, insulated our attic, stripped and painted two sides of our house (Danny and Marsha, we will one day soon get to your side), and gut and remodel a bathroom and bedroom.  And on top of that we left the country for nearly a month and I have had a major career shift, leaving teaching to pursue my dream as an interior decorator.  It has been a whirlwind of a year but the best yet! I am so excited for this coming year, God is going to do some amazing things, I can just feel it.

Here are pictures of the room with everything out. There were some major cracks that we created when the foundation was repaired.  The walls also have nasty 80’s texture so all the drywall had to come down.

We are going to take out these two doors.  The one on the left is for a very small closet that backs up to the master closet.  When we remodel our closet we will incorporate this space into our closet.  The door on the right leads to the master bath so we close it in.

This is the new wall that separates the bathroom and bedroom.

This space will be my craft closet!!!! I’m super excited.

When we pulled off the sheet rock we found the walls are solid shiplap.  We are going to sheet rock one wall and leave two walls with exposed shiplap.

The door on the left is the entrance to the room.  The hole on the right is the new opening for a new closet.  In our minds we thought we will just cut a hole, put in a new door and tada have a new closet.  Well, when we cut in we found three studs that carry the weight of the roof for the back corner of the house.  So Joel found himself on the phone with his dad.  We usually work until we come to a point where we have no idea of what we are doing then Dan comes to the rescue!  We could not do this without his expertise.
Dan, I know you’re reading this, THANK YOU for all your help.

As we were pulling off sheet rock we found this old wall paper underneath.  We discovered that old wall paper was done in a two-part process. First, by nailing a cheese cloth like material to the wall then glueing the paper to that.

Today, we will put in the door way for the new closet and if the house doesn’t come crashing in on us we will move on to taking out the other doorways.  Pray for us!!!

We invite you along for the ride. Stay posted for more.
With love,


3 thoughts on “Oops, We Did It Again

  1. Pingback: The Guest Room Is Finished!!! « the rescued home

  2. Wow, Lauren and Joel! Great teamwork! I love what you’ve done to Rescue your new home 🙂 Please let me know when you have a break in projects… I’d love to get your opinion on our hopes and dreams to re-model and decorate in our new house too.
    Bless ya’ll mucho!
    Aunt Jo

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