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post #761 of 1163
The only room that looks good enough for photos
http://keagansmom.wordpress.com/2009...luttered-room/
post #762 of 1163
Very nice! Thanks for sharing Stephanie!
post #763 of 1163
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Originally Posted by slsurface View Post
For the hall, which was a small space, I used a palm sander. I started out with a heavy grit, to remove glue and smooth down splinters from the staples. Then I used a medium grit and finally a fine grit paper. Between each sanding, I swept with the shop vac and then wiped the floor down with a tack cloth.

After the first coat of stain, I sanded once more with the fine grit paper, swept, and wiped down. I was satisfied with the floor at that point and only applied additional coats of stain and then a day latter added four coats of a water-based, quick drying polycrylic. That stuff is great! Makes the floor look shiny and smooth as glass!

We followed essentially the same procedure for our master bedroom, except that we used a belt-sander and only sanded the whole floor twice. We did that floor when we first moved in, so we had only a couple days to do it and not money to rent an orbital sander. We didn't stain the master bedroom, only sealed it with poly.

We still have the staircase to sand down and finish. I think we'll be using a combination of a palm-sander and a mouse-sander for that job because it has lots of small spaces and corners. DH wants to just poly the stairs, while I want to stain and then poly. The wood on the stairs is red oak, which is a shame to cover with stain, but it's been very badly discolored over the years. Once we come to a consensus, that job will start too.

HTH!
Thank you!That does help.I always wonder if I need to rent a giant floor sander or if my determination and palm sander could get it done.
post #764 of 1163
we're on room 4 (6 rooms and 2 hallways left!) of our house renovations (i've put up nursery pics before.)

playroom before and after (major clutter difference here!) it's not quite done but you get the point:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...april20003.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...april20001.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n.../oct345055.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n.../oct345054.jpg

living room before and after (ugly purple trim and stupid light blocking book shelf gone):

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...rdhouse006.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...ugust17038.jpg


dining room before and after:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...house010-1.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...er/01-0710.jpg
post #765 of 1163
Hi, everyone! We're doing some sticky consolidation across the boards, and this thread is now "unstuck." It's now linked in the forum's Resource Thread here. Sorry for any inconvenience

Y'all have inspired me to go clean out my desk
post #766 of 1163
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Originally Posted by tjjazzy View Post
we're on room 4 (6 rooms and 2 hallways left!) of our house renovations (i've put up nursery pics before.)

playroom before and after (major clutter difference here!) it's not quite done but you get the point:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...april20003.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...april20001.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n.../oct345055.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n.../oct345054.jpg

living room before and after (ugly purple trim and stupid light blocking book shelf gone):

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...rdhouse006.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...ugust17038.jpg


dining room before and after:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...house010-1.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...er/01-0710.jpg

Wow! Awesome work! You should really be proud of the transformations! You have a lovely home.
post #767 of 1163
i am in awe of so many of you and your homes! I am working on mine, but it's very much a workin progress! I am currently working on the dining room. Suggestions for colours is welcome!

My home.
post #768 of 1163
Gorgeous!!
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Originally Posted by hillymum View Post
i am in awe of so many of you and your homes! I am working on mine, but it's very much a workin progress! I am currently working on the dining room. Suggestions for colours is welcome!

My home.
post #769 of 1163
thank you, slsurface i can't wait til the whole thing is done. it'll be such a difference!

your home is amazing, mommyto4grits. i love the yellow room.
post #770 of 1163
Thanks to this thread I was able to gather the inspiration to start our new home off pretty crap (I mean clutter) free.

I've only made it through the 2nd floor. But here's proof. I'm not sure how to link the whole album, and I think it's password protected, so here's individual links. I get a little camera happy. Sorry.


kid's closet
1/2 bath
1/2 bath
utility closet
kitchen
pantry
fridge
love this
counters
dinning
living
dh's corner
entertainment
post #771 of 1163
dsauceone, I love the roll-out shelves in my kitchen, too
post #772 of 1163
Subbing!
post #773 of 1163
Quote:
Originally Posted by hillymum View Post
i am in awe of so many of you and your homes! I am working on mine, but it's very much a workin progress! I am currently working on the dining room. Suggestions for colours is welcome!

My home.
How did I miss this two months ago? I love the colors in your house!
post #774 of 1163
Quote:
Originally Posted by hillymum View Post
i am in awe of so many of you and your homes! I am working on mine, but it's very much a workin progress! I am currently working on the dining room. Suggestions for colours is welcome!

My home.
You have a beautiful home, momma.
The blue in one of the bathrooms is gorgeous!
post #775 of 1163
Thank you for the compliments! I just finished another bedroom which has made me really happy. The boys are loving it which is a great motivater to do more. I'm planing on painting the sink cupboard white in the blue bathroom as that brown looks so wrong to me now. I also want to put up some black and white photo's from trips to beaches in that bathroom. The walls look too bare.
post #776 of 1163
Oh I love this thread! Keep posting people! It helps motivate me to get my home in order.

Here's what I have so far:
Kitchen
Christmas Closet

Still a work in progress. The closet has stayed the same but the kitchen is a mess again. Had to move everything from the living room into the dining room/kitchen because I'm plastering/sanding/painting walls. Hopefully I'll have a living room picture to add soon!
post #777 of 1163
Just finished the 1st floor guest bathroom!! Sooo pleased with it. I don't think I did a good job ppainting the doors, but it looks better than when they were brown.
post #778 of 1163
Wow!

http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-spac...si?oid=6367509

That kitchen rocks my world! (Although I do agree that $17 is a stretch even if she had all the brushes and half the paint at home).

This is totally giving me new pause to the kitchen we will move to in July. It has fairly new, pricey/custom, golden oak cabinets that both my husband and I think are pretty barfy. The dream of many. . . hideous to us. Anything I've seen painted just looked like a crappy cover-up attempt. But this is AWESOME!! I could do this!

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Originally Posted by vm9799 View Post
and the counter tops.....they look great NOW, but we tried to paint our counter tops and realized rather quickly that they would have to be "babied" in order to stay looking nice. and since we actually USE our kitchen, i knew that that would never happen and they would be a scratched up mess in no time. poly will only seal for so long....and you have to reseal it every once in awhile. once you start wiping up messes everyday it will wear down. and scooting a bowl or something across it can also scratch the finish.
I know it's a bit of tangent since this is a "clutter" thread and not a "home decor" thread. . .

But I disagree about the countertops. Properly prepared and applied, it will likely be very durable. I say that so others are not discouraged about trying something like this. A friend of mine painted her countertops with melamine paint. No scuffing prep, just 2 or 3 coats of paint with proper waiting times. Typical busy household of young family with kids. Navy blue countertops with no sponging, so scratches would show easily. It's been about 7 years or so and they still look awesome. Conversely, I painted the worn top of our 50s table ("Formica" with chrome). I was in a hurry and did the second coat just as soon as the first was tacky. Table is crazy with chips from kids banging cutlery. My artist friend thinks we should turf the legs and mount the thing on the wall. Same product. Following instructions versus rushing.
post #779 of 1163
Sub-a-dub...
post #780 of 1163
I forgot about this thread! I am focusing on decluttering in 2010, and I recently organized my basement laundry room--now my processing area. You can check it out here with lots of pictures... I even entered an organizing contest as motivation (it worked!) I didn't win, but I do have a wonderful new space to work in, which has been really inspiring to keep focused on my declutting goals...
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