Well we had a very interesting weather day here in Kentucky yesterday. I’m just outside of Louisville and we got 4” of snow, so needless to say the schools were closed and the kiddo was home. This is a very early morning shot of our backyard, it was pretty gloomy and quiet outside all day yesterday.
And Chewy (our Schnoodle) freakin’ loves the snow, buries his face in it and runs like a snow plow, but when he comes in he’s all covered in snow balls on his fringe and it takes like 10 minutes to remove them with the hair dryer… doesn’t his face say WTF Mom let me in!
So anyway, this post is really about how productive I was yesterday… which is not always the case… I replaced the runner on our stairs AND fixed the scratches on the treads while I was at it! This is what I started with and let me say I have HATED this runner since day one, but I was not ready for a big stair renovation…
I found a couple of runners that were the right width and that I liked… I have seen a bunch of bloggers redo their stairs for “$100” with runners, let me tell you I could NOT find any runners wide enough for that kind of price. These runners cost me just over $300 in total and they were on sale… maybe I’m looking in the wrong place? Anyway, I laid out the runners to validate how the layout would work before I started the process.
Getting the original runner up was not a big deal, just a lot of staples to remove that didn’t come out with the runner when I pulled it out. That left me with a tack strip in the back and carpet padding, which I left down… and consequently stepped on the tack strips a couple of times while doing this project!
After the runner was up I worked on the scratches in the oak treads. Most of them looked a little like this…
The process I used was so simple, just wipe on more stain on the stairs, wait a couple of minutes then wipe it off. I would say the difference is pretty dramatic.
I have no idea what the original floor color was, but I used “Special Walnut” stain color, pretty awesome change right?!
I didn’t poly over the stain, just wiped the excess off good. I will eventually have the stairs refinished but for now they coordinate much better with the refinished wood floors downstairs.
Here’s my BIG HUGE tip for those of you with white stair risers and pickets. 1. wipe as much of the excess stain off of the white paint as you can before it dries, 2. once the stain is dry use Goo Gone and a paper towel to remove the rest of the stain 3. clean the Goo Gone off with a paper towel and Formula 409. SERIOUSLY, if you do this you might not need to touch up your white painted areas, but at the most you’d only have to do one coat to make it look good. Otherwise your looking at at least 2 coats to cover the areas the stain discolored, don’t say I didn’t warn you..
So after my white paint touch up was complete I laid out the runner and started stapling away, being sure to keep it taught and straight. This was the easiest part of this whole update. I also hammered down the tack strip under the runner so we couldn’t feel the tacks trough the carpet.
The first riser was originally carpeted but I didn’t have enough runner for it so I just filled in the staple holes and painted the riser, I like it better this way …
So I’m thrilled to death with this update. Now I don’t feel like I have to explain to guests why we have updated the whole first floor but let the old, ratty, ugly runner. While this runner is not a permanent solution for me I will be very happy if I can get 2 years out of it or until I’m ready to make a longer term commitment.
I will totally admit that this was a project I had been dreading because of the poor condition of the wood. Even though it took me the better part of the day to complete it was well worth it and nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I’m hoping you’re keeping warm and safe, thanks for stopping by!
So I left you guys with the last update to the bathroom looking like this, (Click here to see part 1) and it still kind of looks like this but we’ve made some progress.
We decided to go ahead and remove the tile around the tub for a couple of reasons, 1. all of the floor tile will be removed “soon”, 2. the hot water valve was leaking and we needed to get underneath of it to fix it and the only way to do so was to remove the tile (nice setup right?)
Thank goodness we removed the tile as there was water leaking from the valve onto the subfloor! Obviously you can see that we were unable to remove the tile from the wall without removing the sheetrock as well. We removed the tile by first scoring the caulk and then using a pry bar and a hammer to knock out the tiles… it was pretty easy, but very loud!
We installed this wainscoting around the tub, using a plywood backer board and pine 1×3 strips. The wainscoting around the base of the tub is wedged in but easily removable for future plumbing plans (which I have) or for repairs.
I was able to convince my Super Awesome Hubby to install a junction box over the tub so that we could install a chandelier that I have had for many years but that was sitting in storage. We found the center point of the tub by using a plumb line, then drilled a hole in that spot, we then stuck a long pole through the hole so that he could find the spot through the attic insulation. Poor guy struck his head on some roofing nails while he was up there… but he got it done! I had to hang it pretty close to the ceiling, but I ‘m very happy it is there.
