Sunday, January 20, 2013

Officially Office Like

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So we've come to the last overhaul of our living quarters. It's not the best, it just happened to be the last one to be finished (after move-in).

This is what the office/craft room USED to look like.




This is what it looks like now:






Paint called "Blue Mist" and a new fan were pretty much all we changed here. And I got a new worktable at the Habitat store. Which is already cluttered.

Side note, this is the only room I forgot to photograph before we put furniture in the rooms.  Okay, I take that back. We weren't technically finished with it then. So there.


So....until we start to work on the yard and stuff, this is it! Thanks for all your feedback about the renovations, you guys! I'm glad I was able to share it with you.




Originally published June 4, 2012

On Deck

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I've shown you pretty much all the rooms in the house (except downstairs, but we're not doing anything with those right now, so I'm not posting them). However, the rooms weren't the biggest problem you could see when you walked around the place.
There was also this deck.





Yeah we've got a nice view, but it's not worth risking your life to go see it.




See that big black L? That's a burn. Apparently someone had a grill fire up here at some point. And then never fixed it and let it rot. And let nails work their way up and didn't nail them back in. It doesn't look so bad in these pics, but this thing was in pretty crappy shape. It creaked and cracked and wobbled and just felt shady to walk across.

Then my stepdaughter's husband offered to help us fix it up. I thought he was just going to replace a few boards and get it livable, but no way. He did it up RIGHT (yes, we did help him!).  Look at this afterparty!






We're still not completely done with it (a stair railing needs some help still), but after boards and staining it is WORLDS better than it was. You can walk on it and not feel the whole thing wobble (or step on a nail).   We are so happy it's fixed, and so very proud of our hard-working, talented, Marine Son in Law (and father of the cutest grandbaby ever)





Originally published June 1, 2012

A Place to Pee, Not to Peek


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Let me tell you the story of a bathroom.

Once upon a time there was a guest bathroom.






It was perfectly fine bathroom, it just needed a paint job in pretty gray.

Then someone decided that they would rather have a different vanity, and ripped out the old one, busting it into many little pieces.




Sadly, whoever laid the floor in this bathroom long ago did not lay the linoleum over the entire space. The new vanity was smaller than the old one, and wouldn't cover the bare spot. So new vinyl had to be picked out and installed.

Then the bathroom was put back together again with happy new flooring, a new sink, mirror and faucet and a tasteful shower curtain found on clearance at Target (that conveniently matched all the colors).





And there was no medicine cabinet for people to snoop in when they came over.

The end.







Originally published May 31, 2012

Master Bath

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Our bathroom at the apartment was nice, I'm not gonna lie. I got really spoiled there. It's huge, had a big garden tub, big shower, decent fixtures. So, anything we got would probably not be as nice. True enough, this bathroom is not as huge. But it's not bad.  We still have a double sink, and a separate tub from the shower. There's also a nice window over the tub (which is simultaneously nice and awkward).




However....honey oak cabinet.


Old toilet. Check the reflection in the mirror for the creepy shower doors and messed up fixtures.

So. What did we do?

Most importantly, paint.



He is still not a fan of this color (Sea Wave), but I LOVE IT!! It's like walking into a swimming pool.

We put new faucets in - no more grody, now it's nice and shiny!

We swapped out the clear bulbs with frosted bulbs because hello, blinding.

New vinyl on the floor, same as what's now in the guest bathroom.

This shower had issues. I seriously thought it was going to take a nuclear missile to get it clean, but an hour of scrubbing managed to get it acceptable. And I'm not kidding about the hour. We also pulled out the sliding doors. They were gross and too small. We've put our shower curtain up here instead, and now we have more room and won't bang our elbows against the glass. We figured out that the actual stall is the same size as the shower at the apartment, but this one has the second seat in it that takes up all the room.




I put rice paper frosting film on the window, which was super easy and worked great.




So...what didn't we change? The toilet stayed, because well, it works. It's old looking, but effective, and that's good enough for now.  The light fixture is something that neither one of us love, but we can't pick one we like. The cabinet is staying, but I may end up painting or restaining it at some point. Someone in this house has an idea to completely overhaul this bathroom at some point, but it's not in the budget at the moment.  Either way, I'm happy.


Originally published May 30, 2012

The Kitchen, Part Deux

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We've already seen the cabinet refinishing, so let's see the rest!!
Before: walls of peachy beige, cabinets of Fug.






