Progress This Week 12.12.14

December has been crazy! I know it is every year and I always think I am going to be prepared for it, particularly this year, but so far things have been crazier than ever, which is fine, we just haven’t gotten as much done on the house as we would have liked. BUT progress is progress, here is what we have done:

The main area of the basement is completely painted. We painted over the dark wood trim, wood paneling and painted the walls Sedate Gray by S-W and wow, it’s made a huge difference.

Here is the before:

downstairs before

And the after:

Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams

These photos are not the best , but it gives you an idea of where we came from. Sedate Gray is an awesome color, I love it and am so happy with how it turned out. It was one that I didn’t even sample, just ordered a couple of gallons. Scary huh?! It’s one of Sherwin-Williams 2015 colors that was recommended and I’ve seen it in some other homes that I loved so I wasn’t too worried about it. We painted the trim and paneling White Dove by Benjamin Moore.


downstairs paint

The dark trim is almost done – not fun to paint but I am in love with the results.

And the kitchen?

kitchen remodel

I think the priming is almost done! I had to do a TON of sanding, we had a little problem with our paint sprayer but I’m hoping to make some good progress on them now and start painting  tomorrow.

kitchen cabinets progress

Today, I’m picking up more paint samples and tomorrow we are going to start on the upstairs and the bedrooms.Hope you have a fun-filled weekend! See you next week!

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How We Removed Our Popcorn Ceilings and Added Texture

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am going to update you on some progress we have made on our home and show you how how we removed our popcorn ceilings and textured them.

How to remove popcorn ceilings and add texture

Before I begin, can I just tell you that removing our popcorn ceilings has made a huge difference in the feel of our home. Before we removed them, the rooms just seemed dark and closed in, but after we got them down the rooms felt bigger, brighter and definitely not so seventyish. Was it time consuming? Yes. Was it messy? Yes.  But if you do it yourselves it’s very cheap and it’s a great way to update your home and add value to it.

Supplies you will need:

*Sprayer. We used our Homeright Paint Sprayer and just added warm water to it. Worked like a charm. But if you don’t have a paint sprayer I have seen others use a lawn and garden sprayer.

*Ceiling Texture Scraper – if we were to do it over again we probably would have tried this out, but instead we just bought a drywall repair kit at Wal-mart and scraped the popcorn into the container.

*Respirator Mask


*Ladder (depending on the height of your ceiling)

*Drop cloths (for any area you don’t want popcorn on, because it will be everywhere)

Prep work:

Before you begin you will want to buy an asbestos test kit, scrape off a small sample of your ceiling and send it to your nearest Asbestos Testing Laboratory. A lot of popcorn ceilings contain small traces of asbestos so it’s good to get it checked to see if it’s safe to remove. The results come back very quickly and then you will have the peace of mind knowing that it won’t harm you or your family when you remove the popcorn ceiling.

*When you are ready to begin, lay out your drop cloths, (we are replacing our carpet so we just let it fall) fill your sprayer with warm water and spray about a 5 foot x 5 foot section on your ceiling. The wetter you get the ceiling, the easier the popcorn will scrape off. Just be careful not to soak the drywall underneath.

*Once you have sprayed the ceiling let it sit for about 10 minutes to let it soak into the popcorn.

popcorn ceilings

*Get your mask and your goggles on, and start scraping. (This is my awesome husband doing this, I was the proud photographer. I’ll just say I did a small section and it takes some muscles. He was much more efficient at it than I was.)

scraping popcorn ceilings

scraping popcorn ceilings

You can see the drywall underneath here, it got a little wet and I was worried about it getting ruined but it dried quickly and looked fine after a few minutes. We live in a pretty dry climate, so those with humidity may want to have fans going to make sure it dries completely to rule out the mold factor.

 Soo, after a slow week of coming to the house in the evenings and the weekends, we finally got the popcorn ceilings off. Whew! Now for the texture!

 After doing a little research, we decided to do what’s called “knock down texture”. We liked the way it looked and it didn’t seem too hard to do it yourself.

knockdown ceiling texture

How to apply knockdown texture:


- All-purpose joint compound

- Ceiling Hawk

-Drywall Joint Knife

-5 gallon bucket

-Spiral Mud Mixer Attachment for Drill

 To begin, take your 5 gallon bucket, add desired amount of joint compound and mix in water until your compound looks like lumpy pancake batter. (Mix with the spiral mud drill attachment) Once you have it to the right consistency, scoop out some compound with your joint knife and put it on your hawk.

joint compound

ceiling hawk

Ceiling Hawk

ceiling hawk

We covered ours with a plastic bag to make clean up easy.

knockdown ceiling texture

Once you have the compound on the hawk, bring it straight up to the ceiling and start dabbing the mud.

knockdown ceiling texture

Do it evenly over a small section until there are little peaks forming from your ceiling.

knockdown texture for ceiling

Now take your drywall knife and smooth those peaks out, or knock them down, hence the name of the texture.

knockdown texture for ceiling

knockdown texture for ceiling

Another picture of the texture before using the knife.

knockdown texture for ceiling

And here it is smoothed out.

That my friends is how you texture a ceiling. It’s really not too hard, just time consuming. After we finished texturing, we painted the ceilings white and they look brand new, because I guess they are. Smile I am soo glad this project is done.

living room after ceiling

Now we are painting the walls (yay! – can’t wait to show them to you) taking off baseboards, still priming the cabinets (we had a little problem with our paint sprayer so I basically had to sand them all down again), and trying to figure out what to do with our stairs – the railings are super ugly. Slowly but surely things are coming along though.

