basement bathroom: done!

Last weekend Keith went to Erie and I went to Home Depot. Twice.

He had invited me along but I decided I would stay home and hang out with Daisy and get a bit done around the house. My plan, initially, was to finish up the trim in the hallway/entryway since after that I can start on the dining room! But at the last minute, I decided I would be a good wife and paint Keith’s bathroom instead. Plus I’d get that instant gratification of starting and finishing one room instead of just repainting stupid white trim.

Keith’s bathroom is in the basement and was previously a pale yellow-beige color. It was pretty ugly. Couple with no natural light, it just looked grimey. It was on my list to paint eventually, but since literally no one uses it but Keith…it wasn’t very high on the list. I thought about asking Keith what color he wanted it, but I didn’t want to ruin the surpise of painting it, so I just went with white.

Since it’s a bathroom, and a tiny one at that, I went to Home Depot on Saturday and grabbed a quart of Behr Ultra in Snow Fall (that’s the white I’ve used throughout the house and I didn’t feel like picking another one).

I was JUST barely able to finish one coat with the entire quart. I felt like such an idiot since 1 quart is $15 and 1 gallon is ~$30, but in my defense, the wall is covered in some sort of burlap that has been painted over and all those little divots really sucked up the paint and I did not expect that. Also the room is very oddly shaped, there is a little nook for the toilet and another for the tub and the i-beam in the ceiling…had the bathroom been a regular box, I think I would have been okay. But I wasn’t. So I went back to Home Depot and bought a gallon.

I wasn’t able to get to the second coat until Sunday morning. I started painting at 10am and Keith was due back at noon, so it was a race against the clock but I did manage to finish!

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Before: This was before we bought thehouse, that seat cover/painting/flowers were not ours. You also can’t see the dark green carpet that was in there before I ruined it (when our pipes broke).

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After: So! much! better!

I was really lazy and used the same satin paint for the walls/ceiling/trim. Who cares. I haven’t had a chance to paint the door yet. Maybe I’ll go out on a limb and paint it a fun color. But Keith’s shower curtain is brown and green and I hate both of those colors, so who knows.

I really wish I had painted the room when everything was all torn out during our plumbing fiasco, it would have made paining around all those stupid corners so much easier. The bathtub is old and stained and should be replaced eventually (hence no picture) so this bathroom’s probably got another makeover in it’s future…that’s why I didn’t think too long about the color.

And! I wish the stupid contractors who finished the bathroom after our plumbing disaster had NOT used silicone caulk between the sink and wall. I get why they did but it is not paintable so there is a stupid halo of yellow-beige paint around it so I’ll need to remove it, paint and then recaulk, but I was not ready to do that.

I also removed a towel rack that was on the other side of the sink and so placed that if you hung a towel there it would have gone IN the sink and so it was of no use to Keith, but it pulled up the stupid burlap making it sort of ripped/bubbled, not even sure how to remedy that. I could cut it out and then patch it, but it will be a smooth patch on a textured wall.

WHO DECIDED BURLAP-ED WALLS LOOKED GOOD?

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lights, camera, action

I can’t make a “let there be light” joke because I think I’ve done that at least 3 times in the past two years, but our hallway lights are finally working! Hooray!

I bought an Angie’s List deal and got an electrician for 4 hours for the price of 2. I had a long list of things for him to do and he did end up going over by 30 minutes but I am so glad it is all done! And so glad it was him and not me!

First I had him fix the entryway/hall switches. My cousin had attempted to do that but the wires are old and he couldn’t quite get it, hence my calling in a pro. He did those and then moved onto replacing 2 of my light fixtures. I had posted about them before but I am soooo happy to have them up!

I actually have no before pictures since I never thought to take a picture of an ugly light until he was here and working on them, but I did snap a picture of one before I threw it away.

