Monday, 22 February 2016

Trim and Cabinets

Bathroom texture had dried and we were now ready for wall paint and trim paint. They painted everything a bright white, including door and all baseboards and trim. It was such a refreshing sight to see everything looking so fresh and so clean.

In our bedroom we had a weird metal grate in the floor, which we discovered was a floor furnace. It hadn't been turned on in a while and was full of dust. We didn't want the grate in the floor since it was right when you walked in so Casey took it out and they put new floor boards over the area.

The painters gave our kitchen cabinets and hardware a coat of white. This made all the difference to me. After seeing the big brass hardware it was just too overwhelming in the kitchen. I tried polishing the hardware, to restore it to a nice gold brass color, but it wasn't working like I wanted it to. So now its painted all white, its much easier on the eyes.

The brothers worked on the broken and rotting fascia on the roof and replaced a few random pieces of siding that needed some love. The exterior of the house was really coming together and just needed some pressure washing/sanding, and a new paint job.

Here's some more of the new white trim. Everything was looking very bright. I was so happy to be rid of the brown walls. 

And the most exciting part of this post, to me, is the newly sanded patch of flooring for our sample stains. We decided to hire the one man who told us he was able to sand down our floors and restore them. He works old, turn of the century, houses in Dallas and told us he's seen floors in much worse condition and brought them back to life. Casey and I were thinking about doing it ourselves, but I am so glad we hired this man. He definitely knew what he was doing. After seeing just this small rectangle sanded down, I was doing the heart-eyes emoji. I can't even remember, now, what stain I chose. I think it was the darker of the two. I didn't really care, I was just so happy that it was going to work and we would be able to see the beautiful wood grain. Now our flooring is not perfect. There is still a huge lump running through the two bedrooms and some pretty major cracks between the boards, but to me, it's as close as we were gonna get to perfection in a house built in the 50's.

Next post is one you don't want to miss. 
The big reveal of our newly sanded floors and bathroom tile!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Knock- Down, Not Off Texture

Immediately following drywall was a relatively quick spraying of texture on all the walls and ceiling and then, as I was corrected by Casey from my previous post, the knock- down technique, not to be mistaken by knock-off. I wasn't sure I wanted texture on the walls. To me, I wanted our walls to look smooth and clean, maybe because of how horrible the walls looked prior to our renovations. But I was wrong. Texture has such a great way of camouflaging all sorts of lumps, cracks, and holes. Plus it makes every wall fit together in a wonderful uniform way.

Here's some post texture in the bathroom.

Here's some before texture of the bedroom and living room walls. The white patches are mud filling in major dips and cracks in the walls. They were taped off and ready to go.
One thing I think made such a difference in the outcome of our fixer-upper was the ceilings. They 'floated' the ceilings, which just meant they were smooth and level. When I look at the before images, that's something that stands out to me that makes the room as a whole look so much more new. 

Here's some images of the texture on the kitchen walls. I wasn't sure at this point on every room color, but I knew I wanted the kitchen to be white. Since the cabinets were white, and we were keeping our black countertops to stay in budget, I wanted to create a minimalist, all white look.

And there is that solid wood door as spoken of before, that I'm pretty sure Casey secretly threw in the dumpster. I'll get over it eventually. The living room got a nice dose of texture. The fireplace wall we left exposed shiplap and it got a fresh coat of white paint.

And our bedroom texture. I couldn't wait to replace those dated ceiling fans. The amount of dust build up on the blades was enough to make Casey gag.

One thing I became aware of, as we started working late nights at the house, was the lack of overhead lighting. Because there are a million windows in this house I just assumed that would be our main source of light. I didn't think at all about after dark.
We decided to put in some recessed can lights in the bathroom, living room, and kitchen. In the kitchen I wanted a couple pendant lights to hang over our sink and thought at first that would be enough light. I am SO glad we decided to add two can lights in the kitchen because it would've been miserably dim. It's laughable now, just thinking about those pendant lights.

And finally, the beginning of white trim paint in the living room to cover up the dingy cream, needs-an-update trim. When I saw all of the white, I thought about painting the entire house white. It was a thousand times better than the original brown, so bright and airy.

Next couple posts are the extra exciting parts for me. :) Stay tuned.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Drywall Makes Everything Look Better

Drywall was the turning point in every room of our house. The possibilities were just around the corner. I couldn't wait to start thinking about paint colors and tile options. The bathroom needed the most drywall, and then there were some patches in the kitchen to be fixed.
Mud texture was put on some of the walls because of cracks or huge lumps as the walls had moved over the years.

Here's the finished mud over the screws and patching the holes. This was a really exciting stage for me. It looked like a blank canvas ready to be painted at this point. But before I get too hasty, we needed knock-off texture applied to all the walls. We hired someone to do the texture and paint, mainly to save time. At this point, we were drastically approaching our wedding date. I wanted to be completely done with the house so I could move in before the wedding, and he could join me after we were married.

After peeling off the gross wall paper up on the kitchen ceiling we discovered wood paneling that had seen better days. Clearly the original ceiling. I loved it, but as I mentioned in my previous post there were too many holes letting dust in. We thought about options and we decided on new, thin wood paneling. We initially intended to paint it white, but after seeing how beautiful it looked in raw form, it was too nice to paint. Casey and Cody spent about a day installing the paneling and boy was it impressive. I took too many pictures, so I won't bore you, just a sampling.

A little tension arose between Casey and I about the front door. 
See the old door here. It probably wasn't original, but it was beautiful solid wood. I had hopes of keeping it, maybe painting it. Casey had other hopes. And so enter new white door. It's not horrible, its just not the original. It got a new door frame and much needed dead bolt lock. 
I had gotten 99% say in fixing up this entire house (thanks Casey!) so he was due a little say.

Here's a picture of the paint we bought for the interior and exterior. We came across a deal at Lowe's we couldn't pass up so bought a bunch of pre-mixed white paint to later mix up when we finally decided on a color. We, in this case, definitely meaning me. Paint colors are hard. I thought being an art teacher would help me in this case. Why wouldn't I be able to pick out a good color? 
Man, it was not easy.

More to come soon!