So I’ve been on this motivational kick this passed couple weeks on continuing work on my house. We are finally able to get some major work done that we’ve been needing to do and so now I have a bee in my bonnet to get all the stuff checked off my list that I’ve been wanting to do.
Yesterday we bought my old fashioned screen door! I’m so excited and hubby will probably put it up tomorrow.
The roofing company is coming by tomorrow to secure the contract and the construction of our new roof will commence by the end of the week! Hear that? New roof by the holidays (and rainy season!)
Once the new roof is in place, the carriage garage door will be ordered. We have a couple of companies coming out this week to give us a price quote.
Then, the part I’m MOST excited about and I’m really, really hoping it doesn’t have to wait until spring, but our new exterior paint!! With the new roof, garage door, AND paint, it’s going to look like a completely different house! Good bye blue house with purple trim!
Some of the other things I’m wanting to do in the semi near/near future:
- Fix the fireplace and make it workable, but until then sew a cute little curtain to hide the ugly gaping hole.
- Replace downstairs flooring in kitchen, fireplace room, craft room, and living room.
- Tile craft room bathroom.
- Paint the inside of the front door.
- Get all the curtains completed downstairs.
- Refinish kitchen cabinets. I’d really love to do a very light, washed out blue on them, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough. I’m not sure it will go with our retro chunky tile with blue grout, but in all honesty, I love that chunky tile and blue grout and no, I will change it to granite. What is with the obsession with granite? I look on pinterest and google images and every kitchen looks exactly the same!
- Remove wallpaper in kitchen.
- Remove upper cabinet in kitchen and replace with antique looking wired lights.
- Do “something” in the laundry room.
- Add a mantle on top of my fireplace.
I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint for awhile, but like many others, I’m afraid of the price. So I found a link on Pinterest to make my own chalk paint. So I went and bought the stuff I needed. I had the perfect piece that I had a very specific look I wanted to try.
Quart of Behr paint in >insert color here<
Plaster of Paris
Minwax Finisher’s Wax
Minwax stain in dark walnut
Here is Sami before:
I started with a light sanding. With chalk paint, you’re supposed to be able to not sand, but I read that many people do a light sanding so I did.
To mix the chalk paint, use 1 part plaster of paris, 2 parts paint, and 1 tbls water. Mix the plaster of paris with water till smooth, then mix the paint. The paint goes a long way and I ended up having to throw a bit of it out because I mixed more than I needed.
It makes it sort of thicker, but really I didn’t notice that much of a difference. I painted it on using a brush. It was a bit streakier than it was supposed to be, being “chalk” paint but I read that it would dry smooth. It took two coats.
I let it dry 24 hours and it was still pretty streaky. Next I transferred the lettering using a trick I learned here.
After letting the letters dry, I sanded down the edges to distress. I added a bit of the finishing wax, but there really wasn’t a difference. I think the wax was too light. So I used the Dark Walnut stain and did a light coat over the top of the paint, then wiped off excess. Afterwards, I tried to use the wax again and it just wiped off the stain, so no wax for Sami.
After adding and painting the shelf in the top, Sami is pretty much done. I think she looks super cute.
My “chalk” paint verdict: I’m not sure what the difference is between my concoction and real chalk paint, but to me, I didn’t do anything differently than if I used regular paint. The lines from the brush were still there. There weren’t any less steps. In fact, there were more, since I had to mix the plaster of paris, then mix it with the paint.
So when we first saw our house, we were told it had termites due to some rotting wood in the small commode room, off the master bathroom. We even has a report that says that. However, once we were able to further inspect, we found that the rotting was due to a leaky toilet and none other than water damage. Whew!
Here is what the baseboard looked like when we first looked at it.
Isn’t it lovely? Here are more pictures of this bathroom.
So one of the things we were worried about was not being able to pass the inspection to get our FHA loan. These “termites” were the reason the last seller wasn’t able to get financed and fell out of Escrow. So our sweet real estate agent came in on his own time and “fixed” the baseboard to cover up the damage. I didn’t get a picture of that, but honestly, it didn’t look much better. The baseboard didn’t fit and was just sort of sitting up there.
I knew this project wouldn’t be a big deal so we spent about $12 on new baseboarding and that was an easy fix.
I’m not sure if you notice the big hole above the baseboard, but there is one on the other wall too, and it comes out of my cabinet in the other side of the bathroom where they had cable TV hooked up. In their bathroom!
So I really wanted something unique and fun and “vintage,” since that is the look I am trying to go for in my new, old home. So I found this really cool look on Pinterest and I thought it would be easy to recreate it. I figured I’d either love it or hate it, but first I needed a really pretty, frilly color to go on the walls. I stuck with blue, since most of our house is that color.
Here is the original Pinterest picture:
I have a ton of paint, all colors. So I took the Navy blue I used in my son’s room and mixed a dab here, and a dab here into some white until I got the look I was going for. In all honesty, it’s a bit darker than I envisioned, but I still love it.
And here is the final project!
Yes, that is an old pallet on my wall. My first thought to tone down all the wood was to white wash it, but I really like it the way it is. It took hubby about a day and a half to cut and attach the wood. I think some frilly accessories, and a new light fixture (I just have a globe light in there now), will make a ton of difference too.
Here are the accessories I decided on. The frame had glass and a picture of a lighthouse in it. I got it at a yardsale for $1. The wreath and ribbon I had!
Overall, project cost about $12 for the baseboard. Everything else, we had. It took about 3 days total, start to finish.
This blog was written for the Pintester Movement. To see more information about this movement, please visit http://pintester.com/2013/05/the-pintester-movement-craft-all-the-things