This was the entry light:

 

entryway light: old
And I had it replaced with this beauty:

 

entryway light: new!

entryway light: new

 

It’s so pretty. It makes me so happy. It peeks out under the archway so I can admire it while sitting on the living room couch. ❤

And the upstairs hall light I don’t have a picture of but it was very small, brass/etched glass, straight out of the 80’s ugly. And I had it replaced with this:

hall light: new

hall light: new

hall light: new

 

I am not as in love with it as I thought I’d be, I think it might be a bit too low. He originally had it twice as low, like nearly touching the banister. I think the hallway just might be too empty and once I get some art up or something it will look better.

He also put a motion sensor/flood light off the back of the house but I got distracted by bunnies when I was trying to take a picture and forgot. It’s nothing special to look at but it’s pretty great to be able to see back there. Hooray!

My home improvement stuff has to be on hold until the wedding is over, but then I’ll have a solid month until my summer class starts to get some stuff done and I’ve got big plans. You’re on notice, wallpaper/fish glass/off-white everything.

Year Two: Master Projects List

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of buying our house!

Time flies!

I had grand plans for the 1st year and slightly less grand plans for year 2…and accomplished even less.

Here are the things I have accomplished since we moved in and the things I still wish to do.

 

Starting with the top floor and working down:

master bedroom

Done:
Painted blue – Year 1
Bought bed – Year 1
Bought desk for vanity – Year 1
Bought lamps – Year 1
Replaced hardware on my bedside table – Year 1
New sheets/duvet cover – Year 1
Temporary “art” for over bed – Year 1
*Bought long, low dresser for wall across from bed – Year 2

To do:
Touch-up paint along ceiling line
Replace ugly green carpet
Replace ceiling fan – we have to push start the current one
More substantial art for over the bed
Art or mirror for over the long, low dresser

weird room

Done:
nada

To do:
Paint
This will likely be the (distantly) future nursery so I am not doing anything else until then.

guest room

Done:
nada

To do:
Paint
Buy matress, nightstand, dresser?
buy/make headboard
Art for walls
Window treatments
Replace ugly green carpet

upper bathroom

Done:
Painted – Year 1
Bought shower curtain – Year 1
Bought cute bird hooks – Year 1
Bought soap pump/water glass – Year 1
*Bought new shower curtain which makes me want to repaint – Year 2

To do:
Replace caulk strip
Hang floating shelves above toilet
Replace shower curtain rod
Install fan

living room!

living room

Done:
removed wallpaper – Year 1
skim coat of plaster on walls – Year 1
painted – Year 1
bought couch! – Year 1
*second and third coats of paint on one 😦 built in – Year 2
*replaced outlet covers/switchplates – Year 2

To do:
second and third coats of paint on built-ins/doors
give the coffee table a makeover
possibly rearrange furniture
replace the fireplace
maybe re-tile over the hearth tile?
put things on the built-ins other than a bottle of resolve
make curtains (i have the fabric!)
hang curtains
replace crafting table with white desk for crafting

 

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Done:
*Painted walls! – Year 2
*Replace lightswitches – Year 2

To do:
Paint trim, doors and ceiling
start frame wall
*replace light fixtures (2) – someone coming in 2 weeks
replace doorbell (you can only hear it in the entry way)
replace rug
build out upper closets
replace carpet
*swap lightswitches upstairs since they are backwards – someone coming in 2 weeks
*replace stained glass window – we have one! just need to replace it!

dining room

dining room

Done:
changed out dimmer switch for one that worked – Year 1

To do:
tear down wallpaper
paint
either paint or replace chandeleir
make/buy curtains
replace furniture with something more modern…one day.

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kitchen

Done:
removed wallpaper – Year 1
painted – Year 1
replaced switchplates/outlets – Year 1

To do:
make/install faux roman shade
replace backsplash (something pearly?)
replace countertops (butcher block, please)
put in some type of island/dresser-turned-island?
replace light fixtures

laundry/mudroom

laundry room

Done:
bought rugs – Year 1

To do:
paint
clear counter of all the painting supplies

family room

sunroom

Done:
nada

To do:
clean out the *(now two!) year-old boxes

Powder room, I apparently have no picture.