I also primed the tub wainscoting with a tinted grey primer and then caulked all of the seams. If you’re wondering I chose to prime then caulk it was to reduce the possibility of cuts or splinters from running my fingers along the wood when smoothing out the caulk.
However, I did go back and prime the caulked areas so now I can use my tub again without being overly concerned about splashing water… not that I’m splashing water but just in case…
I also had had enough of this vanity! We had purchased a vanity on CL several months ago and I decided it was time we installed it.
It’s installed, but I have no sink and only a temporary top (it is from the laundry room update) but at least I can use it. My Hubby still has to make a shelf like cabinet/piece for the end and I will be painting it and the tub surround a dark grey eventually. Obviously I still need a top, a sink and a faucet, but because I will need two of each of these items (because of my husband’s vanity) I’m not ready to bite that bullet quite yet. We also are still trying to decide how best to deal with installing a mirror over this area, but for now this temporary one is fine.
We have a lot more to do, even for just a partial bathroom update, but I’d rather live with this bathroom in a semi-state of construction than the way it was… and I am totally loving the wainscoting around the tub, I think it makes it look so much nicer!
As always thanks so much for stopping by…
Until next time!
Hey all, I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Our school here in Louisville had Fall break last week so we took the opportunity to visit Red River Gorge, KY and let me tell you it was gorgeous! We stayed in a Yurt, which was new for us and pretty cool! It felt like we were the only ones at the Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals which was perfect!
We hiked some awesome trails, this is the view from the top of the Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge State Park, KY. It was breathtaking!
Luckily we didn’t have to hike up to the top, but we took the Sky Lift instead. We did hike back down though… I felt a little like a Billy goat walking down but the walk down was full of beautiful scenery.
We did some other hikes and I took about 200 pictures, I’m hoping to use some in the bathroom as art, seriously what kind of art is “appropriate” for bathroom walls? I have some great foliage and carved stone step shots I’m hoping will work…
In the meantime I had an idea for the shower area of the bathroom (it’s separate from the rest of the room). I used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl for “Lather. Rinse. Repeat.”, making sure that the works were flipped appropriately. I then transferred the vinyl to the back of the glass (I already had the frame and glass on hand), this piece is about 20×14.
This is what it looks like flipped over.
I took it outside and sprayed the back of the glass with a mirror like spray, although I could have sprayed it with any regular spray paint.
This is after I lightly sprayed 4 coats, they dry very fast.
I then removed the vinyl and sprayed the back (now open letters) with gold spray paint.
Here is the finished product.
It was a very quick (15 minutes) project using items I already had on hand and I really like how it turned out! The glass is easy to clean because the paint is on the reverse side of the glass. FYI you can do this project with just about any glass… picture frames would be great!
I hope you guys have a great rest of the week!
Thanks for stopping by!
I wanted to thank all of you who voted for my Laundry Room Makeover on Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014! Seriously I can’t tell you how much your support means to me and how awesome it makes me feel! Because of your support our Laundry room had the most votes in it’s “Cool” division and the second most votes of all of the entries, pretty impressive right?! So you would think I would be in the running for the Grand Prize, but sadly I’m not… they actually have a panel of judges that choose the finalist from the categories… not a really democratic way to run a contest but to each his own.. I guess I’m just a little bummed (and confused) about it!
I wanted to do more than just complain to you guys I promise, I wanted to share with you this quick crafting project I worked on. I pulled out the sewing machine this past Saturday and sewed some Fall pillow covers for the sunroom. I decided to make envelope enclosure pillows and found this tutorial here for them. They were SUPER easy to make and will allow me to quickly and easily change my pillow covers for the season. I had the perfect Fall fabric on hand so this was not only a pretty quick project but it was cheap too!
I sewed pillows for both sides of the sunroom sofa and “my” chair, I loved the colors in the fabrics and how they turned out but they just looked a little BLAH for me, see what I mean…
I decided to embellish them a little… I made some felt flowers (using hot glue and strips of felt, see basic tutorial I found here) and some black velvet ribbon I attached with fabric glue. Much better right, but still not quite right…
I decided I wanted a “S” on each of the plaid pillows. So I printed a “S” from Word onto a thicker piece of paper (to make cutting easier) and then cut it out. I fused together some black flannel fabric and Wonder Under Transfer Web with a hot iron. Then I placed the “S” cutout on the fabric and traced around it with white chalk (so I could see the line) and then cutout the “S”.
