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Bathroom, A Low Cost Remodel

Those of you that follow my blog know that I purchased an older home (1925) in March.  Since then, I have been Working on it, getting it cleaned up, up to date and remodeling.  This bathroom is my latest project.

The photo on the right, above, shows you what I started with.  The walls were a dirty light brown color.  The floor was covered with cheap linoleum.  The vanity was small, cheap and falling apart. The sink and faucet both leaked.

The first thing I did was to pull out the vanity and sink then pull up the linoleum.  I was left with the plywood sub-floor.

I took some Liquid Nails and wood filler and glued and patched the plywood floor.  Then I sanded the areas that I patched smooth.  I then primed and painted the floor with Kilz Gray, 3 or 4 coats, I think.  I don’t remember for sure.

I patched holes in the walls and painted the entire room white, including the ceiling.  After such a dingy looking room, I was looking for clean, light and bright.

I put the new vanity and medicine cabinet in.  I also replaced the shower curtain rod with a curved one, giving me more room in the shower.

The vanity and medicine cabinet were purchased on sale.  I waited until I found a good deal on them.

My dear brother, Bruce, helped me muscle the old vanity out and put the new vanity and sink into place.  I am grateful to him for his expertise, skill and patience with my tons of questions. 

With the exception of swapping out the vanities, I did the rest of the work here myself.  With a couple of YouTube videos and my brother’s advice, I’m proud of how the room turned out. I estimate that the cost of redoing this room was less than $500.00 total. 

I still have a couple of little things to do.  The light above the sink is not centered since I had to replace the vanity.  So I will eventually get another light to put in its place.  I also need to put some quarter round along the base of the floor where it meets the walls.  All in due time.  

My next project, my living room!!  

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤  

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Bedroom Before and After

I’ve been busy enough lately that I haven’t had time to do any real writing.  Since most of you know that I am working on my house, I thought I would show you a couple of before and after photos of my bedroom!

The flooring had been removed down to the plywood subfloor.  The walls had a million holes in them and were a dirty, yucky, baby poop color. 

I filled in the cracks between the boards and any holes or divets with wood filler and smoothed out the seams as best I could.  I then sealed the floor with 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of Kilz Gray.  I painted the walls white.  At this point I was looking for Clean!  I then put a large area rug in the middle of the foor.  I love the way it turned out.  What do you think? 

Another view of AFTER.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!  Penny ❤ 

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House Surprise – Floor

When I decided to purchase my home, I knew that buying a home this old (1925) would have its share of challenges.  For a while, it seems that I was facing a new challenge, a new disaster, dailey.  I’ve started to call these disasters “surprises”.  My house was surprising me every day!

The photo above shows my latest Surprise!

When the builders of my home were putting this house together they did not carry the flooring continuously from room to room.  There is a break in the flooring between each room.  Some of the breaks are small, but some, like this one, are large.

The original thresholds are 1″ thick.  A real trip hazard.  Each of the existing thresholds are handmade specifically for that doorway opening.  I decided to replace all of the thresholds with those that are more low profile.  This has been no easy task.  Some of the openings that I need to cover are 8″ wide.  Also, most thresholds have a hole in the center to attach it to the floor.  The first picture shows you why that won’t work for me.

I finally found a manufacturer that makes these beautiful boards.  They are 1/2″ thick.  While not as thin as I would like, they will be at least half as thick as the exisiting ones.

I filled in the huge gap with some of that spray foam insulation.  The kind that expands after its sprayed.  This was the perfect solution to fill in the gaping hole.

Then after cutting and staining the new boards, I put them in place.  They are huge improvement over what was there.

My next project is the master bathroom.  I’ll post some before and after pictures once I’ve completed that room.  I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me while I continue to work on my house.  🙂

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DIY Kitchen Project

BEFORE
AFTER

The photos above will show you my latest DIY project. I hated my counters and have been looking for a way to update them, affordably. I found this paint called Beyond PaintIf you check out their website and YouTube videos, you’ll see that this paint is supposed to be able to be used on almost anything that you want to use it for, without priming or sanding! 