Done:
nada

To do:
paint
hang shelf above toilet
hang towel ring/bar/holder/thingy

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basement

Done:
Entire plumbing torn out and replaced – Year 1
Carpet ripped out – Year 1
Two walls removed – Year 1
One wall rebuilt – Year 1
rubber matting installed – Year 1
carpet replaced – Year 1
bathroom floor replaced – Year 1
changed out office doorknob – Year 1

To do:
skim coat of plaster over burlap
paint walls/ceiling/ducts
replace wainscoting where it was removed
replace office carpet
remove/restructure office desk
put up some sort of shelving on a far wall
replace lighting
hang artwork

 

The next room I want to tackle is the dining room, so maybe we can enter into 2015 wallpaper-free, but I am not letting myself start on that until the living room and hall/entry way trim is painted.

I am also dying to start on my frame wall in the entry, I got lots of frames for Christmas from Keith’s parents and I bought photos for them and everything, just need to hang them.

I’ve also decided this summer that I need to clean out the sunroom. There are still a few boxes in there from when we moved in 2 years ago and I pretty much just need to throw them away. If I haven’t touched them in 2 years…

And another minor project will be organizing all our files. We have 3 little file cabinets in the office, yet no hanging folders so everything is just throw into them like drawers. I ordered some folders/hangers on amazon and plan on going through/sorting/throwing away/filing things and make some sort of sense of the office. I want to rip the whole thing out since the desk area is huge and just collects stuff.

I am free for June so I plan on getting LOTS done.

from ugly to…ugly…

I finally got around to doing a little more painting. I took a few Fridays off of work in December and got out my paint brushes. I still never finished the trim in the living room, but instead decided to tackle the entry way/upstairs hall.

I spend a good deal of time on the living room couch, either reading or doing homework :(. From the couch, my view was into the entryway/dining room. And the cream color of the entry just drove me insane. These pictures do not do it justice how dingy and dirty and gross it looked.

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Everything was just varying shades of off white. When the entry light was on, everything just looked very yellow. I figured I could paint those walls, then when it was time to paint that trim, I could do the living room trim also and it would be one big happy project.

It took me 2 days to paint, it wasn’t a lot of wall but it was a lot of cutting in. I also ran out of paint at the end of day 1. Annnd I couldn’t reach over the stairs, so I had to buy an extension pole.

The first day that I was painting, my cousin Kirk came up and replaced some of my light switches/electrical outlets for me, which helps SO MUCH. My livingroom had been switchplate-less for almost a year because I refused to put new plates over grimey switches.

This is what we’ve got after I finished with the walls:

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On one hand, it looks so much better, on the other hand it looks TERRIBLE with all the yellow-y trim, haha. The color is Behr-Sterling and it’s a very light grey but it reads almost blue in some lights. I also replaced the handles on the hall closets, they previously had weird white handles with chickens on them.

In the second-to-last picture, you can see that the entry still has a bit of a yellow cast, I want to replace the light fixtures and when I do I can hopefully get some bulbs that read cooler.

Definitely going with a moravian star for the entry.

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Maybe this for the hallway…

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You can’t see both lights at once no matter where you are, so I thought something dramatic for over the stairs would be fun. We’ll see!

I still have two giant bookcases, 9 doors, a few windows, and a whole bunch of baseboards before I can start thinking about lighting.

And then I can start on the dining room and rid our house of the last bit of wallpaper. SO EXCITED.

the basement is done! (sort of)

So, it’s actually been a few weeks but I never remembered to take pictures until this weekend. The contractors are all finished and it’s in working order. It’s not done but I don’t know when it will be, so it’s done enough.

So I guess I had posted about the walls being removed…we were just waiting on carpeting and now we have it.

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from the office door

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from the bathroom door back toward the office…can you spot the daisy?

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hey carpet, you’re pretty. hey furnace, you are hideous.

