Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Attic Bedroom Update

Y'all, I am going on one month with no internet.  I am sitting at Old Chicago typing, eating a calzone, sipping iced tea.  Supposedly, I will have internet in the next few weeks, but I am not holding my breath.

So, while my wifi needs have not been met or made any progress, my daughter's bedroom has (hmmm, coincidence that we are getting more done around the housewith no wifi??).
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When I last left you we had the carpet torn out and were painting walls.  The walls are done in Hearth Gray by Best paint and the floors are down and the barnwood headboard wall is installed. 

My daughter is doing all of the designing for her room.  She chose Bentley laminate flooring in Riviera tone.  After laying the padding, 
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we began laying the floors on the straightest line we could find in the room, the one next to her bathroom.  Now, this line still is not straight, but straight enough.
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This is the first tine we have laid laminate flooring and other than the very uneven walls, it was easy.  My 13 year old did much of it herself, although dad made the saw cuts.
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It turned out great, we love it!  She does have her own dust mop in the room--I told her keeping the dark floors clean will be her job.  She found a soft, fuzzy rug at Target and is working on her gallery wall lay out.
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She wanted a dark barnwood wall.  She wanted the wood sanded enough so she wouldn't get slivers, but still rough with character and knots and wood peg holes.  I stained the wood with Early American by Minwax.
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I started by finding the studs in the wall.  
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I then held the board in place and got one screw into the stud.  I used the level to make sure it was straight and added the the other screws--4 per board. 
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Her bedding is from Target. Her "theme" is dark barnwood, aqua, grey, salmon, yellow, and some black and white.  Sounds like a lot, but it is cute!
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We also just found this cute comforter at Target for the extra twin bed in her room. Grey bedskirts are from Wal-Mart--the only place in town I could find bedskirts.
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We still need to create/find some lighting, a vanity, chairs and wall decor.  But it is coming along nicely and I think I have a future designer on my hands ;).

Friday, July 31, 2015

Project Challenge: Reclaimed Wood Bookshelf DIY

Hello and welcome to our monthly project challenge--6 bloggers challenging themselves and YOU to create something with a particular object or material.  
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Attic Room Renovation: How to Remove Carpet

Oh, we still have boxes galore scattered around our schoolhouse.  But, we have decided to spend an hour a day on unpacking, putting things away and then we can "play".  Some may not call ripping carpeting out and painting walls play, but for me projects are fun and are playtime.

We are starting in my daughter's attic bedroom.  Let me remind you of the before:

Pink or mauve carpeting removal was first on the list.  This is the first time we have removed carpet so let me share what we learned.  

Start with these tools: needlenose pliers to grab carpet corners, a carpet or box cutter knife, a straight screw driver, and a crowbar.  We also use a straight edge scraper that I will show you in a bit.  
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You may want to remove the baseboard first, although we did afterwards and it was just as easy to remove the carpet.  Use the straight screwdriver to gently pull it off the wall. 

Grab a corner of the carpet with the pliers and pull it up. Once you have a good corner you can get your hands on, it is easy.  Pull up the carpet, cutting it with the box cutter when needed to make pieces that are manageable to roll up and get rid of.
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We tossed the  old out the window--this was my daughter's favorite part.
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Remove the pad.
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Then use the crowbar and screwdriver to remove the tack strips.  
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Next comes the most tedious part, removing the staples.  We started doing this on our knees, with pliers.  
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But, soon found a straight edge metal scraper was much easier.  I am not sure what the tool is really used for--thankfully the previous owners had left it behind.
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The dog enjoyed hanging out and watching.
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After floor removal, we painted.  My 13 year old daughter is designing and making all of the choices for her room.  She picked a light gray called Hearth Gray.  It is a very nice color--not too dark or too cool.  
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Tomorrow's project will be new flooring!  I will share our progress.  We are first time laminate flooring layers so I am sure we will learn a thing or two on the way.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Old Chalkboard & Exposed Brick, Oh My!

