There is light. Light at the end of this tunnel. And this week, I think we both began to see it.
Although the house also felt a little chaotic this week. Lots going on.
We had a larger crew this week, working on a variety of projects.
Papa Bear and Ryan dominated trim work this week. Dom.in.ated.
They added quarter round to each room on the first floor. Then Ryan got everything caulked really well so I could paint. It makes it appear more finished.
I did work on painting the dining room quarter round and will work on the living room trim next (none of which is painted). I’m thrilled with the dining room trim.
In case you are wondering, I do not tape off the floors when I paint the quarter round. I hate painters tape with a passion and prefer to cut in with a brush. If I get paint on the floor, I just wipe it up before it sets.
The doorway to the kitchen was also unfinished before, but now it’s all trimmed out.
Never, is the answer. But luck was on our side.
My dad and Ryan mimicked the look of the old trim and I think they did a great job. I got a coat of oil-based primer on it, and I need to work on painting it next week.
I have been working on painting the built-in shelves in the living room.
I hate painting cabinet doors. One of my least favorite projects. (Along with painting trim, actually.) But it will be worth it in the end.
Everything looks really nice in crisp white. This built-in was truly one of my pet projects. I love seeing it all come together like I imagined.
I also got another coat of paint on the stair risers. It’s coming along, too.
My mother-in-law also came over to help me paint trim in the kitchen. She’s a painting machine.
I matched the color of the cabinets to semi-gloss Valspar primer-and-paint at Lowe’s.
There are four doorways and three windows in the room, so there is lots of trim. But, it’s coming along nicely.
I’ve also been sealing countertops like crazy, and they are officially installed in the kitchen now. I put on one more coat today for good measure.
I’m considering marrying these countertops, I love them so much. Super happy with how they turned out.
Now that countertops are in, Ryan and Papa Bear can finish the window trim, which will make a huge difference in the look of the room.
Ryan and I painted the floor in the basement this week and put another coat of white on the walls. We chose a light greige color and it looks really nice. We still DEFINITELY need to do another coat on the floors, but we had a major issue with the paint drying. The humidity was horrible and it took almost 5 days for the floors to fully dry. (CRAZY!)
We used Dutch Boy floor paint in satin for the floors.
While there’s still some work to do, the floors look much better than “before.”
At least it’s brighter and cleaner now. I can now dignify the basement with my presence for laundry. 😉
Besides laundry, the major function of the basement for us is storage. (Have you seen all my Christmas decorations?)
So, Ryan built some hard-core storage units this week, too. That boy doesn’t mess around. These puppies are solid. They should fit the majority of our tubs o’ junk.
The plan is to begin bringing some of our crap over to store in the basement. This will help us clean out our current basement a bit, to look a little neater when we show it. (It’s a disaster right now.)
My father-in-law has also been taking on The Great Outlet Swap of 2011. I like white outlets and switches, so he’s swapping them out for us and making sure they all work.