There are still two tiles missing in that back corner, that door needs to be shaved down in order for them to fit. I want to just take the door off but Keith wants to keep it on since we can hide a garbage can behind it. That tube hanging from the ceiling is the bane of my existence. It comes from the A/C (?) and has to go into that drain in the floor. Before, there was a wall there, so the tube ran along the wall, but now it’s just hanging out. We drilled holes into one of the mats so it still works as a drain, but I have already tripped on it/nearly pulled it out once, it’s only a matter of time before it happens again. Luckily the mats aren’t glued down or anything. There has to be a better way to have it, but I am clueless.

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daisy is usually not such a photobomber. she must have felt pretty that day.

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the grey carpet is a nice transition to the black speckled mats.

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the old 3rd office looking out to the gym. keith bought all sorts of manly artwork.

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what was the 3rd office, what will be keith’s closet.

 There is a door in front of the elliptical that leads to the gameroom. If you open the door, you get a straight shot at the tv. Keith has too much weightlifting stuff, the elliptical would just take up precious room for how infrequently I use it.

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Daisy modeling a close up of the carpet. Since the floor is so uneven there is a really thick carpet pad under there so it’s nice and squishy.

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Keith’s bathroom

 We also got new flooring in Keith’s bathroom…it was gross carpet before. I wanted to go with small tile but the contractor suggested vinyl. We saw this and it looked pretty nice, so we went with it. And considering it took the contractors* a month to get this all done, I’m sure I’d still be waiting on the tile.

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Teeny bathroom

So, that’s where we are now. I still want to try to rip down or cover up the disgusting burlap that is on half the walls. I still haven’t decided if we should rip down the rest of the wainscotting or put up the rest…it’s sort of a 50/50 split now, it would be easier to rip it all off, but it would look nicer to put it all up. I also would like to do something with the ducts/ceilings, they look terrible. I am hoping I could paint the ducts, but there are all sorts of holes in the sheetrock (?) of the ceiling. It looks bad…but on the other hand, who is really looking at it? And painting of course. I want to do the basement and Keith’s bathroom a nice pale blue. The yellow down there has got to go.

But I also have 10 million other projects for now. Keith doesn’t care what it looks like while he’s pumping iron.

*We used a Kress Brothers, and I don’t think I would recommend them. Everything was done well, but since they use subcontractors it took an entire month. It felt like someone would come and work for 30 minutes and be done for the day. Luckily we have no big contracting plans for a while, so we’ll find someone else for next time. I still whole heartedly recommend Matt Mertz Plumbing, though. They ripped up, replaced and redid our entire basement in 3 days.

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here’s another Daisy photo for good luck. She would like to tell you that although she looks a little plump from this angle, the camera adds 10lbs and she suggests you redirect your attention to her stairs photobomb where you can see her tiny waist. 

Year One! + Master Project List

Today marks one year since we bought our house! How exiciting!

So I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite blogs is Young House Love.  They post a master list of all the projects they have done, are working on and want to do in their home. I thought it was a really great idea to have all of my house hopes and dreams in one place, so I’m taking a page out of their book and posting one. It will also serve as a way to see how much I’ve gotten done in a year’s time, between work, life and the 8 classes I’ve taken in that time. I had super high hopes to finish all the painting by the one-year mark. Haaaaaaaaa.

Starting with the top floor and working down:

master bedroom

Done:
Painted blue
Bought bed
Bought desk for vanity
Bought lamps
Replaced hardware on my bedside table
New sheets/duvet cover
Temporary “art” for over bed

To do:
Touch-up paint along ceiling line
Buy long, low dresser for wall across from bed.
Move tv to long, low dresser – maybe
Replace ugly green carpet
Replace ceiling fan – we have to push start the current one
More substantial art for over the bed
Art or mirror for over the long, low dresser

weird room

Done:
nada

To do:
Paint
This will likely be the (distantly) future nursery so I am not doing anything else until then.

guest room

Done:
nada

To do:
Paint
Buy matress, nightstand, dresser?
buy/make headboard
Art for walls
Window treatments
Replace ugly green carpet

upper bathroom

Done:
Painted
Bought shower curtain
Bought cute bird hooks
Bought soap pump/water glass

To do:
Replace caulk strip
Hang floating shelves above toilet
Replace shower curtain rod
Install fan

living room!

living room

Done:
removed wallpaper
skim coat of plaster on walls
painted
bought couch!