I thought that if the claims are true, this would be an answer to a prayer for me. I looked at lots of videos and read lots of reviews and comments on this product before deciding to try it.  The application is pretty straight forward.  After thoroughly cleaning, you simply paint it on using a roller as much as possible to prevent brush marks. The product is surprisingly forgiving and is supposed to be self leveling which pretty much eliminates all brush marks. I was amazed at what a beautiful, smooth finish resulted. 

There is also a sealer that needs to be applied, especially for something that will be used as much as a kitchen counter.  I’ve got two coats of the sealer on so far and I will apply 3 to 4 coats total.  The sealer is also forgiving and easy to apply. It leaves a nice satin sheen when dry.   

 The entire project, including supplies, cost me just under $100.00  I am so please with the results so far!  

So tell me, do you DIY?  What was your last DIY project? 

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Fence Me In, Yes!

The Lovely picture above is my view from the deck in my back yard. I love my little house, but there were issues with the back yard.  There was NO privacy. A neighbor on one side of me has junk galore in his back yard and mows his yard 2 or 3 times a year, whether it needs it or not. 🙂  Then I have very nice neighbors behind me that just put in a swimming pool.  They have teen aged kids.  I know this will mean a lot of activity in their yard, which is completely exposed to my yard.  It was time.

Below are a couple of before and after pictures. I’m sorry the quality is so bad in the before shots.  But you can see that the fence has made a HUGE difference! There was a terrible, falling down, ancient, chain link fence in place.  The new fence just went right in front of the old one.

                                                                                                                   

For Christmas, my brother and sister in law gifted me this awesome hammock swing!!  See below.  I got this hung up on New Year’s Day.  Yes, me.  By myself. 🙂

I had been wanting a swing just like this for some time and I guess Santa told my brother that I wanted it.  I didn’t.  But this is what he got me for Christmas!

Here’s another shot of my swing on my back deck.  The swing is where I was sitting in my first picture of this post.  My back yard was in terrible shape when I moved in.  I’ve pulled hundreds of weeds.  ALL the grass was dead.  So it’s come a long way from where I started.  I need to stain the fence and the deck. So there is still a lot of work to do.  But my back yard is becoming my little sanctuary. I love spending time out here with my little dog, drinking coffee, writing, etc.  One the weekends, I take my bowl of cereal and my cup of coffee out there and enjoy my little slice of heaven.

My little homestead still needs lots of work. This last summer I had the attic insulated, I put a new floor in the bathroom, now a new fence.  Next?  Maybe new gutters.  I’m not sure.  Of course there is still TONS of painting that I need to do inside the house.  Slow but sure, I’m making this little gem shine! 🙂

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Kitchen Cleanup

I woke up to 27 degrees and freezing rain this morning!  So while I was waiting for the roads to clear, I finally got the cabinet in the picture above out of my living room!

This is an update on the post that I did yesterday about this cabinet and a Weekly Smile prompt from Trent.  If you’d like to read it, you can find it HERE.

Having a couple of hours to kill before I could drive to work, I couldn’t stand having that cabinet sitting in my living room any longer.  So I set to work cleaning off the eyesore of a shelving unit in my kitchen.  The eyesore in the picture below.  🙂

I had to free up this space before I could move my cabinet in.  You can see what a cluttered mess it turned into!

So after emptying the shelves and finding room for it in a spare bedroom, I then slid the cabinet into place.  The fit was perfect.  BUT, this meant I now had to find a place for everything that came off of that metal shelf!

This was no easy task.  I had to do some major rearranging of my dishes to make everything fit, but I did it.  A couple of things ended up in the garage.  I think I only use my George Forman grill once a year. 🙂

I think that all of the effort was worth it.  Below is what the space looks like now.

I’m MUCH happier with the look of the space now!  I don’t know how long it will STAY looking this nice.  We will see.

Thank you for joining me on this journey! ❤ Penny