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ORC Week 2- SOMETIMES THE BEST THINGS START WITH A MESS

ORC Week 2- SOMETIMES THE BEST THINGS START WITH A MESS

During any renovation, there is going to be a big mess. If you are lucky enough to hire out all your work, then this part may be shorter for you but for the DIY crowd it can sometimes feel like it's lasting forever. FOREVER!

The thing that gets me through this stage is knowing that the awesome room waiting for us on the other side is totally worth it. 

My husband took care of ripping all the carpet up while I was visiting my mom, got to miss that part. Now it's on because there's no turning back. 

 

Goodbye Doorway!

One of the only projects we are not taking on ourselves is drywalling in this doorway. From experience "mudding" is something that takes a ton of practice to become good at and when it's bad you can see it a mile a way. We hired our favourite local contractor to do this job for us and I'm happy to report this door is gone.

You may be wondering "Jess, why would you get rid of a door when everyone is going open concept?" The room that it opens to is currently a dining room but will one day be a pantry/mudroom. We will get more out of that room by closing the door plus it won't make sense flow wise once that room is a pantry. 

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Painting!

First thing to do is paint the walls. I've chosen Benjamin Moore Simply White. I'm OBSESSED with this color. It's definitely white but it somehow feels richer and not stark at all. It's the perfect match to the black of our window frames which is just Black from Rona in a matte finish. 

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Painting such a big space had it's own challenges. For one, the ceilings are crazy high. We are so lucky to have been able to borrow our neighbours scaffold, although I'll admit I was more than a little scared at the very top of it. That scaffold saved the day though, it allowed us to paint all the way to the tippy top of the room in a fast and safe way.

Moving into our new house, we were curious about who our neighbours would be. Turns out they are an amazing adventurous family, so happy to have moved here. (ok, enough gushing over my great neighbourhood)

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Paint Sprayers are Life Savers

One thing that definitely made painting this room easier was buying a paint sprayer. I thought that it would be too hard to use but I couldn't have been more wrong. I bought the Wagner Flexio 590 and that thing is a LIFE SAVER. The amount that I hate painting is hard to quantify, but I loved using the sprayer. It was like instant gratification and after two coats it was a perfect finish. 

You can get it at almost any big box building store. We get pretty much everything from Home Depot!

Few points on a paint sprayer:

  1. It takes time to clean it, around 15-20min so you don't want to pull this out for small projects.
  2. I only suggest it for people who have a lot of painting to do
  3. For those of you like me with an entire house to paint I'd put it on the must buy list. 
  4. It's easier than you may think, follow the instructions and you'll do great! 
 

Flooring Decisions:

Herringbone or Chevron hardwood

I went back and forth between Chevron and Herringbone flooring. Herringbone is definitely the safer more traditional pattern but I'm in love with Chevron. If you are looking at that picture worried that they are all different lengths, don't worry I have a plan.  

This photo from @designxwoods was the first chevron patterned hardwood floor to catch my eye. Instantly fell in love. 

I polled my Instagram account and most people said to go with herringbone, but in design sometimes you have to go with your gut and mines telling me chevron all the way!

Next week I'll have an update on how our DIY of such a complicated flooring choice goes... hopefully I'm not pulling my hair out haha. 

Thank you for following along with our renovation. You can see all of the participants in the fall 2017 ORC by clicking the logo below.

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