Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Farmhouse Projects: The Boy's Room

We've been hard at work on projects at the farm.
We've almost got all the bedrooms move-in-ready. Yippee!

The biggest, most extensive and most expensive project has been-
The Boy's room.

This room was once my little sister's room and then it became the junk room at the farm. There aren't any true before photos because it was just one big mess. I can, however, give you a bit of a description- the room was paneled with cheap, dark paneling in the mid-80's, which was both glued and nailed onto the walls all the way down past the baseboard right down to the quarter-round trim at the floor. The wood floor was once a chocolate brown color but had become badly scuffed an gouged over the past 25+ years and in recent years, a can of paint had leaked in a couple of spots by the window.
The room is oddly shaped and has one window, a pull chain light and no outlets. 

Since the paneling was glued onto old horse hair plaster we figured we were going to find a crumbling mess behind it all and had decided, due to time and fiscal restraints that we would pull down the old paneling and put up paintable bead board panels in their place. Imagine our surprise when we found the walls pretty much intact and that the old glue would sand right down to the plaster with some properly applied elbow grease.
And so began our campaign to save the plaster walls. The plaster walls that had been painted an interesting minty  green in the 1940's.... and that paint had been applied over old wallpaper from the early 40's or late 30's. Which is where this whole tale gets really messy.
We scraped down all the lose stuff off the walls and began to prime. The heavy duty primer reacted with that icky 1940's paint and the paint began to flake and roll right off onto the rollers.
It wouldn't just scrape off either- we had to wet the walls down and scrape and scrape and scrape to get that paint and most of the wallpaper off. To say it was a big, wet, stinky mess would be a slight understatement. 
Because we can only work at the farm on the weekends- this hiccup put us a week behind and caused a bit of project rearranging. We all maintained pretty good attitudes about it- I guess when you've gone without true running water in your home for 38 days, a bit of soaking and scraping isn't such a life altering task.

While we were scraping, the Mister starting patching. We had a section of wall that required a half sheet of drywall to patch it but most of the other patching was much smaller in comparison (except for the ceiling but that's not a post for today)- however, there was a lot, as in a whole lotta lot of patching to be done. There was also a short section of wall that was in bad shape that we tore out and put a piece of lauan board in it's place because we're planning something like this right here.

After scraping and patching and waiting for the patches to dry.... we were able to start priming and then painting.

Here's where we came from and where we're at right now-- taking you clockwise through the room- you'll see the before picture of each corner, two "in progress" shots- the unprepped walls and then the patched walls and then the after- freshly painted walls!

Northeast Corner-- This is the corner you see first when you walk in:

 The Boy has been a part of this process right from the get-go. He helped empty the room of "stuff" and jumped right in tearing out paneling and sanding the old glue off the walls.

Southeast corner-- 

Southwest corner-- you can see the large section that we needed to add a piece of drywall to for repairing. The west wall is the accent wall and is therefore painted a darker blue.

Northwest corner-- this has the short wall where we tore down the plaster and added a piece of lauan board.

After finishing the walls we started on the floor. We love the old wood floor but it needed a redo and since we're in this time and money crunch we decided to use the leftover porch paint from when I painted the stairs of the yellow townie farmhouse last summer ( a grayish blue called Boardwalk Blue from Dutch Boy). I'm quite amazed at how far this paint stretched. We had 2/3 of a can but purchased a 2nd can just in case.... We were able to put down two coats of porch paint without even opening the second can!

Me... adding the 2nd coat- my "I'm not amused" face....
We waited two hours between coats.

We've got plans for a seriously cool rug for this space but for right now we're putting the floor rug that was previously in the room back in.

We also decided that since we had all that porch paint leftover that we'd use it to paint the floor in the family closet room [more on that room another time]. We were able to get the first coat on the closet floor before running out of the first can. As for what will be leftover from the second can.... oh, we shall see!

Here's where we're at on the boy's room:

Some of the furniture doesn't belong in here- it's just visiting until the closet is done!
Here's the project list details:
Move out all the accumulated junk
Pull paneling off walls
Sand old glue off walls
Repair any holes/cracks in plaster walls
Replaster hole in ceiling
Finish ripping down plaster on short wall
Add Lauan board to short wall
Scrape old paint and wallpaper off walls
Prime walls 
Prime doors
Paint Ceiling
Paint walls [color: Surfing USA by Dutch Boy]
Paint Accent Wall [color: Go Blue by Dutch Boy]
Paint trim (including door frame and window)- Superhide White by Dutch Boy
Paint door (hallway side)- Superhide White by Dutch Boy
Paint short wall (lauan board)- prime & paint Superhide White
Paint inside of door- Black Chalkboard paint by Rustoleum
Scrub/wash wood floor
Paint wood floor [Porch Paint by Dutch Boy in Boardwalk Blue]
Replace window shade
Hang curtains (made by Ms. Books) higher on wall above window
Create Pallet Wall on short wall [from this idea]
Hang large map of world
Replace ceiling light with a lighted ceiling fan
Add at least two wall sockets to room
Add a gallery wall on accent wall
Add an 8x10 area rug in fun colors to floor

As pieces of the project get done I'll cross them off and (hopefully) update y'all with the progress. As you can see- we've been able to cross off half the list!

Note: The walls took one coat of Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Plus by Zinsser and two coats of colored paint. 

Because he's a boy and dirty smudges seem to be everywhere in his room right now- we went with a semi-gloss paint for easy wipe down. Looking at how the light glares off the walls, I wish I'd gone with satin but it's not a real big deal (just a learning lesson).

Project cost breakdown:
1-2-3 Primer: $14.82 (used entire gallon)
Dutch Boy Refresh Paint (2 gallons- 1 of each blue color): $57.68
Dutch Boy Platinum Paint- Superhide White: same gallon as hallway $0
Floor Paint: free as we had it on hand $0
Half a piece of dry wall (other half is for repair in hallway): $4.00
1 Lauan board (for pallet wall project): $12.69
Lrg bucket of joint compound (for patching walls-used approx. 2/3): $13.78
Lighted Ceiling Fan: $72.08
running total >>> $175.05

Whew! This has been quite the project so far! It's taken four weekends of work (along with a couple of week nights) to get to this point. We're planning to paint the ceiling this weekend (backwards but we had to wait for the plaster repair to set) and we're still gathering the perfect pallet wood for that short wall but the big stuff is done (except putting in the fan light).

Verdict: The Boy LOVES it and wants to start moving his stuff in right now. We'll see if I can keep him contained a bit longer....


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