Friday, June 29, 2012

Moving Weekend #3 - Kitchen Cabinets & Recessed Lighting!!

For the last three weeks, in between all the weekends, KT have been slowly moving boxes to the house before work and I've been doing more painting at the house after work.  Honestly, I've never worked this hard moving before.  I guess when you want to do it right the first time around, it just takes a lot more work. In the past, I've been guilty of just throwing everything in a box and moving to a new place.  Then for the next year or so, everything stayed in the box until I needed to use it.  Since this is supposed to be our forever home (or so we say), we don't plan on living out of boxes for any amount of time.

This past weekend (weekend #3) we started some exciting projects.  

We asked my dad the weekend before to put in recessed lighting for us in the living room and bedroom.  On Saturday, we headed to the Home Depot to pick up some supplies.  KT and I marked where we would like the lights to go in and my dad took care of the rest.  THANKS DAD!

Mom, Lauren, Kim and I worked on prepping the kitchen cabinet doors.  We bought a kit called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation.  Our kit was missing the instruction disc and pamphlet so we had to watch the instruction video on YouTube.  Thank goodness for YouTube right?

We first cleaned the cabinet doors with a degreaser to get rid of all the grease and dirt build up.  These oak cabinets must be as old as the house and it looks like they haven't had any deep cleaning in a very long time.  After cleaning the doors with the degreaser, we used the deglosser that was provided with the kit.  The deglosser is suppose to get rid of the grease, dirt, and gloss coat and replace the need to sand down the cabinets.    

We decided to sand anyways.

Twenty or so cabinet doors later, we were ready to call it a day. Mom, Dad, and Lauren went home.  KT and I decided to power through and start painting the first coat on the back of cabinet doors.  The kit provided the paint (color of your choice - we picked pure white) for the "bond coat".  The instructions didn't require us to use any primer first.

We had to let the paint dry 2-3 hours between coat.  So here we at 10:30PM doing our second coat.

The instructions specifically said to use paint brushes and not rollers. But we bought rollers specifically for cabinets so we thought we might be able to get away with it.   When we looked at it again early Sunday morning, we saw that the two coat of paint applied by the rollers were just too light.  Or perhaps the oak wood is just too dark.  We switched to a paint brush and paint the first coat on the front of the cabinet doors.  David and Susan came over later in the morning to help clean and sand down the cabinet frames inside the kitchen. Susan took over painting the second coat on the cabinet doors and claims she discovered the proper technique to doing it right.  She sent me and David off to paint the frames inside the kitchen.  

David was being a little camera shy so I wont post his picture here.  We didn't finish painting all the frames before it got dark but we sure got a lot done.  Definitely wouldn't have been able to do it without Susan and David.  It's seriously hard discouraging work.

I came back throughout the week after I got off work to finish the first coat.  =)

 We're almost there!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Moving Weekend #2 - Painting

THANK YOU FAMILY for helping us paint this week!!

Free paint at Ace Hardware on Saturday!  We went to pick up a can early in the morning before heading over to the house for more painting. 

Mom, Dad, and Susan came over to help.  Dad painted most of the final coat in the bedroom.  Here's a picture of Susan wrapping up the job in the bedroom while Mom and Dad are checking out the houses in the neighborhood. 

We continue painting the living room and finally got some color up on the walls.  Here's Mom being the expert painter.  We didn't do the corners where the walls meet the ceiling because the ceiling paint was still wet and we couldn't tape it off.

Side story, while we were painting inside the house, Monster dug a hole under the fence into the neighbors yard.  When I went to bring him back, he was holding up his hind paw to me and crying.  His toes were bent at a 90 degree angle.  After checking that there was nothing poking him under his paw, Susan and I rushed him to the vet just down the street (thank goodness!) thinking he broke his paw.  After sedation, blood work, and xrays, the vet came back showing nothing broken.  He probably pulled a muscle.  Like Susan said, "What a drama queen!"

