Monday, January 31, 2011

Looks Like We're Right on Trend for 2011

I had to laugh when I saw this photo in the January Issue of House and Home
Photography by Eric Boman
They call this trend "The New Vintage". 
 "No need to worry about scratches or dents -- this look is very forgiving." 

Chipped paint on the baseboards and door casings? Check.
Dingy and yellowed crown molding? Check.
Mismatched wood floors? Check. 
Out of style wallpaper? Check.
Furniture that looks like it has been found on the side of the road (thanks to two little shih tzu's named Harry and Georgia)? Check. Check. Check.

Seems that Chris and I can cross a few projects off our list without having to lift a paintbrush! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

We're (sub) Floored!

I haven't had a chance to post on the bathroom work, so I'm stepping back a little bit....  first, Carrie mentioned the framing and expanding the casement ...  the existing framing as shown below was ok, and the beadboard is ~3/4" thick--  so the walls are already very solid.  What you see below required ripping the 2x4's down on my table saw, then notching with my jig saw.  Overall, it went quite well, but it was time consuming.  There are still pieces that need to be completed for the drywall. 

A tool purchase that helped a lot and I have been very pleased with is the palm nailer, by Rigid, that you can see below...  at around $70 at Home Depot, this thing is fantastic.  It runs off my small PC pancake compressor, and drove everything without the expense of a framing nailer nor the PSI needs.  Highly recommend it.... Also great for angles, toe nailing, etc.  this tool pays for itself quickly.  No problem to start a nail with a hammer and drive it home with this.

The next step has been the subfloor in the room.  While the wood is in OK shape, it has been through multiple bathroom configurations...  There are too many holes to salvage it.  Below, you can see some of my patchwork--   Overall, the floor was > 2" thick with wood + subfloor, which is good...  just needs a few patches.

After some effort and fitting the cement boards to size, it was time to add the thinset underneath the backer board.  I bought an $8 drill attachment for stirring the thinset.  Following the directions on the bag of mortar, it said to add water and then the thinset, but I think I should have done this gradually (I poured the whole bag in.)

Trying to mix the thinset strained the sh*t out of my favorite Rigid Power Drill (3/8".)   It is corded and there was smoke and some nasty fumes coming out from it--  Carrie complained of a headache for the rest of the day....  So I used the stirring attachment without power (think churning butter) but it wasn't perfect--  I didn't like the consistency of the thinset, it was a bit thick, but I think it was ok.

You can see below my scratch coat on the left, I used a drywall knife to lay this down.  On the right I am using my trowel... the ridge to the right of my hand was knocked down.  Farther to my right, you can see a 2x4 I cut down to prevent thinset from seeping and drying where the threshold will go inside the casement.

First layer of board down here...  a few screws in, but not the full allotment.  I wanted to lay the thinset efficiently.

Below I am on my second board ...  improving technique as I go, this is a nicer scratch coat.  If you are wondering about the white spots, that is linoleum adhesive I couldn't get up easily...  by easily, I mean without the use of a power tool or pliers and a blowtorch.  Everything I read online said to not bother with it if it is secured well to the floor.

This is a shot of my putting in the backer board screws every 8 inches....  I'm sure guys get used to it, but this work is really hard--  hunched over, time sensitive...  I have a tremendous amount of respect for guys that do this every day.  I used my Hitachi impact driver to do the floor screws, it worked great, although I did have to run to the basement to switch batteries...  no biggie.

With all three sections in, I placed some mesh tape on the seams and leveled them a bit.

Finished subfloor, still drying.  Screws have been placed every 8".

It is really important to me to give back a little bit....  This is me teaching Georgia how to cut backer board.  Once she realized fud wasn't involved she did pretty gud.

Monday, January 24, 2011

What I'm Loving

And have no business buying...

Coney Island Beach Print, in the largest size available!

This lampshade
This rug

Suzani placemats

Hello Mr. Owl, I know just where I'd put you...

This rug

Bourgie Lamp or two

A pretty mirror

Navy and white bedding. Perfect for spring...

A cozy throw

Friday, January 21, 2011

We're Wired!

We're finally at that point in the bathroom remodel where we're putting things back together instead of tearing them apart. While we still have a way to go, there's light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking of...the electrician was here the other day to rough wire the room for the sconces and the chandelier we picked out.  He also wired for a GFCI outlet and a ceiling fan. The ceiling fan will have no purpose other than creating white noise for um, privacy. 

I had a heck of a time envisioning where the sconces should go without the mirror and sink in place. Feeling my pain, the electrician left plenty of slack in the wire in case we need to make some adjustments before the sheetrock goes up. 

The blue box in the picture below is where the chandelier and fan switch will be, the gray box is for the gfci and sconces. 

Overhead view of fan and chandelier. 

Next up, plumbing. Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DIY Reupholstery

Shut UP. Is this not the best idea ever?

This old chair went from looking like this:

to this

With a little help from some decorative nails and JC Penny.
Full instructions at Three Boys

Monday, January 17, 2011

White Bathrooms

There's just something so elegant about a white bathroom. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

We've Been Framed!

Things have been progressing in our downstairs powder room. Chris finished framing up the dummy wall that will hide the plumbing for the sink and wiring for the lighting.

This picture looks like it was taken inside an outhouse, but once the sheetrock is up, it will look more refined. Chris enlarged the casement so that our contractor, Tony, will have more surface area to nail the wallboard into. Chris will also add trim molding around to door to make it look more consistent with the rest the house. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We Made Another Decision

Chris and I agreed on a sink for the powder room. If you read this post, then you'd know why it was a such difficult decision.  There are so many options to choose from! This is the style we ended up purchasing from Renovator's Supply.

We've accumulated a nice little stockpile of bathroom goods in our living room. Ugh. It will be really nice when this project is finished! 

So now that we have the sink taken care of, we'll need to pick a faucet. I'm still hunting around, but this is the short list so far



csn stores
Which is your favorite? 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Get the look - Vinyl Wall Stickers

Don't know where I'd use these in my house, but I love the idea. Get the look of wallpaper or stencils without the hassle. Looks pretty affordable too.

I found these from Etsy sellers Lushlife Studio, Byrdie Graphics, and Urban Walls

Pardon Our Appearance

We are learning this whole blogging thing as we go...excuse all of our makeovers while we tweak, experiment, and get it just right.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Home Office

When we bought our house on Hazard Ave, the home office was painted dark blue.

While the color was kind of nice, the walls and ceiling were in bad shape.

All it took was a couple days of skim coating, caulking, and painting to make the room look good as new.
Chris added crown molding to the built in shelves,
and switched out the dated chandelier with one that we had in the dining room of our old house. 
We replaced the solid wood doors for French doors and finally saw our vision take shape. 

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