Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Cat’s Away

8.18.14

My husband left for Chile (ski trip for work) on Sat and will be gone almost 2 wks.  Normally, when he goes away it somehow motivates me to get a lot of work done.  I am extra motivated because we still haven’t listed the house for sale.  We are getting close to fall and that is the time of year buyers in our area (ski resort town) start looking.  Need to get this house listed!  Maybe if Dan comes home and sees some progress he will take pity on me and kick it into DIY high-gear.

While he is gone my TO DO list is:

  1. De-popcorn the ceiling in the guest room and paint ceiling, walls and trim.
  2. Paint as much of the exterior as I can.  This is a huge job that I will not be able to complete because the house is very tall (I can’t move the ladder on my own) and a lot of sq ft to cover.  So I am working from the bottom and going up as far as I can reach with the ladders I can handle.
  3. Fix up and paint the balcony.  I snapped some before photos.
Here's our little balcony that currently is only used as my spray painting corner.

Here’s our little balcony that currently is only used as my spray painting corner.

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Before Dan left he taught me how to use the pressure washer.  This is a great tool - I am going to have fun while he is gone!

Before Dan left he taught me how to use the pressure washer. This is a great tool – I am going to have fun while he is gone!

here is the balcony all finished and ready for a cup of coffee

here is the balcony all finished and ready for a cup of coffee

 

Before and After

8.4.14

We wanted to have Gaye Ln listed for sale by July 1.  Ha!!  Here it is August and we still have lots of projects to do.  But we have made some progress so a few before and after pictures are in order.

 

BEFORE - little bath.

BEFORE – little bath.

The next (4) photos is what I call the little bathroom, located right next to the master bedroom.

This bathroom is located right next to the master bedroom.

Remove popcorn ceiling and wallpaper, paint, tile floor and new vanity.  Easy, peasy!

Remove popcorn ceiling and wallpaper, paint, tile floor and new vanity.  Notice the chrome (very cheap) sconce lamps.  I spray painted them with Rust-O-Leum  forged hammered Burnished Amber and  I replaced the glass sconce.

My husband ripped out this old flooring and laid the new sub floor yesterday.

My husband ripped out this old flooring, laid a new sub floor  and tiled.

 

 

 

AFTER - little bath.  We still have to put the drawer in the vanity, but so close.  Still need mirror and a few more things.

AFTER – little bath. We still have to put the drawer in the vanity, but so close. Still need mirror and a few more things.

Little bath after we added all the little bits and accessories

Little bath after we added all the little bits and accessories

 

Here is the lighting after I spray painted.  Some how the spray paint actually looks hammered.

Here is the lighting after I spray painted. Somehow the spray paint finish actually looks hammered.

I have almost used up en entire bottle of this spray. 

Here are some brass (some are fake brass) they have rusted over the years.  I sand them a little to get the rust off and rough up the surface.  I stick screws in a fit of foam.

Here are some brass (some are fake brass) they have rusted over the years. I sand them a little to get the rust off and rough up the surface. I stick screws in a fit of foam.

Here they are after they are painted.  They actually look even better than this photo.

Here they are after they are painted. They actually look even better than this photo.

 

BEFORE - Vanity

BEFORE – Vanity

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AFTER - Vanity

AFTER – Vanity

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We bought a new top for the vanity with sink and faucet but used the old bottom and painted it to match the trim color.  I spray painted the knobs with my trusty spray paint.

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