Sand Sand Sand Senora, Sanding All The Time

Sometimes you just have to throw a little Harry Belefonte out there. Especially when you’re doing a ton of sanding and the song keeps getting stuck in your head with “sand” instead of “shake” because you’re especially weird like that.

Weirdness accepted, we making more and more progress on the house and my arms are oh my God so ripped now—if by “ripped” I mean “weak and sore”.  With the bedrooms painted we needed to sand down the exposed beams before sealing them. We are keeping them au natural instead of gussying them up like so many people do (so many jokes to be had about keeping things au natural). Jokes aside since my grandma reads this, before we started sanding the beams were kind of dull and had a little mold on them, which happens (it’s no big deal, there are literally mold spores everywhere). Instead of painting them which would make it almost impossible to undo, we really wanted to sand them to a bright wood tone in order to bring out the grain.

Before we dry-walled, we sanded each beam on the ends but saved the rest of the sanding until we had finished painting. In order for you to see the before and after, I sanded the closest beam below and the others are all sanded on either end but un-sanded in the middle. See how much prettier the wood is where it’s sanded?

DSC_2381-01 DSC_2383-01Using rolling staging (sort of seen in the photo above) I used an orbital sander and 100 grit sandpaper. On the tougher spots I used 80 grit sandpaper to remove more material. Because we’re not staining them and because they are up high it’s almost impossible to see any marks left by an 80 grit paper from regular standing level (they’re almost impossible to see when you’re right up close to them too). I would be hesitant to sand with anything below 120 grit however if you’re going to stain, unless you do a low-grit sand paper followed by a high-grit. Sanding the sides wasn’t difficult but oh my muscles was the bottom to each of them tiring. Instead of holding the sander over my head, which is also dangerous, I found the easiest way was to almost hug the beam from the top and hold the sander. Instead of pushing from the bottom, I was pulling from the top which made it easier to hold for long periods of time. When all was said and done each beam looked light, airy and you could see the beautiful wood grain patterns in each beam.

DSC_2395-01 DSC_2394-01We still have seven more beams to sand (two in the stairwell and five in the other bedroom, but we’re happy with the progress. Everything is definitely pulling together.

Since it’s somewhat obvious in the photos, we finally painted the master bedroom! While we have to admit the color is pretty, it’s so close to white that when it’s sunny in there you can’t tell it’s painted until you notice the ceiling is bright white. We really thought it was going to be a soft gray but it’s one of those colors that’s very malleable (more than most) in different lighting. In our bedroom with all the sunlight it looks like a white with a hint of beige and gray.

DSC_2379-01It’s odd that the paint on the walls looks slightly different than the paint on the chip and yet, the paint when on the chip dries to look just like the chip. Believe it or not, the first chip of the center strip above has the paint on it. The strip is clearly a gray, while in our room the walls look like a milky white.

All of that said, we’re okay with it for now. It’s definitely a pretty color but we’re planning on repainting down the line (maybe a couple years) to give it a little more saturated color. Then again, we might completely love it as is once we decorate around it! If we change, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the mean time—more sanding!

xo,

Heather

Be Our Guest {Or Maybe Wait A Few More Weeks}

Not that this has anything to do with this post, but does anyone else find networking one of the most awkward things ever? I am loud, talkative and boisterous around people I know, but I crave alone time, and introverted when it comes to networking. The thought of walking up to someone I don’t know anything about, without someone introducing us, and having to talk about myself and ask them mundane generic questions makes me crawl out of my skin. I’m working on it. I only ask this because I attended two networking events tonight. They were good, but I really need to get out of my shell. I never, ever, thought I would say that sentence.

The point is, I do well in small groups of people. Which leads us into our guest room renovations, because I love when people come to visit overnight.

While Andy was mudding our kitchen, I was in the back room painting. Oddly, the room we refer to as “the back room”/”guest room” is actually the center room on the front of our house. This graphic might help. When we moved in, this was essentially the layout (not to scale) and color of each room. The pantry was white, with one bright teal wall. The brown of the living room should be imagined as brown paneling. You can see more on that here, and here.

When we moved in, this room was a very purple nursery. We also have these weird “basement” windows over the entire house. The only normal windows in the house are three in the living room. Real windows will exist. I’m hoping to re-use some of these windows as cold frames for extending the garden growing season eventually.

Also in this room is a cute white built in. I’m hoping to save this for use in another room. It, like 90% of other items in this house, are not centered and balanced.

As much as someone else might love it, the purple wasn’t my cup of tea. So, over the last few weeks I’ve had a few color samples up on the walls that I loved initially for the pantry area but were too odd in natural light. My favorite was Koi Pond from Sherwin Williams. In direct sunlight it read as a weird goldish-beige. In indirect light it showed as a beautiful soft green color. Since the front of our house gets very little natural light, the guest room was a great place for it.

Once we renovate completely, the guest room will become my office/craft room. In fact, this is what most of the colors will look like after all of our pre-renovation updates. The only reason the bedroom is staying blue is because that’s Tom Cruise’s bedroom, eventually our bathroom.

Other quirks – the guest room also has no door on it. When we moved in it had no door. I am completely unaware what actually ever happened to this door. It is an unsolved mystery. This said, the door to our current office on the other side of the common room has a door, and better light. You see where I’m going with this? For now, before renovations begin, I’m going to switch the two rooms (the office will be next to the bedroom). Our guest can actually have privacy, not be next to the road, and get some natural light. This also allows me to get used to having my office in the “guest room” area.

In order to prep the room for painting, I first piled everything on to the bed and away from the back wall. Then I sanded down the significantly rough spots. Once that was done and any rough nail holes were gone I caulked the 3,000 nail holes throughout the walls. The photo below is before I wiped everything, and sanded the caulked areas down. So excuse the technique.

Once the caulked areas dried I sanded them down smooth. By smooth I mean there was no major crazyness. Take that major, in this house, is relative. In other words it was a lot better and that’s fine by me. Because this room isn’t one of the main rooms we’re not re-taping & mudding in here before the big renovation. As it turns out, this room used to be BRIGHT red. The kitchen used to be teal. What on earth was going on around here in the 70’s? You know what. Don’t answer that.

After the “prep” was complete, I decided to edge out the window with the Koi Pond color to see how I liked it in a bigger area. As it turns out, I loved it.

One coat in and I was sure this was the color I wanted for my {almost} office. By the way, the sample size from Sherwin-Williams was about $5.00 and it gave me exactly two coats.

While this dried I did the first coat of apple green on the backside of the white shelving. Once all was said and done, this is where I ended up.

Here’s the shelving color during the day. It dried slightly darker than this.

Things left to do before the big renovation:

  • Paint the trim white.
  • Give the baseboards a fresh coat of paint.
  • Give the shelving a fresh coat of white paint.
  • Paint the remaining purple walls white.
  • Put up drapes over the closet, which is currently holding a piece of furniture to hold extra blankets, etc.
  • Switch the office & guest room.
  • Get better lighting.
  • Replace the bed & mattress (which will be brought over into the new guest room someday).

Hopefully I’ll get the kitchen caulked, and the purple walls painted white this weekend. Until then my friends. It’s time for bed.

Happy Painting, Networking & Napping,

Heather