Sorry for that long break there, guys! John and I are still hard at work on our big room renovation, but most of it has been stuff like wood rot repair, wiring, and concrete patches - nothing that makes for interesting photos.
I also took a few mental health days, to be honest; just resetting and recharging a bit. I know you guys know how it is.
So. PEEKTURE TIME.
This used to be a door we never opened:
Bye-bye, door! Have fun storming the dump!
Opposite the vanishing door:
Since it gets dark by 5ish, we do a lot of work at night.
The weather has been perfect: a cool mid-60s. Now if it would just stop raining...
Tried out a little Adam Savage-inspired knolling:
John loved it; he's always losing track of tools on job sites.
We plasticked off the back room to contain the dust, but more importantly, to keep out pesky feline invaders:
There were NOT pleased. Broke through that plastic 3 times so far. o.0
Now, through the magic of time-lapse photography: NEW WALLS!
Don't freak out; they aren't staying like that.
Also, WOW is brick paneling hard to install when your room isn't remotely level. Making all those lines line up! Arg! So funnily enough, the walls are perfectly level now, but the sloping ceiling and floors make 'em look crooked. Greeeeat. (I told John it adds character.)
Here's a handy tip if you ever put up paneling, though: chalk the faces of your wall outlets. Then press the panel in place, and voila! Your outlet location is marked. MUCH easier than trying to measure each time.
Installing crown molding & chair rail:
And then (brace yourself) - the world's most 70's wainscoting:
It's times like these that you really have to hold on to your vision, because John and I both agreed, "That's a whole new kind of ugly."
'Sokay, though, my friends. You know how it's always darkest just before the dawn? Well, home renos are always ugliest just before the painting. All of that is just the wall textures; it's going to look drastically different by the end.
So, after a day of spackling, sanding, and caulking, the first step:
That's a little better.
And this was taken just an hour ago:
John's waiting on me to start on the faux. YAY FUN PART.
John and I ran our own faux finishing company for almost 10 years, so painting together is always a blast. It's also fast, so - knock on wood - we should be done with the whole room before tomorrow.