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. 
No way.

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!)


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh i can't wait to see! marlin sounds pretty awesome, too!

babsinmass said...

Marlin does floors AND chalkboard art?!? He's a keeper.

Bliss said...

Man, now you can give lessons on how to complete a project in a timely fashion. Brawn and I will sign up.

Andrea said...

Oooooh! I want to stay in that room! I love the mystery color.

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

I love the blue. It looks just like the ooops paint I used in my guest room makeover last year. It's so fresh with white. I can remember my parents shellacking the living room floor every year when I was little. It's horrible stuff.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Wow! 7 months is like a land speed record! That room is going to be fresh as a daisy.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

The wall and window look stunning, grr I get floor hel it's everywhere in our place too and I don't have a Marlin.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Well you sure know how to suck a girl in! I'm curious to see it all! It's taking me far longer to blog about my reno than it did to actually do the rooms. Shellac . Ugh. At least I didn't have that to contend with.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Woo hoo - can't wait to see! I've got a powder room with painted over wall paper that I will have to address soon... it had a border on top, too, if you can believe that. Think I'll have to strip it. Ugh.
Happy Hump Day, Kirbs!
xo Heidi

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

Shellac!?! Why in the world... I can't to see it & the magic of Merlin!!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

The new color of your room is my new favorite color! Currently trying to figure out which room in my house I can paint it!! I do remember shellac!!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Didn't they use spray shellac to keep their hairstyles in place for 3 or 4 weeks also?

Feral Turtle said...

I'm a little late to the party but wow this is exciting! Marlin is a true hero! Looking forward to part two!

andi filante said...

Hahaha...I painted wallpaper once....it was in a rental house that has since been torn down, so I think it's okay....

The wood floors are gonna look great. :)


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