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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Day 43 Renovation Adventures: Bathroom Cabinet Update

I’ve been busy today and they were laying the wood floor so I tried to stay out of the house today.

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One of you suggested using the vinyl peel and stick tile. While this is a bit more expensive than contact paper ($0.69 per tile vs $5 for a roll of contact paper) on a cabinet with lots of water damage I think the tiles will hold up better.

It took me less than 10 minutes to install the tile in the cabinet. It was actually easier than working with contact paper.

I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. It looks great and I think will hold up much better than contact paper until we can replace the cabinet.

Water damaged cabinet before the vinyl peel and stick tile.

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After the tile was installed.

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I need to caulk around the edges and then it will be finished. My daughter is out of town this week and I’m hoping to finish the bathroom before she returns. I know she will be excited to see her room carpeted and her bathroom completely updated.

I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking at my before pictures. I’ve been in the house so often at various stages it is hard to remember what it looked like when we started this whole process.

Here’s a picture of my bedroom nook before and after.

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We removed the vanity, took down the mirror, removed the stain glass vinyl cling from the window. We also replaced the baseboard, painted the wall, replaced the lights, replaced the carpet and painted the trim.

This weekend will be a busy one as we are installing the cabinets and finishing up the last few walls. More before and after pictures coming later this week!

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Day 42 Renovation Adventures: We Have Carpet!

The floor installers started installing the carpet today.

The bedrooms finally look like real rooms!

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Boy’s room.

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Girl’s room.

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Here’s a sneak peek of the wood floors. The will go down tomorrow. I cannot wait to see them in the house!

We replaced the two ceiling lights in the hall and it literally took ALL DAY! Because the lights in the hall were original, the new fixtures didn’t quite work so dh spent most of the day trying to figure out how to safely install the new lights.

It was worth it though because they look so much better than the old brass lights.

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Also, after almost three weeks of sitting in the laundry room not hooked up, my washer and dryer are installed. Now we can wash all our dirty rags at our own house instead of my mom’s house!

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I did’t spend much time at the house today because I was trying stay out of the way of the carpet installers.

After they finished up I got back to work on our girl’s bathroom. I wanted to get the stick down tiles installed tonight so that people wouldn’t walk on them for several hours.

I’ve used these tiles once before in my brother’s house. They are pretty easy to install and they last for a few years. For $1 a tile you can’t really beat it.

I was able to get the whole floor installed in about two hours from start to finish. The bathroom is about 30 sq ft.

After I laid the tiles I caulked the seams and along the edges. I know some people will grout these stick down tiles, but I prefer caulk because you can always peel it up later and redo it when it gets dirty. Grout is much harder to clean.

The bathroom is almost finished. I still need to paint the mirror frame and add a piece of quarter round to the trim to fix a little issue left by an old water leak. Hopefully I’ll get that finished tomorrow.

I want to show you everything at once, so here’s a preview of the floors. The top photo is of the floors that were in the house when we moved in. I placed the stick down tile on top of the existing tile.

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I cannot believe how good the bathroom looks with the new floors. The total cost for the floor tile was $30! I think it was totally worth it to install them for my cheap bathroom renovation.

When we completely renovate the bathroom in a few years I won’t feel bad about getting rid of $30 worth of tile.

You can find this vinyl peel and stick tile at Lowes, Home Depot or even on Amazon. Amazon has a few choices for less than $0.70 a tile, but you can’t see them in person, just the images online.

Tomorrow a good portion of the wood should be installed. I’m practically giddy about the floors. I guess when you’ve been breathing in glue, caulk, drywall dust, paint, and carpet fumes for six weeks flooring will make you giddy!

One day closer to moving in!

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