The horrible ivy adhesive border got ripped down and the whole room was painted a nice sand color, which plays nicely with the cabinets, counter, and the tile backsplash (It also is the top half of the dining room).





We swapped out the standard buzzy rectangle overhead florescent with a round florescent from Home Depot that looks like a UFO. It also puts out a lot more light.




The blinds were in good shape and match what we put in the rest of the house, so those were cleaned and kept.

We took a big hit on storage space in this move, so we purchased a big stainless table to put in the window corner to house the breadmaker and other appliances.  It's still not ideal, but it works.

Originally published May 29, 2012


Saturday, January 19, 2013

That Place We Say We'll Use for Eating


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The first thing that I knew I wanted to change about the dining room was the light fixture. I mean really, that thing is horrid.  Also, gold switchplates? Really?? There was also the small matter of that hole in the wall with a live wire hanging out (it's just out of frame on the upper left side). No biggie, right?

How about this instead?




I really really liked the look of the giant Hogwarts tray of candles fixture I saw at Lowes, but it was a little too pricey. We settled on this one, and I really like it.   There was a matching sconce for that fixture, but sadly, the sconce was ugly. So we found something cool and our family electrician rewired everything so that it was correct and safe and looks pretty darn cool.

The top half uses a same sand tone that is also in the kitchen (Moroccan Sand? Imperial Sand? I'll have to get back to you on that one). For real, one gallon did two coats on both rooms and I still have some left over. The base is a shade called Gooseberry. The base was a learning experience for me, as I've never painted anything that dark before. Four coats, people. Four. I used up every bit of two quarts on this.



The linoleum still leaves a lot to be desired, but we'll just have to live with that for now and maybe replace it down the road. Or find a rug. Either way, NOT a priority.

We are still debating whether or not to do vertical blinds on the doors. Only having experienced the ugly plastic kind found in the apartment, I am not a fan. We'll see if I end up caving in the face of the sun (but I have no doubt that door will become the new favorite spot for a  certain pair of finicky felines).










A Room for Living

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I like our living room. it was one of the main things we liked about this house.  Where other places barely had room to fit the Giant Comfy Sectional, this one has plenty, plus a fireplace and hardwood floors.






The track lighting is kind of weird, but it will make a nice piece of artwork look cool. Not a lot needed to be done in here, just painting and the fan needed some cleaning and modifications. Eventually we will have to get some gas logs for the fireplace, but apparently that is some sort of seasonal merchandise and trying to find it in the Spring is like looking for the Holy Grail (choose wisely).

It wasn't until I began painting that I realized that the peak of the half moon window is NOT directly under the apex of the ceiling. You can't really see it from this angle, but it's there. As a slightly obsessive symmetry freak, this bugs me. A lot. But ripping down a wall just to move a window a foot to the left? Not in the cards. I'll just have to not look up, I guess.

The results?




The peachy beige got covered up by a nice neutral named Flax. I was not a real fan of this color during selection, but I guess it's starting to grow on me a little.  New 2" plantation blinds will guard our privacy and hopefully be cat resistant.  Notice what else we did there? Look at the fan. Since we weren't going to be using the overhead lighting, we pulled those little ornate suckers off and cleaned up just fine.


In use:



Originally published May 22, 2012

The Kitchen, Part 1

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The kitchen took a long time, but today's post is just about one aspect - the cabinets.



 The kitchen has some potential. The appliances are almost all new(er), the floor and the backsplash are ceramic tile. The layout isn't great, but it doesn't completely suck. BUT if there was one thing that I did not like about this house when we looked at it, it was the kitchen cabinets. Two words: Honey Oak. Bleeech.  Okay, that's three words, but I really don't like honey oak.  I wanted cherry.  So I decided I was going to refinish them.   Oh, and the drawers were all messed up.  Fortunately, one of my friends has a whole wood shop and helped me out with fixing them.

I had to decide how I wanted to do the color. I could do the traditional strip/stain/poly route, I could do a gel stain that would take forever to dry, or I could do this other thing that I found. I was surfing the web and stumbled upon Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations.  Two coats, a glaze and a top coat. I could handle that.

I bought the kit, read the instructions, pulled everything apart, set everything out, and got started.



The hardware was brassy and had to go. I picked brushed nickel knobs to go in their place, so I had to fill the top holes in each door. Then came the "deglossing" phase.  And that's where I jacked up my hand.  Ouch.  So that put me a few days behind, you know?  But finally, with the help of some latex gloves for the borked hand, I got back to work.

