THE MASTER BATHROOM CARPET

January 14, 2016

After we had to go into the master bathroom to hang our winter wreaths, we yet again remembered its existence and finally decided we should like, make use of it. (I use the term “winter” wreaths not because I am secularizing Christmas or whatever, but because we still have them up, so I guess they are more like winter decorations. Is this normal? We sort of resolved to take ours down whenever our neighbor takes their stuff down. If he only knew the power he had.)

Once we decided to open this room up, I let myself really get optimistic about using the space. I will fast forward to the end and tell you my hopes were dashed like dust in the wind.

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The carpet has primo disgusting stains, but we hoped there would not be water damage down to the subfloor.

First, we removed the blue carpet. Excitement level: high!

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Next, an orange level of padding. Okay, we will get that out of there. Subfloor, here we come. Excitement level: peaking!

THE MASTER BATHROOM CARPET from Rachel Schultz

And then, the subfloor. With major water damage. The excitement level has flat lined. Well, how about we just close that door again and forget this ever happened and I will leave with what remains of my dreams in life.

The main repercussion of this discovery is we will not do a phase one and phase two in this bathroom, but instead wait until we are ready to gut it and do it how we ultimately want it all in one $wipe. This might sneak in by the end of 2016, but we have so much more terrific stuff on the docket before it.

I think I now believe that all bathrooms more than 10 years old with a bath tub or shower have water damage. At least I am cynical mentally prepared for the children’s bathroom.

BLACK VS. BRASS KITCHEN CABINET HARDWARE

January 12, 2016

In my regular stroll through Home Depot for one thing or another, I found myself in the hardware section making a spontaneous purchase. The kitchen cabinet hardware! I really dislike what is in the kitchen now. I love fast projects that improve things in a big way and hardware is a cheap job to make the kitchen better immediately. (This is why I am so bad at sewing, which requires patience and hard work.)

This is the old situation.

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The big question in my kitchen life is black vs. brass. Antique brass is stellar for me right now. (Emphasis on antique brass. Polished brass is bad ’80s.) But, black is less trendy. Also, the look I am going for in the kitchen is industrial with a tiny bit of rustic. Brass could lean a bit too glam for that.

Black it is! Finding simple knobs was really easy (and inexpensive).

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The drawer handles were a bit harder. I knew I wanted bin pulls and I found the perfect ones for a good price. Thankfully, I checked the dimensions (which I typically always forget to when buying hardware) and discovered they are 2 and 3/4″ instead of the 3″ I need. After searching, I could not find the same pulls in the right size or any pulls I liked as much for a comparable price.

Well, I have to reconsider brass. I took the pulls of our my nightstand (which I love) and tried them in the kitchen. After the dead end with my first bin pulls, I was really optimistic this could be the dawn of a new hardware era. My eager fingers could scarce operate the screwdriver fast enough.

Then they were up. And I was like, well, that looks horrific.

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Okay, no brass. Even when the counters are different and the off whites are killed and buried, it would look better, but not good. Brass is not for me this time. It must be black!

I basically want these exact pulls, but in black. Is that so hard? My quest will continue.

PAINTING THE DINING ROOM & A SHADE DARKER FOR THE FRONT DOOR

January 11, 2016

There are a couple painting updates I need to log. The dining room was second in line for uniforming the white throughout the house. It got a coat of ultra pure white just like the kitchen.

I did not take the paint all the way up to the ceiling because we are painting the ceiling a bold color and will be adding crown molding. Less painters tape sounds good to me. Perhaps one day I will excel to the greatness of being able to freehand trim.

I continue to be entirely shocked by the amount of coats of paint it is taking to get coverage on the walls in this house. This room has two coats and it definitely needs a third. With painting a light color onto a light color! I do not understand.

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Before you say it looks the same, well, that may be true. But, I promise it is a fresher white than the previous one. It is when you roll the new coat out over the old color that you can really tell.

See? Was that not entirely flesh colored? Not a real white at all.

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One Direction was playing for the entirety of my painting session. David was nowhere to be found.

The second update is, as predicted, I took the shade of the front door down a notch. It is another one whose difference is subtle, but from the street it is a lot better. The hue is red with more depth and less pink-y.

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I struggle because I love how the red door looks from the outside, but I am trying to decrease red indoors. Actually, it is on the blacklist. No more red in the Schultz home. I am off of it. So yeah, I avoid leaving our door open.

Maybe this means I should let the red door dream die and do a different color. Still, for curb appeal I like it so, so much. My second choice is an army or olive green. I will toss the idea around with the husband and see where he lands on it.

Finishing the painting on the first floor is a big milestone I am looking forward to. At the end of 2015, we sat down and made a big schedule of which month we were going to tackle each of our house projects for the year. As a planner and DIY-er, this exercise was my favorite thing like, ever. The month I am most excited about is March because it includes having the whole first floor painted and stripping the wallpaper in the entryway. I love entryways – favorite room in a house hands down. Come soon, March!

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