Demolition, Family, Heavy lifting

There’s no substitute for hard work.

I am tired. My hands hurt. And I hear the “whack whack whack” of a hammer against plaster in my sleep.

No one said this would be easy.

But they should have said – “IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY FREAKING HARD!”

We are in the FINAL STAGE of our demolition…and it’s the most tedious.


We are on a MISSION to get the last bit of remaining mortar off the brick. We have a TEAM approach. Person #1 goes first with a small scraper and scrapes each brick and tries to even out the mortar…


Person #2 follows with a “deck scrub” brush and brushes the wall like there’s no tomorrow. (A perfect job for my dad because the man was born with muscles)


Favorite brother-in-law/person #3 then VACUUMS the brick to get all the loose mortar and dust off…


And then…after all that…it’s time to spray the acid. That’s about as happy a person can look holding a bucket of muriatic acid…


The acid not only cleans the brick but evens out the color of the mortar.


We do notice a huge difference…my husband is jazzed about it and talks to the brick when he’s finished. 🙂


I’ve got some BEFORE and AFTER pictures I’m going to post later. I hope you all notice a difference too…if not, you’ll have to lie to me because after this much work, I can’t handle disappointment.

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12 thoughts on “There’s no substitute for hard work.

  1. Shannon says:

    Wow girl!! I’ve been following your blog and just love it. Amazing work so far!! I can notice a huge difference. Keep it up!! Eye on the prize!! 🙂

    • Thank you for reading!! I’m glad you notice a difference :). I’m having as much fun writing the blog as I am renovating, so I really appreciate you reading and commenting! 🙂

  2. Bernadette Griffin says:

    Thank God for family ! The brick looks wonderful, I know you have been through some challenges, and unexpected curve balls but this is going to mean so much more to you and Mark,it is a work of love a bond you are always going to have. That is what marriage is, always working together on everything. When you are done you are going to have a home that is just what you wanted,a home to be proud of, all of you are doing a wonderful job!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! As crazy as this is, I really do think it’s making us closer and I do feel this sense of pride when we’re finished at the end of the day. Thanks for reading — I’m really enjoying the blog journey as much as the house!

  3. Your lucky, if you want to look at it that way. My house, well, we arent so lucky. Built in late 1800’s and everything shows that fact. The brick we exposed kinda sorta are falling apart. Good Lord. I know the pain and dirt your going through. I am OCD about a clean house and remodeling drives me crazy. The good thing is doing it together, just us AND we SURVIVED. Bought the house 20 yrs ago and this friday, April 11, it will be 26 yrs together. So if we can do it and survive you guys can do it!!!!

    • Congratulations on 26 years!! I hope in 20 years, we look back on the house and can smile and laugh at everything we’ve gone through. I’m sure we’re not done with our share of challenges just yet…but as you said, it’s just the two of us and we will survive!!

  4. dawn says:

    looks great!!! looks like you hired pros to do the work!! keep up the great work and posts!! love watching the resylts of your hard work! reminds me of when we bought our first house and we remodeled the whole inside!! i actually loved the hard work (found out dry walling was my hidden talent lol). loved the day we finished even more!! hehehe. cant wait to see more progress. take care. Dawn

    • Thanks for reading! I’m so glad you like the blog and the brick!! We are having a lot of fun…I hope to find a hidden talent like you did…maybe dry wall will be my thing too?! 🙂

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