One Last Look: House Tour

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think that when we moved into this house that we would be moving again so quickly! We closed on this house on January 11, 2013. Just three short years ago! And boy, does it look different!

I had a huge To-Do List of projects and am happy to say that we were able to finish most of them and also some that weren’t even on the list. So I thought I would share with you one more look at the before and after photos and what all we did to update the house.

Street View

  • removed rocks and flowerbeds from around trees
  • had sod installed around trees
  • removed all the plants from flowerbeds by the house and planted tropical plants

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Kitchen

  • painted walls
  • painted cabinets and installed new hardware
  • painted trim and added baseboards
  • painted the backdoor
  • installed beadboard backsplash
  • installed new flooring
  • replaced countertops
  • replaced sink and faucet
  • installed new ceramic stovetop and range hood
  • replaced the oven
  • installed pendant lighting in place of can lights
  • installed a new ceiling fan/light in breakfast area
  • added the kitchen island that we upcycled from a small chest of drawers.

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  • painted walls
  • painted under the chair rail
  • spray painted the existing chandelier (Mr. sprayed painted the fixture and replaced the chain with a silver one)
  • painted the inside of the front door and side panels
  • installed blinds above front door
  • added sun filter film to front door & side light windows

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Front door

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Living Room

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Guest Bathroom

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Master Bedroom/Bath

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Laundry Room

  • painted walls
  • removed old cabinets
  • removed metal shelving
  • installed new cabinets
  • installed drying rack
  • installed hooks for broom/mop
  • replaced light

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Upstair Bedrooms 2 & 3

  • painted walls
  • installed a new ceiling fan/light in #2
  • installed new chandelier in #3

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Craft Room

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Upstairs Bathroom

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Office Bedroom 4

  • painted walls
  • removed filthy paper fan from window
  • installed new blinds

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Closet under the Staircase

  • painted walls
  • replaced carpet with hardwood floors
  • installed new shelf and bookcase
  • added totes and a bin for storage and hooks for hanging items

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Closet Makeover

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What a difference a little paint, new kitchen floors, and countertops make! Mr. and I have learned alot these last three years! We now know we can install ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, and carpet, but couldn’t/wouldn’t do it for a living! I have a new found respect for those that do!!

I’ve enjoyed this house, and especially having the swimming pool, but I’m so excited to begin our next journey in our new house! I’ll be sharing pictures of it very soon!

Y’all have a great day & weekend!!

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Kitchen Update: We Have Floors!!

I can’t believe we finally have new floors in the kitchen! We’ve came so far on this kitchen. You can read about the changes we’ve made here, here, and here. And if you’ve forgotten what it looked like when we first started…

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And here it is today!

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After bringing home sample after sample of flooring for months, we finally decided on porcelain tile. And I love it; although it about killed us!

It took me three days to hammer, I mean, remove the old ceramic tile! 300 square feet of tile in three days = one sore gal!

Here I was at 299 1/4 square feet to go…

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Some spots would just pop up with very little effort, but for the most part, it was like this:

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and this…

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And when it would crack, the edges would shatter into hundreds of tiny shards of ceramic! I figured out real quick to cover the tiles I was working on, as I had to have Mr. use tweezers to get a tiny piece of ceramic out of my arm when he got home the first day! (I used one of his  old t-shirts to cover the tiles and then just threw it away when I was done.)  

Hank was a big help and supervised as I scraped the thin set off the floors once I got all the tiles up.

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Then it was time to install; and time to watch a lot of YouTube videos! Like everything else we do, we were going in pretty blind and clueless. We borrowed a wet saw from Mr.’s cousin, but it was old and tired; so we, of course, had to buy a new one. $$ But let me tell you, this is one awesome saw! We were tile cutting wizards by the time we were done!

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I wanted the floors to have a wood floor look, with different sizes of planks, so we cut the tile planks in random lengths. (no rhyme or reason) It made for extra time to lay the floor, but it was so worth it. Mr. did 99% of the floor, and he did such a great job!!

But here’s proof that I did 1% of laying the floor. 🙂

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Here’s Mr. doing his Michael Jackson impression! (he may or may not have needed stitches! I don’t know…I didn’t look!) But I should have bejeweled his glove!

