Entryway Update

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Phoenix Designer

The paint is done!  The lights are installed.  I love it.  It is such a process righting the wrong of the brown paint, but can I just say how satisfying it is?  Its like preforming an exorcism on a home, making it clean and pure and restoring it to its full potential.  It literally took a week of me painting the entry way trim and walls, and a whole weekend with me and my husband painting the ceiling.  (Lets be real, we are working/ going to school and have four kids to take care of.  This would probably be done in a weekend total if you had no distractions.)

Let’s all hold hands in a show of support to witness what it was before.  (Deep breath) Prepare yourself…entryrenovation-1

Yikes.

The brown just makes it feel choppy and segmented, and the strip of brown on the ceiling?  Why tho?  I don’t understand.  The lighting circa 1979, original to the house.  Questionable, at best.

I had a $500 budget to get this done.

Here is the process on a project like this. I can not emphasize this enough.  Prep.  Is.  Life.

  1. Degloss or lightly sand the surface.  We used this sander/deglosser to degloss the tray ceiling and trim.  The best part about it is you don’t have to wipe down and clean the surface after.  entryway-30
  2. Have Hot Husband remove super classy smoked glass mirror from wet bar.
  3.  Prime the Surface with Kilz or Zinsser.  We love Zinsser.
  4.  Paint the first coat.  We used Dunn Edwards Aristoshield in White. This is where I had my mild freak out moment.  It looked splotchy and uneven.  Don’t stress.  Keep going.
  5. Wait at least 12 hours before coat two.
  6. Paint coat two.
  7. Rejoice in how awesome it looks.
  8. Wait for it to dry.
  9. Hot Husband installs the new lights from overstock.  He is amazing.  Ladies and Gents, get yo’self a man who is handy.

Can I get an amen for these lights?  I mean, at $107 a pop these can’t be beat.

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Also the ceiling?!!  I love some good mill work, and the while against the dark bronze iron lighting is helping me achieve that modern Spanish vibe.

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This is Mila.  Mila is hilarious. She is four and rules our household.

This is a little before and after.  It looks SO much better, but still work to be done.

Next Up? Wet Bar and Half Bath cabinet painting.

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My next exorcism awaits…

A New Game Plan and Entryway Progress

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Projects

We have been in our home for almost ten months.  I can’t believe it, and I still LOVE my home.  I love it even with all its craziness, and fix-it-up-ness.  We have had quite a busy summer, and now are settling in to our back to school routine.  For which I am so grateful.  Lets just say it was a VERY long summer and leave it at that.

Over the past two months we have had some “moments” that have expidited some renovations, and pushed back others.

Expedited was the garage door.  The heavy solid wood door which I am fairly certain is original to the house judging from the MANY coats of paint on the exterior, busted.  Like I thought it was going to fall apart at the old wood seams kinda busted.  The garage guy told us it would be $450 to repair it, which will likely break in a few years, OR (cue cash register sound effects 💸💸💸)  we can buy a new one for $800.  It was a no brainer for me, I like to be able to get my car out of the garage without worrying about a 200 pound wood door falling on me, my kids or my car.

Pushed back is more of a nice way to say this:  ALL my original plans for how I was going to do the renovations has now become much more complicated.

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a family who lived in Arizona where the water tastes like chlorine.  Luckily, there’s this thing called a Brita water filter.  Anyway.  Somehow the Brita got into a position that was juuuussst the right amount of off the shelf for the door shelves to push the lever and all of the sudden water was everywhere.  ALLLLLL over the kitchen floor.  Annoying, yes.  End of the world?  No.  Until she realized a few days later the kick board on her kitchen cabinets had water stains on the bottom.  Freaked out and not knowing what to do next, this clueless Arizonan calls in her hot husband to survey the situation.  (You get that this story is about us, right?  Okay cool)

Our Sub-Zero fridge is great, but a little on the older side.  Damon tries to take the kick plate off and he can’t.  Why?  Because the flippers who ‘remodeled’ the house two owners before us re-tiled.  ON TOP of the old tile.  Basically they tiled the fridge into place and created this perfect little canal for water to run into and get soaked up by the kitchen cabinets.  This two layer tile and an ample layer of thin set is through our entire house except the master bathroom (hopefully) and Liam’s bathroom.  We are talking around 2500 square feet of crappily installed tile.

What this means is that my plans for saving up $X amount of dollars to do the half bath and the wet bar in one phase, and $X amount for the girls bathroom and Liam’s bathroom have now gone away unless I want to live with almost a half-inch difference between different types of flooring.  It now has to be done allll at the same time, including the floors.  So my smaller, less scary budgets to save for are now a big big chunk.

Boo.  In happier news, I took this defeat gracefully 😏 and put about $500 into the entry way in lighting and paint.

Here is what it looked like before…

I mean,  its bad.  Cheaply pained brown trim on creamy white walls that we like to call “urine whisper” (My eleven year old son came up with that one, and I died laughing.)

