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October 2011 Weddings

DIY-ing around your house

About 2 months after the wedding H and I moved into a house! We're renting it from his parents, and they bought it barely a month before we moved in. It didn't need a lot of fixing up before we moved in, but it definitely needs some updating. It was built in the 1950s and owned by the same couple the whole time. The old lady died back in August and the house was put up for sale.

H and I are both having fun fixing the place up. FIL brought us some old cabinets from a kitchen he's remodeling (he's a carpenter/handyman). At first I was pissed at H for agreeing to take them since we don't need cabinets, but when I saw them I decided there's at least 2 of them that I can make into bookcases, which we need. I'm excited to do something more hands-on for the house rather than just going out and buying curtains and stuff.

Anyone else doing any DIY projects lately? Describe your projects. I'm obsessed with home DIY projects lately!
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Re: DIY-ing around your house

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    We're re-doing our entire first floor soon. Ceramic tile in the kitchen & bathroom (they share a floor) and laminate for the rest. I don't know about the tile, but I know H plans on doing the laminate himself. I have to paint our bathroom cabinets. I've been slowly working on painting the entire house from ceiling to walls to trim and even doors. We have the hallways left to do plus the kitchen & downstairs bathroom. That's about it for now. Summer time will probably include restaining the front porch. Oh yeah, and I want to paint a dresser that's in my office. All of the furniture in there is black - desk, bookshelves & other shelves -- except for a brown dresser that I keep in there. I have a love/hate relationship with DIY projects for the house, though. I love them for the first 10% of the time I'm working on them (because I'm excited to start) and the last 5% of the time (because I'm excited to finish). But I hate them for the other 85% of the time.
  • Oh my gosh.. I could go on and on about all our housing projects, haha. H bought this house when he was 20. It was a definate fixer upper. (It was an older lady that had it, the entire house was pink, she had a ton of cats that peed everywhere, and she was a big time smoker) So yeah, the house was really bad. H is a plumber, so he can do a lot of stuff himself, and my dad is an electrician, so I grew up doing projects with him. His first project was a total gut of the main bath. Then sanding down the hardwood floors to get the cat pee smell out. Then lots of painting and cosmetic stuff.

    After I moved in, I realized the kitchen was too gross, so after a year here we did a kitchen gut. It's been amazing to have H and my dad so we've been able to do all the work ourselves! I completely redid our third bedroom/office. Painted the floor and everything. That was a lot of fun! Now it's just been a lot of smaller projects that I've worked on. And pinterest has sucked me in and put a lot of ideas in my head!! If you care to see pics of all our work...


    I couldn't get the link thing to work, so maybe you can just click on that?

    Have fun with all your projects!! 


  • quirky75quirky75 member
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    edited January 2012
    kmgrecco I am jealous of all those remodel pics! Everything came out awesome! I would LOVE to remodel a bit, but H's parents own the place and they like the old, outdated things so we're stuck with them. So instead I'm making projects out of furniture, wall hangings, and other decorating since it's stuff I can do.

    I want to work on the outside of the house once it's warmer:

    FIL is obsessed with the old awnings on the windows. I want to BURN THEM!
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  • Km that is amazing stuff! If only we had a house. Oh well. Dee I can't decide if I hare the awnings or love them because they are so horrible. We have not moved in two years and I am itching for a change. Because we haven't moved we have not purged any clutter we've accumulated. The big project is reorganizing both bedrooms and closets. Also making them look different. I want a more polished look in each of the rooms.
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  • We just fixed up/babyproofed our living room and kitchen. We are renting so my only DIY projects involve jewelry and greeting cards. I'm fine with that.
  • Thanks!

    dee - Yeah, definately not a fan of those awnings!  Haha.  I sense a big wind storm knocking those down this spring.  :)

    And since it's their house, I think it's a great idea to add your own DIY touches with accessories.  It will make a big difference on the look.  Are you on pinterest.. there is TONS of inspiration on there! 
  • We don't have a house yet. We can't even think about it until H finds a career in his field (money and not knowing where we'll settle being the main factors against us). I can't wait until we do, though!

    Kmgrecco, what an amazing transformation your house has been through! You guys have done a great job! (On a side note, I noticed you went to Ball State. H and I both went and met there. :) )

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  • We're renting from my aunt right now (can't beat the rent!). So, until we buy a house, the only DIY stuff I'm thinking of doing is making some no-sew curtains for the living room. I hate the ones we have now and can't find anything in the store that I like. I guess it's off to the fabric store for me...
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  • After writing out our list yesterday, we added to it today. We're going to be doing a decent amount of remodeling in our kitchen, including tearing down the wall that connects to our dining room and creating a breakfast bar. I was feeling inspired today. :)  My blog shows two of the room updates we've done so far. But actually, since I blogged, I've changed more stuff even in those two rooms. So I should probably get some updated pictures again!

