Category Archives: Painting

Finally getting around to the master bathroom

We tore the wallpaper down a couple months ago and have cleaned off some of the glue. We’re now looking at paint colors for the bathroom. We decided to paint it brown, but not as dark as the two brown walls in the master bedroom. It should tone down some of the pink-ish tint the beige tiles can have. Since we are going with brown walls in the bathroom, we need to make sure it doesn’t clash with the brown in the bedroom (as seen in the picture, you’d look out the bathroom door and see the brown in the bedroom), but we also don’t want it to have too much red in it, be too dark, or be too close to the shade of the tile. The towels for that bathroom are teal and white, so it will look nice with the brown walls.

Hopefully we’ll get the glue off the wall fairly soon (this has been a very slow process) so that we can actually begin painting once we select the shade of brown for the walls.



Largest project to date

The tile is down and ready to be grouted. Dog is excited to have tile floors to help him stay cool. He also enjoys trying to eat spacers, which has been a minor inconvenience.

Tile floor (and dog)

The original linen wallpaper has also been removed from the master bathroom. After hearing horror stories about removing wallpaper, we were a little worried about how difficult it might be to get it off and had been discussing the possibility of  painting on top of it. Just out of curiosity, we decided to try to peel a little piece of it off from around the window. To our surprise, it came off pretty easily. 10 minutes later, we had all the wallpaper down! Now we just have to get the 50 year old glue removed from the walls and prep for paint. After removing the wallpaper, moving the bathroom mats out of the way, and pushing the curtain out of the way, we also realized that the bathroom tile wasn’t nearly as pink as we originally thought.

Not quite as exciting, the white paint has been finished on the doors and trim in the hallway and primer has been put on the door and trim on the inside of the hall bathroom. The hall bathroom shows the biggest improvement from this–it used to be yellow.

Next on the agenda–subway tile backsplash

Small Steps Have Been Made

We haven’t quit working on the house. There has been a little bit of a pause in work for the past week, though. All the supplies to lay the tile have been purchased, and the decision has been made to hire someone to lay the tile which just hasn’t happened yet. Once this happens, we can get the refrigerator moved out of the living room and into the kitchen and get the kitchen set up. We can also figure out exactly what to do about the dining room table legs. Once the refrigerator is out of the living room, that should help the living room to start looking like a normal room–not a storage location for random objects that can’t go anywhere else.

We’ve worked on a couple things since the last post–painting all the doors and trim in the hallway (haven’t finished it yet) and painting all of the dining room chairs…RED.  That isn’t all that exciting to see a picture of, though.  You can wait til the table is ready…right?

Some of the next things that will be worked on are: a butcher block bar in the kitchen, a section of granite on the counter, get a sofa (no place to put it at the moment, 2 refrigerators are taking up my living room), finish cleaning the range hood, and put the backsplash up in the kitchen. I’m thinking the backspash will had a huge amount.  Goodbye laminate 15 inch backsplash!


About a week ago the kitchen looked like this:

As of Saturday, 225 square feet of backerboard is finished and ready for the tile to be put down. The humans are happy to be finished with this. The dog is happy too, since we are one step closer to him being able to roam the house while he’s at home alone. He’s also looking forward to more surface to slide around on.

Also…notice the white cabinets. Two layers of primer + two layers of Behr Premium Plus Ultra (Ultra Pure White) + some touch ups = they actually look white now!


Living room

Reminder of before:

Before: Living Room

Living room as of now:
Living Room

Changes that have been made to the living room:
It has been painted (only one layer of paint!)
Curtains taken down (I’m a little disappointed those original curtains don’t show up in the pictures) and blinds put up. Had to get custom cut blinds thanks to having 41.5 inch windows.
Slowly working on getting furniture. So far the room has a couple side chairs and a coffee table. Hopefully there will be a sofa soon (looking at this sofa). The sofa in there right now was actually intended to be put in the office (already owned this), but its size prevents it from getting there…so, it stays in the living room.
As you can see from the picture, the new refrigerator is currently hanging out in the living room. It will be here until the tile floor is completed in the kitchen.

Paint color: Behr Premium Plus Ultra: Creek Bend
Side chairs: Gunlocke–bought one from a local modern furniture seller then happened to find another one just like it (though a different color) at What’s on 2nd?
Coffee table: Adrian Pearsall–found at What’s on 2nd?