DIY


Bathroom Renovation: Repairing the Walls

After the “demo” of our bathroom, we had to repair the drywall and paint the walls.  I was really worried about this step, but it turns out it isn’t as hard as I anticipated.  I went to Home Depot, explained our situation to a sales associate, and within 10 minutes, I was out the door with all the supplies I needed.

To patch the largest hole, we used a self adhesive patch.

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We covered the patch with drywall joint compound, and then used the drywall joint compound to cover the smaller imperfections.  We left it overnight to dry. Then we sanded patches until they were smooth.  To help camouflage the patches, Joey sprayed the walls with drywall wall texture.

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After letting the texture dry, we painted.  It took about two coats and some touch-ups.

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Now that the walls looks great, we can move on to the next step – tiling!! I ordered tiles online, and they are supposed to arrive on Thursday.  Joey is out of town, so I was planning on surprising him by finishing the tiling when he was gone. But he specifically asked me NOT to try laying the tile without him.  He doesn’t trust me, which is probably wise. I tend to be more impatient than he is, and I’m prone to mistakes, which means he often has to re-do my work.

Bathroom Renovation: Before

Joey and I are undertaking our biggest project to date – a renovation of our bathroom.  I’ve been wanting to do it for a while. There isn’t anything terribly wrong with our current bathroom. It looks nice enough, but the real problem is functionality. It’s a very small bathroom with a HUGE vanity.  When the door is open, it almost touches the drawers. I have to have the door closed if I want to open any drawers. It’s a real pain.

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Our plan is to replace the vanity with a more space efficient one from Ikea. We are also going to add cabinets that are shallow and tall. This will  maximize the limited space that we have.

I’ll be posting pictures as we progress through the project, so make sure to stay tuned!

Bar Cart Makeover

I have been wanting a bar cart for a while, but all of the good carts at the thrift stores seemed to have been picked up. Bar carts are a pretty big fad right now, so the pickings are slim; however, the great thing about thrifting is that if you are patient, like really, really patient, eventually you’ll find something.  Case in point, last week, I was at a Goodwill that I don’t often frequent, and I found a wine holder that I thought had some potential.  I consulted with Joey, and he agreed that we could make it work. As usual, he was right!  It took a little work, but I now have a perfect bar cart.

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One of the first things I did, was take off the wavy metal wine holder racks. They were easy to remove, because they were screwed into the rack legs.   Then I got out my sanding paper, and I spent a good deal of time sanding off old paint. Once it was sanded down, I sent Joey outside to spray paint the frame gold.  One of the downsides to living in a condo, is that we don’t have private outdoor space to paint in.  Unfortunately, that means whenever we want to paint something, we have to run across the street to a parking lot and find an empty area.  And since we live in Seattle, we also have to wait for a break in the rain before we can do any painting.  It’s quite an ordeal.

Beyond the spray paint, there were a few embellishments that we added.  For instance, the original rack didn’t actually have any shelf dividers.   When we were at Goodwill, we went to the kitchen area and found some plastic trays that fit the shelf openings. The plastic looked cheap, so Joey spray painted the trays white.

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The other issue was that it didn’t have any wheels. I was really adamant that it needed to have wheels. I’m not sure why, because I’m not really planning on rolling it around the living room, but it seems much cooler with wheels. I bought a 4 pack of Everbilt 1-5/8 in. Plastic Wheel Stem Casters from Home Depot. They were only about $5.  After the paint had dried on the rack, I turned it upside down, took off the rubber soles, and installed the wheels.  The stems were just a little too thin to fit, so Joey wrapped them with paper, to make sure they were snug. I gave it a whirl around the room to test it out, then I got out my alcohol and wine glasses and arranged them on the shelves.

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Now we have a bar cart that is the envy of all our friends, and believe it or not, we only spent about $20 for everything, including the paint.

Goodwill Outlet Dresser Makeover

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Goodwill Outlet is the greatest store ever! I always find amazing deals.  Just a few weeks ago, I bought a perfectly functional dresser for 99 cents. It was a little plain for my tastes, but I knew that it had potential. Here is what the dresser looked like when I bought it.

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Before doing anything else, I sanded and cleaned it.  Then I removed the drawers and painted them gray.  I installed 3 Ikea SÄTTA handles for the drawer pulls.  As a finishing touch, I re-painted the dresser’s body.  It was a very simple makeover, but I think it made a world of difference.

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I’m currently using it to store all of our tools and cleaning supplies.  It’s the perfect size and it fits nicely in our hallway closet.

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Maybe I’m a little weird to be putting a dresser in a closet, when I could just as easily close the closet door and ignore the mess; however, I’m kind of a neat freak, so having an organized closet makes me so, so, so happy.  I even installed some cute little hooks to hang my broom and mops.  It’s all very orderly.

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I think I’m going to tackle our bedroom closet next.  I can’t seem to keep it organized no matter how hard I try.