On Sunday, Lauren came over to help.  We painted the corners in the living room and did a final coat of the grey.  We totally love how the grey turned out. 

KT was working hard cleaning the walls in the kitchen so we can put up the first coat of paint this weekend.  We took off the cabinet doors because we'll be doing a cabinet transformation next weekend.  YAY!!

After one coat of paint

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moving Weekend #1 - Painting

We were up early and ready for moving day.  Then we had to wait.  And wait.  Finally, our tenants called to say au revoir (I picked up some French while we were on our honeymoon) and we hustled over there as quickly as we can with a bucket of paint in one hand and a paint brush in another. Okay, we didn't really do that but that's what it felt like.

Diana and Philip came over to help. (Big Thanks!) 
We decided to paint the bedroom first so we had to take down the curtains, dust the walls, and unscrew all the outlet plates. Since I decided to go with all white walls, we didn't have much to prep after that.  I totally spaced on taking a before picture.  To give you an idea, the wall to the left used to be dark brown, and the rest of the walls and ceiling were a very light pink. 

Diana and I started priming and painting the room. 
Here's Diana priming the brown wall.  
KT and Philip went to put together a portable basketball system in the backyard.  KT confessed that Philip did 75% of the work.  (Sorry didn't get a picture of Philip working hard!) Diana said Philip really HATES painting and suspected they're either taking their time putting together their project or they're shooting hoops.    When we went out back to check after 4 hours of painting...  They're shooting hoops.  (O_o)  HAHA!  It's all good.  That thing really takes 3+ hours to put together. 

Here we are the night before moving day, buying KT his basketball thing-a-ma-jig. 

Like most boys, KT said it was his childhood dream to one day have this so I'm glad we finally made it happen.   

Here's Monster crashing out after his long day of running around the backyard.
On Sunday, KT and I were on our own.  We added another coat of paint to the bedroom and started painting the living room.

Here's what it looks like now: 

We already started painting the ceiling.  KT decided on grey walls with one purple accent wall and white washed hardwood floors.  It really didn't take much to get KT on the DIY bandwagon with me and I'm so glad he did.  We are having so much fun.  =)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bed Frame to Patio Dining Table

I've always try to reuse items around the house but in reality, I'm not as resourceful as I would like to be. 

A few days ago, I read about how a couple, needing an unusual sized office desk, was able to build one from a perfectly-sized door they had lying around.  I love DIY projects, but I love it even more when it doesn't require much work.  I must have been inspired because I had an epiphany over the weekend.  KT and I stopped by World Market just to look around (we love that store!).  This outdoor dining table was on display by the entrance. This is priced at $329. 

It occurred to me, almost instantaneously, that we can build it with the wood from the bed frame that we need to throw out.  It's perfect because the bed frame (from Ikea) has the slatted bed base that looks much like the table top above. 

Adding this to our to do list.  

Friday, June 8, 2012

Goodbye Condo!

We're moving tomorrow!!!!  And...

...we haven't done much packing.  Here's a picture of our living room before we started packing.

Here we are today.  We haven't been very productive.

There is a reason why I'm not in a packing frenzy right now and why I'm sitting here blogging instead. We want to paint the interior of the house before we move everything in so there really is no immediate need to have EVERYTHING packed away tonight.  At least that's what I've been telling myself.  We're just anxiously waiting for our tenants to move out so we can swoop in and start painting.  We've been talking about paint colors all day.  Actually, all week.  What the heck, ever since we decided we're moving back to the house almost a year ago.  

We've even drawn up a few mock ups of how we will remodel the house (I'll post the mock ups when we have something presentable).  However, considering how much that will cost, we've settled on redecorating for now.  We've gave each room a $500 budget.  KT is taking the lead on decorating the living room, the office, and the guest bedroom.  I'm responsible for our bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen/dining nook.  I'll post some before, progress, and after shots.  Right now, it's time to do something a little more productive. Can't wait for tomorrow!