Category Archives: Design Style

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Powder Coating on Bathroom Sink Stand

I first heard about powder coating when I was in college. I was a school librarian in training and we visited a central district media center in Indianapolis. The media specialiast was a mover and shaker who provided all sorts … Continue reading

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From Drywall to Primer

The drywall is finally done. I think Hector feels good about the job being done too. It was a long hard battle to get the drywall around all the odd shapes of our house. It took more sheets of drywall … Continue reading

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From Primer to Paint with Detour to Hospital

I didn’t go to the hospital because of the painting, but because I developed scar tissue from the August surgery and had to be cut open again to alleviate a blockage in my intestine. Another Friday night emergency, although Dave … Continue reading

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Wet Look Counter Top

The kitchen counter next to the sink was starting to turn grey and rot. Despite the silicone coating under the sink rim, water was collecting in a low spot on the pine counter. I read about finishing the wood with … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Sound Proofing Decor

I’m going to start spending more time on decorative touches and less on large building projects. We have all the finish work to complete now that the drywall is installed. The kitchen sink bottom is visible under the open cabinet … Continue reading

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Decorative Cracks in the Concrete

The steamer works great to get the blobs of paint and dried compound off the floor. There were some unprotected areas like in this closet that really needed work. I used one of the small bristle brush attachments to scrub … Continue reading

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Another Wet Look Bar Top Counter

For the second counter top I scaled back the sanding and left the original finish mostly intact, and I decided most of the damming of the sides was unnecessary. So I only taped the edges and let the first seal … Continue reading

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Kitchen Progress

After days of work that did not show lots of results, today progress was made. First job was to connect the kitchen drain. The cabinet is now closer to the side wall so I thought I should move the drain … Continue reading

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Hanging the Living Room Fan

It took a couple of days to figure out the pieces to hang the fan. It is a large heavy one that I bought for $20 from a Craigslist ad. It is a Monte Carlo Great Lodge Fan with a … Continue reading

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Aged Copper Kitchen Backsplash

I decided to try to get some finish work done in the kitchen. We brought in the piece of copper I bought from a craigslist ad ($65) from storage and I didn’t want it to get it beat up and … Continue reading

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Stove “Hood”

Before we left for Indiana I lined the stove hood with copper colored metal tiles and placed it over the aged copper backsplash. The backspash is 36″ tall and 48″ wide and the highest recommended height for a stove hood … Continue reading

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More Kitchen Cabinets

The oven cabinet was completely unfinished and I wanted to put a finish on it so that it would match the other cabinets and be easier to clean. I have been using Minwax “Express Color” water based stain in light … Continue reading

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Some Little Improvements

During the floor scrubbing and prep for sealing and polish there are some other small projects to keep things interesting. For some reason the drain pipe in the family room bathroom required a huge gash in the drywall to fit … Continue reading

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Slow But Sure

As I continue to scrub, seal and polish the stained concrete floor, my system has continually changed. The steamer is definitely the effective tool here. I’ve been steaming the whole floor with the standing attachment and wiping after steaming an … Continue reading

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Whoa! Living Room Put Together

We have been pushing ourselves to get the house together after the drywall installation. I finally finished the rest of the concrete floor with steaming, washing, staining spots and cracks, sealing and polishing. Today we were able to move some … Continue reading

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To Ditra or not to Ditra?

I’ve decided to lay the floor tile before reinstalling the family room bathroom toilet and sink. I don’t really want to install them and then later take them out again to tile. Why not tile first? The question was whether … Continue reading

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Stove Hood Light Fixture

After a frustrating afternoon trying to snake a light cord through the wall behind the stove, Dave suggested I try getting a camera. Seemed like a good idea to me so I went to Amazon and bought an Endoscope/Borescope which … Continue reading

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White Brick

I’m painting the concrete brick walls in the master bedroom and bathroom. They were dirty and marred by splatters of concrete from the floor. I used the left over low VOC primer from painting the walls and the Yolo no … Continue reading

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Building a Bed Foundation (Box Springs)

We didn’t buy a box springs with our queen mattress because we had a platform bed which didn’t need one. But the new log bed for the master bedroom requires that the mattress be elevated about 7 1/2″. I could … Continue reading

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Floor Tile in the Family Room Bathroom

I ordered the Schluter Ditra underlayment through ebay and it seemed to take a long time to arrive. But it finally did and I cut it to fit the guest bathroom and mortared it down. The Ditra might be super … Continue reading

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