GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 6 Apr 2005 , 6:22pm
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Everyone needs to come to my house and grab a paintbrush!!!!! icon_lol.gif

The plumber is finally done! Woo-Hoo!! I have all new plumbing throughout my house and property (we started all the way back to the well). My house has been upside down for two weeks (rain storm hit right in the middle of the project). I literally have a hole in my hall bathroom wall (about a foot square) and you can see outside. The tile guy is coming tomorrow to fix that. While he's here he's re-tiling the whole bathroom and kitchen.

My kitchen is 18*36 feet.... I dread painting (cabinets, too- lots of them) but it's going to be so nice when it's done.....

HELP!!!!! I'll make a batch of buttercream for you!!!!! icon_razz.gificon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif

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Lisa Posted 6 Apr 2005 , 6:47pm
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What a mess...I'm glad it's almost over for you. If I was in yer neck of the woods, I'd be there with bells on icon_smile.gif .

elin Posted 6 Apr 2005 , 6:53pm
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If I near you, I would surely come and help. I wish you the best with all the pluming and the rest.
It is so fun when everything is over.

m0use Posted 6 Apr 2005 , 7:10pm
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man o man- if I had time and money to fly out your way I would, I would help you and then try to get all the tips I could from you icon_wink.gif
Well.... at least you won't have to replace pipes any time soon, and hopefully after this is done this will be all the work the house will need for awhile.

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 9:34pm
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AMEN!!!!!

veejaytx Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 9:47pm
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Glad it is almost over for you. Sounds like it will be wonderful once it is done. That is a big kitchen! We would love to see a pic when you get it all done!
Janice

nashsmom Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 10:21pm
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Just curious...what colors are you painting it?

briansbaker Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 10:24pm
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NO MORE PAINTING FOR ME!!! LOL not for real. I would do it in a heartbeat. I love decorating, painting and even busting down walls. icon_confused.gif Just today I finished painting my kitchen cabinets (sigh).. icon_biggrin.gif Next is the floor..(mexican tile I hope!) From a painters point of view, (not a pro-painter hubby and I are pretty much jacks of all trades) it will all be worth it in the end!!!!!

jscakes Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 11:08pm
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This would definately be a D.O.S. at cali4dawns! I too would gladly pitch in, with more hands it would be finished in no time at all! We'll all be there in spirit form so as you are getting too tired to paint..you'll hear all of us saying "Just a little bit more, you can do it, we're behind you all the way!"

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 7 Apr 2005 , 11:47pm

Hey Dawn--I'll come help you paint in return for your coming out here and helping us clean up after icon_smile.gif :

1. Replacement of our whole window/wall unit that runs the length of our condo and abuts the terrace

2. Replacement of ALL of our wooden floors

3. Painting the whole place

In case you haven't guessed, we have a lot of problems with leaks when it rains (we're on the 15th floor of a 15-story high rise with southern exposure). When all this work gets done, it will be like having a new condo. But until then, we're looking at the rest of the spring and into the summer before it's all done! icon_cry.gif

missyb Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 1:29am

hey, briansbaker, how are you planning on doing those cabinets? my husband has made an attempt at repainting ours, but they did not turn out so well. the weather is getting warmer and i feel the need for another go at it. any advice? i love to bake and cook, but right now my kitchen isnt the space i would like it to be.

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 3:28am

I'm going with Tuscany colors. My floor tiles will have to wait for awhile. My flooring is going to cost about $5k and it's just not in the budget today. So we are having the cement repaired and painted for the time being (all flooring was pulled up several months ago). But everything else will be done hopefully in the next two weeks. I had jury duty today- so nothing got done.

Tomorrow's another day!

CarolAnn Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 4:29am

Hey Dawn, I'd help if I could. I love to paint!! I'll be stripping wallpaper in my bedroom and kitchen this summer and repainting. Good luck. It's always worth it when it's over.

flayvurdfun Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 8:20am

I wish I could come and help...I painted most of my walls here with pics, but when I was in the Navy I painted the tugboat I was on......Tugboat Pete is what I was called...Peterson was my maiden name... loved to paint!

