I am man, see me construct

“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That’s what kind of man I am.”

Yes, last weekend I decided to assert my manhood through that age-old tradition of home improvement.  After dusting off the ol’ tool belt and borrowing a truck-load of power tools from by brother, Ken, I was ready to begin the task of tearing through wood with a table saw and driving nails through it with the raw power of compressed air.  OK, maybe it was a little more elegant than that, but it sounds a lot tougher when you put it that way.

Natalie and I decided it was time to get started on Tateym’s room, and our first task was to put up beadboard.  This was my first time undertaking such a task, but it seemed simple enough:  put some glue on the plank, stick it on the wall, then nail it in place–I could have it all done in a day!  Or so I thought.  As it turns out, if you want it to look good (which was the general idea) there’s a little more to it.  I quickly discovered that to get a level line at the chair rail level I was going to need to trim each plank to the proper height, which in turn meant a lot of measuring and running up and down the stairs to the saw in the garage.

Well, a couple of Saturdays, a few weeknights, and a number of sore muscles later I’ve nearly finished my one day project.  It still needs those finishing touches, a little caulk and some paint, but all in all I think it’s coming out pretty nice.

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6 thoughts on “I am man, see me construct”

  1. Thanks Jeni! Your stamp of approval means a lot to us. I’m so lucky to have a husband who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and a sore back.

  2. Does this mean that Tateym is going to be sleeping in her own room now! Yay for the two of you!!

  3. Ok, so this means that when we move back out there then Eric will come do some rooms for us, right? 🙂 Well, maybe you can at least teach Lance how to be a man and construct too.

  4. Ha! I doubt you want me working on your house, Aubrey, unless you’re looking for someone that takes 5 times as long as your typical sub-contractor. 😉

    Emma, this does mean Tateym will be sleeping in her own room. I’ll second that “Yay for us”! 😉 She’s been sleeping really well in her crib/bassinet thing by our bed so we think she’s about ready for the move. We’ll miss hearing her little baby noises throughout the night (I guess we’ll still hear them through the monitor), but it will be nice to have our room back and not have to tip-toe around while getting ready for bed. 🙂

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