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Before and After: The Family Room (Buh-bye Wood Paneling!)

Silly me. I forgot to share a before and after of the Sunroom-turned-Family-Room.

Once upon a time, people loved knotty wood wall paneling, drop ceilings and linoleum floors. And strange uncomfortable built-in benches.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

I must say, this wood paneling was in GREAT shape and really quality stuff. Part of me hated taking it down, but Moose convinced me *and he was right, per usual* that we needed to re-insulate this room.

This paneling had a happy ending though! Our neighbor ended up taking it all to do something in his basement!

But now when I sit in the middle of our (empty) new room… every painful moment of removing mouse-poop infested insulation was worth it.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

It’s hard to believe this is the same room! The room was completely gutted, STARTING with the built-in bench you saw above.

Since the room is built on a concrete slab there was no heat in the room. We added two baseboard heating units (one of which you see above) and can now control the temperature in that room separately from the rest of the house.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

We replaced all of the windows, and installed new window trim to match the rest of the trim in the house.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

When we gutted the room, we exposed the back of the fireplace – thus my many DIY distressed brick posts!

Tips on a DIY Whitewashed Brick WallBrick Wall Tutorial: Tinting a Brick Wall

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

Here you can see the original door from the living room. Also notice that the original room was a step down. When we redid the floor we built a new sub-floor to rise the height of the floor, so now the flooring is now the same level.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

And looking back at this one door…

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

…it looks so skinny compared to the new french doors!

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

Since we have an older home, we don’t have a naturally open floor plan. Adding in these french doors definitely makes the spaces feel more unified.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

I still have nightmares about removing these ceiling tiles.

If walls could talk they might say, “Ick-Ew-Gross”.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled SunroomOur new smooth walls and ceiling are plaster. And the ceiling fan was replaced with recessed lighting.

(And we installed about 10 extra electrical outlets along the way! That’s the royal “we” by the way.)

And here you can see the beautiful new crown molding installed by Moose! Painted by me – I have to get some credit somewhere, right?

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

This was the first room we’ve starting doing molding in and he did an AWESOME job! Now for the rest of the house! ; )

Not only was the original floor a step down, but it was a disaster! The old linoleum was cracking and breaking off of the concrete slab. Not much to miss here!

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

To finish off the room, we continued on with our honey-colored hardwood floors that are in the rest of the house.

Before and After: Renovating a Wood Paneled Sunroom

This room has by far been the biggest “change” – I guess that’s what happens when you gut a room!

I remember walking into this room on the first day we looked at the house – we had so many visions for it then. It’s hard to believe nearly two years have passed and the vision is finally coming to life!

We’ve ordered a couch for the room, and when that comes our television will be moving over there! We’ve talked about some DIY attempts at furniture making for this room… so I will have to keep you posted on that!

Read all about how we DIYed Family Room:

Who doesn’t love a good before and after!

By the way – it’s National Library Week! Get on over to your local library and check-out a book, pay your late fees or listen to the Story Lady read a book! Celebrate and read!

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

A few weeks ago I posted my Tips on a DIY Whitewashed Brick Wall.

Since then we’ve made more progress in the room-formerly-known-as-the-sunroom. I think we’re going with “family room”. The trim and walls are all painted.

Crown molding is in progress as we speak I type. I’ve learned today how much I dislike putting up molding. Mostly because the sound of the airgun scares me and you have to hold your arms above your head for long periods of time. But on the plus side, I think I’ve finally convinced Moose to write up some of his wisdom for the blog – so hopefully you’ll get to finally meet him soon.

Back to the brick wall – After I painted the room (Shoreline Haze by Valspar, like the living room), the gray-ness of the brick wall was too cool colored compared to the warmer putty colored walls. That brought me to stage II of the brick wall project: tinting.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

I took some of the wall paint and watered it down slightly (about 3:1 paint to water ratio – enough that the roller left bubbles but there weren’t drips). I rolled it directly on the brick wall.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Then I went to town with some old rags. I rubbed and splotched my way across the brick until it resembled a color and texture I was happy with. Then I repeated until the wall was done.

Do NOT paint the whole wall and then rag it. I worked in 2’x2′ squares to prevent the paint from drying before I rubbed it in.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

We also had some cracks in our brick wall. After the paint dried, we filled them in with DAP DryDex Spackle- this is obviously only an aesthetic solution. This would not work for structural or outdoor use.

We like to use the pink kind so we know when it’s dry. After the spackle dried it was just a matter of sanding it down.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Then I dipped a paper towel (too lazy to dirty another brush and rag) in my watered-down-wall-paint solution and rubbed around the spackled areas.

(In hind sight I would have spackled from the beginning, but we thought it wouldn’t be that noticeable… we changed our minds.)

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

While the brick is still distinctly a distressed whitewash color, the wall blends more with the wall.

See the transition of the color here:

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

I can’t wait until we get the crown molding and baseboard around the brick! I think it will really look sharp next to the crisp white trim and a nice piece of art hanging on it!

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Soon enough we’ll be able to rip up the floor coverings and I can show you my new floors – no more cracking linoleum here!

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Nearly as soon as we purchased this house, we talked about adding french doors to this entrance.

Thirty pretty panes letting in the light and airiness.

A less expensive way to add French Doors to your home is to purchase unfinished ones.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

To paint your doors, you will need to lie them flat across two workhorses and remove all the hardware.

Do NOT remove the plastic that is covering the glass!! You will be sorry!   How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Lightly sand all the surfaces and edges. I used a very high-grit sanding “sponge” we used for finishing the kitchen island and sideboard.

Then I primed the doors with Kilz primer, for the best protection from bleed-through. I gave each side two thin coats, letting it dry fully between coats.

No worries if you get paint all over the glass area – this is why you want to leave the plastic ON.

Then you will want to paint your doors. I used our trim paint – Valspar Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Give each side two thin coats – use thin coats to avoid paint clumps and globs.

Make sure the side is fully dry before flipping it over to paint the other side.

Do not paint the area where the hinges will go except for one quick swipe – the paint buildup will prevent the hinges from sitting in the notch correctly. You may need to cut some paint out of the hinge at the end if it is not sitting the right way. You might not actually need to paint them at all.

When you have painted everything to your satisfaction, use a razor blade to cut off the plastic in each pane of glass.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then re-hang the doors on the door frame. I did my final paint touch-up with the doors hanging.

Any paint you get on the glass can now be scraped off with a razor blade.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then you will add your knob. Determine how high you’d like it (the average is 36″ from the ground).

Then sit back and appreciate that you just save a few hundred dollars. : )

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

This room is SO close to being finished – I can’t wait to take up the floor paper. Then we can really celebrate!

I’m off to Atlanta for the week for work – talk you y’all later!

Have you been to Atlanta before? This is a first time for me!

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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