Powder Room Update + The Messy Truth About Renovation

Oh, no! Not again!

Oh, no! Not again!

Have you ever gotten so excited about painting a room you rushed out and bought the paint that same day? Me too! Did you paint that room the same day or the next day or the next week? Or did several months go by before you got around to opening up that can? Well, if the answer is the latter, you are not alone because I am totally guilty of dust building on the paint can and brushes!

I actually got this can of paint for the laundry room, but that room project has been put on the back burner until the window gets replaces--which is a sore subject in my house at the moment *wink*

I actually got this can of paint for the laundry room, but that room project has been put on the backburner until the window gets replaced–which is a sore subject in my house at the moment *wink*

Several months ago (and I am talking about 6 or more months), I decided to paint my laundry room…BUT…then we got a huge downpour…the old, original window leaked…blah…blah…called a window guy…time goes by…still no window…so, no laundry room sprucing up….Well, what’s a girl with an extra gallon of paint to do?!?Hmmmm, paint the downstairs powder room, of course!

The powder room is an awkward space in the middle of my first floor--nestled between the kitchen and the living room.

The powder room is an awkward space in the middle of my first floor–nestled between the kitchen and the living room. I really wonder what this room was back in 1920???

View from the living room into the powder room

View from the living room into the powder room

There are two vanities and an old, built-in cupboard in the powder room.

There are two vanities and an old, built-in cupboard in the powder room.

Now, here is how the powder room renovation went down. I kinda suggested the hubby and I paint the space over Thanksgiving holiday because we were not traveling and had no major plans except celebrating the daughter’s 20th birthday. Well, what started out as a little painting project became much more–from plumbing issues to new hardwood floors being put down. Did I mention the daughter had a birthday get-together with her friends planned?

The ugly truth to any small renovation project--it will take over your entire house no matter how big or small your house is!

The hubby and I are no experts; however, this powder room makes our 9th bathroom renovation project (that does not include small updates like painting or new decor touches). From all the home DIYs we have done, we have learned a lot. One of the ugly truths we have realized is any small renovation project will take over your entire house no matter how big or small your house is!

The vintage framed prints and painting that belong in the powder room. It took me about a year to collect them--and I cannot wait to reveal them all!

The vintage framed prints and paintings that belong in the powder room. It took me about a year to collect them, and I cannot wait to put them all up in the freshly painted space!

More of the art work for the powder room. Did I mention how a small renovation project consumes your entire house!

More of the art work for the powder room. Did I mention how a small project consumes your entire house!

Hey, there's a toilet in the hall! (the view down the hallway)

Hey, there’s a toilet in the hall! (the view down the hallway)

Let's just prop the ladder up right here.

Let’s just prop the ladder up right here.

The absolute best place to put the wax ring for the toilet. (This is the vintage stool in my kitchen--yes, the kitchen!)

The absolute best place to put the wax ring for the toilet. (This is the vintage stool in my kitchen–yes, the kitchen!)

The door for the power room propped up on the door of the cleaning closet. (view from the powder room)

The powder room door propped up on the cleaning closet door. (view from the powder room) By the way, there is a lot of propping involved in home renovating *wink*

Do y’all want to know the question the hubby asks me that makes me cringe the most during any home project?

“Hey, honey! Will you bring me a towel?”

I know it seems like a simple request, but it is not! That question can only mean there is (A) a plumbing issue (B) an unexpected, complicated mess to clean up OR (C) BOTH.

More mess and chaos--it's like the powder room exploded, and bits and pieces of it went everywhere!

More mess and chaos–it’s like the powder room exploded, and bits and pieces of it went everywhere!

One has to master the skill of moving things around while working on any renovation project. It is really a game of where can I put this so I don't trip on it.

One has to master the skill of moving things around while working on any renovation project. It is really a game of where-can-I-put-this-so-I-don’t-trip-on-it.

Making progress in the hot mess!

Making progress in the hot mess!

