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Small Changes, Big Difference

  Where do I start? Oh, we are selling the house. Bummer I know. But with employment in my husbands field not so great here, there is no point trying to stay. We also have no family here as well as a few friends we never see anymore. Guess that means its time to go home. Or at least west.  As a native Southern California girl, I love the idea of my west coast calling. I love the idea of no monster thunderstorms threatening to destroy my life LOL! I miss desert sunsets, dry heat and the pacific ocean! The east may have the country’s green, the trees and so on, but it hasn’t really felt like home to me. So as I fix up my house for the next owners there is a bit of sorrow, but excitement as well.

That leads us to small things in the house that needed a bit of love. The bathroom in the hallway just for starters. While it didn’t look awful, it wasn’t all too nice either. It needed a few finishing touches. Mirror frame, fancys and such.

Here are a few pictures to show you what I am talking about.

This is what it was when we bought it.

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Yep, Vinyl Wall Board. Luckly with a serious scrubbing, and oil based priming, you can paint this stuff.

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This is what it looked like a few months ago when we prepped it for sale in late October. We painted the vanity and wallboard. Replaced the countertop and faucet. Then added the knobs that match the kitchen set. We also replaced the old vinyl flooring with new.

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Not too bad. But this time around I want to get out of here fast, and with a good offer. So I took some 1×6, paint, adhesive and staples and made my own frame. I also took a trip to ross and replaced the shower curtain with a white and aqua one that matches the bathroom perfectly. I also scored the rug for 3$. Because it is white I keep it put up unless I have a showing. Keep it safe from my monsters.

For about 30$ This is what I ended up with. Not bad for a days worth of work.

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Not to shabby

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Well, there you have it. Now go buy my house!

Updated The Formal

As of 1-1013 This is the most current layout of the formal living/dinning rooms. I had moved the mantel off the back wall and back onto the fireplace leaving a large open wall with no interest. So I pushed the hutch on over and instantly opened up the room. Someday I do hope to have French doors on said wall opening to the finished garage that will be my office/guest room/you name it room. But here are a few new pictures. Note the much better image quality! No more camera pictures! Thanks husband!

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  Well, there it is, a bit moved about. I like it better this way. I wonder how much better I will like it if I ever get French doors put in, and that back office area finished!

A Quick Change

   After many a trips onto pinterest, I started seeing (or at least noticing) how charming dark interior doors look. It makes sense too. How many hands are on them a day? Why paint them white when you will have to wash them all the time? If you have kids or dogs, you smell what I am stepping in right? So I decided to give it a shot, What is the worst that can happen? Nothing, that’s what. I did this only on my front and back door. I am still debating on painting the bedroom, bathroom and closet doors black. That is a lot of black, and if it don’t look right, that is a lot of primer and paint to ‘fix.’ So here is my door, I like it. The first few days, my husband and I jumped when we would walk past it. It seemed like the door was open all the time. (Startling at night, when you are in your undies!)

Before

Not bad, just a looks like a door.

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After

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 This is super easy, and can be done in a day.  Here is a quick breakdown of how to.

1. Wash the door! It gets nasty! Used a magic eraser, it will even help sand the paint that is already on the door. Then take a clean damp rag and wipe the door down.

2. Lightly sand the door, shiny paint wont hold a new coat! It takes five minutes!

3. Remove Hardware!!!

4. Prime (If the door is already been painted, and is lighter than the new color, you don’t need to do this!)

5. Paint the parts of the door that dip in. Then move to the flat surfaces. You may need to use a foam roller if you don’t like brush strokes. I don’t mind them on a door. I think it gives a bit of character, so I used a brush. But I kept them flowing in the same direction, and don’t have start/stop lines all over the place.

6. Lightly sand with fine sandpaper in between each coat when they dry. When you are using a glossy paint, it will dry with a shine. You need to knock that down and ‘open’ the dry coat up so it grips the new coat. This also helps with any oops you may have.

Let dry for a few hours and gently put your hardware back on. That’s it, Easy as pie.

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Hopefully I can replace the awkwardly placed hanging overly polished smoked glass with etched flowers glass hanging tribute to the 1970’s into a nice centered flush mount light.

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Well, there you have it…

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