Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patching drywall part 2

In case you missed the last post about patching drywall. Here is a new one. Remember that hole in the wall courtesy of Hurley's rear end? Let me remind you.

So we fixed the issue and had a drywall patch just chilling out for about a year. Also, I will add that during that year we didn't acquire any new holes. However, about two weeks after I painted we had this...

Which wall? Oh, the same one as before.

The old hole was very close (like two inches to the left) to that outlet. The new hole is just out of camera shot to the left. Seriously about three feet down from the last hole. Did I mention where it came from? Oh, Hurley's rear end. Yep.... again.

So here is how I fix the issue.

Grab a new piece of drywall and measure (well, sort of). Just eyeball it really and make some hash marks like this.

Then cut off the excess drywall from your piece and place it up against the wall to trace it onto the wall. You will then use the lines as a guide to cut out your hole. Yes, a hole this big has to get bigger before it can be fixed.

This is yours truly tracing my drywall piece. Excuse the unwashed hair. I just can't stand to take two showers a day so I tackle projects before my morning shower. Oh, and don't forget to label your drywall piece with an arrow pointing up so that you know which end goes where once complete.

After tracing is complete, use a keyhole saw to cut out an even bigger hole.

Is it making better sense now? Good. Next it is time to develop a way to keep your new piece of drywall from falling through to the inside of your wall. Just use some wood stirrers from your paint store. It works. Grab drywall screws and secure them in place. It will look like this.

Once both ends are secured, you can replace the drywall piece, secure it, and apply mesh tape.

Now you can see in the picture that I chose not to secure my drywall piece with screws. This was because a lot of the backing on the upper side of the hole was damaged from Hurley's hind side. I was worried that if I applied a lot of pressure to secure a screw in it that I would cause more damage. So I guess it works best to assess the situation first.

Next, it is time to apply drywall compound. And while I had the drywall compound out I went ahead and fixed a couple more holes (less substantial ones) that we have also acquired since painting. Apparently freshly painted walls beg to be banged up. Never mind that we went years in this house without such things happening.

Don't be afraid to lay it on thick. It will get sanded and painted 24 hours later.

This hole was caused by the doorknob of our front door. We never realized that there wasn't a doorstop there. I really wish I had noticed before I had painted.

This is another doorknob hole. I seriously don't understand how this never happened in the two years before I painted the house. Don't worry. We are installing door stops.

Because these holes are smaller I just put the drywall compound on them to cover over and we will see how that works. I'll have to update later though because right now everything needs to dry for the next 24 hours.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Picking out cabinets

I have been in the process for about a week now of trying to select cabinetry for our hall bathroom. I think we are finally going to tackle a little remodel in there. To say that I am excited is an understatement. It is also overwhelming though. I think the most difficult thing for me has been deciding on the type and color of the cabinetry. This will be the first remodel that will effect the style in the rest of the house. Wouldn't it be silly to have super traditional cabinets in the hallway and then walk out into a really modern kitchen? I just want the house to flow well. 

Initially I looked into purchasing a vanity with the counter-top and sink already attached. It just seemed like it would be easier. After days of looking online, I have now decided to go in a different direction. It was getting to be frustrating that I couldn't find a style that Patrick and I both liked. Here are  a few of our top picks though.

First we have our top pick from Lowes at $598. 

This vanity also comes in white. Major problem though... It would never have fit through our door into the bathroom. Next we have our Amazon/Overstock finds. This white vanity is $559 on Amazon right now and also comes in a dark wood stain with black granite counter.

Only problem... It is not solid wood. I read multiple reviews of people complaining that it just couldn't hold up to the daily grind. So then we have this beauty from Amazon that comes with the mirror.

However, at $1,397 it is made of solid wood, had rave reviews, but blows the budget completely out of the water. Also, I realized that I wasn't really in love with it. The granite is ugly to me. So the final vanity was definitely our favorite. It is on multiple websites with various counter options, but we liked the price we saw on overstock for $907.

The vanity is made of solid wood and had reviews on several websites that were good. The main complaint was that the counter didn't match the quality of the furniture. I have it pictured with travertine. Well, I was almost ready to jump on this vanity until I noticed the words 'out of stock' underneath the price. I quickly searched all of the other websites I had seen it on and it seemed to be out of stock everywhere. The only place that had it was selling it for over $1000. That was the moment that I realized I was going about this in the wrong way. Sometimes when you try to keep things easy and avoid work you can end up giving yourself more work.

Plan B which should have been plan A is to purchase base cabinets from a company, purchase a sink and faucet, measure for a counter, select and purchase said counter, and select and purchase tile for the floor. Simple right? Oh, and then there is the actual work... The demo and rebuild process. I have got to learn how to install a tile floor at some point. 

Later today I hope to have made some more progress with the remodel selections. So far I am researching Lily Ann (sold here in Birmingham), Ikea, Wood Hollow (located back in my hometown), Brookhaven (cheaper alternative to woodmode), Woodmode (in my mom's kitchen but probably out of price-range), Luxor, and Kraftmaid (sold at home depot and Lowes).

Patrick and I are headed to the big box store later today to look at some of the kraftmade selections. I have looked at their website and have been surprised by the selection. I also found some pictures on the internet.

Of course I would find a picture of green cabinets! haha.. I actually like the style of these cabinets and then I could select a different finish.

The color of the above vanity might look nice.

Isn't that blue/green so pretty? I am starting to think that I don't want stained cabinetry since I am not at all attracted to it when looking at pictures. Of course I have to show you my other kraftmaid find.... A white kitchen!

I am trying to exercise restraint so that I make the right decision. Right now, everything I look at is better than what we have so it is hard not to pick something out on impulse. Wish me luck!