Day 50 Renovation Adventures: Kitchen and Bath

We are only six days away from move in and if you saw the house you would be freaking out for me. :-)

Everything is coming together, but it seems like for every project we finish we find two other projects we haven’t started or that still need a lot of work.

We’ve been at the house for almost twelve hours today and could keep going if we didn’t need sleep and food.

I’ve almost finished the girls’ bathroom but I’m in the middle of ours. I primed the walls yesterday but ran into some major issues.

When I researched how to paint over wallpaper everyone said to caulk the edges, so I did. I also caulked the corners because those were seams and I’m not good at skimming the corners.

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I used clear silicon caulk but the paint does not stick to it! I finally got the mirror primer paint and tried that. It worked better than the regular primer but I still need to work on a few spots. So frustrating! I spent about two hours trying to figure out what to do with my caulk!

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I’m going to have to install molding around the top to cover the caulk that I can’t paint over. AHH!!!

I mean you know me, I love a good sawing session but I’m getting tired of cutting trim and measuring.

Before I decided on the molding solution I tried to cut out the caulk. That led to the wallpaper peeling up and then I ended up peeling off a section of wallpaper.

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Then I had to re-skim a section of the wall and the prime it again. I did not plan on spending one more second of my life peeling wallpaper, but I guess I was wrong.

This guy took the shower door out of my bathroom.

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I know everyone said to leave it because of the splashing, but as you can see our shower is almost a foot deep and I don’t think the kids will be taking many showers in our shower anyway.

I’m so happy we took out the doors. It makes the bathroom look so much bigger. I’ll probably get a light shower curtain to replace the doors for now.

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Bathroom before.

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Here’s another look at the shower without doors and some more of the primed walls.

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We also started putting the half bath together. I absolutely love how this bathroom is turning out. It is going to be so beautiful. I can’t remember if I mentioned previously that I decided to put the wood floors in the bathroom. I’m so glad I did!

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New vanity for the half bath, I’ll get a better picture once the sun decides to shine again around here.

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I also got a fan for the kitchen. Since we don’t have a gas stovetop I decided to go with a ceiling fan instead of an expensive hood over my island. Everything I read said a ceiling fan would work just as well so we are giving it a try.

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We don’t have any other lights installed in the kitchen and it was pouring rain all day today so it is hard to see the fan, but it is similar to the fan we put in the family room.

However this photo really shows off my knock down kitchen ceiling. LOVE IT!

One of the things about renovating is that when one thing looks nice all the other things look awful!

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This vent had seen better days and because it was dented up I decided to replace it instead of paint it.

After all the construction dust in the house I knew it would be so gross inside, and it was.

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I have to do some touch up paint with the new cover because it wasn’t the same size as the old cover, but nothing major.

I’m almost finished cutting all the trim and quarter round. I have one closet to go!

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The quarter round needs to be painted and I need to install all the trim, but the hard part is over!

I  usually spend about half my time at the house working on the house and the other half of my time at the house working. My office moves based on where the least dust is in the house and today it was in the family room.

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My mom helped clean up the green room because it was still full of construction dust. Now that we have floors we are trying to minimize the amount of dirt and dust that we have in the home.

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It looks so much better! The wall won’t be finished before we move in because we are building closets and built ins on one side so we will probably just cover it for now.

Tomorrow we get all the appliances and will be another full day at the house as we prepare for moving day!

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Day 48 Renovation Adventures: Installing the Kitchen Cabinets

We’ve spent the entire weekend installing the kitchen cabinets. It is one of the last big hurdles to moving day and since we are getting our stuff in EIGHT DAYS we need to get it finished.

Of course installing cabinets in an old house where nothing is level or square is challenging. We are currently on day two and a half and still working on it.

The fabricator is coming tomorrow or Tuesday to measure for our countertops so we had to get all the base cabinets installed this weekend.

I ended up granite shopping again all day Friday because our first fabricator was a flake. The next guy is so much better I’m actually glad the first guy didn’t work out.

As I mentioned ages ago I really liked the quartz countertops, but because I have a six by nine foot island and slabs of quartz don’t come in that size (at least not here) I ended up going with granite.

My first choice was River White, but all three slabs had a crack which wouldn’t work with the island so I went with my second choice which was Colorado White.

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Here’s a kitchen preview. This is the view looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

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This view is looking is from the brick wall at the kitchen.

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I really like the way it is coming together.

Of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Home Depot. My girls LOVE going with me, as you can see from Cora’s face. She insisted that she carry the Goof Off through the store.

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We also picked out a toilet for the half bath and a cactus. Because when your 18 year old gives up almost every Saturday to work on the house and take his little sisters to Home Depot the least you can do is buy him a Christmas Cactus.

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We also had a little bit of excitement when the line for the ice maker was pulled through the already installed cabinets.

We ended up cutting a bigger hole and my ten year old was able to stick her long skinny arm in there and grab it. It was a tense couple of minutes because we thought we might have to undo all the work we had done installing the cabinets and making sure they were level, etc.

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We also got the new faucets installed in my bathroom.

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My bathroom is turning into a nightmare project, but I’ll update you once I have a happy ending. If there isn’t a happy ending just know that we have a few other bathrooms we can use until we can afford to fix it up right!

Remember the old faucets?

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So much better, don’t you think!

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Yesterday I cut all the trim for the areas of the house that have hardwood floors. I have a love/ hate relationship with trim. I actually like doing it, except when the walls are crooked or bowed or the floors are unlevel. Then I hate it.

I also dislike caulking, which is a part of the whole trim thing.

