It was quite another productive week at the old casa. My painting angels came out again last Friday and we got the 2nd coat of paint on all the trimwork. Yay for progress! Getting all of that done in one day was such a good thing.
Dad and I have more board and batten to add, I’m adding some in the foyer and up the stairs too. I figure the more architectural interest I add, the better in this plain house.
Now that the trim is painted, we will get on the wall painting next. That is going to be so exciting! I cannot wait to get rid of the dark blue in the living room and paint my light and airy white in there.
Last week, we got all those old hardwoods torn out, they were just not worth saving and I’ve got better plans with new engineered flooring from Shaw Floors. Those floors are going to make such a difference in this house too.
Here’s a reminder of what the windows looked like when we got it. Rough cedar, not pretty. Big chunk out of one of the boards.
Dad and I worked on trimming out the foyer windows and at least put up new pine boards that look better already. We mitered the corners and fit the front boards on. You can see the small boards that are inside the windows. We decided to leave them and add to it to trim it out and they look so much better now.
Here’s the bottom of the window. Sad and ugly!
New front boards in place.
Now, to trim out the inside, my dad cut the inside trim pieces with the miter saw with the skinny side up. To cut at an angle for this sort of trim out, it’s like crown molding, you have to cut it standing on it’s side and not flat. It’s hard to see the angle in this pic, but there is an angle on it.
It then get’s nailed in like this and each piece is cut the same way and put together like a jigsaw puzzle.
And now it looks like this! So much better, don’t you think?
I caulked every seam and gap in between the old and the new and it is all painted out now. These windows look so much better. I’m really pleased with them now. So worth the effort to get them this way and for not a lot of money with buying a few pieces of lumber and trim. Remember, caulk is your best friend in a renovation. I think I’ve already gone through at least 4 tubes of caulk in my caulk gun. Messy, but necessary!
Caulked and ready to paint.
I’ve got a little more caulking to do, but here it is after one coat of paint. Much better, don’t you think?
Adding that trim to the inside and caulking it all makes a huge difference in the final look.
They look much more presentable now for my entryway.
We also tackled getting those old wood floors up in the dining room and kitchen and it is officially GONE! My dad got out his circular saw and cut it to help get it out of there.
And we hired a couple of young men to help us with that hard work. Dad cut and they pulled up the boards and hauled them out. My friend, Debbie’s son Andrew and his friend, Bryan came over for a few hours to help us out. They did a great job with the heavy lifting.
Working smart with Dad cutting and them pulling up the boards, they got it out piece by piece.
There were a million staples left in the plywood after it all came out, so that has to be taken care of too. We think they can be driven down in the wood and our felt and new floors should go right in over it.
Once all of our old materials are torn out, we will get a dumpster in for a few days to get rid of everything.
This is one of my interior doors that I’ll paint black. One of them has some repair work that needs to be done, so I’m trying to patch this one. I’ve already added wood putty and sanded it down and it will be ready to paint.
On Friday, we had our trim painting party and 4 friends came to help. New friend, Cindy, who with her husband, owns Great Harvest Bread Co. in West Cobb dropped by and painted one bedroom and she also supplied sandwiches for lunch from her wonderful shop. If you haven’t been by Great Harvest, it is a fabulous bread company with delicious treats and they serve breakfast and lunch too. It is not far from my new house and I know it will be a new stop for me when I get over there. Thanks again, Cindy for those delish sandwiches!
Susan’s shirt was appropriate.
Here’s the dining room all painted on top. Wall color above is Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray. I had it mixed at Lowes in Valspar Paint and Primer in one and it covered in one coat. Once I finish my house, I’ll add all my paint colors in one spot.
I added one more coat of paint below after I took this pic, but it is officially done now.
All that new white paint is blinding me. I love it!
Fresh white on the railing and up the stairs.
Can’t wait to cover up this blue.
Newly painted windows in one bedroom.
And the other one, which will be my office. That red is gonna be fun to cover up.
Last, the master bedroom trim is all white now too. It is feeling lighter already.
We haven’t tackled the den yet, but we will get to that soon. Next, will be adding more board and batten up the stairs, getting all the walls painted, and then it’s on to hardwood floors!
I’m still figuring out my kitchen cabinet plans, but right now it looks like I’m going for Ikea Shaker style cabinets. They really look great and you know what? The Southern Living Idea House had those exact cabinets installed and they look fantastic. I’ll show Part 1 of that house on Friday! You are going to LOVE it!
That’s it for the week!