Monday, November 30, 2015

AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT

omg, LOOK!


There's light! If you recall, there was two old school "can" lights in the basement (with a nice orange filter on it to make the base feel extra cave-y). Instead of ONE on either end of the room, I wanted TWO to up the wattage in the space.


3 lamps in one room to help mask to cave-ness of the space...


It was super quick and easy to install and I did it in like 5 minutes. JK LOL - that's how long it took to write the check. YOU SEE - yeah I COULD have learned how to disconnect the old fixture, magically split the wires to code and install two perfectly spaced cans where there once was one. I COULD have. But I didn't. Instead, I called my go-to electrician who snuck over whilst I was out of town to TCOB.


What a NOVEL idea, things getting done while i'm out of town. BUT, that's the ONLY thing I will be hiring out (aside from installing the carpet, because LOL NO.). The rest of it is up to me and my bad self. So first things first - THAT HOLE.

That's where the old fixture was, thankfully the hole was built out already on either side so I had something to screw the drywall into. If that wasn't there, i'd just have to build out the joist space with some scrap wood, NBD.

Then I went to HD and grabbed a small piece of drywall. Cutting drywall is SUPER simple. Measure the hole, use a straight edge and score with a utility knife a few times. Then donkey kick the backside of the score line.



Then scour the backside and it'll rip right apart! Remember to use drywall screws when attaching it, and sink them into the drywall so they don't sneak above the top.


NEXT, it's time to tape the edges. and SPACKLE.



The tape gives the spackling paste some structure. Simply cut strips of the tape and align them on top of any gaps or screw heads. Then put a THIN coat of spackling paste on. I like to use a big (8"+) drywall knife, it allows for fewer lines showing after. Light, thin coats are best here. Some people glib it on, then it's IMPOSSIBLE to sand it and make it perfect. I put a thin coat on, waited for it to dry, and then added another. Sanding in between to ensure the patch blends in well with the surrounding area.


NOW, it doesn't look perfect, the entire ceiling needs to be painted still - duh. BUT! Lights! Woo!

Next up - prepping the walls for PAINT!



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Storage room >> Craft Room

A few weeks ago I finally got around to cleaning/painting the 'ol storage room. During that time of purging, my storage needs dwindled and my crafting supplies increased. SO, I wanted to make this space a functional little area to get my craft on. Obviously this isn't the most GLAMOROUS space in the house, but it's perfect for storing ALL THE THINGS, so I don't have little crafting piles around my house :)

We left off here, where I cleaned/painted/prepped this space, getting about 60+ years of GUNK out.


SO now that I had a blank slate it was time to load er up with ALL THE THINGS. My workroom has turned into a workroom/craft storage, as has an entire bedroom upstairs. Girl likes to craft, I guess. SO I gathered everything and felt SO organized. Now it doesn't take me 30 minutes to find tape, or walnut stain :)


FIRST my paints. I have SO many paint samples they were coming out of my ears. I HATE re-buying things because they are lost in the abyss, so this was the perfect space to collect them and take inventory. #somanycabinets. And look, room for more :)


As you can see, this place is still a semi-storage area. I have so many picture frames/books that will EVENTUALLY get hung, but just haven't. ALSO, I was clearing my OTHER storage space at the same time for another little project i'm working on.


I LOVE it when everything has a spot. Wrapping paper isn't in 3 drawers in 2 rooms, and easy to grab items were hung on the peg boards. Oh peg board, how you are growing on me.


I found this Singer base in a trash can (typical) and just set a piece of wood on it for now, I kinda love it :)

WOO! One room done, now it's time to focus ALL of my attention onto that living room. Because, up next, LIGHTS!





p.s Have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving everyone :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Basement Renovation {the plan}

We're on the home stretch people! And i've got a to-do list burning a hole in my pocket and an ounce of determination to finish it before the end of the YEAR! We'll see how that goes (spoiler, ain't gunna happen).  BUT let's talk about what we're going to DO.

SO, the living room. A dark retro OASIS:


This hot piece of meat butts up to the craft room, and as you walk down the basement stairs it's on your LEFT....OK? Also, don't be fooled by the camera flash here, there are only TWO light bulbs illuminating the space. So unless you are directly under them, you are walking through a cave.

So first things first (because renovating a cave is DIFFICULT), add lights! 


I know what you're thinking... "You're keeping the carpet, RIGHT?"

UNFORTUNATELY, the previous owner installed it himself (man after my own heart) but didn't put in any tracks or a pad (Also it's orange, has 60+ years of dust, and, did I mention it was ORANGE?) So yeah, carpet is FASHO getting replaced. 


THAT PANELING THOUGH. My mom put up a valiant fight to save these BUT, no. Sorry! Nail holes need to be filled, walls need to be SCRUBBED, and trim needs fixing...THEN! Paiting ALL THE THINGS! Every photo I take of this room has a distinct orange tone to it, basically the plan is to get rid of THAT.

SO, add light fixtures, new carpet, lighten up the ceilings/walls...sounds like fun!