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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Craft Room Renovations Part 2 aka Why I Baked B 2.5 Birthday Cakes...

I might have jumped the gun a bit the other day on my craft room renovations post by starting with the curtains.  I actually started with the floor.  Or should I say, Hobie and B started with the floor.

Our house has wood floors under the carpeted area.  When we moved in, we (well some people who knew what they were doing) took out the carpet and refinished the floors in our bedroom.  This time I decided we could totally do it on our own.  And by we, I meant Hobie and B.  I supervised.

I did remove all the stuff from the room (well except the bed, I'm weak).  So we had this......

Then B and Hobie got to work on pulling up the carpet.  At one point I was going to help B carry all the old carpet downstairs to throw away.  When he realized just how little arm strength I have, he decided that dropping the old carpet out the window would be easier.
So then we had a carpet less room with some beat up old hard woods underneath.  B did a bunch of stuff that involved pulling out staples, sanding, using this big machine and painting it with something.  I went and bought him lunch.  Hobie did very little to help at this point.
So that was over Thanksgiving.  The floor was looking pretty good.  One day when we are super rich we may get the whole thing redone to match the newer hardwoods in the hall and den but for now these DIY refinished hardwoods are pretty good.

By Christmas break I had moved all the furniture back in and then found my curtain fabric and decided that I hated the light green walls.  So I headed to my favorite place (psike) Lowe's and bought some paint samples.  I brought them back and painted them on the wall and hated them all.  So I went back to Lowe's and bought some more.  I finally found one I liked (it's the far right one by the way).
Then we bought the rest of the paint supplies and painted.  If I had known that I was going to paint the walls I would not have moved all the furniture back in.  Oh well.  I actually helped with the painting.  Hobie just watched (can you say lazzzzy?).  Painting the trim was not my favorite thing ever.  But I did it and there's only a few highly noticeable things for me to touch up.
So that was our Christmas break.  At one point I was all "yeah, B I'm going to paint this room by myself over Christmas break."  Then a day later I realized I didn't actually even know what supplies I needed to paint a room by myself.  So B helped me (a lot) and that's the story of why I baked him 2.5 cakes for his birthday. 

Have you ever painted a room on your own or pulled up carpet to find some decent hardwoods?
Who wants to come help me paint the basement?

11 comments:

sara said...

I've painted far too many rooms...and somehow find myself still wanting to paint. Your paint swatches crack me up! That's what the wall in Pie's room looked like when we were choosing a color. I had something like 20 squares painted. Too many choices!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Ugh, I have to paint the bedrooms and bathrooms in my house soon. Not looking forward to it!

Shana said...

The girls and I will be happy to come and help you and Hobie paint the basement if you guys would be willing to come and help us paint the entry way this weekend. Sadie especially is very helpful. She likes to step in the paint tray and track little puppy footprints all over the house.

I think your craft room came out very nice.

Tracy said...

Your blog=hilarious! SO glad to have found it! We have a HUGE painting project coming up, so maybe I'll just bake 2.5 cakes and hope my husband does the brunt of the work!

Hutch said...

Painting is seriously hard work! We did the WCB's entire house before they moved in. I'm talking ceiling to base board. But they provided us with beer, Bud Light Lime will always make me think of that time.

Jenni said...

You and B are such good DIYers. Very impressed!

Amanda said...

I have painted a room by myself and that was the bathroom in our home...I did it all on my own because my husband said, "tha'ts not a priority" and I said like hell it's not a priority, it's a RED BATHROOM. So I did it myself in one afternoon. Lots of standing up on the sink and balancing on the side of the tub.

Your craft room looks great! And Hobie, GET A JOB..animals are so lazy

fojoy said...

I have a serious problem...I painted my bathroom in 6 times in as many years...Wilzie jokes (I pretend he's joking) that the room is getting smaller and smaller with each coat of paint...
I think your craft room looks great!

Salt said...

If I lived closer and you gave me wine, I'd come paint your basement for you. I'm not a very good painter though. M took the roller away from me when we were painting the living room a couple years ago.

The room looks faboosh!

Mo Young said...

Oh, Hobie! He's got such a sweet life!

Your B is amazing. Good man. He prolly deserves another cake.

I don't really like painting rooms. I did our bathroom & bedroom in NC all by myself. Such a meticulous job. When I mentioned to Justin it would be a lot funner (which is greater than more fun) if we painted our house in Vegas together ... he wrote a check to professional painters.

I don't think you want me to help paint the basement. However, since it's my main stay in the 'boro, can I have input on the color?! JK, purple is fine :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh girl! That's a job! Painting and redoing hardwood floors is a rough, hard job! It looks great though!! I love that green!