Bedroom before and after at the flip house

Hello friends! Over the past week and a half, I have been working overtime at the flip house, which means the poor blog has taken a back seat. But today I’m here¬†to share with you a bedroom before and after. This room at the flip house – especially the carpet – used to be a total nightmare. Now it makes me smile every time I look at it.

I chose to stage the space as an office because it is the gateway to the upstairs master suite. And I also took the after pictures before I rehung the doors in the room, so keep that in mind. ūüėČ

Let’s take a peek at the before, shall we?

Bedroom-2-before

Below is a snapshot of this desperate DIYer on the night I hauled out all the 60s-style carpeting in this room by myself. I admit, it was an endeavor I would be happy to never repeat again. The dust alone nearly killed me because, well, how much dust can a carpet accumulate since 1960? A lot, people. A whole lot.

Me-ripping-out-carpet

The main work I did to renovate this room – besides replacing the flooring – involved texturing the walls and ceiling; rebuilding the interior of the closet; painting the walls, ceiling and trim; and decorating.

I chose this smooth, roll-on texture*¬†for the walls and ceiling to even out any imperfections in the plaster. I love this product! There are different types of roll-on texture you can buy. I prefer¬†the smooth finish because I’m not a fan of heavy texture, just a subtle effect.

Textured-wall

For the wall color, I chose Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray. I had the color mixed up in the Valspar Signature paint (eggshell finish) line from Lowe’s. It’s more affordable at $32 a gallon, yet I find it gives a really¬†professional-grade finish.

I painted the ceiling white and added an inexpensive 50s-style fixture to match the period of the home.

50s-style-ceiling-light

After texturing, painting, cleaning, replacing the light, outlets and switches, and having new carpet installed, I was ready to add the finishing touches to this room.

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Comfort-Gray-bedroom-2

My budget – as always – was extremely tight, so I stuck with no and low-cost furniture and decor options.

I found a cherry table for under $10 at a thrift store awhile back. When I bought it, I wasn’t ready to refinish¬†it yet, so it went to¬†the basement.

Desk-before

This table looks so good now in the flip house I’m relunctant to let it go with the house. The coolest part about this project is that it was super easy – and quick.¬†All told, it took about two hours of work total. Seriously.

Step 1: I used a scrub pad and some Rust-Oleum¬ģ deglosser to “rough up” the surface. The deglosser I used was left over from a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit I had on hand after my bathroom vanity makeover. I’ll be using the rest of this kit to transform the cabinets at the flip house. Stay tuned for that project coming soon.

Rust-Oleum-deglosser

Step 2: I thinned with water (by about 15 percent) a bit of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray and loaded it into my paint sprayer. I sprayed on a coat of paint and let it dry. This process took about 15 minutes total. A paint sprayer certainly makes light work of furniture and cabinet painting. (I use the HomeRight¬ģ Finish Max.)¬†After about an hour,¬†I applied a second coat of Aged Gray with the sprayer.

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Step 3: I applied a coat of wax to the piece to seal the paint.

Step 4: I used some elbow grease and a soft cloth to rub off some paint in select areas, giving the piece a custom, aged patina.

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Chalked-paint-closeup Rust-Oleum-Chalked-paint-closeup

I am so pleased with how this desk – and the room – has come along. As far as the rest of the decor in the space, I stole from my house and the basement to complete the look. No money spent there.

I also used leftover door casing from the front door we replaced and some leftover spindles from the front porch build to build a fun ladder for storing blankets.

Old-door-frame-ladder

I love repurposing pieces of the old house into the projects I do. It preserves the history Рand memory Рof the home.

What do you think of the transformation?

Bedroom-before-and-after

If you would give this makeover a thumbs up, I would love it if you would hop over to the Rust-Oleum Creator’s Studio¬†and vote for my desk to win the Thrift Store Challenge. Thanks in advance for your vote! ūüôā¬†You can vote¬†HERE.

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Front door hardware and porch ‘jewelry’ at the flip house

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share with you some of the details on the new door and front porch at the flip house.

If you recall, last week I shared the before and after of the new, red front door.

Door-before

And after:

New-front-door

Modern-Masters-Sophisticated-red-door

I used Modern Masters¬ģ Front Door Paint in the Sophisticated color.

For the hardware, I chose the¬†Schlage Connect‚ĄĘ with¬†handleset and¬†accent lever.

Schlage-install

This is the exact set I installed on the front door at my primary home. I cannot say enough good things about this hardware. I love, love, love it!

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If I ever move, the first thing I’m installing at my new home is one of these handlesets. The touchscreen feature is so convenient and it doesn’t interfere with the beautiful aesthetics of the hardware. For step-by-step instructions on¬†how to install this set, check out this post.

