With the summer in full swing, various bumps in the road of life are making it harder to continue working on the house with a steady schedule. (Of course this stresses me out to the highest level. We have to be out of our apartment by the end of July. AHHHH!)
I've nearly stripped the entire "inside" of the living room and have begun to migrate into the dining room. I'm glad I didn't think about, or really have knowledge of, the scope of this project. Otherwise I probably would have decided not to do it. Today I purchased another gallon jug of Strypeeze at the local hardware store and worked for a few hours trying to get the varnish off from the pillars. I've found it's much easier to wipe curved and rounded areas off with shop towels rather than try to use a scraper.
Having had no guidance with this process, I really hope I'm doing it right. Thus far it's been apply lots of varnish remover, scrape, repeat. When the area is clear, I wipe it down with a mixture of water and TSP and let that dry. After, I apply wood filler to any uneven areas and let THAT dry. Then I sand everything down. Final step? Wipe all the dust off so it's clean and prepped for some primer.
I've picked the paint color the living room and dining room will end up being - and possibly the kitchen! The previous owners used one paint color over the whole house. The only words you could use to describe it are "plain", "neutral", and "warm putty". It's not offensive, but definitely not the comfortable, cooler look we're going for. I've found a nice light blue-grey that goes perfectly with our tastes, the curtains (very important), and white trim.
We've been taking photos all during this whole process. It's nice to actually SEE the progress you're making when everything feels like it's going at a snails pace.
My "New" House Blog
I've never purchased a house, haven't a clue what I'm up to, but I still plan on doing home improvement projects that reflect my personality and sense of design.
In keeping with my need for record-keeping, all of my achievements and mistakes will be broadcast here (preferably more achievements and less mistakes). Hopefully this will offer insight to those trying to do what I've gone through!
I came from a family that valued education. (For the record, getting a degree in design was not part of that "value in education" piece.) I pursued my degree anyway and now am pushing towards my dream of becoming a craftsperson, using the house I'm buying as a practice run!