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So, What’s Next?

8 Aug

We’ve been slowly working on putting the molding back on the landing.  We need to add some quarter round and then paint, paint, paint.  It’s been slow going for the last two weeks.  I think we burnt ourselves out a bit so we took a step back and are slowly finishing the last few things to make our stairway project 100% complete.

Even though it’s not totally complete, that doesn’t stop me from thinking what’s next on the project list!

There’s a few small things I could tackle…

  • Paint the door jambs (I had to do some spackling when our downstairs floors got refinished)
  • Touch up the kitchen cabinets
  • Find some large frames for the wall going up the stairway
  • Hang the three mirrors above the headboard that have been sitting on the dresser for months!
  • Clean up the guestroom – there are things everywhere from when I decided to sell old wedding stuff.

But all of those things are boring. They will eventually get done, I just have to amp myself up for it.

Right now I’m in the mindset of figuring out what the next big task is so I can plan it, budget it, and start working on the husband to get on board.

I think the next big project will be the living room.

Right now it’s functional, but that’s about it.  We painted it when we moved in and that’s the extent of the makeover it got.

It’s not a bad room – but I think our style (ok – my style) has evolved since we bought the house almost 4 years ago.

The first thing will be new hardwood floors.  There’s carpet now. It’s awful. The cat destroyed one of the carpeted stairs. Damn cat.

I love the floor in the kitchen and dining room.

They’re Pine that was stained Early American by Minwax.

Swoon.

I’m still so in love with it, borderline obsessively. The only downfall is that it is Pine, so it’s a soft wood. You have to baby it. With two animals it’s already scratched up. There’s dings and dents.

I still thing we’ll go with it though so the whole first floor will be uniform.  I have a problem with different woods/colors in one house.  Like how our bedroom is oak – for who knows what reason.

So new floors – check.

Possibly a new paint color – I’m still undecided on that. It’s blue now. I’m about 70% sure it will stay blue, but ask me in a few months.

Ignore that adorable dog and look at the blue in the background. That’s our color now. If I was to change it, I would probably pick a more muted blue.

I want to build a small faux sofa table for behind our HUGE sofa. It would keep the sofa pulled away from the wall and be a good place to put lamps.

Something like this would be nice..

We could even add decorative grates along the top so the hot air from the baseboard heating will still blow upwards.

Recessed lighting.

Right now we have track lighting that only lights up half the room.  Plus, one of the lights is falling out of the ceiling! I would love to put pot lights in and be able to fully light the whole room evenly.

Then the big project will be a built in entertainment center. Right now I’m toying with the idea of a vented gas fireplace or possibly an electric fireplace in the middle of it.

I’m already imagining myself sitting in front of it with hot chocolate while it’s snowing outside. Oh man – now I really want it.

Here’s a few images I saved that I like…

And a few without a fireplace, just in case it’s not possible/way too expensive.

Yes, it will be white. How did you guess?

We just need a lot of storage.  It will have to be custom built too.  I was toying with the idea of doing it ourselves out of pre-built cabinets, but I’m not sure if that would be possible.  We have a strange shaped alcove where we will be putting this, so I guarantee it won’t fit standard measurements.

I want it to be able to hold the TV, DVD’s, a wireless printer, etc.

I’m still in the initial figuring out what I want to do stage, so I’m sure things will change over time.

Right now I’m at…

  • New flooring
  • (Possibly) New paint color
  • Sofa table
  • Recessed lighting
  • Custom built in Entertainment Center with fireplace (vented gas or electric)

Hopefully in a few months (maybe after the holidays) we can install the floors and get this going!

Thanks to Pinterest for all the ideas/images. That website will be the death of me. Too many good ideas – so little time!

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Stair Reno: Part Three

19 Jul

DIY in mid-July is not recommended.  Remember last week when I said doing things in high 80’s/low 90’s was bad, apparently I started complaining too early.

Today it’s going to feel like 110 degrees. I don’t live in Texas. This isn’t dry heat.  I gag every time I go outside. It’s disgusting. I’m pretty sure if my dog could lay on top of the air conditioner she would.

Proof:

 

Anyway, this post is picture heavy and not about humidity, so I’m going to shut my mouth and get back to the stair renovation.

We left it with the treads stained.  I wanted to get the molding up before I painted so I could paint it all at once. So, last Friday the husband and I went to Home Depot in torrential rain, bought 12 ft. long molding that wouldn’t completely fit in the car, hung it out the passenger side window and drove home in the pouring rain. Not our finest, or driest, moment.

We removed the grate and taped up the stained treads.

We should buy stock in Frog Tape.

We used primed 3.5″ MDF  from Lowe’s for the board and batten. It was cheap and what we needed to create the look we liked.

We started with a piece of 12ft for the baseboard.  I take no credit in the cuts, that was all the husband, he’s 100% a numbers guy. He can figure out the exact angles when I would rather just wing it.   I’m good at thinking up the ideas, he’s good at figuring out what it takes to actually do them!

We put the baseboard on with limited issues and then went to figure out where we wanted the top piece.  We originally were going to put it the same height as the stair rail, but stepping back we realized the stair rail would be blocking the board and batten.  So we raised it about 4 inches.  When looking directly at it, the top piece of molding hovers right above the stair rail.   For numbers dorks, it’s 24.5″ from the steps.

We measured 21″  on an angle from the stairs all the way up (making sure the measuring tape was flush so we got an accurate measurement) and then used that line to keep our board level.

Then we figured out how we liked the middle pieces to be spaced.  I think it ended up being 16.75″ apart.  The husband went to work on the angles and would pass me the cut pieces through the still open hole on the base step. That thing came in handy!

I also drew a little picture on the back of one of the boards so if any future owners decide to take it off, there will be a little surprise for them.

We added a  little piece of molding we randomly stumbled upon at Lowe’s (I don’t know the exact name of it – sorry!) to finish off the top.  Then I spackled all the holes.

The next morning we added a piece of wood to cover up the stair hole and started painting.

After one coat of primer:

I caulked everything when the primer was dry.

After 1st coat of semi-gloss white:

After second coat of white paint:

After the second coat of white paint I declared the wall done.  I took off the tape.  The stairs weren’t.  There was still some patchy spots so I had to finish the next day.

But then I got a cold. Boo!

I put on my big girl pants, sucked it up, and put another coat on the stairs on Wednesday.

I gave it a bit of time and then removed all the tape and paper.  Some of the white paint did bleed through the tape, so I’ll have to touch up a few spots on the stairs, but overall I think they look great.

Photos galore!

White paint makes everything look so much better.

I still need to caulk a few places and touch up some paint.  Then I’m moving on to runner installation.

Before /After