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We had a couple of places where the thinset got carried away and made it’s way up the sides of the tile. I used a grout remover tool and scraped it down. I put a couple of pieces of painters tape on each side. That way if I slipped while scraping, it wouldn’t scratch the tile.

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And once again, Hank is supervising me while I removed the grout haze.

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My heart sunk at one point when I thought we had cracked the tile while moving the washer around in the laundry room! #OhCrapMoment #JustRealisticLookingTile

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I’m so happy with our floor. It’s amazing how it changed the looks of the kitchen! And by doing it ourselves, we saved over $3,000! Even with buying a new wet saw.

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One more before and after…

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I’m so glad to be finished so I can finally get rid of all the dust in the house!

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And another one bites the dust on The To-Do List! Yay!

 

Y’all have a great day!

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Jessica’s Bathroom Floor Redo (Part 1)

Jessica and Sam are friends of ours who are in the process of DIYing their master bathroom floor. I didn’t know they had started it until I got this text from her last Sunday morning. (don’t look if you are squeamish) Yuck!

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That text was followed with this picture and “we have an end goal!”.

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They are tearing out the old ceramic tile floor and planning on staining the concrete.

This was her bathroom before the demo started.

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And here is what they accomplished the first weekend. (besides visiting the ER!) 🙂

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Jessica said that while Sam likes smashing the plaster with a hammer, she likes to use a chisel as much as possible.

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 Although she said “some areas just deserve a hammering”!

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They used a straight edge to release the tile from the baseboard and then “nudged” it out.

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Jessica shared lessons learned:

Clear the counters

Clean often (never know when the kids will “need” you and the project will halt to a stop) They have two little ones!

WEAR gloves at all times – thick leather to be exact (ER doctor said the worst cuts he has seen come from ceramic, tile & glass, i.e. bath reno’s

And when you get to the adhesive removal, wear a breathing mask (that dust is NASTY)!

She said they figure it will be a two month project since we are coming into the holiday season. I’ll have another update in a couple of days so be sure and check back. I love stained concrete and can’t wait to see the finished floors.

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

The Dust is Finally Settling…

The bad thing is the dust is settling ALL OVER the house! And I mean all over the house. It has found its way clear into the master bedroom, bathroom, and up the staircase. We have been working for the last month on the kitchen walls where the backsplash will go. The tile came off in spots really easy with very little damage to the drywall.

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 In other places, it wasn’t pretty!

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I spent hours, and I’m talking hours, chiseling and scraping the plaster off the drywall, only to realize I did it for absolutely no reason! Except maybe to let y’all know…DON’T DO IT! Just replace the drywall right off the bat so you have a new and wonderfully flat surface to tile on!  The only scraping you really need to do is around the edges, where your mud and tape will be.

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And if y’all are wondering, why yes, that is cardboard where my quartz countertops should be! We ripped out the old countertop weekend before last expecting the new one to be here last week. Mr. “installed” the cardboard on Saturday, when we found out that the countertop installation wouldn’t be happening until this Friday. With a few bricks, plastic bags, and zip ties, Mr. was also able to hook the dishwasher back up, even though there isn’t a sink! This was so I would no longer have to do the dishes in those wonderful, shallow, shell-shaped sinks! 🙂

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 Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

Kitchen Countertops It Is!

If y’all read this post, you’ll know I was deciding whether to spend our saved $5 bills on a cruise or new kitchen countertops. As much as I really want to go on another cruise (we even drove by the ships in Galveston this past weekend), I have been dreaming of new countertops and backsplash since we moved in almost two years ago. So with a little hesitance, I chose countertops. We had them measured last week and are hoping to have them installed the first part of October. We’ve picked out a Silestone in Grey Expo. I think it will look great with our white cabinets and black appliances. And will even look better someday when I change out to stainless steel appliances. 🙂

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And to save roughly $1000.00 dollars, we are doing the rip-out of the countertops and backsplash ourselves! I’m positive Mr. was jumping up-and-down (inside) when I suggested WE do the rip-out! But he did a terrific job at hiding his enthusiasm. 🙂

So at 8:15 last night…we started the demolition!

