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.

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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.

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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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Days 18 & 19 Renovation Adventures: I fought the wallpaper and the wallpaper won

The good news. This will probably be my last post where I discuss wallpaper, ever.

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After spending about 90+ hours working on wallpapered walls we have decided to hire out the rest of the job. It is delaying the rest of the project and we really would like to get settled some time before Cora gets married.

The price to fix all the wallpapered walls and get them ready for painting is about $900. After the amount of hours we’ve spent on this, $900 seems like a bargain.

Hopefully it will all be finished before Monday and we can start painting. I still haven’t decided on paint colors so I need to do that this weekend.

The kids have decided on their colors, but I’m still deciding on a color for the main areas of the house as well as a color for the trim and doors.

If you are anything like me, you need to look at a ton of colors, see them on different parts of the walls, and then go with a whole new set of colors before making a final decision.

I *think* I know what color I’m doing the walls, but I’ll probably make a last minute change. :-) Our last house was a combination of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Accessible Beige, which I loved, but I don’t think Sea Salt will work in this house.

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(Old house with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams)

I’m deciding between Pediment and Front Porch. If you have used either of the two let me know what you think!

Speaking of trim, we actually need to get that done before the rooms that will have carpet are going to be painted. Since the ceilings in the house are 8 ft, we are installing 5 inch trim. Pictures coming on Monday.

I decided to purchase the appliances through AJ Madison which is a store based in New York, but you can order from anywhere.

DH was up in the attic running a wire for the ceiling fan and must have sat on his phone in just the wrong way and the display broke…not the glass on the outside, just the display. So DH is without a phone for the next few days. 

The wire is in place and the fan should work great. We still need to wire for two fans in the family room and  buy new fans for the house. 

Lesson learned – don’t take your phone up in the attic for renovations unless you have it in a super strong case.

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My dad finished some plumbing in the half bath and kitchen so we will be able to close up the walls there. The plumbing in the house is polybutylene, which is not awesome. We aren’t going to replumb the house now, but we are laying pipes in the walls so that when we need to replace the plumbing we won’t need to open up large sections of the walls.
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The former bar area is getting prepped for a painting and we also wired for the built in microwave.
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I ordered all the kitchen appliances this week. I realized that if I didn’t get them ordered soon they might not arrive in time.

I had two different objectives when researching these appliances. First I wanted to find highly rated products, then when I decided on the brand/ model I wanted to find the best price.

I spent a lot of time reading reviews online. I decided to purchase the appliances through AJ Madison which is a store based in New York, but you can order from anywhere. Shipping is free and I didn’t have to pay sales tax.

Here’s what I ordered. Click on the links to see the model numbers and specs.

Bosch 800 Series Induction Cooktop

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The only request DH had in the kitchen was that they stovetop did not have knobs. He wanted it to be totally smooth. I personally like knobs, but when you only make one request you should probably get it.

Frigidaire Professional Series Dishwasher 

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Frigidaire has smudge proof stainless steel, which was a huge selling point for me. Especially on a dishwasher.  I like the style with the controls on the interior of the door, we had that with our last dishwasher and I got use to the clean look.

Frigidaire Professional Series Double Ovens

Frigidaire double ovens

I went back and forth about getting double ovens. I’ve had them one other time, and liked them, but I didn’t feel it was a must have. But when I started pricing out reconfiguring the kitchen it was cheaper to replace than redesign.

Samsung Counter Depth Fridge

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I wish Frigidaire made a fridge with a cooling drawer. I really love the drawer for snacks for the kids and sandwich stuff. It keeps them from staring into an open fridge for 20 minutes every day at noon.

The fridge is counter depth (which I highly recommend) because it gives it a built in look, without the built in price.

Frigidaire Professional Series Microwave

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Not much to say about the microwave except that I ended up picking the one that matched the ovens since they will be on the same wall.

That’s it until Monday. Have a great weekend!

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