Thursday, July 31, 2014

One Room at a Time | PBJreno

A few weeks ago I shared about our kitchen renovation update... we're still chugging away on that project.  During it though I try to find time to start tackling some other parts of our house so it's more move in ready once that time comes (once we complete our kitchen). 

I began with Baby Girl's room because it's the smallest so was being sure I could "chew what I bit off".  Also, it's the first time I was installing baseboards and casing myself, so figured the smaller the better. 

I decided to go bold with her bedroom color as I've mentioned... it's a dark purple that I typically would NEVER pick. But, it spoke to me (after 7 paint samples and endless Pinterest searches).  So I grabbed my paintbrush and got to it....

 pssstt this is UNSPONSORED SHOUT OUT TO HOMERIGHT ... their EZ-Twist Paintstick makes painting a room slick as ever.  In fact the first time my husband used it the words straight from his mouth, "I could crush rooms with this".

I wanted to update all the baseboards and casing in the home, not only to give them a fresh crisp white paint job... but to also bulk them up and bring in a little craftsman style.  So the room needed to have all the baseboards, door casing and trim removed...then I painted the whole room.  Then I installed new trim and painted those up!

But... dealing with a home from the 50's and plaster walls... as a "newbie" I had a few challenges to overcome... like what to do when NOTHING IS SQUARE... orrrr what to do when it all looks like CR*P when you reveal below the original trim..

I will say, once I was able to complete the trim work I could instantly see the upgrade look of it.  Then after two coats of primer (Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3®) and then two coats of our top coat color it looks AMAZING.  Selecting a trim color was actually a more difficult choice than expected.  I asked my Facebook friends what their opinions was and received great feedback.
After testing a few whites in our lighting I decided to go with Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel in Greek Villa.

Once that was all said and done I switched out the outdated fan that was in there with just a flush mount light for now.  All of our belongings are still in boxes and after opening about 6 of them to find her original light chandelier I gave up so I'll just replace that at a later time. 

Her closet beforehand was BRIGHT pink, so smothered that with a new coat of white paint and ripped out the old closet rod which was not only too high but just ugly.  I'll be putting in some shelves and rods to make it more organized for a toddler-age closet.

Since her room was kind of the "do it as I go and figure it out" method of installing the trim, now I have it down and once I begin in J's room I'll be sure to take clear step by step pictures to show you all how I went about updating it all.

So overall here's what I did in her room so far to have it be "move in ready"
Removed popcorn ceiling
Removed old baseboards and casings
Removed old door and closet door
Replaced register and air vent and cleaned the vents
Painted the room and closet
Installed in baseboards and casing
Scraped off old paint job on window, patched, resealed for no more air leaks
Replaced old fan with new light fixture
Still to do:
Replace the outlets and light switch from dated yellow-tone to white faces
Replace with new light switch and outlet face plates
Decorate entire room


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Update of Week 9 of Renovations | #PBJreno

Apparently renovations take a long time when you do them yourselves.  But we have progress so that's a plus!!!  I wanted to jump in and share a few recent shots I've been able to take and do a quick sum up of what we've had going on. 
We're on Week 9 of #pbjreno and
here's a glimpse into the space and what it looks like now:

What we've been doing since my last update:
  • Laid sub-floor in the kitchen and dining room
  • Removed a support post and installed a new 14' header
  • Expanded the upper kitchen space 12" into the dining room/garage
  • Completely redid ALL electrical work in the kitchen/dining room
  • Added audio wire for in-wall speaker system
  • Replaced header for patio door along exterior wall
  • Removed old patio door, rebuilt the dry rotted exterior wall and installed a new 9' patio door
  • Created an interior entrance from garage to the house including a "mini mud room"
  • Installed a pocket door frame for future pantry space
  • Hung sheet rock in kitchen and dining room walls and ceiling
  • Encased the existing ceiling beams to bulken and freshen them up

    Guess we've done quite a lot! :)  As we speak we have decided to hire someone to come in and do the taping/muding/sanding of the dry wall.  We have done everything up until this point in the kitchen space ourselves however for the cost/time value bringing someone in to do this part of it is the best decision for us.

    As this has all been going on I've started to move forward on a few other projects in another spot of the house.  The right side of the house where the hallway and all 3 bedrooms are located, the ceiling was popcorn texture and I hated it.  I first just planned on painting the texture a fresh bright white, but after doing the smallest room and it taking hours and creating the BIGGEST mess of all - I decided to hire someone to come in and scrap the ceiling for us.  There was a pretty good chance there was asbestos in it so we just went ahead and hired for this also, plus they did it in two days time so went super fast.

    (Attempting to paint the popcorn texture - #Fail)

    (No more popcorn texture!)

    Once they finished I was able to start the bedroom painting.  Since all of our things had to come out of storage and delivered to our house during this time I am trying to work around a million boxes.  I decided to store all our things in our master bedroom and my son's room and keep Baby Girl's room empty.  This way I'm able to remove all the baseboards, window and door casings, paint the room and rebuild the baseboards and casings easier.  Once I finish her room, I'll move everything from my son's room into her room - tackle it in there and so on.

    Here's a little sneak peek of the type of casing's I'm doing throughout the whole house.

    They're big, fresh, and I LOVE them.  However, trying to do all this with uneven walls, existing door frames and poor plastered sheet rock has already proven to be quite a big challenge.  But BRING IT ON HOUSE.
    You can also kind of see the color I choose for Baby Girl's room...and I'm surprised I went with something this outside of my normal comfort zone of Greiges but I love the impact of it. 

Remember you can see lots of updates and daily pictures of our renovation if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook!

As for this weekend, I'm happy to say we'll be stepping away from the renovation and taking a much needed vacation.  What are you up to this weekend for the 4th?!

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