I'm not going to lie.
I am kind of freaking out that this is week 3, holy guac you guys!
Ok deep breaths I can do this...let me show what I got done this past week...It is no where near where I wanted to be.
Why is it that when you take on a huge project a million things, that never come up when you have nothing going on, drop like bombs. EVERY. Day. Why?!
Like this awesome White Faux Brick Wall!! I sort of love it, even if I am one of the only ones in the house that does. Luckily my boys do, but my husband keeps asking if that is how I wanted it to look...hmmm. :)
If you are new here...Hi! I am so happy to have you join me on this adventure. :) You may want to take a look at last week's process, and my room before shots and inspiration board.
I started week 3 with framing out my boys window. It was so lonely and plain so I grabbed the wood from when I ripped out the closet, and repurposed it for window trim! Perfect for my
I am selling things on craig's list to pay for this room makeover budget.
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The 1x4's from inside the closet (they were nailed on the wall holding the shelf up) were sanded down. Then I used my Kreg Rip-Cut to cut them a little thinner. They were too close in width to the top and bottom trim and I wanted more of a difference in board width. Since I don't have a table saw my Rip cut is the next best thing. Then I nailed the boards to the outside of the window frame with my Ryobi Nail gun.
I wanted something simple and free. Check. Oh, and you gotta love the uneven ceiling, I promise I make my boards level. ;)
After ripping out my closet walls I decided to get some laminate flooring at Home Depot. I found This and loved it for the price, less than $20 for the box and I only needed one to cover the closet floor. Sa-weet!
I laid down the underlayment and tried fitting my first row. I had to re-mark and cut the carpet again. You can see in the bottom left photo where I marked the carpet for cutting. I must have forgotten to take a photo, but I added a new carpet tack strip under the carpet with liquid nails to hold middle section in place.
Once I had the carpet perfect I was able to add the first few rows of flooring. I was too cheap to buy a connecter for the carpet and the floor, but the nice flooring guy at Home Depot helped me work out a solution. I put a bead of liquid nails down at the very edge of the carpet and put my flooring on it right at my carpet strip. Even thought this is a floating floor and it says not to glue it down, we decided it was my best option. This will ensure my carpet and flooring seam are good. I let it dry over night. The rest of the floor is still floating.
I again busted out my Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw (my favorite tool combo) for my last row of flooring.
I love how it turned out! Now I just need to paint and add wall trim.
On to the faux brick wall! I got a great deal on the faux brick. I needed 4 to cover the wall. When the guy helped me load them on my cart I said I didn't want the one that had some slight damage. He told me that if I knew I would be making cuts and not using that end, I could get $5 off the damaged piece. I took it. When I checked out, the guy gave me $20 off. I told him it was only supposed to be $5. He said it was just easier to take it off for each panel so he gave me $5 off each one. I LOVE HIM, ok not really. I love his laziness. :)
To fit the panels to the wall I had to do some measuring and marking from my wall and mark it onto the panel. Then I cut out my markings with my Ryobi Jig Saw and put it up on the wall by drilling into the studs. It took me several hours on Saturday to get these up, but It was so awesome to be done. Ha ha, not done yet.
I had searched for awesome faux brick walls and my boys and I decided we wanted this one (which is a great tutorial, I am just giving the basics right now.) AND, of course it was the hardest one to do, but we loved the look so it was worth the effort. Right?
Basically you paint the brick in random order with the colors you want. Then you cover the painted bricks with joint compound. Make sure to do this in small sections. I got mud happy and forgot to start scraping the joint compound off in small sections. It is harder to scrape when it gets too hard. You scrape it off trying not to remove too much of the paint underneath, it leaves some white from the mud and gives it a nice white washed look. Then you grout whatever color you want, we did white.
Here is A scraping on some mud. Scrape on. Scrape off. It was a LOT of work.
I loved working with my boys! Besides, they need to have some part in this room and I am trying to involve them every chance I can.
Sorry for the bad photos, but we finished Wed night, and I wanted to get some shots up for today's post!
We have had serious mixed reviews in our home for this wall treatment. So I am DYING to know what you think! Love it? Hate it? And while you are at it, what do you think of the window trim? Paint it, leave the wood...I keep going back and forth.
And while I am asking questions, because indecisive is my middle name... :)
I also worked on this dresser...I am going to add it to the closet as a built-in. The top half is a dresser I got for free off of craig's list and the bottom half I built up for another big drawer and hamper, like I did in my master closet makeover.
The idea is to add desks on either side of the built-in. I am good with it, but I wonder if that would be too weird as a "closet" with built in desks? Thoughts?
Up next week I hope to paint the room, finish the closet, and the beds...eeek I am running out of time!
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stop by Calling It Home to see what everyone else has done!
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