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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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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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Thrifty DIY desk and hutch + HomeRight giveaway

Working from home has been a blessing in so many ways. But it also comes with its share of¬†challenges. One I’ve run into is finding a work space that fits my needs and is clearly defined (i.e. the kids and mister¬†aren’t taking it over).

Up until yesterday, my tiny work space looked like this (on a really good day). ūüėČ

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I needed a bit more room to spread out all my stuff! Fortunately, the latest¬†challenge from HomeRight¬ģ gave me the creative kick in the pants I needed to brainstorm a¬†solution for more office furniture. As a HomeRight ambassador, I get the privilege of using their amazing tools every month to¬†clean, organize and renovate my home. Yay!

October’s challenge was to use these¬†ClosetMaid¬ģ Espresso Laminate Storage Cubes from Lowe’s and transform them using the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer* and other materials from Lowe’s.

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Yes, my beloved Finish Max sprayer is now available at select Lowe’s! (Plus you can enter to win one at the end of this post.)

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My goal was to paint the storage cubes to match my current desk (black), then attach them to the top of an old desk I purchased a few years ago at an auction for $15 (below). Of course, that meant I would also have to sand and paint the auction desk black, too.

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After giving the desk and cubes a light sanding, I primed them both using my favorite black spray primer.

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I will mention that, for superior durability on the cubes, I would recommend using this Bullseye 1-2-3 primer.

After priming, I used a brad nailer to¬†attach molding along the “top” side of the cubes. I primed the molding afterward. (You could attach the molding first, then prime everything at once, if you weren’t in a rush and forgetful, like me.) ūüėČ

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Next, I loaded my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer with Valspar¬ģ Chalky Finish Paint in Boot Black, thinning the paint to the proper consistency for optimum performance in the sprayer.

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When it comes to getting a flawless paint finish on furniture, I have not found any other tool that does a more impressive job than the HomeRight Finish Max.

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After the paint dried, I sprayed on a coat of polyurethane to seal everything.

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Then I added my new “hutch” to the top of the desk. Done!

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What do you think of my new, thrifty office space? I hope you’ll consider voting for it as your favorite! Click here or on the graphic below to vote.

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Of course, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER BELOW TO WIN YOUR OWN HOMERIGHT FINISH MAX SPRAYER!

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Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are 100 percent my own.  

Dumpster-rescued chair redo and a different way to strip varnish

A few years ago, my dad rescued some office chairs from a dumpster. This solid wood beauty was one of them:

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OK, so maybe “beauty” wouldn’t be the best way to describe it, but it definitely had potential.

This chair sat in our basement for a couple of¬†years, also serving as my stepladder for painting projects. So it definitely got¬†some added¬†wear and tear from that. ūüėČ

Last week, I finally got around to refinishing it. My goal was to paint it to look like the metal chairs that are so popular right now in home decor catalogs, such as this set from Ballard Designs:

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Below is a short video highlighting the technique I used to create a similar¬†metallic finish, along with details on how to strip off old, stubborn varnish and paint¬†using the¬†HomeRight¬ģ Digital Temperature Heat Gun.

The paint I used for this project was a¬†combination of Warm Silver, Smoke, Pewter and Black Pearl from the¬†Modern Masters¬ģ¬†Metallic Paint Collection. (I applied Warm Silver first, then a combo of all of them for the final two coats, mixed together to achieve my desired finish.) I used the least amount of Smoke, so you could probably forego that color¬†if necessary.

After a few short hours of work, I now have a modern-looking, high-quality furniture piece I can use in a variety of ways around our house.

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What do you think of the finished product?

Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post, and to Modern Masters for providing the paint needed to complete this project. As always, all opinions Рand sweat equity Рare 100 percent mine.