Got Asbestos? aka “Brown Room”

We named this room “Brown Room” because that name seemed to be the most literal. Sadly, “Red Room” and “Brown Room” are our only color-coded rooms in the house.

Well, we don’t know whether or not the insulation in the attic contains asbestos, but we are pretty sure it’s vermiculite, which often did contain asbestos prior to 1980 or 1990.

Our Vermiculite

We (and by ‘we’ I mean Zac) even taped off the attic and room and only came in and out through the window, so as not to spread the dust throughout the house.


The “Asbestos Removal Mission” consisted of over 30 trash bags full of insulation, 4 trips to the dump, and the removal of nails, drywall, and carpet along the way.  Zac had already removed not 1 – but 2 – layers of wood paneling before the drywall.  I guess each generation needed a separate layer.


Hey Suki, what did YOU do while we busted our asses in the brown room?

Oh, you shredded everything in the rest of the house, how productive.

Part II: Drywall – Here, There and Everywhere

Brown room is still brown in the photos below, but this time just with it’s skeleton of wood rather than wood paneling and carpet.


We sheetrocked (or drywalled?) the ceiling in about 5 hours.  The most challenging part was lining each sheet up with studs on either end.  And I’m going to spare our team’s pride by not mentioning how we cut the hole for the light out…


Zac boosted morale with his DJ skills.  And I got promoted from photographer to ‘Head Drywall Measurer Extroadinare.’ Hey Zac, how many beers does it take to sheetrock a ceiling?


Zac and I finished one wall in 2 hours and should have walls #2, #3, and #4 done in a couple days.

Special Feature: “What has Suki destroyed this week?” Including an exclusive interview with 2 snakes from the grave, as well as an arm of the couch.

Part 3: Muddin,’ Primin’ and Trimin’

We mudded (and by ‘we’ I mean Zac)

And exposed wood floor (part of the unfinished 2% will be covering the spot with plywood)

And primed and painted – turning the room from brown to blue

Before and after


We are enjoying the new space! The other unfinished 2% will be trimmin’ the window, door, and closet doors.  We will do that when we trim our latest room too.


Can’t forget Suki!

She spends a good part of her day lying beneath her magical stocking                

or dreaming of the day she finally gets lil’ coward

Life ain’t too bad for Suki

Update from November 2012:

If we could go back in time and do it over again with our new knowledge:

-We would paint the room NOT baby blue. The sample didn’t quite reveal how blue it was until it was too late. We will be putting down another $50 to repaint it NOT baby blue before we sell.

-We would have insulated the walls and updated the electrical. We feel extremely stupid for not doing this, but we were amateurs will not make this mistake in any other rooms. Lesson learned.

Brown Room Costs and Sweat Equity

Brown Room Costs:

Trash bags/ spray bottles $20.00
Nails and screws $21.50
Asbestos removal safety gear $87.00
Drywall – ceiling $51.00
Drywall – walls $101.00
Drywall shims $30.00
Mud/ Compound materials $90.00
Sanding materials $13.00
Closet doors $140.00
Primer $40.00
Paint supplies $75.00
Paint $70.00
Trim (windows/ closets/ door) $45.00
Faux wood blinds $120.00
Lighting Fixture $25.00
Attic insulation $40.00
Trips to the dump $83.00
Total $1,051.50

Brown Room Sweat Equity:

Timeline: March 20, 2011 – September 2011

3-20-11: Removing 2 layers of wood paneling/ nails 6 hrs
4-19-11: Removing vermiculite/ drywall and filling van for dump 7 hrs
4-25-11: Removing vermiculite/ drywall and filling van for dump 5 hrs
4-26-11: Removing vermiculite/ drywall and filling van for dump 5 hrs
4-27-11: Removing drywall on closets and filling van for dump 3 hrs
4-28-11: Removing nails/ preparing room for drywall 2 hrs
4-29-11:Drywall to ceiling 6 hrs
4-30-11: Drywall to wall #1 2.5 hrs
5-5-11: Drywall shims/ drywall to wall #2 3.5 hrs
5-9-11: Drywall to wall #3, finish #2 3 hrs
5-15-11: Drywall around windows 1 hr
5-23-11: Drywall to closet 1 2 hrs
5-24-11: Drywall to closet 1/ in between closets 1 hr
5-25-11: Drywall to closet 2, complete drywall 2.5 hrs
5-31-11: Mudding first coat/ taping 4 hrs
6-1-11: Continue mud first coat 1 hr
6-30-11: Finish mudding 2 hrs
7-12-11: Touch-up mudding, sanding 2 hrs
8/8/11: Mudding 2 hrs
8/15/11: Mudding/ sanding 5 hrs
8/17/11: Mudding/ sanding 8 hrs
8/18/11: Mudding/ sanding 10 hrs
8/19/11: Mudding/ sanding 8 hrs
8/20/11: Priming 4 hrs
8/21/11: Clean up/ install blinds 1 hr
9/10/11: Re-prime ceiling 2 hrs
9/18/11-9/23/11: Painting 4 hrs
12/12: Insulating attic, window/ closet door trim 5 hrs
Misc: 6 trips to the dump 1.5 hrs
Misc: 20 trips to Jerry’s/ Home Depot 9 hrs
Total 118 hrs

About Zac and Kayleigh

Minor adventures in remodeling a 1970s-Bachelor's-Pad-Meets- Grandmother's-House. Bittersweet adventures with the destructively adorable Suki.
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