Starting to tear out the inside.

Down to the bones!

Down to the bones!

We started tearing out the interior last weekend. It's not obvious here, but there's quite a lot of rot in the frame on the ends and especially along the edge by the door, where the skin has pulled away from the frame. Tod thinks it won't be too hard to replace the bad pieces - and I trust him! Thank goodness for all of his skills.

Some frustrations have been that part of the paneling inside has been super-glued in place, which makes it very difficult to remove without damaging the wooden frame, which we need intact. And the old propane heater is rusted in place and will need to be cut out. This isn't too much of a problem because I want to put underfloor heating in instead; it'll take up nearly no space and is a much more efficient way to heat this little space.

There have been good discoveries too! Namely that the windows look perfectly lovely and cleaner with all wooden the trim stripped off. I want the interior as clean and uncluttered as possible and it was a lovely surprise to find that the windows are in great shape under all the wood that was tacked and glued on top.

Tod takes off the old j-rails. I'm almost done with all the paint stripping.

Tod takes off the old j-rails. I'm almost done with all the paint stripping.

And we're getting closer to being done with stripping off all the old paint. We've been stymied by the rain this week, but I hope to have it all done between showers, fill some holes with bondo, sand the lot, wash with TSP and get it primed by the end of next week.

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