Thursday, July 1, 2010
It might just be the most beautiful study I've ever seen. And it only took 9 months to complete!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
P.S. Look how awesome it turned out (although this is pre paint and baseboards):
Well, since these hallways are what feels like 50 feet long, our lighting seemed to be a bit on the, oh, how shall I say it?, I-can't-see-anything-I'm-sorry-mom-I-haven't-been-eating-my-carrots-even-though-you-said-superman-ate-them side. We had one fixture near the entrance of the hall, and that was it. One light and then 500 feet to go. There were many-a-night where, on the trek back to our bedroom, I would become unsure of myself and have to call out to Natalie to come find me in the abyss.
Simple solution? Another light fixture!
Put a hole in your ceiling. Be creative! (pictured above)
Mark all extremities of wonky-shaped hole and create a square. Extend square as far as you need to expose half of nearest rafers in order to fasten the drywall. If that is impossible, put a 2x4 above drywall and attach to neighboring drywall for support.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This has been the most major change we've made in our house. We ripped out a hallway-facing closet and added the room to the study. Unfortunately, I don't have any good photos on me that show the progress neatly.
Walls have been yellowed, new carpet installed. It will be furnished by this weekend. Still left: replace light fixture with something less... pull-stringy.
The Master Bedroom:
We decided to remove the shelf/desk built-in right inside the door because it completely blocked the light switch. So we did.
Before (note the lighter square in the carpet. That's where the previous owner's bed used to be. Gross):
New carpet, new paint, new blinds. It's... just... *sniff*... so beautiful. We especially like the green/purple colors.
So, that's just a start the magical bedrooms. We'll work to get some better pictures together and give you a tour.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Natalie did not.
And here's some of my shoddy photography to show our progress. We've just finished painting all of the bedrooms, hung blinds, and just measured for carpet. I can't believe we're going to be able to sleep in our bedroom again soon...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
2. Here is the current cost outline for our entire back-of-the-house project (four bedrooms):
- $500 for paint+primer+brushes+rollers+etc. (4 bedrooms, hallway, entry way)
- $175 for 100 square feet of hardwoods
- $15 for nails and staples for hardwoods
- $38 to rent flooring stapler
- $150 for drywall supplies/tools
- $30 for sandpaper
3. Thank you to our friends Justin, Annie, Katy, Sarah, Anna, Mark, Crawford, Rachel, Chris, David and Bonnie for the help!
4. We did timelapse through the whole project. Surprisingly, you can't see my butt crack even once! I'm very proud.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here's what we've done in the study alone:
1. Basic demolition: ripped out drywall, outlets, lightswitch, ceiling fan, built in cabinets, tore up carpet carpet+padding. Opened hall closet into bedroom.
2. New drywall, taping and bedding. This was the most time consuming. For those who have never tried it: it's not that hard-- just get the tape wet before applying to the wall.
3. Textured walls. How? Watered down (like pretty thick pancake batter) compound and a paint roller. Didn't turn out exactly like the rest of the house, but it's subtle and it looks nice.
4. Finished subfloor around old crawlspace access (bottom left of picture below).
5. This is the biggie. When ol' Wendell put in his magical 80's mystery shelves, somebody went CRAZY with the ceiling texture-- it almost looked like acoustic (popcorn) texture, but it was made from compound. So I consider my options to make it look nice again:
- Tear down existing, then hang new drywall on ceiling. Cost? Another $30 or so. Time? Demo, cleanup, hanging new, taping, texturing... 12 hours work? Maybe. A big mess? YES.
- Hang new drywall over existing drywall. Still $30 and a lot of time.
- Scrape off fake popcorn texture and see what happens...
At the end of my two hours of backbreaking, over the head arm-work, I got to a spot in the ceiling that acted funny. I scraped and all that was underneath was more compound. I still don't quite know what's going on with it. Natalie suspects that his leg went through the ceiling at some point and he just patched the whole area (about 3'x3') with putty.
Anyway-- my idea was a bust. Which brings us to my solution:
4. Scrape off as much of the texture on the ceilings as you can. Sand down any noticeable bumps. After a good wipe-down, float a layer of compound with a 10" drywall knife in one direction (I started going south to north). Allow compound to dry. Sand again. Float another layer of compound over in the other direction (this time I tricked it up a bit-- I went west to east sometimes, and east to west other times-- it was a total hoot).
So-- here it is. The near final product. I'm about 92% happy with it. Maybe it will look better with a layer of primer then some nice paint.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Well, Natalie roped me into buying another couch. It is our fourth. FOURTH.
The fabric is called Naugahyde. It's plastic-coated fabric, so you can clean your couch with window cleaner.
We haven't looked for labels or any info on it, since it currently resides in our garage, so I'm lacking many interesting details.
It folds out into a sleeper, which is awesome, and since it just uses the cushions it doesn't have a nappy matress all folded up underneath it.
Anyway, it was a fun find. More to come later.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Natalie and I usually have fancy date nights at fancy places with fancy people and fancy music playing... like this one:
This is my first foray into timelapse photography. I've always found it extremely interesting... and I hope to tackle some more interesting projects, but I thought this would be a good start.
If you're interested in making your own time lapse photography, here are the tools I used (and a couple I found and didn't have to use).
- A webcam. I used a Logitech C200. $30. Available at Walmart.
- Webcam Timershot Powertoy for XP-- this saves JPG files at specified intervals from your webcam. I've seen lots of people have problems with the program not detecting webcams, and I've actually had a lot of trouble in the past, but I had no trouble with mine now.
- Yawcam-- free webcam software with motion detection, FTP upload... seems very cool. You can even set it up as a quickie security system! I will probably use this in the future because Timershot doesn't support Vista or Windows 7.
- JPGVideo-- this takes a series of JPG files and combines them to create a video file.
- Windows Movie Maker-- I use this to do editing, video compression, and adding music and effects.
Simple-- and all (except the webcam) free! Hurrah!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We have two posts in the works, but between work, the holidays, and renovating the bedrooms we haven't had much time to do anything else.
We also have a fun craigslist find to share with you guys once Graham finishes up the post.
Hopefully (Graham hates it when I say that, apparently it is not proper English), we will get a new post up for you guys soon.