Category Archives: Remodeling

Painted brick Ranch House

Not too long ago I told you about a project that I am working on with our builder/friend. I wanted to show how amazing her home looks now that it is painted. It will never cease to amaze me what the power of paint can accomplish. This home is now the show house on the street. The greenery pops against the creamy yellow and the gray door makes it look updated.

I know you love a good before and after as much as I do….so here are a few pics to see for yourself…

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Sherman Williams was generous enough to supply all the paint for Dawn’s house. I had no trouble selecting the colors from their color chart.

 

Trim: Pure White SW 7005

Brick: Crème SW 7556

Door and window frames: Software SW 7074

 

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The house just looks so happy now! We were lucky enough to also get Dawn some new gutters. We chose gray to match up with the new shutters and window color.

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The awnings were already this charcoal color….so by picking a color like Software….we were making them kind of flow all together. The white trim really cleaned this house up!painted brick house @cleverlyinspired

 

I will bring you more news about the playhouse we are building in the back….it really is going to be incredible!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Outdoor Shower

Guess what!!! My dad has been given the all clear to go to the beach! His Dr had him do a few test….all came back negative…no cancer present! Praise God:) He will be having another surgery on his bladder in May to basically begin to heal his bladder from the inside. We are beyond thankful and relieved. Thank you so much for all your kind emails and prayers. It means so much to me and my family:) My parents are going to be leaving for the beach early this morning. They will be there for almost a week. My dad will be doing a bunch of projects for us…and my mom will be helping I am sure (in between beach breaks:) I will keep you posted:)

Like I said before…this tutorial will not go down in history as the most stellar tutorial ever….but I hope it gives you a good idea of how to go about building your own outdoor shower. Our beach house only has one full bathroom….so an outdoor shower was on the top of our list for things to do. It makes summertime rinse downs so easy. Come right off the beach and shower…leaving all the sand outside:)

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We decided to place our shower under the deck. It provided some privacy and some stability for our structure. We wanted to speak to a plumber first to be sure the hot and cold lines could be run to the area we wanted to build the shower. The plumber came and told us no problem and to just call him when we had the shower built. The cost for him to run hot and cold was $400. Not bad for a new bathroom (well, half a bathroom I suppose:)

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So we (and I use that term loosely, hubs did a lot while I was really busy reading on the beach:) began by digging a couple of holes for the 4X4 post we were using to support the one side of the shower…

He dug the holes about a foot deep….I held the post and we made sure it was level. He secured the post to the bottom of the deck with long screws (to hold in place while the quick-crete cured). One bag of quick-crete for each post was plenty. We let that set up.

This is the point where I took my beach chair and headed to the beach….so it might get a bit sketchy on the details here:)

We used beadboard panels for 2 of the sides. Our plan was to cover all the wood with exterior paint. Everything deteriorates fairly quickly at the beach. The salt, sand and sea air just break things down a lot quicker. We are hoping that we will be able to maintain the shower with a few coats of good quality exterior paint every year (which is basically what my Grammies did at her beach house.) Time will tell I suppose…

 

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On the other side of the shower, we used treated wood boards. I will paint these the next time we visit. We wanted something a bit more sturdy on this side so that we can have hooks and maybe a bench attached in the future….a “landing spot” for beach items.

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After we had the shower built the plumbers came back to run the lines. We are pretty much set to go…except we need to construct a door—the curtain blows around too much…and I am not a fan of peep shows:)

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The last thing to do was lay some pavers. Since my honey is in the concrete and asphalt business…he is very versed on leveling and all things “ground” related. He leveled the sand so that the run off would go away from the house. We plan to spread some more sand in between all the joints when we go back next time (and I am thinking of maybe painting a stencil on them with outdoor paint to dress them up a bit:)DIY Outdoor shower @cleverlyinspired (2)

 

I hope that makes sense…a little bit:) We really love how it turned out so far…of course I already added a cute little hook for towels. I can’t help myself:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

