Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Farewell Tour {the dining room}

Shockingly, this room, the very one pictured below, is one of the reasons I bought this house. Yup, that wood paneling and floral window covers had me at hello.

YOU SEE, houses in the area RARELY have a dining room. They have what's lovingly called an 'eat in kitchen' which is fit for 2.5 people to successfully eat a meal not in front of a TV. But this had a full honkin' dining room, like one that could fit a TABLE, and BAR CART, and OMG a vintage record player!? Which, was left by the previous owner and I will forever refuse to let go of.

ANYWAYS. I grew up in a house that had family dinner every night and played games like we were competing for world records. So having a dining room was on my 'would be SUPER nice' list, but pipe dreams.

The dining room didn't have the beautiful wood floors in the rest of the house, it had some laminate that has held up well throughout the years, and I'm 98% sure was covering asbestos tile. So removing that was just NOT going to happen.

It took the boy about 2 weeks of coming to the house with those window treatments to finally take a screw driver to them one night and bid them farewell. After that, and removing the 'brow', ALL THE LIGHT came into this room *heart eyes*.

See above, record player. My plan, much to my mother's dismay, was to paint ALL the paneling/trim in the house white. The era of the house called for this grey-washing of trim? Which basically made the trim look dull. In and effort to NOT sand/stain/seal ALL of the trim, I opted to paint. Which I thought would be easier but omg IDK.

THANKFULLY, my family is crazy and all came over to help! Painting paneling took us 4 coats, 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint. Plus I painted the ceiling and walls that weekend. It's like, what didn't we paint in that room, huh?

The night before the troops came over, I washed everything down with TSP to remove YEARS of disgust. Oh man. Then I taped everything off (remember to use a credit card to seal the tape!) and we were READY TO GO!

Drum roll please...

The light fixture was a craigslist find, because I'm classy like that. Also, can you tell we are from Minnesota and have some deep pride?! OH, and the little bar cart? That was ALSO left in the house, which just got a fresh coat of spray paint to hide the faux wood treatment.

Such a great addition to the house, and it really opens up the kitchen next to it....which is the NEXT room on the farewell tour! WOO!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Farewell Tour {main bathroom}

The next room on the Farewell Tour is the main floor bathroom. Here she is in all her glory on demo day 1:

This room presented the first bummer moment the house had. In the first weekend of owning the house we were ripping out alllll the carpet, which also included the carpet in the bathroom. Someone had the genius idea to carpet (glue) over the tile floor in the bathroom - I'm thinking so that grandma wouldn't slip and fall on the tile? IDK, BUT, turns out it takes awhile for carpet to dry! SO, after a few years, that wet carpet ate away at the tile below.

At first I had hopeful thoughts of salvaging the floor and patching in where the tiles had broke off. When you walked into the room there was a crunching noise from where the tile had separated from the concrete below (BUMMER!). And, YUP, two inches of concrete was below that hot mess, and it ALL had to go.

It took us about 2 nights to get rid of all of the concrete, and another day to prep the floors for tile! My first tile job! Woo!

Shout out to Roger & my fasha for helping lay the cement board and my father for helping me cut little pieces of tile to finish this beast off! Once the tile was in, I re-installed my concrete countertop vanity (which, has held up well!) with a re-finished base.

Wanna see the glamour shots? SURE YOU DO.

Can anyone explain to me the reason for toilet seat covers? And how to get ones to match PERFECTLY with the carpet? Like, do people use toilets as a chair at times? And Porcelain is just, too cold? Asking for a friend...

BTW, being without a bathroom (I moved in mid-bathroom reno) is a lot like camping in your own house. Jury is still out on which is worse to live-in-through: bathroom reno or kitchen reno. But all I know is...thank god for showers at work though AMIRIGHT?