Two weeks have flown by since my last update and things sure look different around the house! B and I had a painting marathon over Memorial Day Weekend, and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say marathon. Friday after work we went and bought all of the supplies we thought we would need, which included a 5 gallon bucket of drywall primer. 5 gallons! A huge bucket! I thought we’d be set. Ha, boy was I wrong.
Saturday morning was the official kick off of the marathon and we decided to start upstairs because there are more walls up there. I’m not going to give you the play by play, but to make a long story short, by 5:30 we were almost done with the 5 gallon bucket and not almost done with the second floor. When we breaked for dinner we made another trip to Lowe’s for another 5 gallon bucket of primer. By 2:30 am we were done with the second floor walls and ceilings and the last step was to seal the office floors to officially get rid of that wretched cat smell. Our new floors were getting installed on Monday (Memorial Day) and I wasn’t about to get these nice new floors and have that cat pee come out to haunt us again. We sealed the floor with Zinsser BIN Primer which is meant to seal out odors. Its some pretty powerful stuff, if you have to use it, make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Seriously.
I thought for sure Day 2 was going to be easier and shorter. It was only 2 rooms, and most of the drywall was new so it was smooth and required less spackling.
SPOILER ALERT: I was the eternal optimist all weekend only to be proven wrong every. single. time. It took just as long.
So by break time on Day 2 we realize we are getting awfully low on that second 5 gallon bucket of primer so we made yet another trip to Lowe’s and this time just bought 3 more gallons. In case you’ve lost count, that’s thirteen gallons, plus a gallon of the smelly stuff.
Around 1:30am I realized that the only photo I had taken the entire weekend was that one of the office showing the white floor and knowing that this post was imminent the blogger in me said I’d better get going on some pictures! But unfortunately it was 1:30 am after nearly 30 hours of straight painting (we did sleep for about 6 hours in between days), and my capabilities were slightly, eh, limited, to say the least. I was able to muster up this phone photo of B from across the room:
Then I thought I would try be all artsy and get a minimalist shot of the roller. Yeah, the roller. This is me being artsy after a painting marathon:
Pure talent right there.
Anyways, we finally finished priming and got into bed around 230am only to be back at the house by 830am for the flooring guys to come install our new wood floors!
We went with 3 1/4″ plank white oak flooring. We are so happy with it. And those guys installed those floors SO fast.
I love this little powder room. It’s just the cutest little room. We had a slight fiasco with the floor registers and ended up with a prefinished red oak register on the floor there in the corner, but our contractor assures us once everything is sanded down you won’t be able to tell it’s different. The optimist in me will believe him for now.
Honestly, I’m still totally slacking on official photos of this process. I snapped a few yesterday solely for you guys, but didn’t even get to the upstairs. Here’s a view of the entry. We’re replacing that front door with one that doesn’t have daylight pouring through it.
And a view of the living room with a sneak peek of our new interior doors! That hole in the floor is our new cold air return. Turns out we never really had a working air return downstairs which is probably one of the reasons our house was FREEZING in the winter.
And finally, the money shot I take at every step. It certainly has come a long way. Remember when it looked like this?
No doubt things are moving along!
Up next: cabinets, baseboards, doors, bathroom tile, and paint!