    The next room that I'm going to post pics of will be my office, followed by our master bedroom. I just need to get some artwork up in our bedroom before I take any pics. It's so boring right now.
  • kmgreccokmgrecco member
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    edited January 2012
    lissy - Love the transformation pics of the bathroom and living room.  You've done a great job!!
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-club-boards_october-2011-weddings_diy-ing-around-house?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20Club%20BoardsForum:650Discussion:6ed2cf2d-b39c-4bf2-9488-83b9f077a850Post:a0868727-538f-4ce3-a816-2986c2689a23">Re: DIY-ing around your house</a>:
    [QUOTE]lissy - Love the transformation pics of the bathroom and living room.  You've done a great job!!
    Posted by kmgrecco[/QUOTE]

    Thanks! The pics of your house transformations are inspiring! Hopefully we'll have some of our own soon from our kitchen renovations.
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    [QUOTE]We don't have a house yet. We can't even think about it until H finds a career in his field (money and not knowing where we'll settle being the main factors against us). I can't wait until we do, though! Kmgrecco, what an amazing transformation your house has been through! You guys have done a great job! (On a side note,<strong> I noticed you went to Ball State. H and I both went and met there.</strong> :) )
    Posted by camichael84[/QUOTE]

    Ha, that's funny!  What year did you graduate?  I met H there too, although he wasn't a student there, but we met through friends.  :)
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: DIY-ing around your house : Ha, that's funny!  What year did you graduate?  I met H there too, although he wasn't a student there, but we met through friends.  :)
    Posted by kmgrecco[/QUOTE]

    I actually didn't graduate. I was there off and on from 2002-2006. Couldn't figure out what I wanted to do (just knew I didn't want to teach, which was my major), so I never finished.

    H graduated in 2010.

    We met through friends, too. My little brother, to be exact (who also went to BSU). H and he lived in the dorms together.

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: DIY-ing around your house : I actually didn't graduate. I was there off and on from 2002-2006. Couldn't figure out what I wanted to do (just knew I didn't want to teach, which was my major), so I never finished. H graduated in 2010. We met through friends, too. My little brother, to be exact (who also went to BSU). H and he lived in the dorms together.
    Posted by camichael84[/QUOTE]

    Actually.. I was a nursing major for three years (04-07), then dropped that major, moved home and finished up a general studies degree online, basically so I could graduate in time and be done!  Kinda bummed because I have so many student loans, and my degree doesn't have anything to do with my job now (I guess a general studies doesn't apply to much though.. haha).  Oh well!
  • KM, your makeover looks fabulous. Can I ask what you used to paint your counter? I'm thinking of doing that in our master bathroom to give it an updated look without the price tag.

    I'm also trying to think of something to do in our living room. I want to create a focal wall. Thinking of doing something like this, with a similar daybed from Pottery Barn and putting book shelves on either side of it. I like the rustic, earthy look of the horizontal reclaimed paneling on the walls.
  • kmart-

    Here was my inspiration from pinterest.  clicky

    I found the same exact primer she used at lowes, can't remember the price.  But I'm sure any primer would work.  I got it tinted a light cream color.

    I got the sea sponges (bought one bag and cut most of them in half) and little paint bottles (like $1 each) at a craft store.

    Then I bought the polycrilic at lowes.  They have many different finishes, I think I went with a semi gloss or high gloss.  I put about three coats of the polycrilic on.  I may have been more picky about the type and number of coats if it was in a kitchen, but with it just being in a bedroom I wasn't too concerned.

    My mom and I worked on the sponge painting one day.  I didn't put the finish on it until the next day (to make sure it was completely dry, and to make sure I was happy with it).  I'm glad we waited because I decided to add some more paint textures/colors.  You can't mess it up, and it's so easy and cheap!
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    [QUOTE]kmart- Here was my inspiration from pinterest.  clicky I found the same exact primer she used at lowes, can't remember the price.  But I'm sure any primer would work.  I got it tinted a light cream color. I got the sea sponges (bought one bag and cut most of them in half) and little paint bottles (like $1 each) at a craft store. Then I bought the polycrilic at lowes.  They have many different finishes, I think I went with a semi gloss or high gloss.  I put about three coats of the polycrilic on.  I may have been more picky about the type and number of coats if it was in a kitchen, but with it just being in a bedroom I wasn't too concerned. My mom and I worked on the sponge painting one day.  I didn't put the finish on it until the next day (to make sure it was completely dry, and to make sure I was happy with it).  I'm glad we waited because I decided to add some more paint textures/colors.  You can't mess it up, and it's so easy and cheap!
    Posted by kmgrecco[/QUOTE]

    That's crazy. I would never have guessed that was sponge painted. I saw some faux granite paint on a blog elsewhere, so I was curious if you had done the same process. Thanks for sharing!
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