The time has finally arrived, the reveal of the Garage Sale Idea Trofast Shelf.
I attached it to the open toy box and filled it with the bins.
The time has finally arrived, the reveal of the Garage Sale Idea Trofast Shelf.
I attached it to the open toy box and filled it with the bins.
One year ago we purchased our “new” house (see post here). This house is not our ideal house and to say it’s very dated is such an understatement. We fell in love with the 5 acres of land this house sits on and we were able to purchase this house/land at a very good price but our overall goal is to build a different house on this same lot and knock this one down. (As recommended by the two contractors we brought out to bid for remodeling it.) Until then, we are living in a house that looks like it could be right out of the Brady Bunch tv show!
When we moved into this house, my husband made the rule that I could only use paint to remodel any of the rooms, just because it would be a waste of money to put anything more into this house. Really I didn’t have plans to do much remodeling/painting, but the more I live in this house the more I realize and crave a fresh coat of paint on the walls. I love painting and it is amazing what a coat of paint can do to transform a room, plus add some color to these plain white walls! I started with the kitchen (Kitchen Redo), created my son a fire truck room out of the small office room, and I am almost finished with creating the room for the nursery.
In the last week I decided to remodel our master bathroom, the only full bathroom on the main floor. I know I am not quite finished with the nursery, but I am giving myself time to hunt for good deals on little decorative features in the room. So while I garage sale shop on the weekends for the nursery, I have been working on this bathroom on the weekdays. I thought it would be nice to share with you what the bathroom looks like. Be prepared…it’s U-G-L-Y! This whole bathroom is pretty bad. Brown tub, toilet, brown wallpaper, 70s lighting…it looks like a dark cave.
The first picture is of the toilet/shower area of the bathroom. When we first purchase the house, there were doors on the shower. They weighed about 30 pounds each door and were always are going off track. I decided to remove the doors so this is what it first looked like when we purchased the house:
And here is the bathroom now:
I am pretty sure this project might not get all the way finished before the second kiddo comes along. My goal is to get the wallpaper removed, walls, cupboards, and hardware painted and then work on my little “decorating” projects when I have time after the new baby comes. Who knows, maybe I will be able to get it all done for her arrival, but I am not going to push it. Until then, HAPPY PAINTING!
It seems that I am always in need of more toy storage in our house. It’s not like my child has a lot of toys, he doesn’t, but some of the ones he has are too big to fit into his little toy box we are currently using. For the last year, we have been using the toy box I refinished for his fire truck room (Garage Sale Redo: The Toy Box). I knew that once his fire truck room came to an end we would have to move this toy box out of the living room and into his room.
My original idea was to build him a large desk, with two storage cubes under the desk that could roll out. I worked for hours on this plan with Google Sketch.
I excitedly cut the wood for this project (just the desk part, not the cubes) but made a promise to myself I couldn’t work on it until I finished the fire truck room. Months later, the desk pieces were cut but the desk was un-built and I started to lose heart in the project. Two 2’x2′ cubes for storage didn’t seem like enough storage room for me. In addition, at IKEA one day I found a table for $14 that was the perfect height for little chairs my sister Luci had given me, so the whole desk idea went out the window.
Browsing online I found this great open toy box idea from The Land of Nod
I love the large open storage concept and thought it was great for the larger toys! After look around on the internet I ran across plans for this on Ana-White.com. I love her website and thought this would be PERFECT!! I loved the open storage on the bottom and the shelves on the top.
My goal was set– build the bottom storage unit and wait on the top bookshelves for a later date. Now I decided to not be wasteful and use my cuts I had already made for the original desk I was going to build him, which ended up being one 4’x8′ sheet of MDF. The storage cube I built is 4-feet long, 2 -feet tall, and 2-feet deep. The top is 15-inches, perfectly cut to be the right size for me to put some of my extra baskets on it. The front board on my box is 9″ tall, making it only 9″ deep. I fretted about whether this would be deep enough, but it turns out it is!
