Art, diy, Photography, remodeling

Remodel COMPLETE!

So, I thought I’d update on our remodel status. We are done! YAY! I for one, had grown terribly bored with all the red. I wanted something more modern, light and airy. We built the house, around 10 years ago. Of course, in the beginning, it was a lovely blank canvas. Over the past 10 years, it’s had many ‘trial and error’ make-overs. But this time, by George, I think we’ve got it!

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ABOVE: Yes…the pic above, was extremely red. Now don’t get me wrong, I rather like red….but day in and day out, it gets to be a bit much. So we dove right in, and changed it.

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ABOVE: We pulled off the baseboards and replaced them with plastic baseboards. The dog’s water was damaging the previous ones.

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ABOVE: We started with two coats of primer…red is extremely hard to cover. We did get a paint with primer in it, as well.

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ABOVE: You don’t even want to know how I got above the stairs…I was riding by the seat of my pants, home alone and couldn’t move the equipment up there by myself….It was really a rather funny site. I had the ER and Blue Cross on speed dial!

BELOW: Meanwhile, we decided to go ahead and replace the flooring with ceramic tile, so our house turned into a hoarding mess…

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ABOVE: We lived in this mess for a month. I still get nightmares.

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ABOVE: I refinished some of the appliances and we decided, if we were in…we were all in, so we got a new washer dryer.

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ABOVE: The tile was the hardest part. You aren’t supposed to walk on it for a while, a couple of days. That’s really hard, when you have kids…who REALLY like food….

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ABOVE: I chose a ‘bronze crackle’ spray paint, and refinished the picture frames, doorbell and spot lights.

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ABOVE: My neighbor was pitching an adorable little bench, I grabbed it up and refinished it for my daughter’s room. Then I added some fluffy clouds. I had to do something, while I was waiting for the kitchen tiles to set. The shape of my family room, was overwhelming!

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The whole process, was totally worth it. With the basement being finished last year…(BELOW:)

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and the upstairs done, we have finally finished our dream house. The colors are fresher, the carpet (well, a cat, a dog and tons of kids…it had to go) is refreshing. Ceramic tile is my new best friend…and shoes are FORBIDDEN! Hopefully, it’ll stay this way for a while. Even my mood is better! Through-out the whole process, I threw stuff out like CRAZY! I kept NOTHING that we didn’t have to have except , minimal decor, less clutter= more peace.

Now, here’s the REALLY COOL part…99% of our decor and furniture was FREE! Yep! When my in-laws moved, they gave us the leather couches and glass tables. The Foose-Ball Table, we got at a garage sale for 10$. Most of the decor, I found at Goodwill, for a few quarters! It can be hard to remodel on low budget, but if you take your time, keep your eyes open and really dig through the thrift stores, it can absolutely be done. Few tips, watch when you’re buying painted ANYTHING. You don’t want to bring lead into your home. Don’t buy used fabric furniture unless you know where it’s been. My In-Laws, are extremely tidy. I had zero issues with them giving us those beautiful leather couches. Don’t buy used throw pillows! There’s a reason, those disclaimers, are on the tags at Goodwill. You could bring in bed bugs, mites, fleas or illness. It’s not worth it.  As far as old picture frames etc…the spray paint is very reasonable. And in the end, they all match!

So, all in all…AWESOME finish to an incredibly hectic year!

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