I LOVE using the saw. I wish I could saw everything. It is kind of like trimming shrubbery, addictive. :-)

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Now that we have floors the kids are begging to sleep here. They even went as far as to set up the air mattress to convince us it was a good idea!

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We brought over a few of their toys so they could have something to do when we didn’t have a job for them. We will probably spend a night or two over here before we get our stuff but I’m not ready to sleep on the floor quite yet!

We have a huge week planned with finishing up ALL the projects. Thank goodness my mother-in-law is providing Thanksgiving dinner, because if not we’d be eating pizza!

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Day 46 Renovation Adventures: Countdown to Moving Day

I’m pretty darn tired (so forgive my typos- I’ll edit in the morning ;-)). We just got home about thirty minutes ago from working on the house and I wanted to get our progress written down before I forgot.

The most important thing you need to know about past two days is this.

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About 8:30pm I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch or dinner, which probably explained my headache and ache-y stomach.

I decided to go pick up a pizza. When I walked into the pizza place I looked down and realized I was still wearing my socks and flip flops.

Here’s the deal. I was wearing my favorite boots (it was 65 today in FL- which is totally boot weather) but when I got to the new house I had to take the boots off because we got our hardwood installed yesterday and weren’t supposed to wear shoes on it.

So- because I can’t stand to not wear shoes I put on my “slippers.” I went out to pick up some dinner, completely forgetting that I still had my flip flops on. It wasn’t until I realized the girl mopping the floor at the pizza place was staring at my feet not because I was wearing totally CUTE shoes, but because I walked out of the house covered in sawdust and wearing flip flops with some stylish black socks.

OH MY WORD!

To make things even better, when I got back in the car I realized I still had a pencil stuck through my messy bun from measuring the trim. I’m sure this town thinks I’m a crazy lady.

Okay- back to the renovation update.

After the floors were finished the kids came over and “played” in the house for the first time. Actually they skated around on the wood floors with their socks, but it was the first time they could actually be in the house without looking out for construction debris.

We even had my brother and his family over last night and had our first fire. It was 55 degrees, which is totally fireplace weather in Florida!

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The kids had a great time and I think the house finally felt like a home for them after all these weeks of construction.

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The calm didn’t last long as we got back at it today working on all the projects that need to be done before we move in, in ten days!

All of a sudden ten days does not seem long enough at all to get everything done.

So remember my cheap-o renovation I’m working on in the bathrooms? I’ve spray painted the hinges in my bathroom cabinets three different colors! It isn’t going to be cheap if I keep changing my mind!

I found this cool hammered spray paint at Home Depot today and am going to give it a try. Hopefully it will coordinate with the new faucets.

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Today we started opening the kitchen cabinets. So far no damage, however I have no idea what kind of microwave cabinet I ordered!

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The opening for the microwave is TINY! I have no clue how to get a microwave in that thing at all. I emailed my cabinet guy and asked for help because we were all clueless as to how any microwave could fit into a tiny opening like that.

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We brought all the cabinets in from the garage and are getting ready for a big day of kitchen install tomorrow. I’m sure it will be a challenge considering my dad is the only skilled labor we have, although I am getting pretty good at installing trim.

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I started installing the trim everywhere that has hardwood floors. This is actually much easier than the bedrooms because there are few corner cuts and more straight runs. I still need to caulk and paint this section in the hall.

The vanity for the 1/2 bath arrived yesterday so I got the trim up and caulked in the bathroom and will paint it tomorrow so they can get the vanity out of the hall.

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We kept the entry flooring because it was in good shape and it would have been a complete pain to pull it up. During all the construction it was filthy and also had paint on it.

We got it clean, but now we need to work on getting the rest of the paint off the floor so it doesn’t look awful next to our beautiful new floors.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?!?!

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My painted mirror project is turning out really well. Here’s a little preview, I can’t wait to show you the finished mirror all cleaned and finished.

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I added a piece of quarter round to the girls’ bathroom to deal with the issue in the corner.

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It covered most of the damage, but I still need to touch up with paint and scrub the tile.

I did get a few pictures of the floors before we brought all the cabinets in.  We still don’t have lights in all the rooms, so the pictures aren’t the best, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what the new floors look like.

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Dining room after.

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This is the living room when we bought the house.

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Living room now.

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Day 44 Renovation Adventures

Today was another day of staying out of the way. Our wood floors go throughout the hallways of the house so there isn’t much I can do without being in the way.

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I continued to work on the mirror for the girl’s bath.

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I had what I thought was a great idea for the old mirror. I would spray it with my metallic spray paint. Then I would paint over it with my pure white Annie Sloan, then sand it off a bit of the white so the metallic would show through.

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It was going well until I realized that the mirror might not fit with the new light fixture. The old fixture was long and narrow and the new fixture was mounted with a large circle.

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See the difference in wall space with the new light?

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I hopped over all the wood flooring to take the mirror to the bathroom to see if it fit with the new fixture and it didn’t.

I was super bummed because I really wanted to reuse the mirror. Then I remembered I would need a mirror in the half bath that we totally gutted so I’m going to use it there. There should be plenty of space to mount it on that wall, but after the vanity is delivered tomorrow I should know for sure.

I also figured out the mystery of the bubbling primer on my mirror. Before I painted the mirror I had caulked around it to seal the wallpaper. I didn’t realize it when I primed, but some of the caulk was still wet and was on the mirror in the corners where I had caulked.

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See how it caused the paint to bubble up? I painted it again today (caulk was totally dry) and it covered everything. It should be ready to paint with the regular paint tomorrow.

The floors should be done by tomorrow and then I can get back in the house and start finishing up all the projects.

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