New Windows and Doors/Dining Room Transformation

During the months of June and July (2015) we decided to undertake quite a few different home upgrades: we decided to update our doors, windows, and dining room.

Our doors used to be these plain and brown ones. They were functional but were not the most attractive. We’re not planning on selling this house anytime soon, but we always ask ourselves what potential buyers would want to see upgraded in our home (if it were on the market).

Old brown doors

Old brown doors and ….. Violin???

We went to Lowes Home Improvement Store to buy our doors. We had to special order them because our measurements were off by 1/4 inch. We basically had to pay $65 per door instead of the $35 because we didn’t have standard sized doors. Either way, Lowes was much cheaper than Home Depot would have been: The Home Depot wanted upwards of $130 per door. No thanks – ciao gotta go!

Something got messed up in our order and our pick-up date got moved back several weeks. When we came to pick up the doors on the final estimated arrival date, we saw a 15% off sale on custom-ordered doors. We asked them if we could have that discount since our doors were so late. They obliged and we got a $41 in-store credit certificate.

We fit the doors into the back of our 2013 Chevy Cruze. We bungy corded the trunk shut and headed down the road. All was fine until we hit the first speed bump on our street. We damaged a panel by going too quickly: the trunk lifted and came down on a hollow panel in the door – it’s nothing a little wood glue can’t fix. 🙂

loading doors up from Lowes

loading doors up from Lowes

We painted them outside and then installed them that same day. We used VALSPAR – Bistro White from Lowes. We used a semi-gloss sheen on the doors and trim and a satin sheen on the walls.

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This panel on the top-right is the one that took some damage. It’ll fix up fine.

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A few weeks earlier we had painted the hardware and door knobs with Rust-Oleum. They look good as new. We painted them oil-rubbed bronze.

Final product

Final product

We even used that paint on our door bell:

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The paint looks nice and works really well.

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WINDOWS

The windows of this home are original from 1971. They have moss growing in them and they allow the sun to cook the inside of our home. We decided in June to call Window World and get a quote for new windows.

Jim came out to our house and showed us how cool the windows are at Window World. He even stood on the windows and jumped up and down: they did not break. He showed us the warranty they come with: Lifetime warranty for any reason, transferrable to new owners! That means that whoever owns this house after us has a lifetime warranty on those windows too!

He showed us how they insulate the home and do not let heat in etc. They also pop in and out so you can easily clean them.

We were amazed and bought brand new windows!

Mossy Windows

Mossy Windows

The crew came and took out our old windows leaving a nice little hole in our house.

Window removed from Nursery

Window removed from Nursery

Here is the before picture:

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And this is what it looked like after – the job only took 2 1/2 hours!

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All New Windows Installed

All New Windows Installed

We really like that these new ones didn’t come with any moss.

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New Window

New Window From Interior

New Window From Interior

One little thing at a time, we are making this house something exceptionally beautiful.

Dining Room

We also made some updates to our dining room this month (July 2015). This is how it appeared on June 1, 2014:

Dining Room on June 1, 2014

Dining Room on June 1, 2014

One $16 light fixture later, our dining room has become a rather cool place to hang out!

New Light Fixture

New Light Fixture

The quadro from IKEA was a welcomed touch as well. 😉

Dining Room in July 2015

Dining Room in July 2015

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Cheap Bathroom Remodel

The main hall bathroom was a little bit dated when we first moved in. It wasn’t all that pretty either. The first easy fix was to replace this light bulb with some round ones.
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The next thing was to get rid of the wood light switch panel.
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We also replaced an ugly bug-filled light fixture with this $7 replacement fixture from the Home Depot. 20141023_115721 20141023_115729

Now prepare for the big jump. We bought a new vanity at Home Depot for $150, some new paint for close to $60 (Seascape and Bistro White from Valspar – always use semi-gloss or higher gloss for a bathroom), a new light fixture for like $60, a faucet for around $80, and a wood toilet seat for like $15. Don’t get the plastic ones!!!! They look terrible and make your house look cheap! You can still be cheap and not make it look cheap…. That’s what we do! We then spent about $20 in plumbing parts.

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Is it a Guestroom….. or a Nursery?!?!?

It’s now June 25, 2015 and we are expecting our first baby in October!!! She’s a little girl and she’s absolutely crazy. She’s twisting and turning doing somersaults in the womb. We can feel her doing that every waking hour (meaning only when she’s not sleeping). During her anatomy ultrasound we even watched her do that for 15 whole minutes! I feel like naming her Zoey because it sounds like a crazy girl name for a little crazy girl. I feel that she’ll bolt out of the womb dashing down the corridors with pointy teeth and orange zig-zag hair. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Other than that, we have a name for her but we’ll share that at a later time!

Below you see this guest room (first room on the left down the main hall) as we first saw it last year in June of 2014. You see the tan paint, new carpet, old glass square light fixture, and long co-ax cable.

June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014

We moved our stuff in and didn’t want to cover the air-vent so we put the bed a little to the left. We later remediated this problem with a magnetic air-deflector this sits on the vent and shoots the air out from under the furniture. The “unbreakable” ones were less than $3 at Lowes.

Guestroom phase 1

Guestroom phase 1

The room rested in this phase (phase 2) until about April of 2015.

Guestroom phase 2

Guestroom phase 2

In April of 2015 we painted it “Swiss Coffee” a color from Behr available at the Home Depot. We didn’t know the gender at this point so we just went with a simple color and nice new light fixture.