 Have you ever removed a popcorn ceiling, or textured? Any other tips or advice? I will be back next week with more paint colors and more pictures of our progress. Thanks so much for following along and have a great weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope this holiday finds all of you well with many blessings to be thankful for. I am so grateful to you for being part of this blog and for following me along these past 3 years. I sincerely hope that you have a day filled with love, family, friends and lots of yummy food. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Progress This Week 11.21.14

Happy Friday … again! Where did this week go?! Between sick kids, doctors appointments and LIFE – here is our progress.

1. My husband finished texturing all of the ceilings. I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in each room. Our home feels brighter and more spacious, not to mention much more appealing to the eye.

texturing ceilings

I will post a before and after next week!

Right now we are painting the ceilings using Eminence by Sherwin-Williams, and I have been super happy about the coverage and quality. For the most part we have been able to cover everything in one coat. Yay! I didn’t have it tinted, I’m just using the color that’s in the can (Bright White) and as I said earlier, it has lightened and brightened everything up in our home. I love it and would highly recommend it.

 2. I spent most of my time in the kitchen again filling in the holes to the cabinets, sanding the wood filler and taking down awful wallpaper that was seriously super-glued on.

taking down wallpaper

I started off using a steamer on this main wall…

how to remove wallpaper

And after 3+ hours, this was how far I got. It was pretty frustrating, so I tried fabric softener and warm water mixed together, sprayed it on the walls, let it sit for a few minutes and then used the steamer again. That worked soo much better and I was able to get the rest off in a little over an hour.

kitchen progress

Just for fun, here’s a picture of our beautiful kitchen. Have I told you how glad I am that we don’t have to live in this right now?! I need to do some serious cleaning so I can start priming the cabinets. Man it’s been a slow process, but I’m hoping to be done with the kitchen before Christmas?? Let’s hope!

3. We also picked out our flooring, appliances and paint colors for our playroom. Have you seen the 2015 Color Forecast from Sherwin-Williams? I am picking up their color of their year, Coral Reef, along with some other colors from their 2015 line from my store today and I can’t wait to try it out in our playroom. It’s such a fun, happy color.

 That is it for this week! Do you have any major projects you are trying to get done this weekend before Thanksgiving, or maybe for Christmas? If you do I wish you the best of luck! More paint colors and hopefully more progress next week. Have a great Friday!

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Our Progress This Week 11.14.14

Remodeling is a SLOW process when you’re DIYing it. I have thought on a number occasions, what did we get ourselves into?! But when I look at what we have accomplished over the past week, it makes me feel a little better. We still are not living in our house, which I am so grateful for because we can work on a project and just leave but that means we only spend a few hours during the week in the evenings, and then we devote our Saturdays to being at the house. It’s still a little overwhelming to think of all we need to do, but my Mom reminds me by the yard it’s hard, and by the inch it’s a cinch. Smile I have repeated that to myself many times. So what have we accomplished?

Our biggest project that we have completed so far is our popcorn ceilings. They were everywhere and soo messy. I will show you how we did it in another post, but here is a picture of my husband scraping them off, it was a huge job and pretty physically demanding, but they are finally off!

Popcorn ceilings

Now he is in the process of texturing the ceilings which I hope we can finish tomorrow. Then we get to paint them and move on to more “fun” projects.

My focus has been the kitchen. I have all of the cabinets sanded (with a little help) and now I am filling in the holes with wood putty, and will hopefully finish that today and then move on to priming them tomorrow.

Sanding kitchen cabinets

Another major accomplishment? I have decided on a paint color for our kitchen! Wahoo! I went a little crazy at the Sherwin-Williams sale and bought 16 samples of some of my favorite neutrals.  It’s so much fun to see them on your wall and compare them to each other. Here are the colors I sampled, complete with my mental notes.

Kitchen paint color options {neutrals}

1. Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore – love this color, but it’s a little too light. I might use it somewhere else.

2. Sandstone by Behr – also too light, and I want a little more gray

3. Wheat Bread by Behr – Red heart

4. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore – Red heart

5. Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore –  more blue than I want.

6. Ashen Tan by BM – red undertones

7. Accessible Beige by SW – Red heart

8. Senora Gray by BM –  green undertones and a little too cool.

9. Ocean Pearl by Behr– too green.

10 Castle Path by Behr- Red heart

11. Bar Harbor Beige by BM – too much gold.

12. Collonade Gray by Sherwin-Williams – not warm enough.

13. Amazing Gray by Sherwin-Williams – Red heart

14. Sea Salt by SW (a little too light and blue for the kitchen. A possibility for the dining room.)

15. Comfort Gray by SW – Red heart 

16. Vapor Trails by BM ( Red heart my favorite bluish gray)

I had a hard time deciding because I have seen so many of these colors in your home and have just loved them, and I know that any of these colors would look good, but I wanted something that was warmer, would pop against my white cabinets, and not have any weird undertones. After looking at them over the course of the day I decided on….. (drumroll please)

#10 – Castle Path by Behr

It’s a perfect balance of gray and beige and it is dark enough to contrast well with my cabinets, but not too light that it gets washed out. Right now we have some lovely raspberry wallpaper that needs to be taken off first and I want to finish painting our cabinets, so it’s going to be a little while before I get to paint our walls, but I can’t wait to see it in the whole room.

That’s our progress for now,  I will continue to give you more updates along with more paint colors. Thanks so much for sticking with me in this journey and have a great weekend!

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