Category Archives: Remodel

Entry Remodel

Here’s what it looked like before:

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1936 light fixture. Also you can see the 1972 era wallpaper and where I started painting the ceiling.

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New light and a fresh coat of paint on ceiling and walls.

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Here you can see the peeling wallpaper and the light switch which was originally black, but had been painted over.

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Fresh paint and new light switch.

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Cracked plaster on the east wall.

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I filled in the cracks and left the uneven texture. I gave everything a coat of paint and added the borrowed furniture you see.

The painters have started on the outside. The house will be ready for market soon.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom (aka Patrick’s bedroom) remodel is complete. This involved painting the walls, ceilings, closet and having new carpet installed. The furniture is the same, but there are many decorative items that have been borrowed from friends and family on display. And just a few that were purchased at a discount.

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The bed and end tables.
Here is a long view of the room.

Here is a long view of the room.

The closet door.

The closet door.

The very large closet. And yes, that is the brick from the fireplace at the end.

The very large closet. And yes, that is the brick from the fireplace at the end.

Decorative shelves on the north wall.

Decorative shelves on the north wall.

Decorative shelves on the east wall. These have been in the house since before I bought it.

Decorative shelves on the east wall. These have been in the house since before I bought it.

I’m quite please with how it all has turned out. I wish I could take you all on a real house tour.

 

 

Bathroom Done!

View from the bedroom

View from the bedroom

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The wall tiles are 8″ x 12″. You can see part of the glass wall to the right.

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2″ tiles on the shower floor

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These are the floor tiles, they are 12″ x 12″. Same pattern.

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The cleaned and refurbished toilet. The paper holder, towel holders, faucet and shower fixtures are all brushed silver. The towels were ones that middle son had returned from college.

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Here you can see through the glass wall. Up above on the left is the bar that holds the wall secure. I guess you could throw wet towels over it to dry.

It is definitely an improvement. What did all this cost? Here’s a breakdown:

Tile:            $655.54

Fixtures:    $297.85

Paint:          $ 75.88

Misc:            $ 14.26

Vanity:        $319.00

Glass door: $987.34

Labor:        $5,025.00

Total:         $7,374.87

Was it worth it? Well, only the sale price of the house will tell the story. But with the complete gutting and redo of the bath and the master bedroom, I will advertise the house as having a completely redone master suite.

The kids are pleased with the new bath, though no one has used the new shower yet. (I did test the water to make sure the hot water was strong enough, per a request from middle son, away at school.)

The Kitchen is Complete

This project took a looong time. Years. About 5 years ago, I reconfigured the kitchen to fit the way I live and cook: no upper cabinets, a small  under counter fridge. A gas stove/oven. There was no dishwasher, as I prefer to wash them by hand.

When I decided to sell the house, I knew my lack of a dishwasher and half fridge would hurt my ability to sell. So I bought a dishwasher (on sale for $480) and a smallish traditional fridge (on sale for $548) and had them installed. I painted everything, including the trim around the windows, which was the one thing from the original remodel that I had never gotten to. I installed some shelves for dishes. Here are the results.

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I love the white on white of these

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desk with file and office supply drawers to left

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gas stove and vent

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new fridge and pantry

The dishwasher was installed in the spot where my half fridge used to be.

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I’m still washing dishes by hand, as I prefer that way.

 

Bathroom Remodel Day 5 & Day 6

At the end of day 5, I had cut in to trashcan sized pieces the old shower stall and had removed the toilet (saved, to re-install after cleaning it up) and the vanity, which was given to one of the workmen who admired it.

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Workman? You say. Yes. I have so much to do before May 1st, and I knew that I was going to hire our some of it, like the plumbing and the asbestos removal. I got a couple quotes on having someone else do the tile and I decided it was worth it. Boy! They work so much faster than I do. At the end of day 6, the cement board was up and the plumbing ready for the tile guy.

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The workman also moved the window up, so as not to cut off the top of the curve of the outside arch.

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I’m quite pleased with the progress. And now that I have helpers, it should move much faster now. Yeah!

Bathroom Remodel: Day 4

As you recall, this project is sort of stalled while middle son is home for winter break and using the sink and toilet. We have busied ourselves with decluttering. I did get another day of work done by taking the fiberglass shower wall pieces here

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It took a lot more time and muscle that I expected, so I bought some new tools.

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Even with the powerful reticulating saw, it took several charges of the lithium batteries to cut through all that fiberglass. While I was waiting for the batteries to charge, I filled in holes in the drywall in my son’s bedroom.

