August 08, 2022

Demolition Day

Unfortunately, I have pretty much no time to write a post today; I've been working non-stop all day on the bedroom and bathroom. Brian (my brother) came over early this morning and we changed plans a bit. I'll write about that later, but it involves removing the entire subfloor and then replacing it with plywood.

My job was to remove the subfloor, which was terrifying at first, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't too bad. The hardest part was removing the ten billion staples holding the subfloor down. Putting the new plywood down should be much faster and easier than pulling apart the floor today!

I am completely exhausted, but there is a lot more work to do tomorrow. And I don't have a bed to sleep in tonight! Jerry and I are going to sleep on the couch, haha. Anyway, Jerry took a bunch of pictures when I didn't even realize it, so here are a few from our work today...


Well, that's all I can write tonight. Tomorrow, we have to put down more insulation, lay the plywood, prep the bathroom plumbing for the new bathtub/shower, possibly install the bathtub, and frame in a couple of small walls. (Brian will be doing the important stuff! But I love to learn how to do new things, and I learned quite a bit today.)

Anyway, I've cried many tears over all of this (I never anticipated this project!), but I am starting to envision how much better it will be when it's done. I may or may not be able to do a Transformation Tuesday tomorrow, depending on time, but please send me your transformations anyway. Just send a before photo and an after photo to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Include your name and a description of your transformation--can't wait to see what you've got!


  1. I'm so glad you're putting down plywood. It's much more reliable (lighter; less water absorbent; fewer fumes) than particle board. It's a serious upgrade and a lot of work, but your brother is one smart guy. Mid-process and especially since this was unanticipated, it's easy to be overwhelmed. But I bet the end result will be amazing. Sending you all the #badass vibes, but you don't actually need them. You're a worker bee!!

  2. Wishing you the best of luck on this project! I'm excited to see the end results! You guys are so talented!

  3. That is incredible that you guys were able to tackle such a big project yourselves. I'm so jealous of people with handy skills like that!!!


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