Saturday, September 24, 2005

Weekend Reno's.

Since there was some requests to see what I was working on, I've decided to add a feature to my weekend blogging....Weekend Reno's. I know many of you don't blog on the weekends, so you can easily skip reading my boring reno work if you choose!
We bought this little house (about 1100 sq feet) three years ago and started renovations right away. I am a DIY gal. My wonderful father had one of us by his side as he renovated, painted, tiled, whatever the project was...so we were lucky enough to get some experience in these areas. With a little practice, you just get better and better. I will show you upstairs before and after once I get through the basement projects.
My husband is a carpenter, who used to frame and build houses with his father many years ago. He really thinks that he can do it all...but he is a rough work guy with carpenter skills for finishing techniques. My claim to fame is my painting ability...but I also try to get practice with tile work.
That brings us to the basement. He framed, we hung the drywall. We left the plumbing, the electrical and the taping to the professionals. If you don't know how to tape drywall...stay away, higher a professional...it is an art, really.
I can't find a before picture of the basement. It was just a big open room with painted cement block walls and sheet vinyl flooring. There was a huge cement laundry tub at the bottom of the stairs with a ringer washer (remember those!) and a dryer. Under the stairs was a storage room. That is it.



And here we are so far today. Freshly primed. We chose to rent a sprayer and prime the entire basement. It took just over 10 gallons and about three hours! I would highly recommend renting a sprayer for such a job...although my hubby who knows he is not a painter, got about 2 gallons on the floor with over spray! Oh the work we have to do this weekend...

6 comments:

Lolly said...

Cool new idea for the Weekend posts. I read and sometimes blog on the weekends, so expect to see me around! Your spirit for the renovation is so exciting--I like to do some houseworks like this, but I think that might not have rubbed off on me the same way it did the rest of my family. My father built one of the houses we lived in years back.

I do like painting though, and while I have not tried tile work, that sounds like something I would like too.

Have fun this weekend ;)

Esther said...

WOW!! Beautiful job! the room looks outstanding!

My husband and I love to rennovate also but since his schedule has changed (he's a police officer) we're on opposite schedules and we can't seem to find the time to even finish painting our living/dining rooms...

You go girl!

Laura said...

I so admire people who are handy. When I was a kid, my dad used to make my sisters and I hang around and watch him work on his home projects. Our job was to lend "moral support" and fetch beverages. If things got really exciting, we might be asked to hold something. Sadly, I was rarely paying attention. Now, I usually have to call my dad to help with even the most minor home repairs. (DH sadly not handy either!) Thank goodness Dad's retired now. Anyway, your basement looks fab! Can't wait to see the actual paint colors! :)

jacqueline said...

i find the weekends are the perfect time to read and blog! so expect me to pop in for sure!

the room looks fantastic. i wish i was that DIY handy. i have a fear of completely stuffing everything up and then electrocuting myself on top of it all!

Stephanie said...

I love reno posts because I love renos in general. I too am a DIYer w/ a carpenter hubby (well, he's a superintendent for a commercial construction company, but handy as heck) Don't ya just love a handy man! The one thing my hubby cannot do is paint, but that's my specialty too. We did some lovely tile in my MIL's bathroom and I have big plans for my bathroom one of these days! I can't wait to see more of your basement project.

Wool Winder said...

Great progress!