Time for new floors!

After staring at this dreaded carpet and tile for 7 years, we are finally replacing it! Now that I just finished painting the kitchen cabinets we can start on taking the floors out. We chose to tear out the existing floors ourself and I’m glad we did. Had we paid someone to take them out the cost would have been tremendous. Removing carpet and tile is no big deal and something we have done many times before. It’s what was under the Kitchen tile that almost had us defeated.

Here is our flooring before: These are very old pictures, just look how little my sweet babies are. We had the same tile in the kitchen and entry alone with that lovely carpet and gold tac strips. Check out that wall color too.

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When laying tile in your kitchen, don’t take shortcuts, tear out the existing flooring please. There were many layers that were put down over laminate to then lay tile down and it was all down before the cabinets were put in. Surprise to us, we had more work ahead of us than we knew. We are going to be laying hardwoods throughout the entire first level and that won’t work quite right if the Kitchen floor is several inches higher than the rest. We took the tile out easily and then shad to rent a small jack hammer to wedge under the flooring it get it up. This took hours an hours, I’m sure Mr Modish has backaches just thinking about it. It was a very laborious weekend that we could not have completed if it weren’t for family that volunteered to help and also watch the boys for us.

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Don’t do this:

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After all the existing flooring was up, we had to be sure that all staples and nails were either removed or hammered down so that the new flooring would lay evenly. I then went around and scraped all the baseboards where the old carpet was stuck and then repainted the trim. The hardwood floors will sit a little lower than the carpet and I didn’t want to have to paint once the new floors were down. We also chose to paint the corner round before it was cut down and installed so it would match the base boards. Just a little tip for those of you that have squeaky floors. Screwing in new screws in the floor joists can lessen and get rid of squeaks.

Demolition is done! This was quite a project but worth every bit!

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Now to let the professionals put in the flooring. Had we only been doing one room I would have wanted to tackle it ourself but we did several rooms and I wanted it to be perfect. I just love my new floors! It’s like having a brand new house!!

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Dresser Up-do

This dresser is in bad shape. There is a chipped corner on one of the drawers and the top piece peeled right off. Try not to overlook pieces because they have a little wear and tear, most can be fixed.

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I fixed the broken drawer corner with this amazing stuff (Minwax Wood Filler). I applied the wood filler two times to get the corner in the right shape before painting. Then I painted everything this beautiful blue color that I had left over from the night stand I did for my boy’s room. I repainted all of the hardware with a gold spray paint and even switched out and added a couple new knobs. I sealed the entire piece with a clear wax sealant and then started on the top.

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Instead of completely building a whole new top, I decided to lay peel and stick tiles that look like wood planks. The adhesive on the back won’t be strong enough to stick to the textured top so I used a super strong adhesive to adhere them. Just to be sure the would stick, covered the top with weights so that there would be pressure on the tiles as the glue dried.

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After all of the final touch up were done I added the new hardware an this baby is ready for a new home. This one sold before I was able to dress it up with decor for pictures.

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Cabinet Re-do

Don’t like your cabinets? Paint them, I did! These were put in by the previous owner and are not what I would have chosen. They were starting to look a little beat up, and the colors are just a bit outdated now with the darker color in the creases. It may be difficult to see in picture but they are more of a cream than a white.

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I torn between a light gray or white cabinets but I went with white and I’m glad I did. This was my first time using a paint sprayer and now I’m in love! What would have taken a week or more to paint by hand, only took me a weekend. First I took off the doors, cleaned them and lightly sanded them. Here’s a tip: Attaching tape to the inside of the doors and numbering them across the top and bottom will save you some time when it comes to reassembling. One other tip: Paint the inside of your cabinet doors too! Only painting the front looks unfinished.

The weather was not great, so to get these painted when I wanted to I had to do it in the basement. I laid down plastic so that my floors would not get painted as well. Then I laid out the cabinet doors according to their number and placed the piece of tape on the plastic next to each door, then I took a picture. Better safe than sorry. I painted the drawers next.

The paint gun was fairly easy to use and made everything go by much faster. I painted a coat of primer on the front and back of the doors and let it dry overnight. The next day I began painting and painted two coats on each side with my chosen paint color. When using a spray gun, be sure you are always paying attention to the nozzle as it can start to clog and before you know it, it sprays out everywhere and mean everywhere. I had to re paint part of a wall, it was so bad. It helps to spray test on to a piece of cardboard before you start each coat and half way through to be sure you don’t mess up your project.