I unfortunately didn’t take any picture while building this project, I was just too excited to get it finished! I sort of winged this job too. Ana-White‘s website wouldn’t load the plans, so I just made the desk up like how I thought it should be. Really any dimensions you want with the shelf would work. My dimensions below are estimates as you have to account for the thickness of your MDF.
In a nutshell, with no pictures, here’s the basics of how I made this shelf.
1. I attached the bottom and back 4’x2′ cut MDF to each other to make an L-shape. I used a counter sinking bit and used 2″ all purpose screws.
2. Attached the side walls and center wall boards to the back and the bottom board, again using a counter sinking bit and used 2″ all purpose screws.
3. I didn’t want screw holes to show on the front and the top, so I glued these boards on and used my nail gun to nail them to the existing boards.
4. I filled all the nail holes with wood fill and plugs for the countersinked holes.
4. Lastly, I knew this thing would be heavy! Super heavy, I flipped it over (with the help of my strong husband) and attached wheels to the bottom.
5. I thought the wheels would look tacky sticking out, so I nailed trim around the box with the nail gun and reinforced the trim with some 1″x2″ scrap boards I had.
6. I painted it and here is the finished product!
Well, that’s the end of another project finished! Just a few more to go off my list of things to do (Countdown of Summer Projects):
1. Fire truck room
2. Under deck sandbox/playground
3. Organizing the shop
4. Little girl’s nursery
I decided to leave a white border around the magnetic chalkboard. I measured 4 inches from all sides,
and drew lines to mark where I wanted to paint.
I taped off the border with some frog tape to prevent any of the paints from bleeding underneath. (I love frog tape!)
The first layer needed to be the magnetic paint. I decided to use Rust-oleum Magnetic Primer as it seemed to have the best review online.
I read online that you need a good six coats for the magnetic paint to work, but after my sixth coat I found that it barely had a magnetic hold. I ended up painting TEN coats of magnetic primer. And this paint is AWFUL to paint with! It is hard to remove from your hands and has a very oily texture. I felt like I was painting with motor oil. In hindsight, I should have just bought a large sheet of thin metal and glued it to the door! This is a picture of the paint after one coat of the magnetic primer.
Aiden isn’t quite old enough to know how to use chalk, he more eats it then anything, but I think eventually he will love drawing on this door. He plays with the magnets while I cook, which has been a nice distraction to him trying to go through my cupboards. The hubby likes the door because it’s a good way to keep track of what we need to buy at the grocery store next time we go. It has become a real lifesaver around the kitchen and I am glad to have another project checked off my list of things to do around the house!
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If any of you know me personally, you know I am somewhat obsessed with garage sales and auctions. There is something about the thrill of looking through someone’s junk and imagining all the possibilities in it!
I had some white paint already on hand, so started with painting the entire toy box white. I picked up this Rust-Oleum Sunrise Red paint at the hardware store for about $13.
I purchased some wooden letters from Hobby Lobby ($1.50 each) and used the paint to paint them red. I also painted the legs and handles of the toy box the same red color.
When I painted the top, I noticed how bad of condition it was in. The toy box does not have normal wood on the sides and top. It was almost like some type of textured particle board. Anyways, the top looked terrible, so I decided to make it a cushion. (Secretly hoping that some day my little guy would climb up on top and maybe curl up with a good book.)
This was the very first project I started when we bought our new house. If you missed it, we bought a 1970s house that needs some major remodeling. After getting a few estimates for a remodel, we found out it would be cheaper to bulldoze the place and build a custom home. Our plan is to pay off the mortgage on this home and then save up for a new house. Until then, my husband gave me permission to paint. Just to make this home a little more livable.
