Thursday, June 19, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
In the kitchen when I popped off the tiles, the plaster was very weak it started to just crumble and created large holes. With large holes, it is better to dry wall over it than to mud it, especially in the kitchen, because the cabinets need a secured wall to drill in to. Also, when taking out the bulkhead in the kitchen, we needed to fill and patch in drywall there since the kitchen already had dry wall on the ceiling when it was renovated in the 1950s.
Since there was hardly any lighting in this house, I added 22 new recessed can lights. Ah finally, There is light!!!!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ClosetsThe three closets in the house were in pretty bad shape. The custom wood shelving were cracked and bowing, and the walls… well let’s just not talk about the condition of the walls. Also, the hanging exposed light bulbs are not to code and can start a fire. Need to replace these with a more functional light. (The light bulbs still say 25 cents on them.. So ancient!)
BathroomsLet’s talk about plumbing… the water pressure was extremely bad when I first purchased this house.. almost dribbling out of the faucets. The house inspector said it was time to replace the plumbing after 83 years. Yea, you would think so!!! About time! The inside of the pipes were so bad that you could barely fit a toothpick through it. Ewwwwww. So all new plumbing is in, and now I have holes in the plaster walls. In the master bath, the brand new Premiere Care elderly tub is finally removed. I am selling this at a reasonable price, so please contact me if you are interested. In order to get the tub out, we had to remove the door trim..not a problem since the doorway was exceptionally small and I have a better solution for it to appear larger.
Monday, March 17, 2014
First, I called in my handyman/carpenter which happens to be my dad. Yes, I have a family who happens to be handy and crafty and has had lots of experience renovating multiple homes... just what I need! Very blessed . J First, we need to patch and cover the huge crack in the wall above the fireplace and any other holes. The two white circles were actually where two sconces hung at one time. They covered these up with the second layer of wallpaper.
Then, he put up a ¼ ” thick melamine board to make sure there is a smooth base surface. Next, he used 1 x 4's (the 1 x 6 seemed too wide) to create the unique windowpane design below. I designed it this way to frame out a large screen TV that will eventually be mounted above the mantel.
Notice the walls are white and not that yucky brown with a whole bunch of cracks? The white is actually a fresh skim coat of plaster. We started to skim the walls in here because they weren't in too bad of shape.
Whether to strip the fireplace mantel or re-paint it is the next question? I like the look of an exposed wood mantel with a painted brick. It's good to use multiple textures and different design elements in a room, creates a focal point for the eye. A smooth wood surface with a rough brick is my kind of taste! So I took the risk not really knowing what the color of the wood or the condition it would be…could always stain it. Using a paint stripper and a scrapper, my mom stripped two coats of paint off of the mantel. The wood is beautiful and in mint condition! All it needs is a little sanding and a clear satin poly coat finish to protect it. The fireplace is primed and ready for paint.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Have to point out these original white porcelain handles... HOT, COLD, and WASTE. Hmm...hopefully I can salvage these. It adds character to the bathroom.
So again, just used a small crowbar and a flathead screwdriver to pop these right off. Took me less than an hour. And you can see, I'm slowly stripping the wallpaper, one of the last rooms in the house. Learn more about wallpaper removal here.
Hmmm…interesting that the plaster walls from the 1930's has the same pattern that is popular today (subway tile).
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