#clevermoving Monday: Tips for Electrical Planning in a New Home

Hey all! This weekend there was a weird yellow ball of goodness high in the sky…people call it the “sun”…oh my it was nice to see it! I hope you had some tastes of spring where you live! Starting a fun new series today…. #clevermoving Monday:)

The house we have purchased is already started….we skipped by all the boring all the foundation, site planning, and roof work…and are full steam ahead with the fun stuff inside. The house is already framed and getting ready for electrical. We have been through this process a few times…so I thought I would share with you a few things to consider when you are planning your new home for electric. Again…I am no professional…just sharing what has worked for us in the past:)#clevermoving how to plan electrical in new home @cleverlyinspired (6)

 

 

* Take a long hard look at the building plans. I like to go room by room and really think about how that room will be used. For example, in the foyer…where will you want an outlet for holiday lights? Do you want a lamp in a certain spot? Be sure to place outlets where you think you may need them. In Kentucky, the building code states that there must be an outlet every 6 feet. So consider this in smaller areas because 6 feet is a long way to go in a space like a foyer.

* Look up. Where will you need overhead lighting? I always err on the side of too much light is better than too little. You can always put dimmers on overhead lighting…but it is much more costly to go back after drywall and add that light in.

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* Think about switches. Do you want dimmers in the family room? Do you want to switch on a lamp in the bedroom? Consider how the furniture will set up and where you may find a switch handy. We placed dimmers on the basement recessed lights, the family room and the kitchen. Also, light switches for both entrances to a room (particularly helpful in a “jack and jill” bathroom situation)

*Think about your workspaces. Where will you need cable, internet (wifi) connections? These are so easy to add now….and much less costly. We placed cable in the garage, back office, family room, screened porch, bedrooms and loft space…along with a couple in the basement. We want the option to be available if we want a tv in those spaces. Another space to consider is the laundry room and master bathroom.

*Outside fixtures. Do you want hanging lanterns? Or fixtures on the house? Do you want a fan on your porch? How about Christmas light outlets? Where do you think you may want Christmas trees…super helpful to place these outlets with a switch. All of these items are easy to add in now…

* My friend Brittany suggested if you have little ones…a on/off switch for the doorbell is very handy. Waking up a little person for the UPS man= nap fail…. :)

*If you cannot afford the lighting you want now…in a particular space…you can have the builder run the wires and cap it. I did this for the family room in our new house. I am not sure what kind of fixture I may want there….but I wanted to keep the option open to me to place it when I am ready.

*Really consider what you love about your current home and consider that for your new home. Do you love a particular table with a lamp on it near the sofa? Be sure to accommodate for that in your new floor plan. It doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way…but it gives you the option.

*Speakers. If you want music through out your home…now is the time to run the speaker wire. We chose to just use our Bluetooth speaker….but I did make sure the builder placed an outlet in a hidden open cabinet above the refrigerator.

*Take pics. Now is also a great time to take several pictures of the studs (hubba hubba;) These come in handy when you want to go back and do things in the future. You can see how the joist run and what is in between the walls. Print these pictures and keep them in a small photo album to refer to in the future.

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I thought it would be a fun series to start #clevermoving Mondays….to share the latest in the building process…and things that we learn along the way. So be sure to pop back in on Mondays to see what’s up!

Do you have anything you would have added? DO tell:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Painting a Prefinished Hardwood Floor: Part 2 (video)

Now that your hardwood is cleaned and taped off…you are ready to get painting. I made a video of the entire process. I would encourage you to watch the whole thing before you begin. There are a bunch of tips and tricks that will make this project really easy for you.