Along with¬†the Schlage hardware, I installed this 1950s knocker to the door for more “bling” and to¬†add¬†a special feature¬†true to the period of the home. I purchased this on eBay for $11.

50s-door-knockerI gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum¬ģ flat black primer, then a coat of oil-rubbed bronze metallic spray paint, to¬†match the hardware.

Rust-Oleum-primer Rust-Oleum-black-primer

Here’s the final result of that quick project:

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Schlage-red-front-door Schlage-red-door

I added some accessories to the porch as well, to give it a more upscale feel and tie all the colors together. I painted an old planter with the same Rust-Oleum ORB spray paint I used for the knocker, then added some faux greenery from Hobby Lobby.

Urn-planter Planter-with-faux-greenery

The rug is from Ross. I think I paid $12 for it.

I found an adorable plaid, wool blanket at a thrift store that had all the right colors in the porch palette.

Plaid-wool-blanket-and-pillow

I bought¬†the pillow for $7 at Gabes. I gave it a good coat of Rust-Oleum NeverWet¬ģ to weatherproof it.

NeverWetI used my paint sprayer to give new life to an old porch swing left at the property. I chose a water-based solid stain in a mahogany color.

Brown-Porch-swing

What do you think of the porch “jewelry?”

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Special thanks to Schlage for providing, at my request, the handleset for this door, and to Rust-Oleum for providing the spray paint and NeverWet. As always, all opinions and projects are 100 percent mine.  

DIY beadboard shaker peg coat rack

I am thrilled to report I am done with my beadboard shaker peg coat rack! I am so proud of this project because I did it all.by.myself without asking anyone for advice or help. AND I used scrap lumber for most of the build. Plus I learned how to use a new saw. Yesss! 

Beadboard-shaker-peg-coat-rack

This two-tiered coat rack is super functional for our family because it has¬†a lower rack that is within reach of the kids, an upper rack for adults, and tons of pegs for all our coats. Plus it’s located in our garage right where we enter our home, which is really convenient.

CU-shaker-peg-coat-rack

Below are step-by-step instructions for how to build your own two-tiered beadboard shaker peg coat rack.

Step 1: Start by adding a swath of beadboard wallpaper on the wall that is the width and height of your project. (Tip: Be sure to place your wallpaper so the framing boards will overlap the edges slightly, preventing the seams from showing.)

Beadboard-wallpaper

Step 2: Install two shaker peg coat racks over the wallpaper Рa higher one for adults and a lower one for the kids. I ordered mine very inexpensively from this Etsy shop. (Tip: Be sure to screw your racks into studs, so they will support the weight of a lot of coats.)

Step 3: Attach boards on the left and right sides of the coat racks. Attach a bottom board to serve as the baseboard. I used leftover 1×3-inch pine boards for this, screwing them into wall studs. (Tip: A counter-sink drill bit pushes screws slightly below the surface of the wood, allowing for easy coverage with filler¬†and paint.)

Garage-pegboard-coat-rack

Step 4: Rip a piece of scrap plywood for¬†both the top shelf and the board above the top coat rack. I used my new favorite tool to do this, the¬†Ryobi¬ģ 10-inch portable table saw.¬†I’m happy to report no fingers were lost in the process. ūüôā

Using-Ryobi-table-saw

Step 5: Make your own shelf brackets out of the remainder of the plywood. I cut mine out on my¬†miter saw. I attached the¬†brackets using screws, but there is probably a better way. ūüėČ

Plywood-corbel

Step 6: Use a brad nailer to attach a piece of window/door casing below the top shelf and to attach the top shelf to the brackets and back board.

Step 7: To hide the unsightly, raw edges of the plywood (and the screws in the shelf brackets), iron on a strip of birch veneer.

Iron-on-birch-veneer

Birch-veneer-over-plywood

Step 8: Sand the rough spots, caulk the holes, and prime and paint.

I used my favorite Purdy¬ģ brushes* to prime and paint all the raw wood, paying particular attention to the knots. Pine knots can bleed through paint, so be sure to prime these areas very well before painting.

Purdy-paintbrushes

(Tip: A quality paint brush can make ALL THE DIFFERENCE when cutting in around edges, helping paint glide on smoothly and providing a straighter line.)

After priming and painting the boards, I taped off the whole project and spray painted it the same color as our window and door trim. I used my beloved HomeRight¬ģ Finish Max sprayer¬†to do this. Enter to win your own here.

Taping-off-for-sprayer

HomeRight-FinishMax

Done! A flawless paint finish on my new coat rack.

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Beadboard-peg-coat-rack

What do you think of the results?

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Special thanks to Ryobi and Purdy for providing, at my request, the table saw and paint brushes needed to complete this project.