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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.

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Sunroom Renovation Progress (There are Real Walls People!)

First of all, thank you for all the Italy travel advice. You guys rock! Keep it coming!

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The sunroom is quickly  growing up to be the family room. There’s a lot to catchup on.

The last time you saw this room, we had completely gutted her. Read about it here. (Want to know how fast time goes? I posted about gutting this room THREE months ago. It feels like yesterday.)

No more solid wood paneling. No more drop ceiling panels.

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

There has been more done in this room than I can probably explain – in all honesty, after the demolition, I have not been very involved. Moose has been doing a lot of work in conjunction with some professionals. This non-DIYing is very exciting and feels so fast! It feels like this room has come together overnight!

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

This is the doorway we have had for the last 1.5 years. And now it looks like… (drumroll please)

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLivelyall pics are from my phone. and it’s dark. so they aren’t that great. oh well!

First, we got our french doors installed!!! I am thrilled and I love the way they open up the two rooms together. Because we have an old home, an open floor plan isn’t really an option for us and this really brings the spaces together. This is a load-bearing wall, so they also needed to install a header – definitely not a DIY job for us.

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

No more ancient broken windows with rotting sills either. When we put new windows in our house 2 summers ago, we did every room except this one to delay the cost (because this room boasts a whopping 9 windows). We got our new windows installed and they look great!

The old (GROSS) insulation was ripped out, and we had a professional come in and blow foam insulation. While the upfront cost is definitely more than rolling the traditional stuff out ourselves, it will pay for itself in the next two winters. Boston winter ain’t got nuthin’ on us.

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

You might also notice the floor has been raised. This room was built on a concrete slab, so it was a step-down from the rest of our house. We had insulation rolled on the floor and then then built this subfloor on top of it – this also greatly contributes to the feeling of an open floor plan. Hardwood floors to match the rest of the house are to come.

The room has been run with all new electrical outlets, cable hookups and our ceiling has been outfitted with can lighting.

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

We have walls! Real walls for the first time in this room. This was really the kicker for me. It feels like a real room now, and it’s such a huge change to look across this living room and not see a dark pit. This was definitely another job for professionals – since we own an older home, nothing is level or square. These walls and ceilings are plaster, not plain old drywall.

The brick wall is still up for debate. We have left it open and are going to decide how we feel about it as the room comes together. More on the brick wall this week!

And just because it makes me feel good, let’s look at the before again:

DIY Home Renovation - DesignLively

We’ve come so far!

Next up for this room? Lots of painting, installation of all the window and door trim, and the floor.