Thursday, January 28, 2016

Highlighted Accent Wall

The renovations and updates continue, I am all about DIY and saving money. I enjoy painting so this one was fun. I wanted a cute entry way and wanted to highlight this wall a light modern Grey. I had some mystery stains that I had to sand down and make smooth before painting. I used a Behr Primer and paint in one. I love Behr paint it is quality and covers well. After I was done painting, I also replaced all the light and power outlets with modern silver ones to dress up the space more. Something about those pale Yellow Outlets gives me the creeps.

I love a blank slate, now what to put there...?
Like my collage? Got it all for under 25$! 
Wanna know how? That's in the next post, stay tuned 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wintery Favorites Collection

Around this time every year I start feeling stuck and stuffy.
Colorado Winters and relentless. No outdoors fun and this gal loves the outdoors, my son and I are always on trails and getting our hands dirty in the garden. Our skin has long lost the summer suns kiss and currently we are walking around looking like zombies. Pale and very White. I always say, I love Winter and snow for Christmas and after that I am over it. Matter of fact I'm over it when April comes and its still snowing...
I do love the quiet snow brings and the way nature looks with blankets of it draped on trees and branches. So to stay positive, I curated a collection of all things Winter.
Are you on the East coast getting hit with that large snow storm now?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kitchen Condo Renovations / Re-surfacing Counter tops

On to one of the final renovations in our small kitchen condo, the counter tops.

Lets do a re-cap of what has been done and where you can find each post.
1. Flooring
2. Re-surfacing Cabinets
3. Appliances, Painting, Lighting and More

Today's renovation, has proved to be one of the hardest so far for me. It is not holding up as well as I wanted. With this said, here are the Pros & Cons of the route I took for re-surfacing my counter tops

It looks better then what was there.
It covered all the tiny hundreds of scratches
They offer many colors to choose from
Its affordable
Its easy to apply

It does not allow for heavy use {I'll explain this later}
It nicks easily

With that said, here we go!

First, I used Rust-Oleum Counter top coating, all info can be found here here.
I purchased mine at Home Depot.

It only took one can for my small condo and counter tops, a little went a long way. I had leftovers. I tried using left overs for touch up nicks. Don't do that. The tint {even when mixed}
did not match. I had to go buy a new can for touch ups. 

I used foam rollers, so not to leave a texture and a small roller.
It took three coats.
It smells really bad, so bad I would not recommend using this when any kids/babies are home and make sure to move your pets to another safe location.
I turned on three purifiers to help dull the smell and then after painted I put a fan near it to help dry faster, faster it dries the quicker the small will go away. Do leave all your windows open, I even left my front door wide open. Its bad. DO use a nice mask, not those cheap ones or the fumes will go right through. Filter the fumes right and do yourself a solid with a nice chemical mask made for fumes.
The paint is not like normal paint, it is super tacky and sticky. Not allowing for many mistakes. Just roll one coat and wait till its completely dry {I wait a few hours} and then roll your next coat. I fine tuned spots with a small paint brush. Make sure you tape off areas before you start. Buy some good Frog tape, not the cheap stuff or it will peel the paint.
Let it dry for a few days without any working on the surfaces this is VERY important or it will chip in places!!

Few words of wisdom:
Don't cut on the counter tops with knives, use cutting boards. Or it will scratch and show through.
Don't drag heavy things across the counter top, easier said then done huh?
I love to cook, I do it often and I cook homemade hearty meals. Not sure this way was the option for me. I use my counter tops and am not the easiest on them. Maybe this is partly my fault or the paints? My counters do have nicks and I couldn't tell you how they got there.
It does look better then what I had before, what I had before was just ugly and stained and scratched. All of that is gone and it does look nice. Just doesn't hold up as well as I hopped.

There it is, if your thinking of doing it. The best way to do it is just...DO IT. Dive in and do it.
Be brave.

Supplies & all it took
what I did not picture was the new mask I bought after finding out real fast this one pictured would not work for me. 

see all those scratches? The paint did cover those!


And..Drum roll please.....Final complete kitchen renovation

There you have it, room #1 is finished! I hope this helped you with any decisions, it was totally worth it for me. The best part of all of this? Doing it myself saved thousands of dollars!! I managed to do the entire kitchen under 3,000$.

My next renovation in this condo, was the entry way. This one was fun, I got to be creative. More posts coming soon!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Kitchen Condo Renovations / Flooring

You seen my post on the DIY Re-surfacing cabinets, now take a look at our new flooring! This was one of the main things to do on my list of renovations. The previous tile was White, cracked and some no longer holding in place. The Grout was crumbling out and it looked just bad. This is on area, I did not do myself! Literally I did everything myself, but the wood flooring.
I hired Home Depot, found a nice wood color on sale for 0.99 sq foot and then took out the many options they try adding on for high fees and got it in the range I could wing.
I watched them do it and I can tell you, I still wouldn't want to do it and I'm all about saving money.
So I replaced flooring in the entry way, some of living space, kitchen and hallway.

Lovely right?

The flooring arrived!
Caleb had fun playing with it till it was installed

Here we go, improvement!

There ya go.

Next year putting in a new shag carpet for both bedrooms.

Next Kitchen Renovation was new lighting, wall paint, faucet & accessories. Sharing Soon!

Kitchen Condo Renovations / Paint, Faucet, Appliances

So far I have re-painted all the cabinets, got new wood flooring. Ready too see what happened next in our small kitchen condo renovations?

we tackled all the lighting in the home.
I found a handyman on Craigslist that installed all the lighting for a very affordable price.
Here Caleb is showing just how excited he is too be shopping at Home Depot.

 Isn't this box lighting horrible?
Little did I know that once you take it down it left good size holes in the ceiling. I had to putty and sand the holes and re-paint all the ceiling. Needed it anyways! New air vents as well. This entire process is a learning process for me and lots of how to videos.

The walls of the kitchen needed a fresh coat of paint, I went with a sand color. My son pitched in some help painting.

Old basic facet, out the door!

I installed some thicker venetian blinds, we had the cheap walmart thin ones there before. This task took me a bit longer having to re-drill holes. I also purchased some new curtains on Amazon and the rod from Ikea.

New stove and range, first time ever owning a glass cook top and it is amazing! Takes longer to heat up but the food is evenly cooked and easier to clean! No more lifting up the hood and cleaning out those nasty crumbs and muck. We also found out while doing the flooring that the dishwasher has been leaking on the floor, so I replaced that as well.

Under kitchen sink, laid down some vinyl tiles

 Here we are so far.

WHEW! Lots got done, next post I will share the kitchen counter re-surfacing and how I did that.