The hardest part was waiting for the paint to set. Mr Modish had to assure me that It would be best if I waited to put them back on (I get so impatient). While the doors and drawers were drying I painted the base of the cabinets by hand. You could tape off and spray them as well but that would have been more work. I painted the upper cabinets when the kiddos were awake and bottoms she they were sleeping. Otherwise, it could have been a big mess.

Once everything was no longer tacky, I put the doors and hardware back on and had a new kitchen (well almost, the floors are next)!

Our kitchen has soffets above the upper cabinets, which I can’t stand. Instead of tearing them out and creating a huge mess (I will save that for another day). I decided to add trim to the top and bottom of the soffets and painted them the same color as the cabinets. This made the soffets look like they are part of the cabinets and made the room feel taller. After the cabinets were painted, I had to re-paint the walls too. It’s now starting to feel like my home. Now to start tearing out the existing flooring. Here are the soffets before and during the change:

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Master Bedroom Oasis

I have always loved my Master bedroom and my bedding but it was time for a change. I am like a furnace when I sleep and get way too hot at night. For this reason I have never actually been able to sleep with my current comforter. I have tried many times and it always just ends up folded on the trunk at the end of the bed.

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My plan was just to get a light duvet cover for a duvet that we have packed away that we can use in the summer. I found one that I fell in love with from Target. Shortly after getting the new duvet cover, I had to paint the walls, because the color was too similar to the duvet cover. No, I don’t make my bed everyday just like everyone else.

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I then white washed my bed, dry brushed my picture frames and added a few new decor pieces. I am so in love with my room now and its just so relaxing and serene.

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I of course will probably add/change out a few new pieces here and there as time goes on, maybe a new pillow or two or a feature wall. I just love this space! If you have any design/project questions don’t hesitate to ask, I would be happy to help!

 

Bankers Chair

I had been searching for a bankers chair that will go with my old desk that I have yet to re do and I almost bought one from craigslist. On a weekend trip to my parents I noticed my mom had one sitting in her basement that she picked up from an auction. She did not get it for any specific reason but thought it was neat. She didn’t really want/need it and gave it to me. YAY!!! It’s very worn and so dirty that it almost looks burnt in areas. It is also missing two of the vintage wood wheels that I will have to do some searching for.
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I pulled out the cushion insert, took it in the back yard and sanded that bad boy for probably two hours! It looks so much better and the wood is beautiful. Now I need to clean up the metal gears before I can finish beautifying the wood.

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I stained the wood and then fixed the cushion by replacing the padding and adding a fun fur top. Hobby Lobby did not have the white fur material I was looking for but I found pillow cover that would do the trick.

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I first had to take the existing top off, which was not easy. Then I cut padding to size and cover with the fur material. I attached it all with a staple gun. The hardest part was probably fitting the seat back into the chair. But it’s finally done and my ugly office chair is no more.

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Whitewashed Bed

I lovely bed but after changing out my comforter and painting the walls, its just too dark. I want to keep the wood look but need to lighten it up so I chose to whitewash it.

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This process is so easy and fast! I use a mixture of white paint and water. I brushed my mixture on in sections and then went back over it with a cloth to wipe off the excess paint.

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Don’t be scared! Yes, I know that the first step looks a little scary but the end result is beautiful! Trust me. Once I have the headboard done, I know I love it! You can do this as much as needed to get the end result you want. I touched up a few areas here and there but I only needed to go over the bed one time.

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This seriously only took an hour at the most and made such a huge difference. I’m loving my new bed color with the darker walls. It only took Mr. Modish the whole day to realize I had painted the bed (he likes it too).

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Entertainment Center Update

My entertainment center is looking a little sad! It did not help matters at all that my dog as a puppy decided to chew on the bottom. This was a cheap piece to begin with but instead of spending tons of money buying a new one, I decided to update what I have. First step is to repair the bite marks with this amazing wood filler (seriously amazing product!).

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Now that the holes are gone, it’s time for paint. I used chalky paint from Lowe’s, the color is called kid gloves. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure I would never buy my boys white gloves. This took a little more paint due to the faux wood parts and because I am painting white over black. Then I sealed the outside and shelf fronts with the wax sealant.

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I wanted this piece to have a little more personality so I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to buy 3, 1 x 6 x 8 pieces of lumber. I cut them down to fit the top and screwed them in from underneath the top of the piece. I chose to keep the wood as is, but they could be stained any color, sealed and then done! Now the fun part to add the decor! This was such a little change and so easy but makes a big difference. I just love it!!! Don’t worry the bottom shelf is now no longer empty.

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