How much does my Mom love me? Or how crazy is my Mom? You decide. During her Christmas visit, she could barely sit still because she was jonesin' to rip something apart in my house. One evening, I came downstairs after putting Little Man to bed and found her in my downstairs bathroom, doing this:
Only the world's best Mom would strip wallpaper when you weren't paying attention. That's love. After the wallpaper came down, we discovered a corner where some old floor-to-ceiling beadboard was covered with plaster. [who would do that?] So I joined MafiaMom, and reclaimed the beadboard.
This involved running the sharp tip of my multi-purpose putty knife down the ditches between the boards. But in doing so, I created a lot of texture where the old layers of paint were uncovered. I can't just sand it, because it's no doubt lead paint. I don't want to putty over it again, because I will have wasted 2 hours of hardcore scraping. So I'm ignoring it until I decide what to do.
In the meantime, Wifey and I skim-coated and sanded the walls, harkening back to these days. Then Little Man and I primed the rest of the room. He was delighted to be a part of this activity. He learned to put only a small amount of paint on the brush, to tap it gently on the tray, and to paint up and down. [wax on, wax off]
Then Wifey I finished the job with a nice coat of American Tradition in "Spring Spirits" green.
How to Electrocute Yourself 101
Step 1: Decide to replace a light fixture when noone else is home.
Step 2: Disconnect fixture from the ceiling, discover wires covered in black linen, and still continue with your project.
Step 3: Find a cast iron mounting brace, make a mental note that you've never even seen one of those, and continue with your project.
Step 4: Disconnect all wires, notice that they're not copper, consult your giant manual, read the warnings, and continue with your project.
Step 5: Go to the basement, turn the electricity back on, and decide to test for "juice." Touch the black end of your electricity tester to the metal tube surrounding your wires, the red end to a bare wire, and act surprised when it jolts, sparks and melts the metals tips of your tester.
Step 6: Rejoice when you finally call the electrician because you can clearly state which of the wires is "hot."