Bathroom & Cabinet Refresh

Happy Spring!

In honor of Spring, today, I’m painting our downstairs bathroom cabinets and giving the room a refresh. This is important to me to get done now, because we have our guests stay down here during our renovation, and we have some coming in just a week or so! I’d like them to be cozy and no look at the patched drywall we have from one of many plumbing disasters so far. So… a paint update is in order!

I headed over to home depot, and grabbed a small can of paint and we already have on hand some semi gloss trim paint + primer in one. I’m going to use that for this small vanity and medicine cabinet, then hit the walls.

Supplies:
Screwdriver
Painters Tape
Sanding Block (or sand paper)
Purdy Paint Brush
Foam Paint Roller
Paint of your choice
Recommended: primer (I’m skipping this step)!
Updated knobs if you want

First, start by giving the space a good clean and scrub down. I’d already done this when we moved in but did scrub these cabinets in depth before starting to sand.
Next, you’re ready to sand. Go with the grain.
Once you have done this, you’ll want to vacuum your cabinets with a soft brush and/or wipe down with a wet rag/cheesecloth to get all the loose sand off.
Tape off your walls/areas you don’t want paint!
Prime & wait to dry.
Give a light sanding
Paint!

You want to use a brush on areas without a flat surface or that you can’t get with your roller.
Roll the rest.

Now, I’m pretty good at “cutting in” but in small spaces it’s still best to tape off so I’d highly recommend. If you want a super clean line, apply caulk to the edge of your paint line and then remove tape while paint is still wet!

Before and After images coming soon:

Home Renovation Begins

This weekend, we truly began our home renovation project. My brother came to visit, and was a HUGE help. There’s only so many things Andrew and I can do alone, partially because (as Patrick put it) I have “ninny” arms. Sure, these things are solid but I simply couldn’t lift the huge island granite with sink stuck on, etc.

So, check out what we accomplished on the most fun days of a renovation: DEMO DAYS!

  1. Carpet tear out in dining room + living room. This is huge because this is the room we’ll start to lay wood floor in first (typically rule here is the longest wall in the house is what you start with).
  2. Kitchen island and bottom cabinets tear out (almost there…)
  3. Kitchen floor tear out.
    1. Check out that long crow bar looking thing? Kind of like the cat’s claw, but just a huge version. This was a life saver for the wood floor and tile tear out. Highly recommend!
  4. Tile tear out in entry!

And now for getting things started to get put back! Starting with the living/dining paint. What better time to paint than when there’s no floor to drip on?! See next post for that debacle… project turned out great.

Don’t forget your safety sunglasses, er… safety goggles. I knew I kept these for a reason…

The Quail House

We have finally picked a house to make a home… we selected one that needs work and are pretty excited ┬áto start a home renovation project. We’re calling it “The Quail House” because there are literally Quail running around everywhere. They seem to really come alive in the evening, and we hope Cash the Labradoodle treats them kindly!

Here’s to a fun home renovation project to make this place ours!

As you can see, we have great views, but a lot of work to do inside and out… these are “before” pictures – prior to our move.