Before I get started, this is my 300th post! I’ve been blogging since July 4th, 2010. This marks my fifth year out here on the internet. Welcome to my public journal… of sorts. I’ve definitely written more than 300 posts but a few have gotten lost along the way. No matter, today is the official big 300. Woohoo! Now back to business;
Continued on from last weeks post where I did a recap of the outside, sunroom and bedroom. Here’s the rest of the house. There’s two pictures of me in here too, just to prove I really did stuff 😉 most of the time I was the picture taker of projects I was working on so…
This room was bad, really bad, but I didn’t gut it or change the layout much. There was an interesting looking green stove and fridge in there that were spray painted silver. I got rid of them on day 1. The entire kitchen was nicotine stained and disgusting. I degreased everything. Put in a new ceiling and and new drywall on 2,5 walls. My father tiled the floor. I bought new appliances, used a leftover piece of counter top my parents had that happened to fit perfectly. My dad tiled the backslashes, I cleaned up the sink, had a plumber in, filled a lot of holes, repainted, installed new hardware and under cabinet lighting. Despite being small I really like the kitchen and I love the original sink.
This room went through a few iterations before I settled on it’s final form. The corner used to be drywalled off for where the chimeny went up from the downstairs furnace which I ended up removing 6 months after moving in. I painted the mint green away almost immediately. I had a pro install the chimney and put the pipe and stove in myself. I had help lifting the darn thing into place. The window in this room is originall and air tight. It’s amazing that after so many years, if well maintained an original wooden window + storm window combination can be just as good as a new window! The shutters came from the window to the sunroom that I closed over, I spraypainted them white.
I installed all new trim, but left the boston headers and the trim around the door… isn’t it gorgeous? I added chairrail and laid new flooring overtop of the original pine flooring. Since my dad did the tile pad in the corner for the woodstove he helped me with the laminate flooring cuts. I originally had some sort of terracotta on the bottom half, repainted the walls all one uniform colour before settling on the limey-muted yellow and grey on the bottom. I’m happy with how it turned out.
This was probably the only straightforward project in the house. These stairs run from the livingtoom to the top half story, a large bedroom. It took a lot of work to get these refreshed, a lot of sanding and sealing stuff off, a very smelly house but with a very satisfying result. It’s also oddly the term i get the most hits for on the blog: “refinishing pine stairs” does nobody else blog about this stuff?
Another room that went through two paintcolours! It used to be a sunshine yellow, which is nice but it just wasn’t working with the painted orange floors.
I put in a subfloor, installed laminate, new trim. Degreased and painted the pine ceiling and all the cabinetry, installed a new window in the front and built a cedar surround for the woodstove pipe. This room always gets nice and cozy when the stove is on downstairs since heat travels. The ceiling is a bit low, because it’s a half story but with lots of storage and the sun coming in from the south… I always liked this room. After finishing the bedroom downstairs I moved down there with all my stuff so it’s been sitting empty for some time now.
Last but not least…
This is the only room that I drew up some sort of plan for and did measurements before I got into tearing stuff out. It also took the longest, about two and a half orso years from start to finish. I was without a shower for several months, half of which I was able to take baths. I was without a toilet for a week at one point. This room had problems, insulation problems, plumbing problems and dryrot under the toilet.
I love how everything ended up with the exception of the border tile… a point of contention between me and my father who refused to install the plain white pennytile I picked up. So I ended up with armycoloured glass tile for the border. I love this bathtub. My parents are into flipping properties and generally they end up choosing the cheaper style, smaller tubs. I knew I was going to sell this house but I went with a deeper tub anyway. I never regretted it. I found one that was both slim and deep so it would take up less floorspace than the behemoth cast iron beast that used to be there, yet be nice for full-body baths. Everything in this room really is considering space, a pedestal sink, medicine cabinet, the toilet is more efficient and smaller (it was also a great deal for $50 as a display model… I think it was $50? It’s on the blog here somewhere.
I still go back to my house sometimes to have a bath, that last picture is exactly how I left it… with towels and toiletries there. The bathtub in the house I am now is the shallow kind so I don’t really like it. Well, that brings an end to the littlest house… all that’s left is for somebody to buy it. I don’t intend to move back, I don’t want to, I don’t think I can, just too many memories. Hey! Want to buy a house?