pink room renovation, part 1

Posted: September 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: extra bedrooms, progress | No Comments »

We’re starting work on another bedroom! This is the bedroom at the top of the stairs, to the left, next to the bathroom. It’s got three doors, one connecting to our bedroom, one to the hallway and one to my studio. Since we already have one guest room and don’t have another extra bed, for the moment this room’s been used for storing studio overflow, extra art supplies, winter coats, linens and stuff, and hosts the occasional visitors on an air mattress. I’m not sure what’s the long-term plan here, but we’re all tired of looking at the insanely pepto-bismol-pink walls and cruddy floor and missing trim. We’ll have marmoleum laid down on the floor, which is an easy solution because we don’t need to rip out the existing layers of flooring. Marmoleum is the original brand of linoleum, which has made a comeback in the past few years as a green building material. It’s made from natural linseed oil, pine rosins and wood flour, without all the toxic ingredients that go into vinyl flooring.

packing up stuff

So, step one: pack up all the stuff and clear out the room.

pink room floor

All cleared out. This room is hideous. When we got here there was filthy carpet on this floor. Judy ripped it all out for us! Under the layers of carpet and foam backing, we found this weird particle-board stuff. It looks like there used to be some kind of vinyl tiles on this floor but they’d been removed by some previous owner. Presumably there is some real wood flooring under there somewhere, but it’s a pain in the ass to rip out this particle-board layer and we don’t really know if the wood underneath would be nice or not – some of the original floors are in pretty rough shape here, and a lot of them are covered with lead paint, which is a brutal mess to deal with. So we’ll just leave this stuff there and cover it with marmoleum, which at least will look better, and is lovely smooth and easy to clean. Unfortunately Marmoleum is not easy to install as a do-it-yourselfer, so we got some recommendations for a local fellow that does a good job.

installing plywood underlay

new marmoleum

First Dan laid down a thin plywood underlayment (because the old flooring still had residue from vinyl tiling and old adhesive that could interfere with gluing down the marmoleum) and then a natural, non-toxic adhesive and then the giant sheets of marmoleum. He used a giant, weighted roller to roll over and over the flooring, bonding it with the adhesive underneath.

new green floor!

spiffy new floor new floor in the pink room

I kind of like the pink walls now, they look pretty amazing with the green floor! But we’ve hated them for too long, so the next step is definitely to repaint the walls and trim.

the pink room
soon it won’t be pink anymore!

more guest room updates

Posted: June 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: extra bedrooms, progress | No Comments »

We did some work on the guest room in the spring (see previous post here) and finally finished up painting the trim and put everything back together in June, I think. Then Lynn (our amazing hired carpenter!) went back and replaced all the missing trim pieces, so now we’ve got to go back in and paint some more. But things are definitely starting to look pretty good in here! (especially compared with the rest of our house, haha!)

improved guest room

improved guest room

improved guest room

much improved

It’s great to have one room that’s almost done!! In addition to painting the new pieces of trim, we still need to put in a ceiling light and switch, which will be a bit of a project because this room has never had a light switch! we’ll need to cut a hole in the wall, run wires through the walls and ceilings, and probably do some patching and re-painting afterwards. And then it should be all set, for the moment! Someday I’d love to replace the ugly ceiling (it’s a filthy, seventies-looking dropped ceiling with those pressed-fiber tiles) and strip & repaint the floors, which have a patchwork of old lead paint colors. But that stuff can wait another five or ten years! Here’s a “before” picture for comparison:

before: yucky carpet and battle-scarred walls
before: yucky carpet and battle-scarred walls




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