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Old 09-15-2011, 08:56 AM   #31
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nate, I see you're up early. Any news on projects? :D

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nate, I see you're up early. Any news on projects? :D
Always early at work! Lol...

Sort of scatterbrained at the moment. My mom is having health problems so I lost focus on the house. I also do a few sidejobs on the side, so it's been a hectic week so far. I'll post some updates soon though, probably this weekend. What about you thad?
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Ah, work. Lol. I'm work graveyards, so I completely understand! I try to sneak in a post or two from work when I can :D

Progress? Well... uhhh... we'll see! Just loaded up 16 pictures from my camera, scrubbed the exif data, etc. I should have a few more posts up in an hour or so. Definitely have a long, all-day project ahead of me that should be done by evening. I'm probably in over my head, but SO EXCITED! lol
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:37 PM   #34
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Well... that didn't work... at all.

I sanded the walls in the den with coarse grade sandpaper really rough and figured that was enough since I was thinking it would just need to be relatively smooth... wrong.

The whole point of my theory where I put up thick (supposedly???) wallpaper liner in the den and then paint over it was that it would be easier than patching and sanding repeatedly in the den. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

I put up one vertical strip of wallpaper and it, to say the least, looked like crap. The sad part is I put it up just about perfectly... these walls are just not meant for wallpaper, which is so very disappointing. I will not be opening the other 7 rolls of wallpaper liner.

Instead, I will be repatching and resanding a few times down to fine sandpaper and then I'll be painting the walls and doing the grid board technique I mentioned here. I figure if it isn't any easier and doesn't provide any benefit at all, why put up the wall liner? It's supposed to make the walls look better, not worse. So, below are pictures of the current progress in the den. What a disappointment with the liner idea! Oh well... no time to waste feeling bad about it... gotta get back in there and get to more patching and sanding...

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At least the walls are primed! We deglossed the wood paneling last weekend, so it should adhere pretty good. Guess time will tell!
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Wow! What a difference!

I'm in the same damn boat as you right now: original plans didn't quite work out, screwed up about $25 worth of materials, and am nowhere near done in the time frame I expected.

Hang in there. We'll get through this and love the difference, but our projects just look hacked at the moment. Try to visualize the finished look every once in a while.

I'll put up some pictures and a brief update shortly.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:30 PM   #36
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Well, I've had quite a busy week, but finally had some time on Sunday to do some work on the den. I was able to get the seams taped and first layer of mud up on the ceiling and to patch over the screw heads. After just the first coat, I am really starting to get a sense of how improved the room will be.

I also picked up the (splurge.... $200) new ceiling fan for the room. I wanted to go with one without lights at all since I'll be adding recessed soon, but I decided to use the better part of my brain and get one with lights. Problem is... I am very particular with details so I was in the fan section at Lowes for about 2 hours... I finally found one that wasn't displayed, but looked incredible. I wish it were cheaper, but it'll do just fine and I've saved money in enough other places that I could splurge on this and not feel too guilty. The one I got is not found online, so I'll have to post a picture of it later I guess. I'll be putting it up after the ceiling is complete, so maybe within the next week or two.

I still have to do another 2 coats of mud, sand, touchup mud, prime and paint. I also have to hang the appropriate fan mount. The previous fan was hanging from a roof beam with an eye bolt type of system... it is famous in this house... they're all hung this way. I will also be getting an electrician over here to move some of these stray light switches around that won't make much sense anymore.

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Gotta run and get ready for a weekend work function. Catch up with everyone later!
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Looking great!

What program are you using to mark up the photos?
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Looking great!

What program are you using to mark up the photos?
I use Photoshop. I am a web/graphic designer in my free time so I've been using it for 10 or so years now.
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I like that grid board technique alot! Keep up the good work, looking awesome.
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Ah, I see. I think I could get the same effect, but it'd probably take me 20x longer. For some reason I always found it easier to draw with CAD programs being a number guy, than it was for me to draw in graphics programs. And that's not saying much, considering I've been using them since Photoshop 6, AutoCAD 2000 and Paint Shop Pro at whatever version it was in about '97.
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Ah, I see. I think I could get the same effect, but it'd probably take me 20x longer. For some reason I always found it easier to draw with CAD programs being a number guy, than it was for me to draw in graphics programs. And that's not saying much, considering I've been using them since Photoshop 6, AutoCAD 2000 and Paint Shop Pro at whatever version it was in about '97.
Hahah.. I have an interesting history. I have a B.S. in Construction Management so I was taught AutoCAD in school and I also happened to like web design so I sort of thrive with all these computer programs. I'd love to get better at Google SketchUp. I really like it, but I haven't yet really taken the time to become a pro.
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Well, I've been patching all week and trying to stay motivated. That stuff takes forever will all the coats when you're working alone. I'm trying not to complain since I know I'm the only one who will be finishing this. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I'll have a good progress update on the joint compound stuff.

I am about 75% through with the ceiling. I still need to do about half of the last coat of mud before sanding, then I will prime and paint.

With the walls, I need to go back and use plenty more joint compound all over the place. I will also need to get more joint compound since I'm sure the 5 containers I bought aren't going to finish the job for me.



In other news, I intend on doing some outside work over the next week or two, since the weather is getting beautiful. I've been moving around a lot of dirt trying to level the yard a bit better and I've also been pulling down a lot of the gutters. I'm even debating on ripping off all of the aluminum and vinyl siding off of the house and just painting the pink boards under everything. I really don't like the cheap look that aluminum or vinyl give to a brick home like ours.

Any recommendations on whether or not to take the aluminun and vinyl siding down? Any reasons not to?

I'll post some pics after I get a little more progress made.
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As little as you probably want to hear this said, it's something that I would probably need (but not want) to be told myself:

Finish your other project first, or you never will.

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As little as you probably want to hear this said, it's something that I would probably need (but not want) to be told myself:

Finish your other project first, or you never will.


Certainly wise advice. I will stick with the den as the main focus. I definitely won't be doing the vinyl/aluminum removal stuff any time soon. I would love to get the last 3 or 4 pieces of failing gutter down though. They are horrible and I'm pretty sure the culprit of any potential foundation issues, so putting them in high priority seems essential.
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As little as you probably want to hear this said, it's something that I would probably need (but not want) to be told myself:

Finish your other project first, or you never will.

Wife told me that before I deployed and I tried tackling the living room and kitchen all at once. Living room got done, kitchen will probably take a week when I get back.

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