Day 24 Renovation Adventures: More Brown Paper

I was able to finish taping off the walls and ceilings, although I ended up with a migraine so that’s all I did.

As I was taping with the paper I realized it reminded me of wrapping Christmas presents and instead of a new toy, when I rip off the paper I will have new walls. :-)

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DH and the boys started cleaning out the garage since our kitchen cabinets will be delivered on Tuesday. We thought the cabinets would be the hold up on the project but they came early and everything else has been slightly delayed. They can’t be installed until the floors are installed, which doesn’t happen for another two weeks.

I looked at countertops the other day and these were my three top choices.

countertop collage

The pictures aren’t great because I was trying to take them in full sunlight and I couldn’t even see the screen on my phone.

From left to right- Giallo Ornamental Light, Crystal White Quartz, Crema Caramel. The middle one is quartz, and the other two are granite. The quartz is my favorite of the three. We are installing white cabinets with a chocolate island so I think it will look very nice.

I found this picture on Houzz and I really like the light and dark contrast with the lighter counters.

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Of course I need to price it out and that will help me make my final decision.

I also went through and counted outlets and lights that we will be replacing. I’m also considering replacing the vents. Has anyone ever painted vents? I’m assuming you can spray paint them, right?

We have a lot of work planned for this weekend, including building a wall in the back room.

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If you remember, we took down the sliding glass doors in the living room. The green room you see in the background will eventually become two different rooms. The brown door on the left side of the back wall goes to the garage. We are moving that door to the right side of the wall so that the entry from the garage aligns with the entry to the kitchen.

We will then divide the green room (with a wall) to create a mudroom on the side where the new garage door will be and the other side will be my office.

There will be a door on the new wall that leads to my office. I’m probably not describing it very well, so I’ll have to take a photo of our plans once we draw them.

The house still needs to be cleaned out a bit too- we are trying to get the weekly trash collectors to take as much as possible so we don’t need to make a many runs to the dump! I’m probably going to put a bunch of things on Craig’s List this weekend to get rid of them as quickly as possible since we need to make space for the cabinets next week.

Here’s to a productive weekend!

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Day 23 Renovation Adventures: Prepping for Orange Peel

Our new handyman is doing a great job. Today my oldest daughter and I went over to the house to tape off doors, windows, and ceilings to protect them from the orange peel overspray.

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This included the dining room, hall, entry, two bedrooms, and one bathroom. We almost got the entire thing finished. I’m headed back in the morning to get it finished up.

Our guy gave us this paper and tape dispenser that was supposed to make the job easier. I’m either super uncoordinated or the dispenser doesn’t really work. I’ll see if I can snap a photo tomorrow so y’all will know what not to spend money on when doing this job. :-)

We found it quicker to hang a strip of paper on a door then add the long strip of tape.

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It made the job go much quicker. In fact the longer we worked the more “tricks” we learned to go faster. By the final room we were going about twice as fast as we were when we started.

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The good news is that all our taping today saved us another day with the handyman. He should be finished by Friday instead of Sunday as originally planned.

Some of the rooms have these old style lights in the ceiling. They have what I like to call a “distinct 70′s vibe” about them. I’d like to replace them, but we’ll see how much some of the other projects ends up costing us first.

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Possible LED recessed retrofit downlight replacement, they are $20+ each so I’m not sure how many we will replace. I’m actually not even sure how many we have in the house. I’ll need to count them tomorrow.

LED lights

One thing we’ve decided to replace are the receptacles. They are all original and many of them have come loose or don’t keep a plug securely plugged in. They are also beige and I’d like them to be white. Receptacles are about $2 each and the plates are $0.50 each. I don’t even want to add up how  much that would be for the whole house.

I think we will do the main areas first and then do the bedrooms later.

I did find this super cool USB receptacle, but they are about $20 each. At the rate my kids “borrow” my iphone plug it might be worth it to put a few in my bedroom!

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Have you seen one before? Would you put one in your house?

I’m extra tired today. One of our retirement transitions has been me working full-time while dh looks for a job. Working on the house, plus working, plus homeschool is cutting in to my sleep schedule a bit!

Thank goodness it’s only temporary! I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine, although I definitely enjoy the renovation projects!

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Day 22 Renovation Adventures: Two Week Setback

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I’m sooooooo disappointed. Today we had a handyman come to the house to install trim and see if he could help fix the awful drywall job. The longer we looked at the job the more issues we found.

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It will take a few days to get the house ready for painting and we have to pay a second person to redo the job. We are also going to put orange peel on all the walls that were skimmed because the texture is so off from the other walls.

We were hoping to be able to get it done quickly so we could stick close to our painting schedule. These three rushed over to the house to help the handyman sand the walls.

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The did an amazing job and their hard work shaved a day off what we have to pay the new guy.

Unfortunately the house is not ready to paint, and since our painter has a few other jobs we won’t start on paint until at least the middle of next week.

Since the floors go in after the paint and kitchen goes in after the floors, it pushes us back two weeks which is a really long time since there isn’t anything we can do to speed up the process.

The house is basically prepped for painting and tomorrow we’re going over to help tape for the orange peel. Hopefully my years of taping off walls will pay off and we can save on labor for the handyman.

The good news is that if this is our biggest set back, it isn’t that bad. It also gives us time to get a few extra things done from phase 2.

Hopefully there will be lots of progress made tomorrow!

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Day 20 & 21 Renovation Adventures: Color Palette

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Can you believe it has only been three weeks since we closed on the house?

It feels like forever!

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Today we went over to the house to get it ready for painting this week. We’ve hired out the painting since we are painting everything from the trim to the ceiling. Our doors and trim were painted with oil based paint, unfortunately. We discussed going back to latex, but feel like it will be easier and cheaper to use oil on the parts of the house already painted with an oil based paint.

Actually the oil based paint cleans very nicely so hopefully the doors will stay clean-ish.

The girls finally picked their colors (after changing their mind several times) and I’ve settled on a color for the rest of the house.

Our color choices are below, all Sherwin-Williams. I’ve also included them on the graphic above.

  • Main house color: Front Porch
  • Paneling, trim, doors, & built-ins: Pure White
  • Girl’s room #1: Impatient Pink accent wall, Tantalizing Teal other walls
  • Girl’s room #2: Charisma accent wall, Diminutive Pink other walls
  • Boys’ room: Mountain Stream

I’m not 100% sold on Front Porch, but I have it on several walls in the house and I like it. It is hard to tell since there are no floors or trim or really anything, but I think it will look great once it is done.

I mentioned last week that we hired someone to finish the drywall. Unfortunately the work was not great. We are trying to get him to come back and fix his cruddy work, but if not we’ll be touching up a few spots ourselves. Not awesome.

Finally, in good news, I got these AMAZING chairs through a Facebook swap group.

teak chairs

They need to be refinished but they are in great shape structurally. I absolutely LOVE them. The best part about it is I only paid $20 for the pair!

Of course my dad told me this was NOT the time to be buying furniture projects, but when I see a deal I just can’t resist. Plus after all this work is done I’ll probably miss being sweaty and covered in dust and grime on a regular basis.

Tomorrow trim is going in all the (to-be) carpeted rooms and we are prepping for paint. We are getting closer to being finished with step one and I can’t wait!

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