Sunday, August 14, 2011

Office Before and Progress

So we've spent the past few months getting ready and doing our mini-renovations which including repainting the entire house, installing new laminate flooring, new trim work, etc.

This is what the room looked like the day we came to see the house:

The previous owner used it as a guest bedroom. It had yellow walls, navy blue carpet, and a spacious sliding door closet. 

This is what the office looked like about two years ago, when it was so messy that we actually moved our desks from the office into the living room in hopes that we'd be less messy. Normal people would've cleaned the room and made it a useable space. We literally closed the doors and left all the trash in there.

Yes, there is a person in there.

All trash.

How did we get shit done?

Vacuum is clearly for decoration.

This is what the room looks like today:

Cleaned desks, bought some task lighting.

New flooring/paint.

Behr Propoise/Behr Colour matched to Martha's Magnetite.
Clearly, we removed all the shit (almost literally), installed our Pergo Presto Virginia Walnut flooring (thanks for installing it for us, Dad!), painted the room Behr Porpoise, painted the closet Behr colour matched to Martha Stewart's Magnetite, removed the trim, removed the giant eye-sore heater (you can still see the bare wires where we have yet to install the new baseboard heater).

This room still needs a lot of work, here are things still on the to-do list:
  • Remove funky-old-not-to-code-wiring in the closet
  • Install last row of flooring once said wires are removed
  • Re-caulk window
  • Install casing around window
  • Hang curtains/hardware
  • Move computers back in
  • Paint closet doors/shelving white
  • Hang art
  • Install new baseboard moulding
  • Install new baseboard heater
  • Install new light fixture 
  • Install new switch plates/outlets/light switches (all white, yay!)
Then there are the extra credit things that I'd like to do:
  • Buy sleeper sofa/futon for guests
  • Buy new bi-fold closet doors
  • Investigate running Ethernet wiring along baseboard moulding
  • Install new wire shelving system in closet 
  • Install lighting in closet (repaint lighter?)
Here are some additional images of things we have left to do.

Figure out what these go to, remove.

Re-caulk/Clean window, paint window surround white.

Remove window ledge, sand down/repaint/resintall level.

Paint closet doors/shelving.

Install new light fixture.

That's right, its actually liveable now! Imagine that! First time in two years. Sad, yes. However, progress is progress.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bathroom Mood Board Breakdown

Paint: Behr Dark Granite
Mirror: Ikea HEMNES $50 (painted Martha Stewart's Egg Yolk, high gloss)
Sconces: Progress Lighting Lynzie Collection $40 each (need two)
Shower Curtain: Cotton X-Long Waffle Shower Curtain $25
Shower Curtain Liner: X-Long Fabric Shower Curtain Liner $11
Hooks: Everbilt Single Robe Hook $4.30 (painted Martha Stewart's Egg Yolk, need two)
Flooring: US Ceramic Tile Avila Gris 12x24" Porcelain $3.53 sq. ft. (need 50.4 sq. ft.) $178
Bathtub: American Standard 5 ft. Whirlpool $599
Wall Alcove: US Ceramic Tile Bright Snow White 3x6" $.23 ea (need 480 sq. ft.) $110.40
Faucet: MOEN Chateau Single-Handle Tub/Shower Faucet $90
Art: Paris Postcard Collection 4x6 Yellow $15
Frames for Art: Ikea RIBBA Frame $3 (need 9)
Bath Mat: Already Owned
Bath Hardware: Already Owned

Project Total: $1,157

Office Mood Board Breakdown

Paint: Behr's Porpoise
Light: Overstock Geometric Hanging Lamp $95
Curtains: UO Asian Poppy Curtains $32
Desks: Z-Line Desks from Staples, Already Owned
Flooring: Pergo Virginia Walnut from HM, Already Owned

Total Cost: $537

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tonight's To-Do List

Well, we finally have some money put aside to get our floors! We've been working lots of over time since I last posted, and I've also finally managed to get a gym membership! So between all the new time-consuming going-ons, I have not been keeping up with the house as much as I'd like. Now that we've got the money for the floors, its time to kick it back up again. Can't get rid of the carpets with all this crap on them!

  • Load of laundry, one for work clothes, one for gym clothes, one for whites (?)
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Wash the pots and pans
  • Make breakfast melts and muffins for breakfast (recipes to follow, my notations in red)
  • Sweep kitchen/dining room
  • Clean off table
  • Figure out Calories for breakfast things using our products
Will post pics of tonight's progress either tonight or tomorrow!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Day: Bathroom Before & After

Well, living in MA has its perks (which I suppose could also be downfalls), being hit with snow storms that deliver two feet of snow granted me with a snow day this past Tuesday. In an effort not to sit on my butt all day, I decided I should get a little work done around the house. After all, tax season is upon us, and my boyfriend promised me flooring with this year's tax return (yay!).

I forgot to take a lot of before pictures, as I was just in the mood to gitrdone so I'll list what I accomplished, and post the pictures at the end.

  •  Disinfected the half bath downstairs
  • Washed 4 loads of laundry (and folded one, which is not a common happenstance in this house)
  • Emptied the dishwasher & refilled it
  • Wiped down the counters
  • Packed up all my make up/perfume/clothes/etc. that has been living in the living room for months and toted it all upstairs
  • Emptied every upstairs bathroom cabinet and drawer, bleached them all inside and out.
  • Wiped down the heater/switch plates in the same room
  • Disinfected everything including the shower/toilet/counter
  • Organized all the cabinets
  • (I should note somewhere that there were two FULL 30 gallon black trash bags full of stuff from the upstairs bathroom- ew!)
  • Discovered I had 4 bottles of orange cleaner throughout the house, consolidated them down to two
  • Dusted & reorganized the hutch
  • Made dinner and mostly cleaned up after it
It was a pretty full day! I got a lot of things done, and felt much better about it. I've even got my own make up drawer and one dedicated solely to nail polish! Splendid!

Note: The bathroom before pics were actually taken DURING. I know, its hard to believe it looked worse than that before I started...

I can't figure out how to work the images/tables on this blog application. I think I'll be looking for a new one shortly, no matter what I do it never aligns things right, even when I type out the script myself, it adds all this extra spacing and shit I can't seem to delete..

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kitchen Salvation Army Donations

After getting all the dishes done, I gathered together all the items that I planned on donating to Salvation Army. They are all pieces of the first sets I bought when we got the house, most of the rest of their partners having been broken and/or lost.

Donations Gathered on Bar

  • 1 Muffin Tin
  • 1 Potato Masher
  • 1 Pasta Spoon Thing
  • 1 Grill Fork
  • 1 Tenderizer
  • 6 Steak Knives
  • 2 Dinner Forks
  • 2 Dessert Forks
  • 2 Soup Spoons
  • 3 Small Spoons
  • 4 Butter Knives
  • 7 Dessert Plates
  • 2 Bowls
  • 11 Coffee Mugs (we drink a lot of coffee...)
  • 4 Small Glasses
  • 4 Big Glasses

Desk Before and After

Currently our desks are in our living room, which I haven't finished tackling yet.

My Desk Before
My Desk After

Center of Desks Before
Center Desks After

His Desk Before

His Desk After

Kitchen Before and After

So this weekend I decided to tackle the downstairs, which was a little messier than I thought it was. Overall, this took about an hour to get everything put back into shape.

Stove Before
Stove After

Sink Before
Sink After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After
I also did the refrigerator, took everything out, bleached the inside and all the components, and refilled it. It desperately needed it.

Door After
Door Before

Body Before
Body After