Friday, December 16, 2011

Living Room Wall Update

The last time you guys saw my living room it was in shambles. 

I ended up deciding to hire someone to skim coat the wall.  I was a little stressed in general and for $220 I was able to have it skim coated in one day and received instruction along the way.  I did freak out the night before and decided to prime the wall.  I read that alcohol based primer would be best because it would not react with water and would seal in the leftover paste by creating a hard shell.  To paint a better picture for those who do not know me: I decided to prime at 8:30 pm, went to home depot bought the primer, started priming, finished priming at 1 am and the person who was going to skim the wall showed up at 8 am.  Here is what the wall looked like with primer.

Here is the skim coat.

It took a couple days for the skim coat to dry (it was much harder than waiting for paint to dry).  I then primes and painted with wall before I removed the plastic on the floor.  Then I started the long process of cleaning the floor.  Here is the finished product.  I am SOOO glad it is done.

(Please ignore the TV on the floor, it is a hint at an upcoming project.)

It is not earth shattering but it does make the wall look like a normal wall again, which is 110% better than this.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here are the finished pictures of the bathroom as promised.

It has been a long time coming, but now it feels fresh and clean.  The floor plan makes sense and is a lot more functional.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Long Time in the Making Bathroom

This will be a long post, almost as long as the renovation.

I guess I should start at the beginning.  I bought my house 3 years ago and it definitely needed some work.  It was 85 years old and I am only the third owner.  Every wall was covered in wallpaper and the floors in the bedroom were gross shag carpet (like used band aid gross).  The bathroom was definately an eyesore, but a functional and expensive to re-do one.  So all the other rooms got a little love and the bathroom waited.

Here are some before pictures.

The one thing I miss about the bathroom was this wall of storage.  I did not take any pictures, but there were drawers up and down behind the center and right doors.  I tried with all my might to come up with a floor plan to save and refurbish these.

I am not sure how this bathroom design makes sense to anyone.  I had to step into the bathtub to turn on the water and get splashed with cold water and then scorched when it was too hot.  My other trick was to balance where the knobs for the tub are.

This was my bathroom for two years.  I then had the good fortune to have my dad and uncle retire and take pity on my and my bathroom.  Close to volunteers is a good motivation.  So i bit the bullet and demo was done in a day.

This is the point that I should mention that I only have one bathroom.  I spent sometime commuting to the and my boyfriend's to shower.  Thankfully, I was only without a toilet for a day.

The first step was to change the layout of the bathroom.  The nook that previously the tub is going to be enclosed and expand the closet in the bedroom behind.  I lost a little bit of square footage but gained a much less funky floor plan.  Here is a picture of the cement board, including my dad and Uncle Tony. 

I decided to use classic tile.  I layed out the hex tile on the floor just to double check the scale.

I really liked the open shelf feel of this vanity from Lowes, but did not like the marble top.  (Please don't mind the dust in my mid-construction dining room.)

I wanted to add this top.  The problem was that the top was actually glued on, unlike all the other vanities in Lowes.  It required careful prying by I was finally able to add this other sink/counter combo which I love.

The walls of the shower were covered in white subway tile, classic and affordable.

There is a definite absence of pictures in the middle.  I wasn't thinking about blogs at the time.  The project took more than a month of my wonderful uncle and father commuting an hour each way to finish.  So about a year ago my bathroom looked like this.

Shamefully it took me about a year to finally paint the trim.  I used some left over shellac primmer and then the same white paint I used on the baseboards.

I also tried my hand at a little are project a la Sherry at Young House Love.  Here is her project  Here is my attempt.

Final pictures will be up tomorrow.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The inside of my house may still be a complete mess, but at least there is the first glimpse of Christmas on the outside.
I am thinking garland and lights around the two hard to see pillars.  I will try and take the next photo when it is a bit lighter out so things are easier to see.