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Paint Me a Family Room

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

I think I’ve mopped 20 times in the last week.

And written “wash me” in the construction dust covering the first floor of our house.

And even though my house has pretty much looked like these for the past two weeks:

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

It’s totally worth it because it’s coming together!

By the way, if you look closely at the photo above (beyond the sea of tarps and dust) you will see we expanded the doorway into the living room by 14 inches!

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

On my last post about this room (we’re having trouble “renaming” this room – the family room? the back room? the den?) I posted some crummy iPhone pictures I took at 9pm at night.

Now you can really see we have new walls! And new windows! And new trim!

This room has a whopping 9 windows, so there was lots… of… trim… to paint around.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

First I painted one quick layer of paint on the wall – we decided to continue with Valspar’s Shoreline Haze, which is in our living room.

My friend Alli always makes fun of me because I need at least two words to describe a color. This room is a putty oatmeal.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Then we spent a while going through the room filling nail holes with spackle and sanding them down.

And then we used caulking to fill all the spaces between the trim and the walls.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Then I taped off the windows and painted the raw areas with Killz. Twice. No bleed-through!

Then I gave the entire room and all the trim two coats of paint.

And somewhere along the way we added baseboards.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Lo and behold, we’re actually looking at furniture for this room right now, so hopefully soon enough I’ll be relaxing with my feet up in this room!

My nice, clean, dusted off feet that is.

: p

Drywall, thou art not my friend

On the heels of this project:

DesignLively - DIY Renovations

Drywall, thou art mine enemy.

Or frenemy, because I like new drywall.

DesignLively - DIY Renovations

Bathroom medicine cabinet? GONE!

DesignLively - DIY Renovations

Door molding? Bedroom wall? BAM!

Our walls are shakin’ in their boots around these parts.
Happy Saturday!!

Little Hallway Victories

When we moved into this house just over a year ago (I know! Can you believe it?) we had a teensy-tiny hallway closet.

Like, turn-the-coat-hanger-at-an-angle-to-shut-the-door tiny.

It was an easy decision for us to knock down the closet and build a cubby for our recessed refrigerator.

ignore the words – just reusing pictures people!

While we were happily using our new and improved kitchen the remnants of the project in hallway sat and waited. And waited.

And waited.

We finally got our act together.

We sanded down the spackle and primed the raw drywall. Then we painted it Martha Stewart’s Rice Paper to match the rest of the hallway.

Then we cut new molding and painted that Valspar’s Swiss Coffee like the rest of our trim.

And now it looks normal. Albeit slightly boring, but normal!

I do have some grandiose DIY board and batten plans for this hallway.

Maybe in the fall when we have more than two minutes to rub together!

: ) It’s the little victories!

We have a Bathroom Again!

Recently (okay fine, back in September), we ripped out our downstairs bathroom. We have lived without it for the past 6 months – yikes! Since then I shared my Powder Room Inspiration Board andshared tales of burning the midnight oil with our last-minute tile choosing session.

Believe me when I say I am SO glad this project is nearing completion. (Yippee!!)

When we bought our house this was what the powder room looked like:

Dated, but the main problem was that while sitting on the porcelain throne, your shoulder was wedged on the sink countertop.

Although this is a tiny room (12 square feet), there was plenty of room on the other side of the toilet, so we decided to make a few changes.

Beautiful, right? I’m not sure which part is my favorite.

Last summer we ripped out the awkward extending countertop, had the radiator removed and moved the toilet over on to the other wall. And that’s how it stayed until the fall when it all met our friend Mr. Dumpster.

Due to a number of issues, we ripped out all the drywall on the sink-side of the bathroom.

(By the way, our of our favorite DIY tools are these Harbor Freight Dual Head Pivoting Work Lights. Since we both work full-time, we have to do a lot of our projects at night. These lights make a HUGE difference.)

We put up new drywall, beadboard, baseboards, chair rail and crown molding. We also replaced some of the trim around the window and doorframe, and also put in new outlets.

Oh YEAH, and we got a new floor!

Then we primed like crazy. Did I mention our appraisal was less than 24 hours away at this point?

While I love my beadboard wallpaper, you can see we decided to put “real” beadboard in this room. The reason for this is that the beadboard wallpaper, while awesome, doesn’t work so well in “danger zones”. What I mean by this is, the wallpaper has a puffy texture to it and can indent easily. Since this room is so tiny, the chance of coming in contact with the wall is greater.

Then, voila!

We purchased a new toilet and this vanity (we got the 24″) from Lowes. We got our faucet on clearance.

Can anyone tell me why faucets are so expensive?

This vanity is GREAT for small spaces! While the cabinet is only 12″ deep (which was all we had – hence the previous super skinny sink), the sink bowls out to 18″ leaving you plenty of space to wash your hands. The old sink was so tiny you couldn’t even get both hands in.

The trim and beadboard are painted Valspar Swiss Coffee and the walls are painted Valspar Willow Wynd, it’s a soothing gray green.

And the floor is from Murano smart tiles from Home Depot.

We just have a few more essentials to take care of – lighting, window shade and a mirror! Then I’ll share some more beauty shots with you – this post is long enough!

Lastly, I submitted our kitchen to Traci’s “March Before and After” Link Party, and she has featured my kitchen in her highlights!

I’d like to send a big THANKS to Traci at Beneath my Heart – her blog is great!. Be sure to check out all the other fun projects this month here, and check out Traci’s awesome kitchen renovations while you are over there!