Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Raise the Ceiling

The past and present of my bedroom ceiling!

Crazy that it looks so yellow in this picture... I have a lot to learn about lighting!
In my last post, I introduced you to my current-spare-future-master bedroom.  What a mess!  Like so much about this house, it has potential but needs extraordinary amounts of TLC. (akaWORK)
At the top of my checklist, and coincidentally the top of the room is... the ceiling.
Made of what appear to be cardboard tiles, the ceiling has seen better days... Belying the yellowish pic above, it is actually white, but the years have not been kind (maybe the pic isn't as far off as I might wish) 
Some of the seams are showing the brown underneath, there is the occasional water stain, hole, and oh yes, the amazing ripped up sections around where the fan was installed.
Not being in a position to rip out and replace this feature (And knowing from previous projects the mess that most likely lies beneath) I had the inspiration to paint it!  Enter my AWESOME little brother!  He took a day off to help me coat my ceiling with Behr Eggshell finish in Fountain Spout.
And it begins to take shape :)
Don't think of how it clashes with the nasty yellow, imagine looking up at the clear blue sky from the comfort of my memory foam!  (Besides, the Yellow is one of the next things to go ;)
The ToDo for the Bedroom now looks like this:
Patch/Paint Ceiling
Strip/Refinish Woodwork
Patch/Paint Walls
Sand/Refinish Floors
I promise I will share the full color scheme soon.

Boy does this feel like a victory!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Big Projects!

Finally, a project!

Something that has been consuming me for the better part of a year, is the spare bedroom in my house.
Technically, this room will become my "master" bedroom, but currently I think it only qualifies as a mess!  Here is the (rather intimidating) view from the kitchen...
As you can see, it is SCARY yellow, and currently unusable.
But it has lots of potential! 
We have a couple of reasons for wanting to move our bedroom in here.  There is only one window that faces east, think: wake up to the sun rise :)  Also, our current room has 2 windows.  One south-west so it gets the last 8 hours of sun in the summer and tends to be sweltering!  Also the new room's location in relation to our pellet stove (our sole source of heat) allows it to be a little warmer in winter.  Finally, it is because I have BIG PLANS to turn our current bedroom into a home office/guest room.

The Checklist for this room is:

Patch/Paint Ceiling
Strip/Refinish Woodwork
Patch/Paint Walls
Sand/Refinish Floors
And after some finishing touches, spend the rest of my time in this house Enjoying the fruit of my labor!
In some upcoming posts, I will share my progress.
It would be really nice to be able to move in, and move on to some other projects :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Do you ever feel this relaxed?


This is Scotch.  Clearly he feels at home. 

My goal with all this work, and sharing this journey with you, is to be able to relax like he does.  He doesn't worry about how much is left to be done... He just sprawls out wherever he feels comfortable (be it a huge box in my kitchen, the couch, or the bathroom sink) and savors life!  Someday, in the not too distant future, I will learn to do that too :)