Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Guest Room Makeover, Part I
(The above is quite possibly the third ugliest carpet in North Carolina. See how it’s faded? The MOST ugly is in our master bedroom. The second-place ugly carpet is out towards the coast.)
Well, we’re finally working on another room. If you remember the world’s smallest bathroom, you’ll note that a room approximately 2’ x 4’ took us a year-and-a-half to complete.
The question is: how long will a 12’ x 12’ room take?
Well, if I leave it up to DL, about seven years.
When we first moved in (and I don’t have any pictures of the move-in status of our guest room, because I wasn’t blogging about my house then…I was blogging about other $hit, like Halloween), the guest room walls had been wallpapered at some time, and then painted over.
That’s right…someone painted over wall paper. *Sigh*
Of course, that meant we needed to choose—try to peel off the paper that had already been sealed up with paint, taking perhaps fourteen years and 390 gallons of vinegar and water, or bead board over it. We chose the bead board, which we painted. We also replaced the three windows with new, energy efficient windows (Pella wooden—the expensive ones), which I primed and painted. (The guest room white is Mirage White by Behr.)
The walls above the bead board is a close match to Behr’s Blue Feather, but no one knows what it originally was because it was leftover from our other house, in a plastic bottle. Unlabeled, of course, because that’s how we roll.
Once the walls were done, I ripped up the carpet and it was time to call in the big guns, AKA Marlin.
Marlin is aptly named, because he works magic with floors. And our floors? Should have taken a week. Instead (like everything else in this house), they took twice as long. Mainly because they were covered in shellac.
(If you’re my age or older, you’ll remember shellac. They shellacked EVERYTHING in the 1950s. Spring cleaning? Was also known as “wipe down everything that is made of wood and then shellac the he!! out of it.)
Marlin nearly quit when he realized what was going on. “I only ever done one of these before,” he said, “and I said I would never do it again. Who puts shellac on a floor?” I told him I had no idea…that it certainly wasn’t me.
I told him I would throw in an extra hundred bucks, and Marlin, being self-employed, got to work.
(Marlin even left me notes)
Marlin and I spent a delightful two weeks together, and the floors look GREAT! Stay tuned for part two of the reveal! (Seven months instead of seven years to finish a room? We’re on a roll!)