briansbaker Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 10:27pm

well first thing is first. clean them real good with soapy water. Then lightly sand away any bumps. I thought at first I had to sand down to the bare bones, but don't! That will take weeks. I lightly sanded down all bumps, primed it and painted it. Allow them to dry for about 48 hrs before touching them. They may seem to be dry to the touch, but it will not be cured.. Because of my color choice below it took 2 1/2 gallons of paint for my cabinets. Oh buy the best paint. Behr is the bomb. Also if you can buy the foam rollers. You will be at if for a week or so I am sure. To keep your rollers and brushes from drying out at night. When your done wrap them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge until your ready to use them again. They never will dry out in the fridge.
I watch alot of design shows. And actually about almost a year ago I decided to go with a design from Debbie Travis facelift show. It was dark yellow walls, stainless steel appl. and ebony cabinets. hubby about had a fit icon_mad.gif cause I painted our cabinets black. So to say the least I had to repaint. icon_cry.gif He installed granite tiles for the counters and against the black cabinets it looked tooooo dark. So I went to home depot and browsed. I ended up going with one of their kitchen show rooms. I painted my cabinets a cream color. we have the cathedral style cabinets I added a dark brown glaze to the lines and gave it a dirty look to all the edges. And for the backsplash I am using a tuscany style wallpaper. I can't wait to see the wall paper up. (sigh) then, floors here I come!!! Good luck!!!!! Cali4dawn I love tuscany style anything!!! Cali4dawn 5k?? icon_eek.gif
OMG!!! Is it gold leaf??? icon_wink.gif LOL

missyb Posted 8 Apr 2005 , 10:47pm

i am still waiting for the day my husband gives me the "ok" to call and have my horrible cabinets just torn out or at least re-faced. They are the original cabs (about 28 yrs old) and all the doors are literally falling off the hinges. It was cheap construction to begin with--love the 70's, so they are almost not worth the effort to paint again, but i have to do something! We started replacing major appliances, and the pretty new ones only made the rest of the kitchen look worse. its pretty tragic!

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 9 Apr 2005 , 7:13am

Mine were installed in 1968! But I priced cabinets for my very large kitchen and it was $10,000 (US) BEFORE installation! Mine are not falling from hinges, just dingy and old... but paint's going to have to do.

I had to fire my tile man today...so the project is on hold until I find a new one....

boo-hoo!

briansbaker Posted 9 Apr 2005 , 1:40pm

A tip for the falling hinges, sometimes new screws will not help that. It's the wood that is getting old and has stripped out. Try getting some toothpicks and wood putty. Dip your toothpick into the wood putty and push it into the hole as far as it will reach. Break it off at the end if it's hanging out. Let this dry for a day then put your hinges back on. This should help tighten the hole from being loose. Also if your not concerned about your hinges being painted, paint over them. The paint once dry will help them stay put for awhile. Re-facing them is really just alot of elbow grease. Get your self some new hardware, sand, prime and paint. I bet that will give your old cabinets a nice look. You can also make old cabinets look new by adding some small trim to the center of your cabinets. You get your trim make a square frame to fit in the center of your doors and ta-da new cabinets. Also adding trim molding to the top of the cabinets would be nice. Good luck!
Cali4dawn sorry to hear your project is delayed. Wish I could be there to help you out! Good Luck!!! icon_biggrin.gif

CIndymm4 Posted 9 Apr 2005 , 2:04pm

How frustrating for you, but hang in there. The home I have was built in 1960 and still has all the orginal cabinets, and while they aren't falling apart they do need to replaced as they are chipping and just plain ugly as far as I am concerned. In the last ten years we have remodeled or updated every other room in this house but the kitchen/dining room is going to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000 so guess I'll be living with this outdated kitchen a bit longer. Sorry I don't live close to you because I'd love to come help. Good luck on finding a new tile guy!

CarolAnn Posted 9 Apr 2005 , 2:14pm

My house was 145 yrs old when we bought it in 75, and we added on about 20 years ago. I got a whole new kitchen after we added on. We've slowly redone every rom but one bedroom. It's a very slow process here as we do everything ourselves. I feel for those of you in the midst of redoing. It's wonderful when it's finished though. Ü

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 9 Apr 2005 , 5:27pm

145! Very cool! Mine was built in 1941 and has several additions. You can tell where the original homestead house was (now the living room). It's a very cool house.... but not one of these new style homes by any means... No open floor plan... I love my kitchen to be able to be closed off. No cat hair in my cakes!!! And super huge rooms.... I love it.

I got someone here this morning already.. so the project is back on.

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