Thursday, February 26, 2015

Living Room and Entry

I never thought of myself as a whiz at home improvement. Mostly, I thought I was terrible at it. I'm still not great, but I now wonder what else can I supposedly "not do" that really, if I study and try, I can do? I wasn't an artist. I'm still not a great one, but I can throw pots and I kind of wonder what else I could do that's artsy that I had sworn off as "I have no artistic talent". Watch Tim's Vermeer (a documentary) and I think you'll start to really rethink your constructs of what you can do. Most of being able to do anything, is just the will and determination to work hard. Russ and I installed the engineered hardwood in these rooms, hallway, as well as in the kitchen. I sanded and repainted the banister, bookcase, ceilings and walls. I repainted light fixtures from copper/orange to brushed nickle. I uninstalled and reinstalled the light fixture in the corner. I wired it and I rewired and changed out all of the switches, outlets and face plates. Someone else re-stretched the remaining living room carpet. The paint color is Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore and it's one of my favorites that we used. One secret I discovered, after initially the big buck for Benjamin Moore, is that you can use Behr or a similar paint company and they can match colors. They even have most of them in their system.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Storage Room turned Finished Room

This was one of those rooms that I've always been a little afraid of. It was unfinished, dusty and full of spider webs, spider eggs and the spiders themselves. My Nana used to iron in this room and I've always been fascinated by the iron burn mark imprinted into the carpet. I was oddly reluctant to let it go. But go it did.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kids' Bath Reno

The shower in the kids' bathroom was the size of a cozy telephone booth. We took out a linen closet next to the shower and widened the shower into a large shower with a full length bench. We retiled the floor with long tiles mimicking hard wood. A new toilet was installed. The ceiling and floor got new paint (after I had already repainted once due to lead being detected in the paint). The old sink was taken out and a concrete trough sink was designed and built to fit the length of the wall. A custom cabinet was built to fit the concrete sink. The cabinet includes three "drawers" on the bottom, which pull out as a step so the kids can reach the faucet more easily.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Long Time in Coming and Before and Afters

Almost a year is probably enough for anyone to think I'd given up writing on this blog altogether. But it's the sort of thing where you sit on an idea for awhile and life happens and then it's been so long that you don't know where to start because it's been too long. And then the unthinkable, most wonderful miracle happens, you get to move back to your family and some of your best friends. And then you get to buy your grandparents house and live behind your parents. And then you start to remodel said house and that's literally all you do from waking until sleeping. Your kids' mother turns into a painter and she paints the whole stinkin' house and she never wants to paint again. But not before Stew escapes, goes wandering and the immediate neighborhood likely thinks, that crazy painter, is the world's most neglectful mother.  And there is no time for writing, or blogging or anything but designing, and contracting and painting. Even when all of the craziness is over and the house is finally put back together, there is not one ounce of productivity left in me for a good long while. 

Everyone loves a good before and after, right? I know I do. So here is the first installment: