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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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So It Begins

27 Jun

The carpet removal has begun.  On Saturday we ripped off the carpet on the bottom two stairs. I needed to see if there was actually wood under there and if it was salvageable. Check for both!

I wanted to try to sand a step or two to see how long it would take and if it would work. I have a small palm sander that I used and quickly realized it would take me forever to sand everything with it.  The sandpaper kept falling off!

So, my husband loves me and took me to Home Depot and bought me an Orbital Sander. Nothing makes my heart flutter more than power tools. I’m my father’s daughter.

I got the DeWalt 5 inch Random Orbital Sander (This). The sandpaper sticks directly to the pad and makes life a whole lot easier for me. It took me 10 minutes to sand one step, when previously it took me at least 30.

Look how pretty it is.

I took the same stain that is on our floors now and tested a little spot on the stairs.

Big problem with the bottom stair. It stained so much darker than the floors. I put the stain on and wiped it off immediately. It’s still several shades darker and incredibly noticeable.  I’ve read you can water down stain with turpentine. We might do that or pick a lighter shade that is as close of a match as we can get. We’ll see. The rest of the stairs stain exactly like the floor. It’s just the horizontal planks on the bottom step.

See…

No bueno.

Ignore the brown grate. That’s going away. It’s non-functional and dumb.

Because there is something wrong with us and we can’t ever stop at what we had planned for the day – we ripped off the carpet on the landing.

It’s definitely worn. There are definitely a lot of scratches, but nothing was deep. It was all superficial. I love the look of older hardwood too and this has the potential to have the character that I love.

And because I’m an idiot I decided I should sand the whole landing. So I did. For almost 4 hours.

60 grit sandpaper really cuts through the polyurethane.

I was a mess and the house was a mess.  We hung up plastic sheeting to protect the downstairs, but there still was dust all over the place.

And me…

Don’t I look wonderful. Miss America, ladies and gentlemen.

But the floors looked good.

Dust EVERYWHERE!

After a lot of vacuuming….

There are still a few places that I need to hit with my Dremel Oscillating Tool. That little guy is great to sand in tough to reach places.

I’m not sure if I’m going to fill the small crack above with stain-able wood putty or not. I’ve heard some not so great things about it so I’m on the fence. That will be a game time decision.

Here’s a good shot of where it was sanded and wasn’t…

I’m going to go over it lightly with 150 grit sandpaper before I stain. Just to make sure everything is smooth.

It’s going to be a crazy weekend.

My Everest

9 May

These stairs. These carpeted awful stairs.

They kind of make me barfy just looking at them. I’ve slipped and fell down them.  The cat uses them as a scratching post.  They’ve been puked on, peed on, and lord knows what else thanks to our lovely animals.  The carpet is OLD! It was old when we moved in a few years ago.

It’s stained from the previous owners.

We’ve scrubbed, rented steam cleaners, and the stains and smells won’t come out – so the only choice in my eyes is that the carpet is coming out!

SO GROSS!

The landing is the same. Carpeted and stained.

The husband and I have ripped up corners to see what we have to work with.  It’s finished hardwood! Beautiful hardwood flooring has been hiding under that disgusting beige-y carpet for years! Now that I know that, I’m showing as much restraint as I can to not just rip it all off.  I need a plan. Plus, I need a bit of confidence that I can refinish the landing and stairs myself.

Summer Stair Beautification 2013 will be in two parts.

Part 1 – Board and Batten

I love the idea of board and batten up a stairway.  It looks so crisp and bright.  So I’ll pull out the nail gun and miter saw and (hopefully) get it to look a little something like the photos below.

Some chair rail, MDF, molding, and a lot of white paint should get me this look easily.

Step 2: Remove Carpet, Refinish Wood, Add Runner.

This step is going to take a bit longer.  The carpet removal with be quick and make me extremely excited.  The sanding, staining, and polyurethane will take a lot more time. I’m thinking over the course of a few nights I can stain my way into bed so to speak.  Work backwards up the stairs and then leave it to dry overnight.  We’ll just have to live with that smell. UGH, that stain & poly smell is the worst.

After that, all I have to do is install a runner. The hunt has been on for months to find one I like.  I’m thinking something gray-ish with a bold pattern.  Neutral but fun.

Here’s a bit of inspiration.

So pretty. I’m thinking a bit grayer (and lighter) but it’s gorgeous as is too! Our floors are not as espresso as the photos above, but they are still dark so I think it will look great with a true gray runner.

I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully soon!

BYE BYE ugly carpeted stairs….

You won’t be missed…

This view will be so much nicer in just a few short months…..