I love to cook and the kitchen in this place was so drab. Here are some of the pictures before:
Once the cupboard doors were off and the hardware was removed. I wiped down all of the doors and cupboard framework with a deglosser. You also have the option of lightly sanding the cupboards if you don’t want to spend the money on a deglosser. I didn’t want to deal with the dust and I honestly hate sanding. I thought the deglosser was the easy way to go. You apply it with a rag and let it sit for about 20 seconds. Then you wipe it clean with another rag. It leaves a somewhat tacky surface, which helps your new paint stick to the wood.
We live in a small town, so I had to buy paint at the local TrueValue and this is the brand they recommended. It’s their store brand and has a built in primer, which allowed me to skip a step in the process. For the cupboards I chose the color Brimson Tide. The color is not all the way black, more of a chalkboard black. I also bought a light beige paint for the walls, called Encompass, that matched the swirls in the countertops. Overall, the brand of paint worked pretty good, but I still prefer Valspar paint as my painter’s choice.
a shelf to go above the sink,
and these awesome hanging wine holders from Pottery Barn.
So that is my teaser to the kitchen. I will have the results up next week and all I can say it that it is AMAZING what a little paint can do for a room. I absolutely love the results of my kitchen!
Here we are, starting another room in the house…again! This room is the guest room right next to the master bedroom.
Unlike many of the other remodels, I don’t think you will see much of a difference with this room. We plan on just painting the walls, resurfacing the woodwork, and replacing the light fixture. The room has this ugly maroon carpet, but we are going to wait to replace it till a later point and time. I would LOVE to replace it now, but it’s just an extra expense we are trying not to have.
Here is the ugly pink striped wallpaper. It’s a perfect compliment to the maroon carpet don’t you think?
The big question…what color to paint the walls so that the maroon carpet doesn’t clash? My choices are limited to pretty much white, cream, or beige. I have decided to let fate decide. We have so many partial cans of paint, mainly beige and white. My plan is to mix them all together and see what color comes out. I have been trying to remodel this house with the least amount of money spent…we will see how the color turns out! Wish me luck!
I am little behind in my blogging, to say the least…I wrote a post back at the beginning of January about us remodeling our living room. Well, the remodel has been finished for weeks now! In fact, we were able to remodel the room in about 5 days, with the help of my husband’s family. So I want to shout out a big “THANK YOU” to his family for helping us out! Removing wallpaper goes much faster with five people peeling it off the walls.
We were lucky enough to find out that the wallpaper was actually primed behind! It was our first room in the house that didn’t have wallpaper directly on the drywall! With the help of some hot water in a spray bottle and a steamer we were able to remove all of the wallpaper with little patching.
Here was the ugly wallpaper before:
After the wallpaper was gone, we painted three of the walls a beige color that matched our formal dining room. I wanted a little color in the room, so on the south wall we painted it red, Valspar’s Royal Garnet to be exact. It looked so pretty with my pictures I had on the wall. In addition to the painting, we resurfaced all of the wood in the room (which was a ton!) and changed out the light fixture to something not so dated. Also, I got a little crafty and decided to make some shams for above the shades and cover my lampshades in a red material that matched the garnet wall.
Here was the living room before:
Here is the living room after:
A view of the bar before:
Here is a view of the room looking at the built in bar. Notice the new light fixture. We decided to go with something pretty plain because we really want the focal point of the room to be the large windows and red wall.
A before view of the room, as if walking in from the main hallway:
And the after view complete with matching lampshades and shams for the windows:
The before view of the floor to ceiling windows that look over the lake.
And the after:
Well that’s it for the new living room! The red wall is by far my favorite part of the room. I think it gives the room a nice vibrant look and the red is great contrast to the green pines in the backyard. My husband and I keep asking ourselves why we waited so long to redo this room. It is such a nice feeling now to be surrounded with the beautiful view outside through the windows and beautiful walls inside. It is truly amazing what a little paint can do to a room!
