Fixing Up the Bunkhouse

 

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last weekend we came up to the ranch with my Dad and Uncle Bill (and no kids!) for Valentines weekend house fix up :) we wanted to get everything set up to come back with the kids for the week so we set out with two days to set up camp!

 

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Heff and I drove the truck with the horse trailer behind us - full of hand me down furniture, cleaning supplies and warm jackets :)

 

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my dad and Bill drove the Sprinter up for us and we met for lunch at Granzellas 

we arrived around 4pm and have them a tour if the ranch. 

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and had heff's birthday /valentines dinner at Dotty's burgers :)

 

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the plan was to set up the little cabin for our until-we-build-a-house residence and to stay in next week... But we had some work done while we were gone and the pace in fort jones isn't exactly what I'm used to :) so we quickly realized the little house /cabin wasn't going to be ready for the week up here with the kids. Bathroom was gutted, no kitchen, no heat... You get the picture :) 

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but while Dad and Bill were cozy at the Etna Motel we roughed it on the floor by the fire in the cabin! 

 

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we were up early the next morning (easier to get out if bed when it's a sleeping bag!) to start working

 

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sunrise on the drive to breakfast 

 

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bob's ranch house breakfast to start the day

 

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and then back to the house to tackle our solution. The big house needs a lot of work - but it was cleared out and just needed a deep (really deep) clean. This is where we started...

 Living room

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 Front bedroom 

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 "parlor" front room

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and lots of this in every window under layers of plastic wrap to double pane

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so we started by pulling up the 1975 brown shag carpet. It was a dirty job!

 

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but we found great old for floors underneath with multiple layers of paint 

 

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then on to the tack strip and nail removal... Took forever!

 

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and lots if sweeping and cleaning. And more cleaning and cleaning. 

 

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we had good help!

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ammonia on every surface - this was half done...

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and the dust!

 

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more tack removal while Moose attacked my crow bar 

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and finally... Time to paint! Bill and my Dad went to the hardware store in town to get more supplies and floor paint. They picked a great red color

 

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two coats rolled on and we've got improvement! Much better smell too ;)

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and after a full day working the neighbors kindly invited us over for dinner! They are such a nice family we are lucky to have at the ranch next to us

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and up early again Subday morning - moon in the sunrise outside the ranch. The views never get old!

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we unloaded the container and put furniture in the house. 36 hours after we started...

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 thanks to these guys for all the help!!!  What a fun weekend!

thanks to these guys for all the help!!!  What a fun weekend!

and by 1pm back on the road to go pick up our crew at home!

 

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