I really wanted to share the truth and a behind-the-scenes look of a small renovation project. It is so easy to show the before/after photos and claim how easy, peasy it was to do–BUT–truth be told–home projects are not easy, peasy…AND they are messy, messy!

P.S. this is the G-rated version of home renovating because there are moments when the hubby and I lose our religion, and the language is not-so-Jesus-like.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me as I chatted about the powder room update. Stay tuned for the finished product…and yes, I know I am prone to say “stay-tuned,” and then I wander off for weeks…months…BUT…the reason I go MIA is because I am busy not only renovating rooms and creating art pieces, but I am also cleaning up all the messes generated by those projects *wink*

P.S.S. if I don’t hear from the window guy soon, the hubby and I will be learning a new skill–window replacement!

 

Shiny, Happy Basement

969954_10200162162881463_1258206502_nIt has been too long since we visited.  My goodness, there needs to be two of me…more on some days!

The home renovation is coming along…slowly, but surely.  If there were more time in the day, we would probably be finished in a month or so..but since we are limited by the 24-hour boundary…I guess we will do the best we can.

Glidden Duo in Granny Smith Apple in Semi-Gloss from the Home Depot

Glidden Duo in Granny Smith Apple in Semi-Gloss from Home Depot

The basement is in the final stage…decorating…which to me is always the most challenging.  It is easy to tear it up…toss it out…and even put it back together…but deciding what to bring into the room…that part always gets me.  Whew!  I am getting stressed thinking about it….

Now, grab a cup of coffee…or a tropical fruit smoothie…and sit a spell with me as we explore the colors in the shiny, happy basement.

On the concrete block walls, we used Glidden Duo in a semi-gloss finish because I wanted to bounce a little light around that dark space.  To liven it up even more, we chose a bright and fun Granny Smith Apple color–it went from drab to fab in no time!

Wall color--Glidden Duo in Lime Sorbet in a subtle eggshell finish

Wall color–Glidden Duo in Lime Sorbet in a subtle eggshell finish from Home Depot

On the sheetrock walls, we painted a shade lighter in a soft eggshell finish.  Do not even get me started on the condition of those walls!  Thank you, previous homeowners, for doing it yourself without instructions.

Personally, I love semi-gloss paint because of its durability and clean-ability.  Let’s face it–when you live in a house with three dogs, a hubby, and a teenage fashionista…things are going to get touched…bumped…and dirty!  Despite my love affair with semi-gloss, I had to go with eggshell on the “sheetrocked” walls because of all of the imperfections.  Eggshell, satin, and flat finishes are perfect for hiding all kinds of wall sins.

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid–both from Home Depot

Deciding on the color of the stairs was not an easy task.  Compromise and a wee bit of loud discussion between the mister and me helped make the final color selection.  I had visions of rainbow stairs…or shades of blue and green…each step and riser a different color…Stan envisioned more of one solid color…or khaki and white…

Finally, we played the “Go to Home Depot and Pick Out What Colors You Like” game.  Stan had cool shades of gray and blue…Abby had brighter shades of blue–yes, we sometimes let Abby play the home renovation games–I picked lime greens and corals.  Several hours later…we decided on lime greens and a deep coral (Japanese Kimono).  Was it a victory for me?  For the most part…but I still would have loved to have had rainbow stairs.

Floor color--Behr Concrete and Garage Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Floor color–Behr Concrete and Garage Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Stan did get his khaki wish.  With all the shiny, happy on the walls and risers, we decided to tone down the floor.  The Pyramid color was perfect!

Stan is happy–I am happy…the loud discussions about the basement are over.  We have even made a couple of upcycled projects for the room.  I will save those for another day…so stay tuned for a little upcycling fun!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today.  Be sure to check out my latest article at This Is Real Media–“Basement: Plan B and Working On Plan C” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/14/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-basement-plan-b-and-working-on-plan-c/

Have a Blessed and Beautiful Day!

Chasidy