Ah, I finally got a chance to hang something on the walls at my new OLD schoolhouse.  
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This is a chalkboard that was from the schoolhouse and was hanging downstairs in the workshop.  While it is probably not original to the schoolhouse in 1932 because those would have been black, this was a chalkboard used in the school.  The school closed in the 70's and so by then the slates would have been changed to green chalkboards. Here is your fun fact for you: blackboards were changed to green because they are easier on the eyes and were changed in the 60's.
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We had gotten accustomed to having a chalkboard in the kitchen in our old house to write our weekly menu on (which is loosely followed) and a grocery list.
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It may look like it is hung low, but we have 12 foot high ceilings so it is hung as high as it can be for me to still be able to write on.  

I love it on the exposed brick (which was the school's coal chimney).
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1 "project" down, 50 kajillion to go!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

BEFORE: Outside Our Schoolhouse

Thank you all for touring our new home.  I am reading your comments and thoughts!  We are still without wifi so reading is sporadic.  On a plus note, I am getting lots of great coffee and treats and coffee shops in exchange for free wifi. 

So, step out the solarium door with me to the deck.  
The deck is less than spectacular, but is doable for a short time.  It has the solarium swamp cooler hanging over it.  They left their barbecue, so it has two barbecue grills right now, one is going away. It is trex so at least there is no maintenance.  

We put up the lattice to help contain the dog.  We want to do a patio here instead with a hot tub.  We are big tubbers, especially in the winter. 
Behind the garage and breezeway area and deck there is an almost completely fenced yard part that will be for the dog.  
We are putting in a 50 foot fence section to the left of the deck steps to contain Tika, our carzy little dog.


The property is on about 1.2 acres.  There is a lot of grass and hubby already bought a riding lawn mower for it.  We moved form a very little yard.  The owners were master gardeners who I think favored Asian style.  Thus, there are lots of patches of natural grasses.  Here is the thing: a lot of them have died and aren't coming back, I like natural grasses in small clumps in modern or Asian design, but not in masses, and they planted rows and large groups of the grasses in the strangest patterns.  We were wondering if they were trying to make a maze, but the rows of grasses are all willy nilly,  not perpendicular.  So, I probably don't have to say much of it will be coming out. 

There is a sprinkler system, but much of it is not working.  Luckily my hubby installed sprinkler systems in the summer for several years so he is working on it.
Look at the cute, rusty bike planter we found in the grasses.
There is a curly willow that the owner was training to be a tree. I love the branches she has cut from it that are dried and want to keep the willow. 


The property is hemmed in with a cotoneaster hedge which is nice for some privacy.  There is a closely planted cotoneaster walkway that crosses the year diagonally and leads to the carriage house.  We think the intention was a walkway for brides, except the hedge is so high and close together, no one would be able to see them walk down the aisle.  One row will come out first and then perhaps the other, but we will see.  We do have a volleyball court planned for part of the large yard area. And I want a country garden--flowers, peonies and daisies and color!!

To the left of the hedge walkway, down a slope is a LARGE greeenhouse.  We didn't plant in it this year, but look forward to using it come next spring.  There is an arbor that didn't quite get completed and LOTS of weeds around the greenhouse.  We want to plant apple trees and perennials.  They have basically no pollinating plants other than some iris and poppy plants.  The back bamboo gate you see leads to the carriage house driveway.
There is so some fabulous rock work/retaining wall that we appreciate around the property.
The Carriage House was added later.  It is pretty wonderful.  It has a single car garage underneath it and storage.
 They used it as a potting shed and left a few things in it. 
It has a lovely wood ceiling and rough hewn fir floors. It has lots of outlets and lights and
running water and a fun metal sink counter area.  It does not have insulation, heat, or septic.  
It has cute double dutch doors that open to a front porch
that has a swing. It is 500 square feet upstairs and 500 in the garage and I want to have sales in here-- I will probably rent a porta potty for the sales, use portable heaters.  It would make a fabulous VRBO with the addition of septic and oh, what a she shed!!

Thanks for taking the garden tour.  I have the garden left to share!