Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Painting and Flooring upstairs or Will I ever be done painting trim!

Time for a house update!
Past time, actually...
We are working on the upper level, which is just two bedrooms and a bath.
And for our purposes, I doubt it will be used much.
I started painting trim for the upstairs back in November.
The way we do it is like this.... 
Dave measures and cuts the pieces of trim he needs and lays out what will fit on the horses.
He also puts these little trim pieces on nails because they are easier to paint and dry like this.  I can get all sides without them sticking to the wood.  
This house has a lot of trim.  We have trim around all of the windows, doors, and crown molding.

And corners

As you can see in the background of these pictures, we have a bit of a mess.  There are a lot of materials and tools needed to build, and when you are working in two rooms, it gets a bit crowded with those materials and tools.  We've put cardboard down to protect the hardwood floors.  I'll do a proper TahDah post on the bedrooms when all of the stuff is out of those rooms.
We have lights and ceiling fans!
 I'm pretty sure I'm done painting trim.  And it's all hung.

We've also been busy with the bathroom.  
Looking for flooring took a little bit of time.
 When we first started building this house we looked for a flooring called Luxury Vinyl Tile.  It was a fairly new product and there wasn't a lot of choices in our town.  We discovered it from some friends who were building.  We put hardwood down in most of the house, but in the kitchen and bathrooms we wanted something that could withstand water and a lot of wear and tear.
 Now there are a LOT of choices!
 And of course the farmhouse look  is so popular right now.  I actually wanted a gray for my kitchen but at the time they didn't have it.  They do now.
 But we had to make sure what we bought for the bathroom was going to look ok next to the hardwood that it butts up against in the foyer.

Those were a couple of samples Dave brought home, but he wanted me to go to the store with him to make sure there wasn't something I liked better.

 LVT also comes in pieces that look like tile.  It's very versatile, VERY easy to clean, and wears well.  I could sell it!  (lol)

We have since finished the bathroom and in my next post I will show you all the details!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hardwood flooring upstairs

It's been awhile since I've posted on this blog. 
in the proverbial sense....
whatever that means....
I don't talk that way....
who does?
DAVE...(not we)
has been laying hardwood flooring upstairs.
After he painted this stairwell...all by himself.
I won't even say how he did it.
Because I can't explain it, nor can I find any pictures that I took.
Which I know I did.
One thing I have been doing, is carrying flooring upstairs.
A little bit at a time.

It's heavy.
It's hard to tell because we have most of it covered,
but he has two bedrooms finished.


 and is working in this closet.

 I have been doing other things around the house.
I decided to do some bathroom decorating.
I  took this spaghetti jar
and painted the inside of it with Coral Belle paint.
(I still have half a gallon of this paint)
 I've had the jar of cotton for the last ten years, at least. I used it in the bathroom at the house in town, before it was popular (or not) to decorate with! I grew it and picked it myself, back when I was VERY into gardening.

 So this is the shelf by our bathtub.  
I still need something on the wall above, but it will come.
I think I'll go soak in the tub and enjoy my little bit of decorating....
as it's hard work carrying flooring upstairs.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Priming the walls upstairs

Finally!!!  We are priming and painting the walls upstairs.
 This is the front bedroom...the one everyone wants because it has a balcony.

 And here is a hint for you.  When you are painting new drywall, use a primer first, and have it tinted.  But make sure you only tint it a portion of the color you will be painting.  For example, we are painting the walls all the same color in the house.  Creamy.  I know...boring.  But if you've made the decisions I've made in the last few years....
So, we had the primer tinted 80% of the Creamy color.  Now when we paint with the Creamy paint, we will still see where we painted, and it will go on smoothly because we primed the walls first.  If you don't prime first, you'll be painting two coats with paint because the first coat gets sucked up into the drywall, and primer is cheaper.
Have a great day!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Drywalling the upstairs bedroom

 While I was on vacation, Dave started dry walling the upstairs.  Which he knew I wanted to hire done.  So, I'm guessing he waited for me to leave, and asked Vickie's husband, Robert, to help him carry it upstairs....
 and he spent the week  hanging drywall.  This is the front bedroom.
 Which is where the balcony is located.

He's been up there every day since I've returned.  Hanging drywall.  I'm staying downstairs because one person dragging drywall dust through the house is enough!