A Room With Soul Redo

So I have lived in my house for almost 7 years. It is nothing fancy, actually very simple but I LOVE my home. Built in 1972 Ranch Style. 2000 Square Feet. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. On .25 acre that has a huge and most beautiful backyard in the summer ever! I have worked hard through the years little by little to paint walls, create a flourishing garden (it was not loved previous to us) and add little touches here and there but for the most part the house was totally new when we moved in creating a little haven for family, friends and myself. I also loved it when I shocked my neighbors with my very VIBRANT green front door. Recently an elderly neighbor told me my house was “interesting”. Hmmmm. I wonder what that means. lol.

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BUT 6 years later and I had the nastiest upstairs living room carpet ever. The Flippers installed super cheap carpet….after we had made an offer of the house...and through the years it has shown it’s wear through kids and pets and normal wear and tear. I detested it but have never had a love for hardwood floors, they look ok but don’t seem warm to me for winter and noisy but knowing we have plans to eventually tear out a wall into the kitchen I didn’t really want to invest in new flooring…but again, the carpet HAD to go right now!!

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In April I got a very bright idea that would be pretty inexpensive that I could do by myself!! What if I tore out the carpet and painted to subfloor I thought to myself?? Would this be weird?? Does anybody do this? I told my husband who immediately shot that idea down but I was not going to give up this idea.

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So I jumped on the web and to my SURPRISE I did not invent this brilliant idea. TONS of other people are doing it and they look fabulous! I scoured over so many blogs who shared the process, along with fancy designs they also painted and I go so excited!! In the meantime my husband did his own investigation to see if I really was nuts too and saw that I was not crazy! So together we agreed.

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I made a plan in advance so I could take a few days off from my coaching business and to make sure I didn’t have any art or life commitments, the cool thing of being an entrepreneur.  I also found that I could get a giant dumpster from my city delivered in my driveway for 2 days…for FREE….so I got it all scheduled for Memorial Weekend so I could throw out the carpet and clean out my garage.

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Allow me to be straight up honest with you (I am a truth teller and none of the other blogs I saw said a word about this).

This project  was challenging, I cried, a lot, it was the most physically exerting thing I had done in a long time and I ALMOST gave up !!

A lot of F Bombs and did mention a lot of tears were shed. I learned a few lessons so I want to share them as well.

ENJOY!

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The BEFORE. 

We have a fireplace that is totally in the way. We have never used it and I have always wanted to demolish it and wall off so I could have the wasted space for living space. I even tried to hide it behind my couch. The Living Room is cozy and sweet but has been a challenge to arrange with my bulky furniture I’m not willing to part with.

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Let’s just note|| I did this ALL by myself! Not a stitch of help.

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1st, I cranked up my 80’s music and filled my water mug. Then off I went to paint my tan walls a lovely blue. We chose to keep the yummy orange wall. You will see the photos at the end. THEN I trimmed out the floorboard in a rich brown. Mistake. Should have waited to paint the floor boards when I was done.

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The next day was carpet! I began by cutting smaller sections of carpet and padding to pull out. This made it SO much easier to roll up and haul outside. When I pulled up the carpet I found that in the past they had glued down the padding leaving a mess I would need to rent a big sander to smooth out. 1st bummer.

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The padding was stapled down, by the millions, so I got to pull up every single staple. 2nd bummer.

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However, I used this way cool tool of hubbys that allowed me to pop up the tack strip with ease and I used the corner tip of it to remove the padding staples which ended up being pretty easy as I listened to tunes and just got busy.

Once I got all the carpet pulled it was time to pound down any nails, patch ALL of the little holes and all of the board seams. My subfloor was particle board so it was not as smooth of a finish like plywood or MDF would be. I opted for spackling paste. Mistake.

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I rented this massive sanding machine. THIS is what put me in tears. It was heavy, it was hard to maneuver and no one was home to help me do it, nor was anyone home to help me unload or load it back up to return within my 4 hour rental. It weighed about 250 POUNDS and I got to man handle this beast by myself! 

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Aside from that challenge I found that most of my spackling cracked when I sanded so once I got all the glue and a lot of the smoothing done with the Beast I had to re patch almost all of it again and ended up re sanding each spot with a hand sander. I opted for Wallboard Joint Compound. Mistake. It crumpled as well and was maddening!

I should have just used an actual heavy duty wood putty.

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It was heartbreaking because I wanted it to look smooth, professional and beautiful.

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At this time I had to just surrender and trust that it would all work out and that any imperfections would get to become “character”. I did the very best I could and worst case scenario, I would put rugs everywhere! As long as the carpet was gone I was going to be happy!

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Also, the sander ended up scratching all the chocolate brown painting I did to the floorboard so  I had to paint it all over again.

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The sanding also created DUST everywhere. Everything on my top level had dust on it, even in rooms I had the doors shut! Maddening again!

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Next step was vacuuming up and wiping down ALL the floor dust. Not a huge deal but not that fun of a job.

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And NOW the fun got to begin!! I worked with a paint gal at Home Depot to decide the perfect combo of primer and paint to use. We opted for a white KILZ primer and a BEHR Porch and Patio paint that already had an enamel built in so I didn’t need to put a glaze on top saving a huge step!

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I did the primer around the floorboards 1st using that really handy red tool for cutting, one of my favorite things for painting! The wood soaked up a lot so I was very glad I used a primer 1st. It was a nice day so my doors and windows were open as well and it dried pretty fast. Next came the paint. LOVE LOVE LOVE the color combos.

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I did 2 coats with ease and guess what, to my surprise and delight you can hardly even notice the imperfections and it looks FABULOUS! The floor does have character and I at at pure peace about it.

AND VOILA! FINISHED 3 days later! 

My lovely room with a New Soul. 

Did a little rearranging, got new purple blankets to cover my couch cushions (dang dogs) .

Will be getting a new larger rug eventually, selling my huge entertainment center and custom building a corner unit too!

Need to finish painting the bottom of the fireplace purple, I’m going to embrace it. and decide what color to paint the doors.

For now I am DONE! 

It looks SO good, spacious and clean and I am so proud of myself and dare I say….

I would do it again.

BTW. My Husband LOVES LOVES LOVE it and has told me over and over how amazing I am! 


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