Sunday, November 6, 2016

New House updates. Project #1


The turquoise paint was a bit dark for a basement room. I think sometimes we (people) like a certain color, but aren't sure how to pick that color. This can result in colors that are super dark with no variation. Meaning they look like colors one might use on a poster board to make a sign, but perhaps not the best for walls in a home - as they come off too dark or harsh. I remember once picking a brown that looked awesome on the paint chip, but turned out horrid on the wall.  To save myself from that mistake (most of the time) I now see colors I like in the store and then google that color on the internet before I buy the paint. Images will pop up of others who have used that same color in their home. Check out a couple of images and see what you think. I never pick a color without googling images on that color beforehand. or Pintrest are great places to search potential colors as well.

                                       This room is pretty large and has some great features, mainly a large window (since it's in the basement, that's a great feature). It has great lines so the room isn't just square and a built in desk that although pretty old and dated turned out great painted. Don't be too quick to tear something out or get rid or something. Sometimes it can turn into an awesome "save."
 I apologize that my picture quality isn't great - hoping for a new phone for the birthday.


The first thing I did was pick a color. My daughter wanted pink. Pink is super tricky because it is always too dark in my opinion. I wanted this room to be a room she could grow into, therefore I did not want harsh pink or barbie pink (she did). I picked a color that I googled and it looked great. It was barely pink on the swatch. However once it was on the walls, it was still too dark for me. I took half of the can of pink and poured white paint in it to the brim and painted another coat on the wall. It was still too dark for the subtle pink I was going for. I then halfed that can and poured white in it once more and I loved the end result. I can't remember the color I used since I threw out the can after I added white so many times. I know it's a Benjamin Moore and I want to say it's "ballet slipper", but I am not sure. Google light pink colors and there are many great ones.
Here is a hint to painting: Don't just do straight lines. Always paint in a "W" pattern. Your wall will get even coverage since you overlap and there won't be lines.

We pulled up the carpet. This is one of the simplest jobs to do. Just go to the corner and pull it up. Then pull up the pad. You will likely need a metal scraper to pull up the little pieces of carpet pad that are stuck to the glue on the floor. Then you need to pull up the tack strip. Get a pry bar. Place the pry bar until a nail in the tack strip. Hit the pry bar with a hammer. It will pop up the nail-loosening the tack strip. Move along the wall and pop up all of the nails. Then just sweep up. The whole process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, but it's a great way to save some money.

Notice how my walls, don't look very pink. That's good. Once we add the white wainscoting on the bottom of the walls, the pink will naturally pop.

                                                       FEATURE WALL - STENCIL TIME-

 I am torn on the stencil. Sometimes it's not too bad to do and other times it is awful trying to get lines to match. Because I was only doing one wall and because I love that you can paint over it versus wallpaper, I opted to use a stencil to add a feature wall.We went with a large damask pattern stencil. I bought it on Amazon for about $25. Not bad considering wallpaper would have cost hundreds. The stencil has lines on the edges that helps you line it up, each time you move it. I decided to do the wall by the desk. I wish I had a before picture of the desk. The desk was old and brown. All I did was paint it glossy white. That small brown light above it, we took down and replaced it with a simple whitish pink shade (seen sitting on the desk). It cost $14.

 It helps to have someone help you stencil otherwise it is super awkward to try and hold it and paint at the same time with the roller. Also flat walls are so much easier to paint then walls that curve or change like the one that we stenciled. Trying to get the stencil to match in the corner was really hard. We chose a very light metallic gold color. The above picture shows the color as is. It was too dark for me, so I lightened it with a metallic white color. Below is the result.

 My son is hooking up our internet in this picture. I may be able to DIY, but not so good with technology. Yep, he's 9 and he did it. Yep, I am 35 and I did not.

 We painted before we pulled the carpet. Always a good idea.

                                                        LAYING FLOORING
Laying wood or laminate floors is super easy. So easy in fact that I made each of my kids help me do some of their rooms. If you can do a puzzle, you can lay a wood floor. It will save you thousands of dollars. You tube is your friend. My husband and I google everything and watch how-to videos before attempting it ourselves.

 Her floor would have taken us a day to do, but I have three other kids so could only work on it during nap time and at nights. We finished it in 3 days.

We decided to do wood floors in the basement. I was really hesitant about that because of the cold and I didn't want it to look cold either. However the day we finished the install my baby threw up orange stuff all over the floor. I simply wiped it up. I knew then that I had made the right choice. Solve the cold problem with a great over-sized rug. Go with a lighter rug if your floor is dark or vice versa.

 The picture to the right is after we added new baseboards. I love the MDF flat 6" baseboards. Easy to paint. Easy to clean. Look great.

The picture above is the new light installed above the desk. We picked out a cute knob and the desk was done. The picture below shows the new bedroom light. I love this Capiz chandelier from World Market. If you wait for a 40% of coupon it's under $40.

It pays to have a husband that used to be an electrician. Here he is changing out all the outlets and switches to white. Huge difference.

No room is complete in my opinion until it has some type of wainscoting or board and batten or some added wood touch. It's simple to do, pretty inexpensive and adds a ton to any room.

Here we chose a simple white MDF (real wood is a lot more expensive-ask for MDF at Home Depot or Lowes if you want to save a lot of money.) Each 12 foot piece was about $8.00.  We spent about $150 on new baseboards and all the wood squares. Not bad at all. We also re-used the old baseboards to create a chair rail on the top  to finish the design. You can see it below.

 Once we did all the woodwork. I caulked and painted everything from the chair rail down glossy white. I never use glossy paint or even semi gloss except on anything white that has wood work. It gives it a nice contrast to the "eggshell" finish I choose for all my colors. My husband and I draw out a design before we do it and then we hold up a "frist" piece of wood to the wall to make sure we like the height. You can't go wrong. Just make up a design. Usually things in odds look better-in my opinion. So we usually try to do two smaller squares on one wall on the sides and then one big rectangle in the middle. You want to make sure your spaces in between each square and the sides of the wall are even.


Here is the room mostly finished. I spent very little on accessories, but the room didn't need much since the stencil and the wood work is enough.

 My daughter was excited to make her own bed . :)  We added curtains and painted the lights by the windows white and added a few more decorations, but this is pretty much the finished product. Not counting the wood floor (which was $4 a sq. foot) this room for all the paint, wood, switches, lights and decor was under $500. Not bad.

STAY TUNED for the boys room. :)

Happy Re-doing!