To do:
second and third coats of paint on built-ins/doors
give the coffee table a makeover
possibly rearrange furniture
replace the fireplace
maybe re-tile over the hearth tile?
put things on the built-ins other than a bottle of resolve
make curtains (i have the fabric!)
hang curtains
replace outlet covers/switchplates

entry way

entry way/hallways

Done:
nada

To do:
Paint
hang artwork
replace light fixtures (3)
replace doorbell (you can only hear it in the entry way)
replace rug
build out upper closets
swap lightswitches upstairs since they are backwards
replace stained glass window

dining room

dining room

Done:
changed out dimmer switch for one that worked

To do:
tear down wallpaper
paint
either paint or replace light fixture
make/buy curtains
replace furniture with something more modern…one day.

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kitchen

Done:
removed wallpaper
painted
replaced switchplates/outlets

To do:
make/install faux roman shade
replace backsplash (something pearly?)
replace countertops (butcher block, please)
put in some type of island/dresser-turned-island?
replace light fixtures

laundry/mudroom

laundry room

Done:
bought rugs

To do:
paint
clear counter of all the painting supplies

family room

sunroom

Done:
nada

To do:
clean out the year-old boxes

Powder room, I apparently have no picture.

Done:
nada

To do:
paint
hang shelf above toilet
hang towel ring/bar/holder/thingy

office 2

basement

Done:
Entire plumbing torn out and replaced
Carpet ripped out
Two walls removed
One wall rebuilt
rubber matting installed
carpet is going in today
bathroom floor going in today

To do:
skim coat of plaster over burlap
paint walls/ceiling/ducts
replace wainscoting where it was removed
replace office carpet
remove/restructure office desk
change out office doorknob so we can finally have a key!
put up some sort of shelving on a far wall
replace lighting

 

Phew. Good thing I have the rest of my life to finish all those projects.

 

more basement! now with less carpet!

I’m back with some better pictures of the basement.

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view from office – the carpet will go all along that wall, back to the bathroom and then back to the left into that other room. which will become keith’s closet.

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please note air ducts and light switches hanging from ceiling

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from fridge area

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from bathroom, we are debating about removing that door.

They ripped up the carpeting yesterday. I didn’t know the floor could get any uglier…but it did!

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yuck

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grossss

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i do kinda dig the original color of the stairs!

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i was trying to take a picture of the weird metal plate on the floor, daisy so kindly modeled for me.

We chose our carpet last night, we went with a medium grey color. Hopefully that will hide dog hair better than the dark green did!

Daisy has been spending the day at Keith’s parents’ house so she is not disturbed by the men and yesterday I went to get her and set the burglar alarm off. Because of course I did. Luckily I was able to shut it off quickly enough that no one came to arrest me, but uuuuuuugh.

knock down the walls

So, the contractors came yesterday and knocked down some walls.

back toward the stairs,

we were getting rid of the walls to the right of this photo

random space, office #1 to left, mini office to right, bathroom behind

and the walls to the left and straight ahead.

I had class last night, so Keith texted me a few pictures when he got home. I didn’t get home til after 9 and was not dragging out my big camera, so iPhone photos, it is!

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The view from the office. Those lines in the concrete show where the walls were. Hello random toilet.

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The view from near the toilet. The rubber mats in the bottom corner will extend all the way to that far wall.

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A panorama. I always forget this capability exists on my phone, glad Keith made use of it.

They are there again today-Friday, I believe putting down the bathroom floor today, they left some carpet samples for us to look at tonight, the carpet will go where the toilet is, along the rubber mats.

I am slightly annoyed by two things. I didn’t realize we had to deal with both burlap and cinderblock on the far wall…trying to paint it and make it not look ridiculous is going to be interesting.

There are electrical boxes and lightswitches hanging from the ceiling. They were in the walls that were removed. I assumed they would be moved into the existing wall before they drywalled, but they were not. I guess they could be putting them in after the fact or something…I don’t know. I do know that if they finish and there are still electrical boxes dangling from the ceiling, I am going to be very angry.

