Finishes, House and Acreage Restoration


This week on the Pedersen Homestead, there were ice storms and snow days and one ridiculously loud and abnoxious impact driver.

With the shelves in the laundry closet complete, the fella has moved onto the paneling on the main floor.

This part is for hanging brooms, mops, swifter sweepers, etc.

Shelves in the laundry closet, main floor.


Because it’s very appropriate period-wise, and super swanky looking, all along the north and western walls of the main floor will be a wood paneling. Not the kind of vinyl fake wood paneling we tore out of the house during the 2014 demolition. But nice, Pedersen-made actual wood paneling.

While anticipating a snow storm, the fella involved me in his project in two ways, one most-regrettably. The first, was in holding the plywood as it came through the table saw so it wouldn’t drop on the ground. I was decently successful at that job after the first few passes. The second was with marking the measurements for the paneling on the wall.

This is then optical transit, he also used this for the siding.


While he used an optical transit to view the tiny measurements, I held a measuring stick and attempted to mark the wall with a pencil. First, I have been informed that I must mention that the transit the fella used is the real deal. It doesn’t self-level or have a laser or anything fancy.

Second, I should probably mention that my eyesight makes me legally blind without corrective lenses (glasses or contacts). Without lenses, I pretty much see blurry masses of color sans detail. However, because I am so terribly nearsighted, my vision right next to my eyeballs is really good. When I have to do detailed work (sew a button, clip my nails, pluck my brows), I prefer to do so without my glasses or contacts because of how much better my sight is up close.

Are you seeing where I’m going with this tangent?

Pencil lines separating the sections of the wall.


Me, marking the wall with a pencil mark on 5/16 of an inch on a ruler was somewhat a futile process. There was quite a bit of erasing. I would see where the mark had to go without wearing my glasses, but the depth perception with the distance from the pencil to the wall was giving me a headache to try and line up.

The fella became frustrated a little. I didn’t. It was too ridiculous to feel frustrated about.

Attaching the first strip of MDO (medium density overlay). Aka, a plywood designed for painting.

From here, he took over completely. He measured out and marked in pencil the even division of the space along the walls. Then he got to work using an impact driver to attach the strips of plywood to the wall. The paneling will attach to the plywood. And then he will put a cap/chair rail along the top of the paneling.

West dining room.


Fortunately, we had an ice day for school and then a late start for ice that allowed him to complete the set-up.

Spacing out the rest of the MDO, to allow easy securing of the paneling.

I returned to the much more manageable task of paying bills, making dinner and using our steps for my own Beyoncé version of step aerobics.

Finishing the NW corner where the walls meet.


Speaking of dinner…the chicken curry is done. Stay warm my midwestern folks!

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