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Here are the materials that you will need for this project:

High quality 3 inch and I inch brush (I love purdy brand…they are expensive but worth it)

One gallon of Porter Paint (also called PPG paints)  Breakthrough in Gloss finish (they will color match for you)

5 inch trim roller set with disposable tray

ziploc bags gallon size

saran wrap

paint stirrer

damp cloth

This paint is really unique. Breakthrough by Porter/PPG paints is the only paint I would recommend for this project. It has properties that make it perfect for use on a floor. It dries EXTREMELY fast, it is very thin, it can be drippy (just keep in mind around trim), it is water based (so easy cleanup), did I mention it dries VERY fast. My first coat was able to be walked on in about 20 minutes…no joke…zero tackiness. I have never seen a paint behave this way. So pay the $70 and get yourself one gallon (which covered my foyer, hallway, powder room and kitchen…2 coats) . Worth. Every. Penny. I had about 2 Cups of paint left over…amazing.painting a prefinished floor @cleverlyinspired (6)

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You will want to roll on your first coat. It should not cover and you will see floor showing through…you want that. The first coat goes on much like a primer. Do not leave a wet edge….feather out the edges within 2 minutes of rolling it. I brushed on my quarter round first with a 1 inch brush…then rolled up to meet the quarter round. Work in a 18 inch square area…feathering out as you go. (like I said….the video will make more sense!) painting a prefinished floor @cleverlyinspired (7)

 

Allow first coat to dry 2 hours. Now use your 3 inch brush to put on your 2nd coat. Working in small 18 inch square areas…feathering the paint out immediately. This is not a paint that you can go back to 5 minutes and catch a run or a drip….you must even it out right away or your paint will start to pick up on you.

The final coat should dry 24 hours before it gets back to full use. We walked on ours with socks only after about 2 hours…no problems. That is what makes this paint awesome—-little downtime…if any. After 24hours…I laid down contractors paper for about 3 days…just to give the paint more hardening time.

A note about pets: We have a golden retriever. He is not a fan of my projects. I sent him to get a bath on the first day I painted. I did this for two reasons….I wanted his nails trimmed as low as possible..and I didn’t want him to be coming in/out/around where I was painting so I could “get my barring’s” with this paint. I tried to have him stay off the areas that were just painted for at least 24 hours. After that I had him staying on the contractor paper….we have not seen any issues at all with his nails on this hardwood. This paint hardens like an enamel….seriously amazing. We have walked on it with loafers and heels and have not seen any marks. We kept the contractor paper down for 4 full days (really it is best to let paint truly harden for 14days..)so I would say that covering the surface for a week is a great idea.

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Friday I am going to talk about finishing up this project…in the meantime watch the video and I can answer any questions you may have:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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would I dare…

Happy Friday yall! And happy Labor Day weekend…so hard to believe September is already here. I hope yall don’t think I have lost my marbles after reading today’s post……..

I read a post the other day….Emily Clark had posted about a letter she received from a very brave woman named Esther. Esther was lamenting about how worn down and ugly her builder grade pre-finished floors looked. She had considered every option…but wanting to stick to a budget she decided to try and paint them. All I can say is….O M G….holy cow….good gravy….golly miss molly….They. Look. Amazing. I was completely enthralled with how she pulled it off.

I couldn’t stop thinking about those floors. I emailed my hubs the post…thinking he may come back with a “you’ve lost your mind honey…” or “whattcho talkin about willis…” but instead I was greeted with a “go for it babe”….again….I married a saint. So now that I have his blessing…I really cannot stop thinking about it. (stop throwing things at the computer dad…I know you highly disagree with even the thought of painting a hardwood floor…I know…)

But here is what I think about the whole thing. It’s a floor. Period. I am not painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel… And in it’s current state…it needs to be either refinished or replaced. 10 years of dog and kids have left their mark….and it isn’t a pretty one.

Here’s the other thing….I really dislike the color of my floor. So that being said….I would never want to sand it down and put the same stain on top.

I will keep you posted….but if you know me like I think you know me….you know that my mind is pretty much already made up (or if you follow along on instagram or facebook…;)….where’s my paint deck? :)

For inspiration….here is what I am dreaming in my head….light, bright….airy and clean:)

Which is a lot better than this….(which is the current state of my floor…) Do tell….do you think I’m nuts??painting a hardwood floor @cleverlyinspired (1)
It’s a good thing he is cute…..;)

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Next week….let’s just call it Floor week:) Oh yeah…..Have a great weekend friends!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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