We are at it again, remodeling another bathroom. This might seem like some horrible deja vu, but when you have five bathrooms and they are all needing work you just keeping checking them off as you go. Here are the first two bathrooms we remodeled:
This bathroom is on the main floor and another half bath. Who needs two main floor half baths???? Well, I guess the people who built this house did…it’s pretty stupid. I would have much rather had a large pantry in place of this bathroom.
Here is the bathroom when we bought the house:
Just like all the other bathrooms, really ugly wallpaper. There is also a dated light fixture but unfortunately this is the only photo I have of the ‘before’ because my husband started tearing it apart before I could take any more.
About four months after we bought the house I was cleaning the floor of this bathroom and notice the linoleum was sagging down behind the toilet. You know what that means: LEAK! (Just another reason why you need a good home inspector when purchasing a home.) When we notice the leak, we decided to shut off that bathroom until we had time to fix it. Well the time has come and we have to deal with the leak.
My husband started by removing the toilet. We found that the tank of the toilet had a leak and it must have been leaking for years. The floor was entirely destroyed under the toilet. He had to tear out the sub floor all the way down to the joists of the house. It was quite the process. Then he had to patch the hole where the floor had deteriorated. He did a pretty good patching job.
Next we removed the chair rail and I attempted to remove the wallpaper. Like in all the other rooms, it was applied directly to the drywall which made it super hard to remove. I decided to paint over it.
(See previous post here for a step by step ‘how to paint over wallpaper’.)
In short, we removed any lose wallpaper. Next, we applied joint compounded the seams of the wallpaper and anywhere the wallpaper that was lose was removed. Once the joint compound was dry, we sanded it down to make is flat with the wall. Next, I wanted to apply texture. Instead of rolling on a texture or sanding the walls down flat we used this spray on texture you can buy at Lowe’s.
I didn’t trust myself to aim it straight, I am kind of lacking in the hand-eye coordination. So my steady handed husband applied it to the wall and he said it was pretty easy. The only downside of this approach is the cost of it is pretty expensive. It took two cans for this tiny bathroom and it cost $11.89 per can!
The texture takes about 6 hours to dry. After it was dry, I painted an oil based primer over the top of the wallpaper. Keeping with the spirit of remodeling on a budget, I decided to paint the bathroom with leftover paint from previous projects. This room has a chair rail, so I will use the darker blue from my hallway on the bottom half and the lighter blue from the kitchen on the top half.
Once all the painting is finished, all we have left is to install a tile floor (hubby’s part), reinstall the trim and chair rail, change out the handles on the cupboard, and reinstall the toilet. We should be finished hopefully some time right after Christmas.
First Example: Giving my old but functioning filing cabinet a much needed face lift. I knew that with some hard work and a coat of primer and spray paint I could give this cabinet new life.
Aww! Come on you gotta admit that I have a great guy. While Nathan did most of the sanding I made sure he taught me the basics. He prefers a “random orbit” sander for the best finish. After going over the cabinet a couple times we took a few sheets of sandpaper and made sure we went over the glossy areas that were left.
Step 4: Prime the cabinet
Step 5: (once the primer has dried) try spray painting and realize that some dust must have blown into the primer since you were working on this project outside. Grr… when I started spray painting I noticed flakes popping up everywhere. My mom, a spray paint guru, came to the conclusion that it was a little windy when we were priming and thinks some dust became stuck in the primer. To rememdy the situation we purchased a sanding block and went over the cabinet until it was smooth(er).
Step 6: Spray Paint! Can you believe I’ve never spray painted anything in my life? There’s a first time for everything! The trick is to keep the can about 5 inches away and spray in continuous, fast moving strokes. It took me 3 coats to finish this baby.
Step 7: Let it dry and then stand back and marvel. What an IMPROVEMENT! And just what my office needed. Not only was it fairly easy (I’m sure it will get better with experience and practice) but it was pretty cheap! Just a few cans of primer, spray paint and a sanding block.
Up next, how to fill blank space on the office walls… stay tuned!