Friday, June 24, 2016

"Come and Knock on Our Door..."

Didn't think I would be back this fast did you? Well here I am with another post!! I'm sure you are aware of what I am talking about today right. If not, meet the Mrs. right here...

Oooo look at those mix match door knobs, that color... umph. I'm really holding back all that I want to say about this door. If I had a choice, I would get rid of it and get something like this...


 
But since that's not in the budget, we will stick to this one.
 
 
I could've dealt with this door for a while, but since I wanted to knock out easier projects first so that I actually feel motivated, this was on the to-do list.
 
Let's have one more snap of what the door used to be:
 
And now, let there be light!
 
 
My original plan was to paint the door Lap Pool Blue by Behr, but it never fails that ACE never has any of the colors any of the other stores have. This is only my second time of this happening, but lesson learned. If I want a specific color, I will have to go to that specific place that I got the sample from. I tried to color match it as best as I could just by looking at the colors that they had. I'm not sure about how close I got since I can't even find my sample anymore in the house. I'm guessing God is telling me stop worrying about it. Your door is painted now.
 
The color I chose is Electro Chill by Valspar. Semi-gloss finish for exterior. Let me include that ACE may be the only company that carry this color. I may be wrong, but at least I am letting you know. For the trim around the window, There was some paint left above the fridge. It is in satin, but not sure what color.
 
 
Now that we got all that out the way...
 
How did we get here?
 
1. Removed all locks.
2. Sanded down entire door and locks.
3. Wiped down entire door and locks.
4. Started painting/Spraying
 
Here is how it looked during the process of each coat. I did 3 coats in all. The spray paint I used for the door knobs is below.
 
 



 
It's still not perfect but it will do. I tried to spackle where the paint was chipped at on the door but I think the problem was that I only covered it once then sanded when I should've done it a couple of more times. The other issue is the door knobs. I was thinking I would be oh so careful with them that they wouldn't get scuffed up, I was wrong. The deadbolt is in perfect condition but the knobs aren't. I had issues putting the door knob back on so it got some damage. I should've did a clear coat to protect everything or had the knobs to dry longer. But time was a crunch since I didn't get started until that afternoon. I may end up taking the knobs back off and redoing them, but until then they will stay like they are.
 
Let's look at this beauty from afar:
 
 
 
Very bright and bold, but I'm loving the change! Now we just have to do something with those tile floors, wall color, screen door and yard!
 
Here are some more pictures to make your day!
 


 
 
 
 





Monday, June 20, 2016

Welcome Home

A lot has been going on the past few months! For a while we were contemplating on whether to rent, or to buy. Last month, we finally became homeowners!

Buying a home still hasn't hit me yet. I just got started on some projects so maybe when everything is how I want it, I will finally be able to lay back on the couch and say "Wow, we are homeowners." Until then, I'll be walking around like nothing happened.


I know you are wanting to see what it looks like, what are the plans for each room and all that good stuff, strap yourself in and let's go for a ride! The plans, I won't go into great detail until we actually have a solid vision for each of the rooms.




Never did I think this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home would steal my heart. My main concern was that it only has two bedrooms, but at this time, that's all we need. For resale we would most definitely add on another bedroom. Most likely another master, but who knows how long that will take to get done.

Meet the living room! Very spacious and as for now I'm having furniture dilemma! I don't know where the furniture should go and I don't have any furniture yet that will take up some space! Either way it goes, I think I will have to go with Plan B for furniture arrangement. Right now,  the TV is on the wall by the fireplace but that will have to change since the loveseat takes up most of the space. We are thinking about going to Plan B with the TV on the wall next to the opening going into the kitchen and maybe a sectional along the window wall.

And don't mind Zahra, she just loves turning flips everywhere.



 
 
 
 
If we go back outside to our "main entrance", you will meet our garage that needs a bit of work!
The worst part are the walls, of course. A good power washing will hopefully do the trick and a new fire extinguisher since I don't even know if that one works.
 

And if you were to come in from the garage, this is the room you would meet. At first, I was thinking this could be my home office, but as many times as everyone goes in and out this room, I don't think I will like the foot traffic.

 
 

 From our "garage foyer", you will walk directly into our breakfast, dining, all the meals in between room. Right now, it looks about the same, just boxes everywhere. I didn't think of getting a dining table when we first moved in and it's probably one of the last things to do list since most of our meals consists of stuffing our mouths while staring at TV.


Let's not forget where probably 1/3 of the meals comes from. This would be another room that needs A LOT of attention. The cabinets may look white to you right now, but deep down they are this pee pee type yellow. The healthy type yellow that is. And let's not forget that horrible smell from the inside. Cleaning out the cabinets with soap and water hasn't help much so I will be spending my time painting the insides also. Luckily all the appliances work even though they aren't my specific taste.
 

 
Off the kitchen you will find our lovely laundry room which already has a built in ironing board and a portable dishwasher that I will probably never use. Any one wants to buy one? And if you are wondering, no we have not bought a washer and dryer yet. I am still taking our clothes off to mom and dad house to get everything washed. 
 
 
 
 
 From our laundry room we have another room that needs work. The master bathroom. Lots of storage space on the back wall and a single vanity across from that. Luckily who ever got this home built was thinking about space saving ideas and installed pocket doors leading to the laundry room and bathroom. Going back on topic, these cabinets will needs a major paint job. Sometimes I think about just tearing them out!



And here is the most hated place in the house. The shower we never use. This will most likely be our first big project. We were going back and forth with whether or not to make it a tub shower combo or just a stand up shower. I think it is safe to say that  we will go with the tile stand up shower since the other bathroom already has a tub. Oh yeah, did I mention there is a toilet right beside the shower. Nothing more relaxing then having to pee while you are in the shower and hop right to it! I can go one and on about this room, so let's just move on before I start demoing it today.



And from the master bath, you finally meet our master bedroom. Pretty spacious, well a lot more spacious then I thought it would  be. About the same size of my last bedroom so I'm happy we didn't have to downsize. Pretty much your basic bedroom, just with a walk-thru closet. Yeah I said WALK-THRU CLOSET!



Oh boy, the plans I have for this ROOM! For now I will make it to my taste, but eventually, I will put up a wall and make two separate closets once the new master bedroom gets built. Until then, all of our clothes are in one closet and boy does it make putting up clothes go by a lot quicker! This will be the easiest transformation we will have.



And if you WALK THROUGH the closet, you will find Caiden's room. A little bit smaller than master, but very spacious for him. He basically doesn't have much in his room so everything still feels pretty big.

 
And if you come out of Caiden's room, you will find the hall bathroom that we use 24/7. Eventually the jetted tub will come out and become a tub shower combo. There is no shower in here currently, just a tub. But on the plus side, all of the bathrooms have heated fans that you can turn on instead of the regular fan!

 
In the hallway you will also find more of the storage cabinets that you saw in the master bathroom. I don't know if I like the cabinets more than a closet. I will say everything stays organized better.

And the last stop is our backyard. See the beautiful deck, great things will happen there eventually!



That was a load wasn't it? I have so much to share still but I will keep it short and simple! Stay tuned for more to come! What to expect? Caiden's room got a paint job immediately when we closed, Front door got a facelift, and now the kitchen is getting some love!

I can't wait to share everything with you!