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Monday, April 13, 2015

Rustic Charm Bedroom - Painting it up!!

I want to show you some more progress on Ashlee's room, but first I have to share some stuff!
So do you remember our Laundry room video that Houzz made?
Here it is again if you missed it.

I am kinda freaking out, it seems to have gone viral!!
When this post went live we had over 3.5 million views!!
I can't really wrap my mind around numbers like that.
Most of these views happened this last week!
Anyway, with this has come some interesting experiences.  
I live in a kinda small town, and almost everywhere I go I hear,
"I saw you on Facebook!"
My husband is doing some special training for a new project at work and all the training is done on line. His trainer who is located back east, and who has never seen Les, sent him a message one morning.
It said,
"This is kind of a weird question, but I saw this video last night about this laundry room. And the guy labeled the supportive husband was named Les Batchelor. Is that you?"
When my husband responded,
 She said, "Yeah I know someone famous!"
We have had fun on this little roller coaster. When you are exposed to that many people you also get those that aren't so happy with you. I am right now one of the most controversial parents out there.  Even though this is about my laundry room, many comments are arguing on how we do laundry, how my children should so their own laundry, id they do enough other chores, that they are lazy, that we are selfish for having 6 kids. It goes on and on!!
We have laughed for the most part at total strangers making assumptions and criticizing us, and other strangers for defending us. It has reminded me that we all need to realize everyone out there, especially parents, are doing the best that they can and we should not judge them.
Anywhooo it has been a fun ride!!!

All right enough of that!
 Thanks for letting me share!
Last time we talked about Ashlee's room the built ins were all built.
Next, I lightly sanded, cleaned and caulked everything so I could prime this baby!!
Caulking the joints helps make the built ins seamless and professional looking in the end.

Next, I primed everything.
  I have found when painting wood that has previously been stained, is is best not to try and strip the finish off.  Especially if you are painting it white. The stained color leaks through. If you just sand lightly and then use a good stain blocking primer for glossy surfaces, you get the best results.  
The photo collage below will point out a few other items of note.
1.  On the bottom of the built ins I didn't paint all the way to the floor. This is due to the fact that I re-installed the baseboards and they covered the unpainted area.
2.  I also ripped out the drywall on the window sill so I could trim it out with a wood sill.
3.  I prepped, primed, and painted all the doors in the garage so I could get a really good finish.
I use a paint brush and a roller. Brush the  insets and grooves first, then roll the smooth areas, which also gets rid of most of the brush marks.
4.  Once everything was painted and had dried for a day or two, I lightly distressed the built ins.  I did this because Ashlee requested it, and like I always say, "It is a kids room!! It is going to get distressed, so why not start that way!!"

What do you think?  I also painted the walls, can you tell? They are painted Autumn Haze by Gliden.  I know it's very light in here, but I have lots of color planned for linens and book shelves so I just wanted a soft neutral back ground.

After everything was painted I installed the corbels I made. I just used liquid nails and used my nail gun to shoot some nails from the top to stabilizing the corbels while the glue dried.
You may notice I installed the baseboards, completing the look.

What do you think?
We are almost done with these babies.
Can't wait to show you more.
Thanks for stopping by!


Haylee said...

Hello! I am just a random new blog stalker of yours! ;) (Don't worry, I am relatively normal). Anyway, I saw your laundry room video on Facebook, and I thought, "Man, this lady is great!" And I could just see goodness in you and your family. I googled your name and found your blog. The first thing I found was your video you shared about the Savior. I just started to bawl (and I'm not usually an emotional person). I thought how amazing it was that so much traffic would be coming to your blog because of your video and so many people get a chance to hear about the gospel. So, I just wanted to thank you for your goodness! What a great example to me! Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the massive response! Just wanted to say that I adore your blog and am so pleased to see you getting so much of the limelight! You do such a great job using a shoestring budget, which is what pulled me in! I am also a dedicated GoodWill and resale shopper and pride myself on having 'vision' to see under what is there to what 'can be'. I bow to your expertise though!!

It's a sad state that people feel free to go online and make hateful remarks on how other folks raise their kids or keep their house; or any other thing that strikes their fancy for that matter. I'm glad yall kept your senses of humor about it and moved on to something else.

My mantra has always been I'll worry about what other folk think when they start paying my mortgage. Until then, I'll worry about what my husband and I think (or just me when I was single!!).

Best wishes for your continued success, you are truly a star!!

Heather said...

I feel the same as Diana W. about the rude comments from others. Its sad how rude or opinionated people can be sometimes.
I love what you did with your laundry room. I'm hoping to do something like this for my own laundry room. My big question is about the washer and dryer - do you have to have stackable appliances or can any kind be stacked as long as they're front loading? I'm guessing the washing machine is on the bottom...? :) I know you mentioned the counter lifts off to service the appliances. Is there a space between them and the wall behind in order to access the back?
Amazing work on your laundry room and this gorgeous built-in for your daughter's bedroom!
I'm an lds stay-at-home DIY-kind of mom with 4 kids under 7 so it's inspirational for me to see all that you accomplish and build on your own. I'm totally excited I came across your blog.