The Great Craft Room Renovation – Part III

Hello again!   Well as anyone who follows my twitter feed will no doubt already be aware, we have made great strides in the renovation over the last week and especially this past weekend.

We left off last time having finished the first coat of primer.  Well, I won’t kid you, this took 3, THREE, coats of primer to cover all of the blue!   Here it was after two coats.

Craft Room 5  You would be amazed at just how much of the blue was still visible at this point.

Friday evening I completed the 3rd and final coat of primer as well as the first coat of primer on the baseboard.  Saturday I did the first coat of paint on the walls.  I decided to go with Decorators White, for two reasons.  1) it’s a nice clean, but warm white. 2) we already had a gallon and a bit left over from the hallway and I only needed to buy 1 more gallon.

Sunday morning, with the help of my DH I completed the 2nd and final coat of paint on the walls and the baseboard.  Now it was time for the floor!

I knew going in that this would be the most taxing part of the renovation, especially for my DH.  I was not wrong!

Craft Room 6

The first step was vacuuming the floor and scraping off any blobs of paint or drywall compound.  Next, we had to put down the underlayment.  This came in large sheets folded accordion style, which were rather cumbersome, albeit delicate.  So we decided to do half the floor at a time, since you mustn’t walk on the underlayment until you get the floor boards down.  Laminate flooring is supposed to be quick and easy, what a crock!  It’s a pain in the butt folks, you snap one section together and the other side comes out again, you fix the other side and the side you just snapped in comes apart.  My poor DH!

It took from 12:30 – 3 to get to the half-way point, despite my DH’s overall handiness!

Craft Room 7

So here we broke for a late lunch.

It took another couple of hours to finish the job which required some creative sawing on my DH’s part.  But we did it!

Craft Room 8

And as much as laminate flooring is a pain, it looks great!  I love the rough cottage look to the this flooring.

So the only construction tasks left to do are putting the baseboard back, adding some quarter round, touching up the paint and adding a clothes rail in the closet.  Then comes the trip to IKEA!


The Great Craft Room Renovation- Part II

We left off on March 3rd, having finished the first phase of patching the many holes and cracks in the walls of the craft room.

Thursday my DH and I sanded and touched up the drywall patches.  For this of course you really need to wear eye protection and a dust mask, which we did.  I wore a pair of my DH’s safety goggles, and unfortunately, because I was working so hard, the dang things kept fogging up!  It’s really hard to sand properly when you can’t see what you are doing!  It did get finished though.  We also took off the baseboard and found some mould behind the one under the north window.  From the crack in the drywall there, we could tell that a while ago they had some water damage there.  It was old though and thankfully there wasn’t very much mould and it cleaned up quickly.  We will have to get new baseboard for that one side.

Now the fun part, buying stuff!  I did create a budget and so far, because of some convenient sales, I have been pretty close to it.

Canadian Tire had these great plastic storage towers by Gracious Living on sale last week, so Friday night we went and picked up 4 of them.  Two with 5 deep drawers and 2 with 8 drawers (four deep, four shallow).  It’s amazing what you can get into the hatchback of a VW Rabbit!  So far these are still in the family room, but my yarn stash has now been organized by weight (light, worsted, bulky etc.) and that took TWO storage towers!

Saturday nothing got done, because we went to see the Lego Movie and then to my in-laws for dinner.  That was a GREAT movie!

Yesterday, after a visit to Wheelers Pancake House and Maple Museum, DH and I went to visit the good people at RONA, who were having a sale on laminate flooring.  So now I have my new floor for my craft room!  It’s a nice Oak look laminate.

After we people handled the 7 boxes of laminate flooring into the basement we set to work on the final sanding.  That didn’t take too long, and after that we vacuumed and dusted the walls and floor.  After that we set to work on the first coat of primer.  From the amount of blue still showing through, I can tell this is going to take at least 2 coats of primer and 2 of paint.

Craft Room 4

So that’s it for Phase 2.  Second coat of primer is phase 3, taking place tomorrow evening.