Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Score...House 1, Humans 0

It's a very rare occasion that I am inspired to write a post about a fail.  But, I'm hoping this fail is not permanent, only a temporary glitch in my otherwise charmed "career" as a "salvager of stuff".  Doug and I went on an adventure yesterday (with permission of the owner, of course) in a house that is ready for demolition.  We planned to salvage the floorboards of the attic, in hopes of installing them in our living room. 

When we remodeled our house 16 years ago, we were able to use floorboards from a granary we were tearing down on my family farm as the dining room floor. We also salvaged some awesome beams we used in the upstairs family room. We had hoped to install the random width heart pine boards in the living room too, but didn't have enough. So, we have been searching for quite some time now for just the right boards to install in the living room over the narrow pine flooring original to the house.

We had been over to check out this house a few weeks ago, and were ready to get the job done.  There was a built in cupboard in there too, and we were hopeful that it would be easy to just pop it off the wall while we were there.  It was unique in that it actually had a back and side separate from the actual wall of the house, so we thought it might be a pretty easy task.

We could not have been more wrong!  First, we had to remove the molding from the top and the ceiling, because the cabinet had been attached before the ceiling was installed.  Apparently there had been at least one renovation, and the once plaster walls had been replaced by wallboard.

See how the cabinet actually stands higher than the ceiling?  Well, Doug removed the ceiling in that part of the room, and then realized the side was also attached under the drywall. 

So after a few blows to the walls, he removed the wallboard on the side and the back...

And he pried...and tugged...and pulled...and cut nails with a saw...and even separated the wall between the kitchen and this room enough that we were afraid the whole house might fall down, and STILL

The cabinet remains strong.  Maybe even stronger than the rest of the house.  So, we removed the floorboards from the attic, which was actually easier than we thought it might be (but we were both beat, and sore last night...are we getting too old for this kind of work???), and vowed to return when the demolition date gets close.  We're thinking now the answer might be to cut the wall from the outside, pull the cabinet out, then RUN LIKE HE** before the house falls down!!!  Yes, it is in that bad a condition.  BUT...look at the cabinet!!!  Isn't it awesome?  So if you think the price on this baby seems steep at the barn sale, you'll know why!  Wish us luck!!!

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