Monday, September 1, 2008

Pimp My Shed

Greetings, everyone. Welcome back to This D*mn House. We have a particularly interesting announcement. For the next few days, we'll be focusing on spin-off programming with a new, single-season show called "Pimp My Shed." See how a simple, nearly two decade old structure can become almost worthy of living in. Just wait 'til the tax assessor sees it ...

The title is not my own. CD came up with it a few weeks ago during one of our now infamous Lowe's adventures. One part of the shed's back wall is in particularly bad shape. Lean too hard on the outside, and you're liable to fall through. So I bought some no-rot boards and the mother decided to add a piece of lattice. (Not only a nice aesthetic add-on, but both a cost- and time-saving option.)

"Geez, Nik," Says CD. "What are you trying to do? Pimp My Shed?"

And a blog entry title was born.

Here's today's trivia question: How many sheets of 4X8 plywood can you fit into a Thunderbird? If you don't cut it, or cut it in half, the answer: NONE! Cut into thirds and the answer is NINE!

My attention today was to have been turned the outside of the shed. However, after pulling everything out yesterday, it became abundantly clear that the inside needs some serious love if it's going to survive. But, only playing a carpenter at This D*mn House, not really being one, I had to figure out how to rectify it. Especially considering that I don't have the $2,000 to $3,000 it would take to get a new one.

I still have a few more things to buy, but so far the tab for repairs is well under $200.

I have over half of the plywood up inside the shed. I'm adding framing to the existing frame boards and putting up plywood on the inside. Essentially, once inside and out are done, I'll be encasing the whole back of the original shed, and ideally, stopping any further deterioration in its tracks.

But first, I have to go and get some boards. We'll see how that goes.

11 comments:

John Deru said...

There are still many people taht have no house in the world..You have it

Peace from me..
John Deru

NV said...

Yes, John. Thanks! I remind myself of that -- regularly. I am incredibly grateful for it.

unclewilco said...

once you have pimped your shed do you fancy sharing it with our sheddies?

Ty'sMommy said...

Dear god, woman! Do you ever stop moving? And you thought "I" was bad. :) The mortar is barely dry on the walway (and a beautiful walkway it is, byt the way!)

Jennifer said...

You CAN"T title something "pimp my shed" without pictures... oh, and fuzzy dice. You need fuzzy dice.

CD said...

I visited unclewilco's site for sheds. Wow, these people are serious about pimping their sheds. How about turning the Granite shed into a Tiki Bar that you could relax in?

MonkeyGirl said...

Is there going to be any gingerbread on your shed? If so, you could hang and plaque for Hansel and Gretel!

notsosahm said...

Woah, I'm getting tired reading several of your posts at once. It never ends though does it.

Pimp My Shed! Is it going to raise itself, have a neon underbelly and have a hydraulic opening door?

NV said...

unclewilco -- Oh. My. God. I am so not in the league of your folks! I am just trying to keep my shed from falling down for a few more years. (Though as hot as it was yesterday and today working inside it, we discussed creating a window and plugging in the portable A/C that is boxed up inside it!)

ty's mom -- The short answer is "no." And during the past few days, it has been virtually not at all. Barely to sleep.

Jennifer -- I took a few pics both yesterday and today and I'll share. But this is really standard issue stuff. If you went to unclewilco's site, you're going to be disappointed by my efforts.

CD -- I'm thinking about just moving out there. If it had central air, I'd be there already. It's bigger than my bedroom ...

MG-- We actually have scallops leftover from the house and the plan WAS to have Lawrence put those on as part of the makeover. However, that ain't happenin' at this point.

V -- It hasn't ended around here lately, that's for sure. By my calculation, I haven't had a real day off since my birthday more than 5 weeks ago.

Ann said...

LOVE all things PIMP, I'm in.

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