Dust on the Fridge

Remember that beautiful song by Kansas … “Dust in the Wind.” It looks like that inside our house right now.

Tile demolition - foyer

Tile demolition - foyer

If you’ve watched “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on TV, you know that demolition is the FUN part of the process. They turn it into a party and everyone smiles and oohs and aahs and there are hundreds of people running around in blue shirts to help. Well, it’s not like that here!

Hubby rented a Demo Hammer to break up and remove the white tile throughout the house. In addition to the flying tile fragments and jackhammer loud noise, the dust floating through the air kept setting off the smoke alarms. Since they’re hard-wired into the house with our alarm system, you can’t just take out the batteries to make them stop. The neighbors probably think I’m the worst cook in the world after two days of this.

Tile demolition - kitchen

Tile demolition - kitchen

Hubby blasted out and shoveled tile and made numerous trips to the city dump. I helped with a little shoveling and carting tile. I was better with the shop vac, cleaning up in his wake. He is a one-man tasmanian devil when it comes to stuff like this.

You know they love their manly tools. A few years ago, I came home from work on a Saturday afternoon and he called me into the back yard. “Honey, come look what I got today.” He’s standing there with a chain saw — on an extension pole — to trim the tall Queen Palms in our yard. Big grin, pulling on the start cord and revving the engine. Scary and cute!

So now we’re cleaning the dust off of everything. Finally got the kitchen back in working order yesterday and needed a little comfort so I baked a bundt cake last night. It tasted great — no tile dust!

We’re planning to get all the baseboards painted before the new tile is laid and, fortunately, we won’t be doing that part ourselves. We have real, honest-to-goodness tile guys coming in a week to do that. Yay!

So when I was a teenager, I babysat for a family in our neighborhood. The mom was always so much fun to talk to, I’d go hang out with her even when I wasn’t sitting. I remember she climbed on a chair to get something from the cupboard over her refrigerator once. She gasped in outrage and said something very unladylike. Her husband had written the date (quite a few months earlier) in the dust on top of her fridge and a note … Clean Me. Still makes me laugh!

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8 Responses

  1. It’s going to be bomb-diggety when you’re all done. You’ll have to charge admission! I have white tile in the bathroom and it shows every hair, dust-speck and footprint. Can I borrow that jack-hammer? LOL

    • You should see what is looks like with (2 Yorkies = 8 Feet) running around on it. I will not miss the white tile at all.

      You don’t need a jackhammer. Just have R throw a handful of firecrackers into the toilet. Maybe it’ll take out the floor this time, too.

  2. You know, we haven’t even been approved for our house loan yet and BF is already drawing plans to improve our phantom house! We even went to Home Depot the other day just to look at the types of things we can buy to improve it. Of course, he drooled over the power tools he can put in the phantom garage, too!

    Can’t wait to see the finished look — Better Homes and Gardens will probably want to feature you!

    • I don’t think Better Homes & Gardens features cussers and, believe me, there’s been some loud cussing going on! 🙂

      You will never have to wonder what to get him for a gift again. Tools make them very happy!

  3. Don’t you DARE tell him that!

  4. It’s good to see you taking it all in your stride. “Even this shall pass” and you’ll have your perfect home soon. Good to get rid of tiles that show the dirt!

    • I am so ready for all of this to be over. We started painting about 6 weeks ago so it seems like it’s been going on forever. The nice thing is, once it’s done, it’s done. And we’ll have it finished in time for the holidays. Thanks for the positive thoughts!!!

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