Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More projects aka you might as well while you're at it!

My house is a disaster!  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Every October, it seems like, we have to start some sort of remodel which completely takes over the whole house and has us living in a bomb site.  This year is no exception.  It all started out when I couldn't stand the look of my yellow walls anymore. I'm sure lots of people have had that feeling about a paint color they used to love but now despise.  But instead of just painting it which would have been "putting lipstick on a pig", we decided to fix a few small problems with the wall finish.  That turned into having the whole family room re-skimmed.  Which meant moving out all of the furniture.

Remember this room.  

It now looks like this!

I'm almost too embarrassed to show you.  It definitely looks like an episode from Hoarders.  Please don't call the child protective services on me.

And this lovely room that was recently finished.

Now looks like this!

I don't know how the poor boys are managing to practice the piano.

But that's not all, you should see their playroom.

Yep, major disaster.

 I think Damian needs to sort out those cables.

At least we can see the pretty bay window without all of the furniture in front of it.

Look at this horrible textured ceiling.  It's just gotta go (it's only taken us 15 years).

 And the start of the real mess.  And yep, the contractor was real messy and did a crappy job of protecting the floor and the trim and just about anything else!  Arghh!  And he wasn't cheap.

   That plastic between the family room and kitchen is a joke!  The drywall dust got everywhere!

Nice job of protecting the floor and cleaning up after yourself, Dave!  (Being totally sarcastic).

Yes, that is how he left it!  He even expected us to have to wipe down the sanding dust on all of the walls ourselves despite charging us a butt load of money!  Not happy with him at all.

Move on to the next part of the project, floors!

But what stain color to choose?  Such a dilemma.  The house is pretty dark, but I really love the look of dark floors we took a risk and that is what we went with.  The contractor tried to talk us into English Chestnut, but it was too red for my liking.  There's already a ton of red in the trim.  I wanted a contrast, so we choose Dark Walnut.

Nice picture of Justins's feet.

No turning back now.

Wow that yellow paint looks really yellow!

And here's Nate's prep for the painting.  Huge difference between the level of care he is taking and that of the plasterer.  It's the first time we've hired a painter to do the inside and I have to say I'm liking it!

These pictures were taken before the finish was put down.  They don't look red in real life.  They're a lovely deep brown and we're really happy with how they came out.  The guys from Underfoot Floors were awesome and the owner of the place is our neighbor which made it even better.  I highly recommend Underfoot Floors if you live in the Salt Lake area.

And since we're repainting the family room and hallways white, we might as well paint the kitchen white too!  Starting with the yellow dresser.

I think I might paint the inside the same grey that I painted the island here.

Trying to decide on paint colors.  Did originally want to go with the same grey as in the music room, but it looks really dark in the kitchen, so white it is.

And I have huge plans for this corner of the room.  Whether they'll materialize we'll see.

So let's hope it's finished before Christmas so we can actually enjoy it.


  1. Oh wow, it's never nice feeling like you are living on a building site but the final result will be worth it! Your floors look amazing! xxx

  2. You are brave to go through that much renovation! I second the recommendation of Underfoot Floors. For years I told Eric that one day I would have floors for him to refinish. Luckily, we were able to do them BEFORE we moved into the house! Do you have a painter in the SLC area you can recommend now? Thanks.