Bathroom Remodel: Day 3

I haven’t been posting much…because I have been working a lot at my day job..and then working on the bathroom. So, having completed the 24th hour of this project, I have photos.

The peel and stick tile left so much sticky on floor that middle son says they were exfoliating to bottom of his feet. He laid down cardboard.

Removed the bottom of the drywall. You can see the subfloor.

Mostly this last day of bathroom work was less dramatic. Cleaning up the edges, the bottom, the mess.

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Subfloor at the head of the shower.

The peel and stick tile left so much sticky on floor that middle son says it was exfoliating the bottom of his feet. He laid down cardboard.

The peel and stick tile left so much sticky on floor that middle son says it was exfoliating the bottom of his feet. He laid down cardboard.

So then end of day 3 is not so dramatic as the end of the first 2 days.

And now the project is (mostly) on hold while my winter visitors are present. Next post: a HUGE decluttering project with middle son.

 

Bathroom Remodel: Day 1

Expenses so far: $26.35

Band-Aids: $2.00 Flat Bar: $13.00 Goo Gone: $3.80 Wallpaper scorer: $7.55

Band-Aids: $2.00 Flat Bar: $13.00 Goo Gone: $3.80 Wallpaper scorer: $7.55

Materials taken to Habitat for Humanity (recycle store):

2 foot x 3 foot beveled mirror

3 pressboard shelves (each approximately 2 foot square)

matching porcelain and brass towel and toilet paper holders

shower sliding door.

In the Recycle bin:

the wallpaper

Tin/aluminum wallboard edges

Various nails/bolts/screws

(to be burned in the fireplace later)

shelf supports, which are mere pine molding.

Things that made it to the trash/landfill:

the peel & stick tiles

plastic anchors behind the drywall

drywall (about 1/3 of a large trash can.)

I’m pleased with my progress.

 

Bathroom Remodel: The Rules

I love to watch the transformations that occur to homes on the TV Channel HGTV. But I hate watching the homeowners and TV host taking a sledge-hammer to solid wood kitchen cabinets because they are “too dark” or “not modern.” Ouch!

I am planning a (almost) total gut of the upstairs bathroom for reasons that will be enumerated. But I am a Green Person. I will do this remodel as environmentally responsively as possible. And I plan to be transparent with you all about the process.

I will track and report to you:

  1. Hours worked
  2.  Materials donated to a recycling entity (Habitat for Humanity)
  3.  Expenses
  4. Materials recycled via my waste handler
  5. Trash that actually makes it to the landfill.

But first the reasons why I believe I need to gut this bathroom to sell the house.

The ugly wallpaper

The ugly wallpaper

The cheap peeling and chipped floor tiles.

The cheap peeling and chipped floor tiles.

The poorly functioning shower stall. Nobody has taken a shower here for 10 years because the water flow is poor. Even the tall kids that have to duck their heads to shower downstairs.

The poorly functioning shower stall. Nobody has taken a shower here for 10 years because the water flow is poor. Even the tall kids that have to duck their heads to shower downstairs.

I’ve started the gut. More posts to follow.

The Dining Room

The new table and chairs

The new table and chairs

I was actually in the middle of redoing this room when I had my epiphany that I was spreading myself too thin, between too many (and some conflicting) goals. When I started the remodel of the dining room, my goals were to get rid of the blue walls and chairs that I had grown weary of, and to get furniture that would seat our entire family for a holiday meal.

A shot of the old blue walls and yellow curtains. I never liked those curtains. I can't imagine why I bought them.

A shot of the old blue walls and yellow curtains. I never liked those curtains. I can’t imagine why I bought them.

Sometime in the middle of the remodel (but after I had bought the furniture) it occurred to me that I wouldn’t be using this furniture but for a couple of years before I move into my RV, and likely it was not a good use of my money. That said, I like it very much. We will enjoy it until then.

I gave to Goodwill a large piece of art that I didn’t love anymore and replaced it with this movie poster promoting a movie my kids made a few years back.

Daughter in left upper and son in right lower

Daughter in left upper and son in right lower

The poster and Buddha are the only art in the room now.

This little guy was a housewarming gift from my mother who collects Asian art.

This little guy was a housewarming gift from my mother who collects Asian art.

I didn’t do anything to the corner hutch.

This is enough color in the room for me now.

This is enough color in the room for me now.