Rushing through the home repairs. #11: Dining room, almost check... Some shop time too!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-19-2013 01:59 AM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay so the dining room remodel is almost done. The walls and ceiling are painted. The new chandelier is on back order, so that will have to wait, and I need to finish the paint on the moldings tomorrow, but aside from that, the dining room can be referred to as DONE…

Steps done this weekend

Apply 2nd coat of paint to the 2 walls that already had the initial coat, apply 2 coats of paint to the remaining wall…

Let paint dry, mask off, sand any irregularities from, and paint trim along 2 of the walls, third wall trim remains to be done…
Apply second coat of paint to the 2 walls trim.

Replace outlet switches, and face plates with bright white decora units. Wall switches use illuminated switches. Yes I know they can cause flickering with CFL bulbs, the bulbs I have been using, and intend to keep using are Phillips globe type CFLs that are slow start, they do not flicker. Wish I could say the same about the ones in the laundry room!

Aside from the dining room work, I changed the oil in both the Saturn, and the truck. Mobil 1 High Mileage 5w30. I know my owners manual calls for 5w20, but Ford is NOT here in Texas…

Also spent a couple of hours cleaning up in the shop. It is still a disaster, just a much smaller disaster than it was before…

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 06:12 AM

Sounds like things are coming together. The last time we did anything ourselves like you are doing was 1985 when we moved into our present house. We didn’t move out of the old house until we had painted all the ceilings and moldings, and I filled in a partial wall in the kitchen so that we could have cabinets there. Then we had someone come in and install a new kitchen. Then we moved in. Sherie painted all the ceilings. The living room still has the paint she put on it and it looks like new.

Nowadays we let someone else do it. Just too busy now, and we have less energy.

Just painting the woodwork and the ceilings transformed the house. It is amazing what a little paint will do.

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 01:25 PM

Believe it or not. I find the painting itself to be pretty relaxing. It is the prep for painting that I find aggravating. Particularly sheet rock prep… Ick.

The tape came off last night, and there was some bleed. I am going to take a fine artists brush to those spots tonight, and see if I can’t finish the dining room up, then just sort of bum around for the rest of the night.

I did a LOT of pre-cooking for the week yesterday so we can just pop stuff in the microwave when we get home from work. Tonight should be a beef / chicken fajita night.

I haven’t rested well all weekend.So I am glad the food for dinner is already prepped. All we need to do is heat & eat, do a tiny bit of touchup work, move the dining room pieces to the other side of the dining room, mask, and lay down the first coat on the remaining trim…

I am anxious to start the walls in the living room. The front room, front hall, laundry, and living room / hallway wall are completely done. Things are coming together and it is looking sharp. I am anxious to see the rest of it done…

I do kind of wish that we were living elsewhere while we do the remodeling. Sure would make things easier!

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