These are with one coat of color:




(and yes, we do know that the under sink area is disgusting. We still are figuring out how we're going to fix that, because contact paper by itself will not cut it)

I will be honest, at this point, I was skeptical. The color was weird and streaky and it wasn't quite as thick as I was expecting and I think I was hoping for better coverage with one coat.  Fortunately, it got better with the second coat.



The kit comes with a "decorative glaze" that's optional. I tried it on the back of one door and decided that it gave the color a nice depth, so then that meant I had to do ALL of the doors.  I'll be honest, at that point, I was tired of coating everything, drying, flipping and coating again.




And then there was a top coat. It's the consistency of Elmer's glue, and smells about the same. It also didn't dry as neatly as I was expecting, so I have some touch ups to do.

The hinges were fully functional, so I spray painted them to match the knobs I bought (spray paint is awesome).  I put my fun new cordless drill back into use to put everything back together and got this:









The color is way prettier in natural light, but by the time I finished it all, I was down to overhead florescent.  It really brings out the color of the counter (a kind of greenish gray) and goes well with the tile backsplash. Also, you'll notice the horrible ivy border is gone, because we're painting this all one nice color.



I'd have to say that overall, I'm pretty satisfied with how they turned out. You can still see the wood grain under the color.  There are a few spots I have left to fix, but they're overall good to go!


Originally published May 18, 2012

Bedroom Eyes


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Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the master bedroom.  Pretty standard stuff. Same Peachy Beige Blandness on the walls, some ratty mini blinds, and a boob light. Here's the view from the hallway door:






Here's the view from the bathroom:




The light switch had a fan control on it, and one of the things we dislike about the apartment is that the ceiling fan is in the living room and not above the bed.  So obviously, we were going to add a fan.

The biggest argument we had was about the color. I wanted a light green or blue. He didn't. So we went and stared at paint chips for a while. After a bunch of back and forth rejections, he picked one out, and went "what about this one?" "REALLY?" "What, you don't like it?" "Yeah, I like it, I just didn't figure it would be something YOU'D like."    We bought it, went home and two coats later, we have this:





I believe the color is called Jekyll San Souci (WTF???), but I refer to it as Pool Table Green.  I love it.


Also note the kickass new fan. The blades are the same cherry color as our bedroom set, and when it spins it looks like katanas whirling.  Dangerous but awesome.



We are super happy with the way this turned out.  Since I took these pictures, we put up some 2 inch plantation blinds in the window, which add a lot to the look. 




Originally published May 16, 2012


Making An Entrance

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Originally published May 14, 2012

One of the simplest changes in our whole redo has been in the foyer. It's a perfectly fine foyer, just kind of...blah.  It is our intent to change the door eventually (check the blown weatherstripping in the door windows), but it's not terrible as it is.   The walls are the same peachy neutral that the contractors painted every other wall in the house.  However, we are not really used to sidelights and would prefer something more private. And the wooden switch plates? HAVE TO GO.


While we were looking at window film for the bathroom, I noticed these Sidelight Solutions on the next shelf down and decided we'd give them a try.

First, let me say that the ordinary window film was super easy to put on the bathroom window (you'll see that eventually). Unfortunately, these did not cooperate as well.  Same company, same application process, but these did not want to stick. It seemed like the sidelight film didn't have as much or had crappier adhesive on it than the stuff we put on the bathroom window. I wound up having to actually tape the edges down until it cured.  Lame.

The end result though, is pretty cool:



I am a sucker for stained glass.  It even looks cool from the outside!



And did you catch the chandelier?  I think it's pretty cool looking.  That's going to stay.



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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's up?

Current craftiness: not so much. I have a sock going, and I'm still paused on the Luna sweater. I just keep forgetting about it.

I'm kind of paused because I'm in a creative funk. My craft room is cold, so I don't want to go in there. Also, I blame Pinterest, a little. I see all these awesome ideas that I want to do. And I think seeing everyone else's awesome ideas is crowding out my own awesome ideas (if those ever existed). However, necessity is the mother of invention, and at the moment, I don't really need anything, so that may also be a reason for the standstill. whatever it is, it kind of sucks, but I'll deal.

There will be some new things around here soon, because I am killing my other blog. Since there are some home renovation things I don't want to lose, I'll be moving them over here. That is, if blogger decides to play nice with my XML files.

So that's what's up for now. Happy New Year and all that...