Sunday, 26 January 2014

Enough of that, already!

I can finally say it's done!! Well, almost. Just a coat of paint to be put on the baseboards and door frame but the bedroom project is pretty much complete.

I am happy with the result. The room is small, and my options were limited, but I quite like the "walk-in closet with a bed" feel that it now has. ;-)

I had help from Maart on numerous stages, but he didn't try to take over at any time. He let me call the shots but stepped in if I asked for help or had questions. He's done lots of renos in his little apartment block, including building complete suites (but does not do the plumbing or electrical as he's not qualified), so his knowledge (and sometimes muscle) was invaluable when I wasn't sure about something. He's a sweetheart!

But for the most part, I did it myself. I took my time, because of work getting in the way, Christmas and a horrible head cold, and just getting too sore and achy from all the physical work. (I'm getting old, you know...)

So today, I am still sore and achy but very pleased that it's all done! Except for that paint... but that is a minor issue and one that I will remedy later in the week. So here is a pictorial of the project.

You would think a small room wouldn't be such a horrid dark colour...

The original closet was ripped out and closed off. It was the size of a bread box.

Once the carpet was yanked out, the vile tile floor was exposed. And since it might contain asbestos, given the age of the house, it was left as is.

Other than being levelled out as best possible. There were a few wrinkles that had to be pared down, though.

That pukey green was replaced with a nice pale "goat cheese" good quality latex and the trim changed to pure white semigloss.

I think I mentioned this before, but the ceiling was removed of its texture and the cheap white ceiling fan replaced with this rather stylish number.

The underlay is new stuff that is folded accordion-style in a box and fits together with dovetail edges. Foam on the back for sound insulation and cushioning, and plasticized foil on top for moisture resistance and a nice thermal break. Lila seemed to like it.

Then started the laying of the laminate. While I would have loved to put real wood in, I can't afford it. So I bought some nice 12mm thick laminate. Installation was a snap!
I spent two nights sleeping on the couch while doing this, so my back was quite happy when it was done. Plus I no longer had to put up with Lila headbutting my nose at 3 a.m. looking for attention. She has no idea how rude that is... *sigh*

Of course, to do the flooring installation properly, I invested in a nice compound miter saw. Makes short work of baseboards and door trim too!

Lila: "Does this floor make me look fat?"
Nice new scroll work grille for the cold air return vent.

Lila inspecting the installation of the heat vent grille.

Daylight view of the floor.
"Sacramento Pine"

The two towers of wire basket drawers are from Ikea. There is a clothes rail up top and a pants rack lower down for all my uniforms. The other part is a Rubbermaid closet organizer.

Because the walls are not plumb, I used white paintable caulking to hide the gaps. Once it has properly cured, I will paint the baseboards with semigloss white latex paint, and if required, touch up with the wall colour as well. I put in 5" baseboards. Seemed to fit the house better than narrower ones.

And here is the finished room. Lila has been in and out, rather excited about the whole thing. Pips delegated inspection duties to her this project.

Next on the list is to pull down the ceiling in the basement. I want to get a quote on having the whole house rewired and a new and larger electrical panel put in. A number of the outlets in the house are not grounded. I have an electrician (the son of the MoS) who charges a nominal hourly rate (last time he did some work it was $35/hr). But I want to see what's what so we can get an accurate idea of the current situation. Once that is done (pulling the ceiling down, that is), the former bedroom closet will be changed into a kitchen pantry. And the storage space will be a welcome addition to another small space in my small house.


  1. Congrats! Very nice work and supervision by Miss Lila!

    I especially like the flooring and the chop saw!

    1. The chop saw is great! I love it. Made short work of all the cuts needed. Thanks!

  2. You go girl! Your hard work is beautiful to look at. Glad Lila approved. :)

    1. Thanks, Hope. Lila kept a close eye on me during this project. Pips couldn't be bothered. LOL! It is usually the other way around. ;-)

  3. Oh, a ceiling down ? Was there something ... ?

    I could not do all these things. I am not bad with my hands, but not in this turn your house around respect. My deep felt respect and congratulations !

    1. No, no, Mago... no ceiling came down, just scraped the textured finish off it as it was in a pretty sad state. I prefer a smooth ceiling anyway.

      You could do these things. You have access to the internet too, and doing a lot of research before tackling a project is the name of the game. Start small! But thank you for your compliments!

  4. You've done amazingly well. I love to read about your DIY exploits - you know how I loathe mine - but the pleasure you take in getting the job done well, it's a joy to read. And to see the great results. Love the new flooring!

    Isn't Maart fab? Good choice there.

    1. Thanks, Roses! I do enjoy doing this stuff. It would be nice if work wouldn't get in the way so I could get things done faster, but... gotta pay for it somehow!

      And yes, Maart is totally fab. :-) xoxoxo

  5. Us know missus, if you ever decide to give up the nursing I am well in with a builder bloke and he only hires on my rec. You will start at the top of the wage ladder. ;-)


    1. I may just take you up on that! One tires of the blood and vomit after a while, you know. ;-)


  6. Wow! What an incredible transformation! I love the colors and the new floors and the fan. You cats are right! You did an amazing job! And what a clever closet solution!

    Though, that green color gave me a hankering for avocados and the "goat cheese" made me crave goat cheese, too. Now, I've added these items to my grocery list.

  7. Be my Valentine!



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