Counters

Countertop Makeover

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I wanted to update my countertops without spending a ton of money. I love the way they turned out. The video link is included and I hope you get some inspiration.

I think my next project will be faux concrete countertops in my bathroom. I am still working up the nerve to try that one.

Let me know what you think of the countertops and if you have any questions.

 

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Dining room 2

Dining Room Makeover

Our latest room to finish in our home improvement projects is our living room. We were very fortunate when we removed the green carpet from the dining room, we found original parquet flooring. We sanded and re-stained and painted the walls. The only remaining touches we have is to finish baseboards and hanging new curtains. I am very pleased with our results.

 

 

 

Laundry room

Laundry Room Makeover

It has been a while since I posted and I wanted the next post to be another home improvement project. We took a longer break than we meant to take after the holidays but we have finally finished our laundry room. I am so excited to have it painted and the floors done.

The first step was to clear the room and paint the walls. Here is a reminder of when we bought the house how this room looked.

We used the Sherwin Williams color named Crisp Blue. We decided on this color because we knew we wanted the floors to resemble water and the Crisp Blue tied in nicely with our floor colors.

In creating this look on our floors, I first painted them with Seal Krete Epoxy Seal for concrete & garage floors. I choose the color Armor Gray so that if it did show through, it would blend well with all the other colors.

 

 

To create this look, I used several colors mixing 20% paint with 80% water and applying paint in random motions across the floor working in smaller sections. Once I got paint onto the floor, I used Denatured Alcohol to blend the colors. If the colors did not blend as I wanted, I simply added more paint while the section of floor was wet until I was happy with the results.

The final step to finishing the floor is adding the epoxy mix. You simply follow the instructions from the box. We like to use a squeegee and then use a roller to make sure we get adequate coverage.

I have added several pictures during the process. I love the way this room turned out and would love your opinion on the floors.

 

Road

Everyone has a Journey

Each of us has a journey to take, the path we travel on in life. Some paths are straight and lined up to look great and others have crooks and turns. We all choose to look at those individuals who seem to have the straight path and think “man I wish that was me” or “why do they always have it so easy”. The honest truth is that even those with “the straight path” don’t always have it that easy and most times the grass is not greener just because of the color.

I was married with the best of things, a husband who made a lot of money. We both had new vehicles, we had a new house, we even had a boat we took to the river most weekends. Looking at us from the outside, we had it all. That was so not true. We had too many fights, there was too much drinking, bills piling up, and just not enough care and concern for each other. That marriage ended in the worst of ways.

I have also struggled by working extra hours to pay my bills and been much happier. It’s a journey. How many times you fall isn’t as important as how many times you get up, dust off and keep going.

I grew up thinking that I had to be just like my sister or just like my brother. I felt that my parents would not love me the same if I did not measure up. I still feel like the black sheep of the family on most days, I still struggle to “measure up” and feel like I’m important to my family. I have depression and daily I am trying to learn to take my own path and just enjoy being me. I cannot follow anyone else’s path in life, nor can they follow mine. I have had to make my own mistakes, travel my own roads of heartbreak and sorrow, and learn to be stronger standing on my own two feet- not anyone else’s. Just enjoy your journey, take the good moments and cherish each one. Then learn to let go of the pain after a heartbreak or disappointment teaches you a lesson. I leave you with these thoughts.

Psalm 139:14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life- Author unknown.

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Wall Texturing

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Epoxy Floors

Epoxy Flooring

Here is the post I promised I would write about the epoxy floors.

Being on a budget, we needed a way to update the floors that were not only easy upkeep but also inexpensive. While surfing the internet and youtube, we came across new designing in floors using epoxy. I spent a couple of hours on several occasions watching videos on how this works. We decided we really wanted to try.

  1. First you will paint the floors with a black primer for concrete floors. Commonly used for garages.
  2. Read all the directions on the box of epoxy. Depending on which type you choose, the directions may be different. We have used different types and there are different mixing methods.
  3. Use plastic bags around your shoes. The epoxy gets sticky and will ruin your shoes.
  4. First go around baseboards with a roller. No matter which method you use, you want to give yourself room and make sure that you have gotten the corners and edges well.
  5.  Our first room we used a plastic squeegee, pouring the epoxy in puddles and moving the epoxy around the floor evenly. The epoxy was mixed with a paint stain and put directly onto the floor.
  6. The second room, we painted the floor.  So we when used the epoxy top cover, we used a roller to apply to the floor evenly. The trick is to also make sure you have a thick enough layer so as it dries it smooths out evenly.
  7. The last part is the hardest. Stay off of the floor for 48 hours (or the hours given in the directions, again it can differ).

We absolutely love our floors. We continue to use this method as we work to update our entire home. The picture shown is of our living room. That update is coming soon.

Guest room before

Guest room makeover

Our second room to update was our guest room. My husband and I used this room as ours for a while until we were able to put furniture in our room. We had a wall in this room that had to be repaired. The day we bought the house, my husband managed to knock a hole in the wall. There was also a drain line for the air conditioner that ran along the bottom of the wall close to the floor. We had a carpenter come in to handle this job. Once he was finished, we ripped out carpet, painted walls and again used the epoxy floor. (I will post a separate post explaining how to use the epoxy as we did.) The room looks so much larger and turned out beyond my expectations. I am in love with this room.

room before

Living in Chaos

My husband and I did it! Yes, we bought a house in total need of TLC. While the house has great structure and a solid foundation, the inside resembles That 70’s Show or maybe even has a little 60’s Asian flare.

The large flower wall paper, the red shag carpet, and even the pink tub are all in our new home. We have many changes and updates in store; but with our strict budget, we will be using our creative skills to save money and make our house a HOME.

Our daughter’s room will be the first transformation. We are tearing out carpet, painting trim and walls and doing research on ways to make the floors durable again sticking to that tight budget.

I am pleased with the outcome.

 

 

We researched using epoxy and decided to try this technique. The floors are prepped with black concrete paint then painted gray.  The floor is dry and continues to have a glass shine.

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Welcome to Mudpies and Lemonade!  My blog will consist of topics regarding daily life issues and home improvements, as well as some of my favorite quotes and Bible verses.