Tuesday, June 25, 2013

House Progress Part 2

Yup you guessed it, I have been working hard on the house and not working hard on blogging! 

We have come a long way, but still have a long way to go.  Although I am happy to report we will be moving in this wkend. YAY!

There are still numerous things on the list to do, but I have a feeling they are going to take us a while to get through.

Here is an update on what we have done so far..... don't mind the iphone photos. I'll  put some nice before and after's up once we have the rooms somewhat organized/decorated.

In no particular order.....

Polyurethaned…technically not a word…… coat 2 or 3

family room painted… after my brush with death.

master walls in process….

 (technically I did not do this….. but its still pretty)

the hole I fell down in the family room whilst painting the ceiling

sweet fan in the master…. Not!  painting the ceiling….

installing the OSB over sweet linoleum in the family room.

refinished parquet…. Yup two different woods, the lighter wood was so dirty we thought it was the same colour!

refinished bedroom floors

Also the entire living room, dining room, entry way and hallway were also painted a really nice beige colour. We currently have all the light fixtures removed so we will be installing new ones this week and finishing up the floors. 

I didn't get everything done (like painting the kitchen cabinets) but living with the brown for a week won't be the worst thing in the world.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

House Progress

Courtesy of Zillow
As you may have noticed, I have been a little absent lately from the blogosphere (as my family likes to call it)

That is mostly due to the fact we closed on our new house on the 31st and have been furiously working in getting it move in ready.

So far our shower has been demo'd, new shower pan poured, some leaky pipes fixed, gross popcorn ceilings have been covered, hardwood floors are in the process of being refinished and I started getting rid of the gross brown tile counters which had to be delayed once the dry walling got moved up, not that I'm complaining!

This last weekend we ripped up the gross carpet and found some lovely 70s tile that reminded me of school
flooring, if you follow me on Instagram contentowlpdx you may have seen some of my photos already. 

We then started installing OSB flooring in the living room and hallway, sadly no hardwood under the carpet,
with the help of my dad and a few friends (Thank you Eric and Becky!)and will finish installing it in the family room this weekend.   

*I will post all about the awesomeness of OSB flooring once it’s completed and I can show you before and after shots.

I can't believe what a huge difference we are already seeing after removing the window coverings, having the ceilings done and having the carpet gone. It's immediately brighter.  I can’t wait to start painting; it’s really starting to feel like our own home now.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Starburst Mirror DIY

After seeing a few starburst mirrors all over the place lately I decided to make my own, esp after seeing the price tags for the ones I was drooling over. 

I looked around for a few tutorials and decided on this one over on Create Live Design 

She covers the basis pretty well on the how to's so I will just go over the pitfalls I experienced.

1. Make sure you are wearing gloves when using Gorilla Glue. It says right on the package do not get it on your skin.... but I was sooooo excited about getting started I skipped that part of the instructions. It took 5 days to get the glue off. Not FUN!
Also Gorilla Glue expands a lot. So use less then you think you need, I had to scrape off some of the glue when it was dry.

2. Figure out how big you want the mirror before you start gluing the shims. My mirror is awesome but much larger then I thought it was going to be.

3. I added some tiny nails (thanks to my dad's air nailer) and some craft plywood to the back for additonal stability.

4. I used two cans of spray paint, the shims soaked it up! I will be making a couple small ones for holiday gifts this year and I'll be priming them first. 

I can't wait to hang this beauty in our new dining room!!!