But LOOK!  Progress!!  And a little cameo from our dog Nash.  The walls are now Dunn Edwards white, as well as the trim (even though it looks pretty similar I assure you it looks SO different in person.  I am not the best photographer.)  I shall detail the process of painting the trim, but I can not say enough good things about Zinsser and Aristoshield paint that I picked up at Dunn Edwards.  We are tackling the ceiling this weekend!

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I can’t wait to show the finished product.  The lighting I bought for the entry is choice and so budget friendly!  I have to keep reminding myself that this home isn’t a race, it is piece by piece,  Room by room, making it our home.

When you second guess yourself

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

This week has been the first week back to work/school, and it was a doozy.  My hallway still looks like this…modernishhome-painging trim-5

Baseboards sanded, cleaned, and primed, but that’s about it.  (Side note, this is our dog Nash.  He’s a boxer who we absolutely adore.)  I have had zero time to finish the baseboards.  My husband and I made the executive decision to buy new door kits, the paint is so bad that I can’t sand it without taking off all the brown paint, and it does’t come off evenly, so we are just starting from scratch on those.  I am relieved and annoyed.  That was a cost I was hoping to avoid, but new doors!  Wahoo!

I have been so second guessing my paint choice, I am going with Dunn Edwards White on walls and trim.  I painted the office and I love it.  There is a blog post coming next week about that.  Painting white in a hallway with kids seems like a bad idea, but I feel like it needs it.  The hallway is long, with no natural light expect what comes through the rooms it leads too.  There are also these weird lights at the bottom of the wall, which I am hoping to be able to move to sconces or recessed lighting when we have the electrician come out to fix some things.   Anyway.  Here are some images that are giving me courage to plow full steam ahead with my modern Spanish all white everywhere vibe.hallway inspo for modernish home

Source Studio McGee

We are doing something very similar down the hallway with symmetrical frames from Pottery Barn.  We have twenty of the square 8×10 large mat frames from our last house and I think it is going to be amazing.  I love this image from Studio McGee, so clean and fresh, the windows, the lights, everything!

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source STUDIO SEIDERS

White wall courage right here.  Contrast and texture come from wood, rugs and that subtle brick wall.  This feels so right it can’t be wrong!

Trying new things is so scary sometimes, even for a person who helps people pick out paint colors for a living.  I usually go with a safe color, and this is so outside my comfort zone.  If you haven’t read Nate Berkus’s book, you really should.  This quote is my go to  when I have self doubt in my design abilities.

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source

Here’s to a New Year, Trying things that scare us a little bit, and approaching life with a sense of wonder and discovery!

Have a great weekend.

XO

Rach

Happy New Year + Hallway plans

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Projects

Happy New Year Everybody!  I can’t believe it is 2018!  My husband and I were reflecting on 2017, and we are both so grateful for the lessons we learned and experiences we had, but also hoping for a bit of a calmer year.  In 2017 I started a business, continued going back to school, and the hubs started a new job.  In the last three months of 2017, we sold our house, and at the same time bought a new one, I designed and staged four commercials,  finished real estate school, the hubs started a new job (again), all while raising four totally awesome but demanding kids.  And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Needless to say, I am so excited for a fresh start, lots of small projects on the new house, and slowing down a bit.

I am really excited about the opportunity to share my projects and design collaborations here on Modernish.  One of my biggest regrets with my last house was not sharing it with people, and to have a record for myself.  It was amazing to look back and see just how much we did to that house.  My goal is to post once a week about current projects around the house, and one post a week about what is inspiring me, through e-design, books, whatever I am feeling in the moment.

My goal this week is to get the looong wide hallway to the kids side of the house painted and gallery wall hung.  The plan is to sand, prime and paint the trim first, look for a post about that next week!  It is definitely a process, I keep telling myself it will be worth it.  After the base boards are primed and painted, I’ll move on to painting the walls and ceiling Dunn Edwards white. (update- I only got the trim sanded and primed because the flu.  I hate the flu)

Lets all take a long look at this hallway.  Prepare yourself.  It is not pretty.

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You can see the office to the right, we’ve already painted walls and trim in there, so you get an idea of where we are going with this.  BUT LOOK!  MY HOUSE IS PATTERNED AFTER THE DESSERT TIRAMISU.  And not in a good way.  So here is my theory behind the choice of brown trim from the previous owner.  I know she was trying to go for this whole Spanish Colonial vibe, and that does have a lot of contrast.  The problem is that she went for too much.  Spanish Colonial is all about bringing in warmth and contrast with light fixtures, furniture, and tile.  A word to the wise, never paint trim brown, it will never resemble wood.  Ever.  But if you do, against all advise, please sand, and pick a good primer and paint, other wise the poor soul who buys your home will be dealing with this…

through her whole freakin’ house.  It peels off like a vinyl wall sticker.  My kids have named the one on the laundry door after a Pokemon it looks like.

Pray for me.  This is going to be a doozy.