From the pictures Keith sent me the basement looks HUGE, but in real life it is somewhat less impressive. Now that the air ducts and the furnace are more exposed, the ceiling seems lower and it seems like the furnace is in the middle of the room. I plan to paint the air ducts white so hopefully that will help them blend into the ceiling a bit better. There’s no hope for hiding the furnace though.

 

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The past two posts I’ve written have some how never published, so I’m not sure this one will…

Just a quick post about the basement. The contractors (oddly enough, our old landlords) are coming next week to knock down some walls! I think I mentioned in the last post that Keith bought rubber matting for part of the floor, while I was in Minnesota, he started to put it down.

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The mats were a tiny bit big, so they were overlapped for a few days so he could make use of the room. (The bottom left corner of the picture? The toilet. We had to move it from the middle of the room and upon doing so found Dixie 1964 stamped inside the tank. Anyone want a 50 year old toilet?)

One night, after work, we actually measured and marked and cut them. I got to use a chalk line and that was pretty fun once I got the hang of it. (It was pretty messy before I did.)

The mats are pretty cool. Thanks to the flecks, you can hardly tell where they connect, it’s pretty seamless. A couple of days after we got the floor fixed…this came in the mail, so now the room looks like this.

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Keith is slightly obsessed. If the contractors come and make him move everything out, I get to say “I told you so,” but at least he gets to make use of the room for the time being.

I can’t waaaaaaait to see what this basement looks like once they rip those walls down and we get new carpet. And eventually I get to paint. It’s going to be awesome.

The longer we live here, the more basement Keith takes over. It is really turning into the man cave. Which is fine, since I get the top two floors of the house.

 

trucking right along…

Happy 2013! I had the 1st and took the 2nd off of work and I did what any good little DIYer does and painted!

After giving my hand a rest from the last living room project, I was dying to start painting the trim.  And die I did.

You see, my living room has dental molding. And while it is lovely to look at, it is NOT lovely to paint.  I had to go in between each tooth (I’m pretending that’s what those are called…why else is it called dental molding?) with the paintbrush. And as soon as I moved on, paint would drip out from between the teeth (this is getting weird) and I would have to go back and swipe again. Repeat times a million. I was making such slow progress I almost gave up.

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The problem was I was getting too much paint in there, but if I didn’t have enough paint on the brush it wouldn’t go in. And then I had a stroke of genius.

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Enter the plastic craft brush. With stiff, coarse bristles, it couldn’t hold that much paint (meaning less drips), but was small enough that I could get it between the teeth.

It was a lot quicker going once I started using that little guy. It still was not even remotely quick though. It’s a huge room and there is ~78 feet (?) of molding. It took me 5 hours to do all of the top trim. And while it was already starting to look SO MUCH BETTER, it kind of sucked that it took that long. I had a little paint left so I did half of the one built-in as well.

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The next day was my birthday, but I was not letting that stop me. My mother-in-law offered to come help and that made it go a lot quicker. We still only got one coat of white on everything, but at least we got it on everything!

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Oh, did I mention my saint of a mother in law stayed and painted while Keith and I went out to dinner? This was all that was left when we got back. One ugly door, which was quickly whipped into shape. This is where we are now.

white!

loving my builtins soooo much more now that they are not yellow-ish.

whiteeeee! makes me feel so clean!

whiteeeeee! the mantle is going light grey.

The mantle and the doorway will both be light grey. The entryway is to the right and it will also be light grey. I will eventually paint the shelves inside that closet white and the backs blue to mimic the built-ins, but I didn’t want to bother with those yet.

I should have done a better job with getting the same angles in pictures, but here’s a rough journey of the stages of the living room wall.

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And a quick fireplace look from before/after trim.

fireplaceI plan on painting the brass of the fireplace, but I have to finish everything else first. I am sooo close to being done and sooooo excited. It will actually look like a living room soon! Especially since I got a couch! (More on that later.)