I then removed the backing of the Wonder Under (exposing the glue) and placed the “S” on the pillow. I then covered it with parchment paper and ironed it onto the pillow cover. The “S” is now permanently fused to the flannel pillow cover!
So much cuter than the plain pillows before I think!
I had never made felt flowers before so I am very pleased with how they turned out and I only burnt my hand with the stupid hot glue ONCE, but once was enough let me tell you!
This is “my” seat in the sunroom, I love to sit there and look out at the back yard and the tree’s.
I posted the picture below on my Instagram account yesterday, so much fun making all of these, I don’t craft / sew as often as I should…
I hope you enjoyed my little pillow tutorial! I still have my sewing machine out because next I have to tackle some making some Roman Shades.. fun fun!!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
So we REALLY are making a HUGE mess in the basement, lots of dust and tools, but I couldn’t be happier! We finished painting over the awful faux finish wall treatment and are in the process of updating the built-in entertainment area. Just so you know I wanted to hire someone to paint the basement because it was a lot and I just wanted it done, but with a price quote of $1,300 not including paint I decided to put on my big girl panties and get it done (with a lot of help from my Super Awesome Hubby too!) I wanted to share with you the progress of the TV wall though, as I am super thrilled with how it’s coming along.
This is what the basement built-in entertainment area looked like just before we moved in. While some of you might possibly think the walls look good, trust me, in person they were pretty bad. These are really nice built-ins however, but that TV area was made for one of those mack daddy TV’s, you remember the SUPER deep ones? All of the wires you see sticking out of the wall are for the cable and the surround sound.
Removing the deep TV built-in and the narrow cabinet beside it was no picnic let me tell you! They built them in place so the backs of the cabinets were actually the drywall part of the wall. The long holes you see snaking along the top of the wall near the ceiling are where we ran the speaker wire up so that we could install the in wall speakers here. We also moved the electric outlets and finished out the wires in the wall for a cleaner look.
The speakers came with a template that we traced around and then cutout the drywall to house the units.
We have installed this same V-groove wood planks on this wall as we have in the girl’s bathroom and the laundry room. First and most importantly it covers up all of the holes we made in the drywall, but also it will provide a nice background texture for what we are planning to do…
I hope everyone knows you can get your primer tinted for free right? I had my Kilz tinted as dark gray as possible to help with the final coat.
My SAH and I designed this cabinet to hold all of our components under the TV. We used our handy Kreg Jig to help with this project!
Ok, so this is where we finished up this weekend. Are you digging the black wall or is it just a tad too much for you? I think this will be the perfect backdrop for the TV and some decorative items on the shelves.
I will finish priming and painting it this week so the only thing that will be left to do is find a TV for this spot… and let me tell you my Hubby is SO looking forward to that part of the project!
Ideally he wants something this BIG, but we’ll see (excuse the crude Photoshop mock up). It’s a very large area and can hold an 80” TV. In case you were wondering about the scale of this area it’s 12’ wide by 10’ tall. This potential TV is why we removed the skinny built in, gotta have as much TV space as possible for watching football right?!
So it’s coming along slowly, but I have to blame that on the weather. It’s been so gorgeous here in Louisville, KY recently that I have been doing as much outside as I can… pretty soon winter will be here and I will be stuck inside then anyway!
I hope you all are having beautiful Fall weather too! Thanks so much for stopping by…
Until next time!
Hey all! I just got some pretty fantastic news that I wanted to share with you! Do you remember my laundry room makeover?
Well I’m super excited to say it has been chosen for Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014 contest!
As you can tell it is a room FULL of color! I would LOVE it if you could take the time to hop over to Apartment Therapy and vote for me! It’s easy just click on this link http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/susans-color-happiness-room-room-for-color-2014-208591 and vote by clicking on the red button below the pictures that says “FAVORITED”, the deadline is Oct. 3rd!
Thanks so much for all of you wonderful comments on the original post, they REALLY mean a lot to me!