A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘paint’

TV Room Transformation: A Pictorial

Except for hanging more pictures and stuff on the walls, our TV room is done. Done. DONE. Here is where we started, in the summer of 2007 when we first moved in. All woodwork was painted white. All walls were painted white. Fall 2007. We trashed the icky plastic blinds. Redi-Shades went up while we…

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Natura vs. Aura

I recently noticed that Benjamin Moore is introducing a new line of Zero VOC paint called Natura, and I couldn’t be more excited to try it! It’s already out in a few areas, including California and Washington, and will be released nationwide this spring. If you don’t know what VOCs are, the U.S. Environmental Protection…

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Weekend Progress

We accomplished a number of little things this weekend. Little things, big impact. For one, we finally hung a few pieces of art from the picture rail. For our larger pieces, I bought picture hooks and hanging cord from Rejuvenation. Okay, this one doesn’t look quite as good on our “distressed” bedroom walls, but it’s…

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Past my Prime(r)

Just a short post today since I need to catch up on the work I should have done last week. Instead, I primed, I painted, I cleaned, I painted some more, I cleaned some more, and I will have to clean again. Pete joined in on Sunday and helped paint a little, but he quickly…

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Basement Inspirations

Thanksgiving is over and we had a great time with family and friends. The turkey was perfect and the other dishes were also pretty tasty (and with the help of a new tablecloth, completely free of cat hair!). To get ready for Thanksgiving, Pete and I wanted to have the basement fixed up as much…

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Paint Resourcefulness

We had another productive weekend on the basement project. I painted the window trim as well as the red ceiling stripes, and it is looking fantastic. I love being able to use up paint, and I had a quart of paint called “British Red” from long ago that I thought would be perfect for the…

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Weekend Progress

Pete and I were fairly productive this weekend, thankfully, because there are a number of things I’d like to accomplish before Thanksgiving. As planned, I started to prime the basement storm windows. What wasn’t planned was that some of them had cracks and gouges that needed to be filled first. That became a job for…

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Backsplash Breakthrough

While I was buying the paint for the kitchen, I mentioned my backsplash problem (Swedish flag blue and yellow using bathroom tiles) to the sales clerk. She steered me toward a water-based paint called Breakthrough!, made by Vanex Color, Inc. of downstate Mt. Vernon, IL. There is not much information on the web for this…

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Clean Slate

Remember our eyesore of a kitchen? Half-painted screaming yellow walls? Wagon-wheel cabinet trim/plate rail that served no purpose, decorative or otherwise? Blue-and-yellow bathroom tile for the backsplash? Exposed wiring in the ceiling? Ah yes, it was quite the site to behold! Not knowing when we will renovate the kitchen, I had to make the kitchen…

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Paint, Presumptions and Pathetic Prairies

We did a lot this weekend, even though it doesn’t seem like it. I was hoping to paint the kitchen, but it took a good part of Saturday just to get my painting supplies organized (and I have to be organized before I start on a project, otherwise forget it!). The paint cans, rollers, trays,…

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