Countertops! Renovation Adventures

This is quickly becoming the blog of half done remodel projects! The days have been so busy trying to find things (this is probably the WORST move in terms of things broken/ missing) and finish the house projects.

Today our countertops were installed! We probably won’t finish the kitchen until this weekend, and the backsplash is another story, but I wanted to give you a preview because I LOVE MY ISLAND!

Yes, I am shouting because I’m so very excited and you are the first people (other than my parents) to see it!

Of course I’d love to invite you all over and we could sit around my island and chat for hours, roll out a few pies, and make some bread, but for now you’ll have to enjoy it virtually.

I’m not sure if I ever showed you the pictures of the kitchen when we moved in. Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen.

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Here’s a view from the opposite side of the kitchen, looking towards the dining room.

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New view from the dining room into the kitchen. Cabinets are fully put together and we still need trim, touch up, and clean up. But look at that island!

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View from the opposite side.

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We had a platform and legs custom built to match the island and support the six by nine slab of granite. Pardon the dust and construction dirt.

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The house is a typical Florida 1970’s ranch with large rooms that are closed off from one another. We wanted the kitchen to be the gathering space so I designed this huge island (we’ll be getting stools tomorrow) so that people could gather, sit, and relax.

I envision this as a space for food, school, family, and fun, craft projects, cookie frosting, bread baking and maybe even a game of ping pong. :-)

We’re still working to get this place in order, but every day I love this house even more.

Stay tuned!!!

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Renovation Adventures: $200 Bathroom Makeover

I’m not finished with my bathroom yet, but I just couldn’t wait to show you what we’ve done so far.

$200 Bathroom Makeover

If you remember, the bathroom was the last room standing with wallpaper. After peeling wallpaper for two weeks I decided to paint over the wallpaper in my bathroom instead of peeling it off.

I realize that the wallpaper could come up, but I took a lot of precautions so hopefully this makeover will last for a few years.

Bathroom plan:

  • Paint frame on sink mirror and wall mirror.
  • Paint over existing wallpaper.
  • Remove shower doors.
  • Paint vanity.
  • Spray paint nobs and fixtures.
  • Replace faucets.
  • Paint doors & trim (not finished)

The Kingston Brass Faucets were the most expensive part of the makeover at $66 each on Amazon. It also took the longest because we changed out the plumbing in the bathroom (to the wall) so that when we re-plumb the entire house it will be cheaper.

Old faucets.

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New faucets and painted sink mirror.

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I spent about $50 in paint, spray paint, and primer. I used Insl-x Sxa-110-04 Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer to paint all the mirrored frames and it worked really well. I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to paint a mirror soon because I think it makes a huge difference!

Before the wall painting and mirror trim redo.

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I painted the frames around the big mirror and sink mirror.

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I spent about $15 in stick down tiles to cover the inside of the vanity. It is in pretty bad shape, but I think the tiles will buy us some more time.

We removed the mirrored shower doors and replaced it with a $8 shower rod. I bought rings, but then found rings in our stuff so I’ll be returning those.

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The only thing I didn’t think about was a towel rack. The old towel rack was on the shower doors so I’ll need to hang a new one in the bathroom. I know I have several coat racks in our boxes so I’ll just need to find one and reuse it.

Total cost for the makeover was right around $200!

I still need to touch up the large mirror and caulk a few places to make sure the wallpaper stays put under the paint, but I was so excited about the progress I had to give you an update.

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Moving Day: Renovation Adventures

Yesterday two semi’s arrived with our stuff. It was overwhelming and satisfying to see our possessions finally being delivered to our new house.

The move was not without incident as one bed arrived broken, another set of bunk beds were not put together correctly and had my boys not moved their bed to rearrange their room last night and noticed the issue, probably would have collapsed on them in their sleep. (Insert mama bear reaction here)

My little girls bed (and the ONLY bed I paid full price for) also arrived with missing pieces. We’ve found a few other issues, but nothing as serious as the beds, which is frustrating because my kids who have been sleeping on the floor for months are still having to sleep on the floor! :-(

I did get a few pictures of the house before the movers showed up and crammed our stuff in it.

We aren’t finished with the renovation but we were close enough to move in.

Our kitchen should be finished by the weekend, the countertops are being installed this week and we’ll be finishing up the trim and small projects this week.

I really love how the house turned out so far. I know we have so much work to do, but I love seeing my kids running through the halls and playing in their rooms.

Once we get more unpacked I’ll show you some finished photos, but for now here’s a few before and after photos.

More details on what we’ve been up to over the past week coming soon. We’ve basically worked until midnight on the house every night for a week. It has been crazy, we are exhausted, but it will be worth it. :-)

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Dining room:

Removed the wallpaper, painted top of walls with Sherwin-Williams Front Porch. Removed tile flooring replaced with hardwood. Removed closet doors and replaced with paneled doors.

We still need to finish changing the receptacles and get a light.

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Family room. Removed sliding glass doors and built a wall. Removed carpet and installed hardwood floors. Replaced fan. Painted the entire room Sherwin-Williams Pure White (including the built-ins). Removed built-in from next to the fireplace. Will be building a place for the television in that space.

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Girl’s room:

Removed all the wallpaper and replaced the carpet. Added orange peel texture to the walls. Repaired water damage to the walls and reframed/ trimmed the windows. Added 4 inch trim around the entire room (carpet went up the wall originally).

Replaced the fan.

Most of our furniture fits, although I miss our basement (aka place to put all the toys). My bathroom is almost finished, we lost a lot of space in our bathroom, so I’m still trying to figure out how to make it all fit. That might be a priority for tomorrow.

Today it was find all the toys!

If our countertops arrive tomorrow I’ll post pictures of those! I’m so excited to have a kitchen again!

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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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