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My house the New Home Painting Techniques

Updated on May 13, 2014

My house it needs a new paint job to hide problem walls

My house the new home painting techniques. My husband and I recently purchased what I call my house, a former Frat house in Ann Arbor, Michigan and it needs a new coat of paint and renovation.. What a mess? The boys really did a good one on this house requiring use to begin a painting techniques designed hide problem walls. We hope to bring it back to it's former glory. It has 6 bedrooms with 3 living floors and a basement. As you probably already know real estate in Michigan has become a real bargain. Although we have only 1 child we do plan to have more, but 5 I don't think so.

I plan to keep you updated on the renovations as they happen. We are living in a section of the house we blocked off with thick plastic in hope of keeping the dust down in our breathable air. I hope we know what we got ourselves into, it's more work than I thought I would ever do in my lifetime. I am hoping that some new painting techniques will help to modernize this house and make it into a home.

Right now we are trying to make the kitchen functionally beyond using the microwave in the bedroom. We hate eating out, since my husband is an assistant professor, we can't afford to hire much help. This is a project we have to figure out for ourselves and the help of the kind people at the local hardware store, Lowes and the Home Depot.

I think we need tools.

Since we've never done any home renovation projects, we needed to go out and get some tools. Where do we start?

Renovation Day

I dreaded getting up that morning, we were going to demo the kitchen. My mind was all over the place, what if...? Well the day went well I practice some of the painting techniques I learned at a paint workshop at the local hardware store. I turned out beautifully. I couldn't imagine what we would have done if it hadn't worked out. I guess we would have to go with wallpaper. That would have cost a pretty penny.

Well on to the next challenge, how to fix the stinky smell in the bathroom and use my new technique to camouflage the walls. Those frats really have won this house out, thank goodness things are starting to look up. Can't wait to have a bathroom that I can take a tub bath in soon.

Choosing Cupboards

We needed to pick out some cupboards for the kitchen and my husband's uncle told us that it would be much cheaper to order ready to assemble one. We would have to put them together ourselves, but we would be able to afford a higher quality cupboard in exchange. So... We went to the local cupboard store and chose the best we could afford.

Now I'm worried. My husband asks me the question, "How do you eat an Elephant?" Then he says, "one bite at a time." Here we go each day when we get home from work, I heat something up in the microwave, my mom prepared for us. You see I now just give her my grocery money to ease some of the stress and she buys it, cooks it at her house and I microwave it in our bedroom of course!

Thank-you Mommy!


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Thank-you Uncle Joe

I have to say thank-you uncle Joe, if it weren't for him I think I would be a little crazier than I feel now. Uncle Joe is my husbands relative, he is a carpenter and give us ideas and let's us know when we're getting off on the wrong track. He stopped us from cutting some expensive lumber into the wrong dimensions, he help us figure out how to assemble the cupboards. and God Bless him, he stops in to check up on our progress and keeps us motivated. Sometimes we are so stressed, we just want to quit.

The Old Chandelier In the Hallway

Well it's not much but it's a start. I spend the last 2 day cleaning the old chandelier in the hallway. What a chore, I do mean chore. There were a few moment that I considered just tossing it and finding something new. But the agreement my husband and I have is to salvage every possible piece of this old house's history. I can hardly believe it actually cleaned up so well.

I used all the product that the man next door told me about. I seemed to restore the beautiful shine to the brass. It took a lot of elbow grease, I think I need to see if Lowes has some, I fresh out!

It any one has some suggestions I don't really like the bulbs that are in it now. I'm not sure there is anything else that I can use. So please if you have any ideas, let me know.

What do you think about renovating a house yourself?

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Well....It's a lot of work, but how rewarding! Is that your kitchen? I can't wait to see what all you do. It sounds like an enormous place--such fun!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I have done many things in my own home over the years, and the more I did the more I learned. Seems like you're on your why, It's just great to have such wonderful people as your mother and Uncle Joe to help out. I wish you both all the best, and looking forward to seeing your results.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would love to renovate my own house, if I needed to. I'm sure it is a lot of work, but once it's all said an done, you will feel a sense of immense satisfaction and accomplishment. Wishing you and your hubby all the best as you tackle this massive project one bite at a time...stay blessed! :)

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      5 years ago

      I dread the thought of renovating. You are very fortunate to have your Mom and Uncle Joe! The house is beautiful! You will be so pleased once all the work is done.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful kitchen, renovating a house is a lot of work.

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      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      I love what you are doing with this beautiful house. I can see the potential that is has. The chandelier alone is just gorgeous! Good luck too you. You'll have to let me know when you have added more photos of your progress. I hope you have taken some "before" photos of the mess so that you can post "before and after" shots.

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      5 years ago

      A year ago my renovation project seemed never-ending too, it's definitely worth it though, particularly when you've done it all yourself. Thanks for visiting and good luck!

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      5 years ago

      Really beautiful. Thanks for the visit.

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      5 years ago

      DIY, is work but it is rewarding to do. I have done some renovating in my home owner days.

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      5 years ago

      I would relish the idea of doing my own renovation. Good for you both for taking this on.

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      5 years ago

      I think if you are able to live with a bit of upheaval it's a fantastic thing to do as it can increase the value of the house a lot and so make you money for the future. I hope this project goes well and I look forward to seeing it when it's finished.

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Good start keep up the good work. I'll come back and check-up on you.


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