New Paint and Light Fixture

New Paint and Light Fixture

And now the Guestroom transforms into a Nursery in Mid-May 2015!

New Crib and Dresser from Grandma and Grandpa Cambron (Kacee's Parents) THANKS!

New Crib and Dresser from Grandma and Grandpa Cambron (Kacee’s Parents) THANKS!

Kacee also had this wonderful idea to put some Board and Batten (Kacee referenced several blogs including this one for inspiration). So we measured it all up and bought some pine 1×3 boards and had the store cut to our measurements. We painted them outside and coated them three times before we began hanging them. We didn’t have a miter saw for the corners so my cousin “Sir Reginald” came over and helped us do that part and use the nail gun to secure them. When all was said and done we decided just to keep the board and not add any batten (the vertical boards).

Board added to walls

Board added to walls

We then caulked the nail holes and the lines joining the board to the wall and applied several coats of touch-up paint. We kept the boards and the bottom half in the Swiss Coffee Behr color. We used a Satin Sheen for the walls and the boards. The base boards and door frames are in Bistro White from Valspar in the semi-gloss sheen. We painted the top half Twinkly Green, a color from Sherwin Williams. We had it color matched into Valspar paint because we prefer the Valspar.

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We then found this really nice recliner at KSL.com for $200. It’s in perfect condition and the new ones go for $700 or $800. It’s a little miniature and it fits just fine. The full size recliners would have presented great difficulty if we had tried to fit one in that little corner!

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New LaZboy recliner

New LaZboy recliner

So it’s a Nursery! Guests are reduced to the fold-out couch in the office. We just can’t wait for Baby Girl to get here!!! Tune back in for the new windows and doors coming in July 2015!!

Living Room Updates June 2014 – June 2015

When we moved into our house in 2014 we had a tabula rasa to make our very own. Everything except the kitchen was painted in this neutral tan color you see depicted below. All light fixtures were very old and plain. The carpet was only a few years old and the sub-floor had been recently been replaced. We could hardly wait to make this place our own, but for the first 12-months things came slowly and in stages.

Living Room on June 1, 2014

Living Room on June 1, 2014

First we dumped everything in the room and gradually found a place for everything….. haha.

Bare Wall in Living Room

The second thing we did was put up a ledge which we had found (#pluperfectpast) in the dumpster at our old apartment complex in Salt Lake City. Kacee had the brilliant idea to salvage and stain it.

Putting up the Shelf

Putting up the Shelf

Now remember that this was in the deep heat of the summer – what we really needed was a ceiling fan. We also wanted more light, and a more modern light fixture in the living room, so we went and got a ceiling fan.

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Kacee putting together the fan blades

When all was said and done we got an aesthetic that we really liked: we got a more modern look with the fan, and some nice height and motion with the new ledge and picture frames.

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There were still a few things that we wanted to change, however. We still weren’t getting as much natural light in there as we would have liked. The curtains were brown and we had a nice tree (really nice for afternoon shade) blocking our window’s view. This caused the room to cast dark shadows into the top corners of the room. We wanted to find a nice way of making the room come to life even more…

So we went to Lowes Home Improvement Store and bought three samples of Valspar Signature paint and painted them on the wall: December Starlight, Cool Grey, and Bistro White.

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We wanted to go as clean and bright as possible so we went with the Bistro White – and OH was it refreshing!!!!!!!

New Ledge, Fan, and Frames

Everything was fine and dandy in our lives. We couldn’t have asked for more. We had moved in on June 2, 2014 and we painted it white during the first week of July. We would watch Leave It to Beaver on our little T.V. under the stream of cool air pushed by the fan – no one had it better than us. We lasted a few months. Then it was September and we went up to Ogden for the Ogden Temple Open House. On the way there we saw the PIANO SALE SIGN in front of the Piano Gallery in Riverdale. We got so excited to come in and look at the pianos! We vowed to visit the store on our return trip. After the open house, we came to the piano gallery and looked at the pianos we could afford. We told ourselves that we wouldn’t spend more than $3,000 dollars. We found one that we loved (and one that doesn’t bite the fingers during arpeggios) for $2,900. It was a smaller upright piano that was good enough. We decided to shop around and we went to the piano liquidation sale at the Sandy Expo Center. We found what we thought was a larger piano listed at $3,400. It turned out to be the same size. We then went to Riverton Music in Sandy and we were greatly unimpressed with their selection in our price range (they did have a 9-foot Hamburg Steinway from the mid 1800s that had been restored going for somewhere around $128,000 but rather than take out a whole MORTGAGE to buy that piano, I’ll just wait to inherit my mother’s Steinway).

So we went back to the Piano Gallery in Riverdale (Ogden-ish) and went with a larger upright piano (46 inches tall) and we told them about the one we had seen at the Expo Center. We bought that $4,200 piano for $3,400 and had it delivered to our little house!FB_IMG_1410639818736

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Isn’t that thing GORGEOUS?!?!?! I absolutely love it.

Many months passed by and in December we went to Italy. When we came back our living room looked something like this:

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IMG_5452But then the bug came back and told us to get some new things (Jiminy Cricket’s the name!) So we added new couches, blinds, curtains, and tables:

New couches, tables, blinds, and curtains

New couches, tables, blinds, and curtains

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In July of 2015 we have new windows and doors coming! We’ll keep you posted on that!