Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 3, More Green Tape Please!

I underestimated how much woodwork this room had, and therefore, how much Frog Tape I'd need to tape off the walls before painting it. It took me almost 2 hours to get everything taped off.
Progress at 11:45 am: Room is taped and I started painting the trim. 
There's nothing terribly exciting to report today, except that I finished painting the first coat of trim. I wish that I'd been able to finish, but as the natural light disappeared, it became difficult to see where I'd already painted and where I hadn't. It will have to wait until tomorrow.

In addition to the scaffolding and paint/primer combo that I mentioned in this post and this post, there are a couple of other "new to me" products that have made this paint job a little easier. One is Frog Tape, which in my humble opinion is far superior to the blue painter's tape we used in our old house. It leaves a nice clean line and doesn't pull the paint off the wall when you remove it.

The other is a paint additive called Floetrol. When mixed into latex paint, it will slow the drying time thus reducing brush strokes. It is supposed to give latex paint the appearance of oil based paint without the smell. I'm using it in the trim paint and have been happy with the results so far. 

That's it for today. If all goes well, I'll have pictures of the finished room in the next post :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 2, Bye Bye Blue

It has been an exhausting day, but I got a lot accomplished since yesterday.
Started the day sanding the ceiling and walls to remove the excess joint compound until they were smooth, then I vacuumed up all the drywall dust. 
Progress at 3:15 pm: Sanding finished. Man, that took longer than I thought it would. Moving on to painting the ceiling. I decided to get a little crazy and paint the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color. I really want the crown moulding stand out and I'm also hoping the darker color will help disguise some of the cracks in the ceiling.  
Progress at 4:53 pm: My favorite part, first stroke of the new paint color on the walls. We're using Behr Premium Plus Ultra which is paint and primer in one. HUGE timesaver.  
Progress at 5:30 pm: Chris installed crown moulding on the top of each bookcase. 
Progress at 8:30 pm: First coat done. I'm really pleased with the condition of the walls now. All my effort in skimcoating and sanding paid off.  
I'm on a mission to get the second coat completed before I go to bed tonight so that the walls will be dry enough for me to tape and paint the trim tomorrow. I can't wait until this project is finished!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 1, Skimcoat Done

Today marks the first day of our home office makeover. I started out by applying a thin layer of joint compound to the walls and ceiling to smooth out the pitted texture and cracks in the plaster. I also caulked the crown moulding and most of the bookcases.  
Prepping the room

Paint samples.
We're going with the second one from the right, Behr Washed Khaki (UL170-8) .

My helpers. 
That's me wearing my super sexy painting clothes.
Btw, the scaffolding has been one of our smartest purchase yet.

Progress at 10:30 am

Progress at 1:30 pm

Skimcoat finished 5:30 pm

 Phew. I'm wiped out and my shoulders are sore, but I got a lot done. Calling it a day. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Home Office Before

Here are a couple of pictures that we took during the home inspection. It is a nice size room for an office and perfectly located on the first floor of the house adjacent to the family room. This was the only room in the house that hadn't been wallpapered. 

At one time, this was probably a very pretty blue, but by the time we moved in, the color was faded and chalky. Overall, the walls are in bad shape. I have to deal with holes, flaking plaster & paint, and old outlets & covers.

Stay tuned. I'll keep you updated on my progress...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Home Office Inspiration

I'm going to be working on the home office this week. Just need a few more inspirational pictures to get motivated. 
via Apartment Therapy?


Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Big O. Organization.

I'm not quite sure what got into me, but I woke up Saturday morning with a burst of energy and a desire to brave Ikea the weekend before Christmas. My motivation was to finally organize the shelves in our office. When we moved in I kind of just threw everything into the shelves in order to quickly unpack, but the disorganization was really starting to bug me.

Surprisingly, the crowds at Ikea weren't that bad. Or maybe i was feeling especially patient that day. Ikea had a ton of small storage options, but I decided on a bunch of these white ones in various sizes. 
I was so excited start my project that I skipped my usual 2 hot dogs plus a bag of chips and cinnamon bun for 99 cent meal deal treat at checkout and came straight home. I methodically separated all of our junk into little piles and used the perfect size box for each.

Each box got its own meaningful label. Oh! The joy of organization!

I'm so happy with the results that I've decided to tackle the rest of the room during my staycation the week after Christmas. Stay tuned for before and afters. Until then, I'll leave you with some inspiring home office pictures I found on Elements of Style.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Powder Room Inspiration

Love the dark vanity, marble countertop, tile floor, and black and white geometric wallpaper in this bathroom
via Cococozy
 Love the sink and wallpaper in this one
 via Dwellers Without Decorators
 More black and white.  Check out the sconces, crown molding, and the black painted ceiling.
via Knight Moves

So simple and beautiful. 

Oooooh. Marble subway tile floor. Me likey.

super cute

Hmmmm. Did someone mistakenly put a tub and sink in a living room? Oh, silly me. That's a bathroom!  One that is big enough to have a fireplace, chaise lounge, and a full size zebra.

Hello, my future master bathroom.

Those gray plant thingys are creepy, but I really like the rest of this space.

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