Here is what it looked like last night before we started. And if you want to see what it looked like before this, be sure and check out this post and this post!

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Five minutes into this fun, the dremel tool that we were using to remove the grout quit. So we continued on with screwdrivers, a putty knife, and a hammer! The first section of tiles came off pretty good. No cracked tiles and not much drywall damage.

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But the next section…we weren’t so lucky! One tile completely took the sheetrock with it and Mr. had to break a couple of tiles to get them off. So after 1 1/2 hours, we called it a night. Mr. had to go back to work today after being off yesterday, so I’m getting ready to go back downstairs and see how much damage I can accomplish! Wish me luck! 🙂

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Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

Is it Spring yet?

Holy cold weather, Batman! Am I the only one that went into hibernation after the first of the year? What a winter, but I think Spring is just around the corner. At least here in Houston it is! Our poor tropical plants really had a hard time this winter with the three rounds of freezing temperatures we had. Almost as much as I had!!! 🙂

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I finally pulled myself out from under the covers this past week and decided to get my butt back in gear! And to do that, I have given myself a deadline to get the To-Do List done by May 1st. Or at least most of it…or maybe just some of it. We had started working on the upstairs bathroom last month…AND I’m still working on it! Let me refresh your memory on this lavender beauty!

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It took me the entire month of February to paint the cabinet, inside of the linen closet, and the walls! And it’s not a big bathroom. 🙂 It took Mr. no time at all to roll the ceiling for me. He’s a beast when it comes to painting!!

The linen closet sits behind the door of the bathroom, therefore the bathroom door was constantly hitting the linen closet door, making a dent in it. Soooo, I took the linen closet door off and I think it looks so much better with the door gone. Sorry I forgot to take a before picture!

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I painted the walls Sleek Gray and the cabinet, shelves, and all the baseboards/trim an enamel white. I’m hoping to have the wall tile and floor finished by the end of the week. I’m doing what they (the guys at our local Sherwin Williams) say shouldn’t be done. I’m painting my ceramic tile! In the shower/bathtub area! 🙂 My mom did it before in a shower and it held up against the water, so I’m going to give it a whirl. It’s our upstairs guest bathroom, so it gets very little use. I didn’t want to spend big bucks right now on this renovation, but it needed updating terribly! I’ll be sure and let you know how the tile pans out in the long run.

Has anyone else ever painted ceramic tile in a shower/bathtub area? Do you have any tips, products, or words of wisdom that worked for you?

Later gators!

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend….

…unless they are dark green ceramic tile diamonds! Or maybe they’re suppose to look like an argyle pattern. They’re just not as cute as an argyle sweater or socks! And they sure weren’t cute on my kitchen backsplash. When we were looking at houses, we looked at a couple of the builders houses who built ours and almost every house he built in the 90’s, had this pattern in the kitchen. And for some reason, no one has updated any of them!! We will eventually…as soon as I can decide what I want. Until then, I painted them!

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My mom has previously AND successfully painted the ceramic tiles in a bathroom, so I decided if the paint could hold up in a bath/shower area, it surely would hold up on a backsplash. Figuring out what type of paint was the biggest question. I had decided that I wanted to go with a silver/grey color and maybe something with a shimmer to it, So I was off to Hobby Lobby to check out what they had. I had it in my head that I wanted to try some type of leafing, but wasn’t sure if it would stick to ceramic, as I had never used leafing before. This paint stated it would, so home with me it went! I really lucked out in discovering a paint that did the job on the first go-round.

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I know a lot of people will tell you that you need to rough up the surface if it’s slick, but I normally don’t. (I like quick and easy makeovers!) I always check first to see how well the paint covers and I go from there. And besides, this is just a temporary fix, right? It did take several coats to cover, but I think part of that was due to it being dark green. This paint adheres great to ceramic, as once it dries it DOESN’T COME OFF! I got a few specks on the white tile and it’s still there! You can’t even scratch it off.

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I ended up using a little over two jars of paint. But I used my Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon, so it cost me less than $10 to makeover the tile! As you can see, it looks much better now than it did before. Money well spent!