home improvement

Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom Makeover

This weekend to took some time to make over my bedroom like you see it above. New paint job, all new metal, curtains, fan, and everything.

Grout Attack

Tiles 1

When I moved into my house the bathroom tiles in the shower were in great shape, and very cool 1950s decorative design. The grout on the other hand was rust stained pretty badly and in some areas needed repaired. This is a pretty common issue when the grout sealant wears away over time.

There were also some issues with the caulk, where it appeared over the years people had added new layers of caulk on top of layers that had mold on it. So kind of a water proofed mold and mildew line of caulk that was very resistant to cleaning.

Chair Refinishing Project

Chair Finish 1

So to follow up on yesterday's post where I stripped down a second hand chair. Today we will see what I did with it after it was stripped. What you see above was how the chair looked after a few more hours of sanding, and a little bit of manual distressing of the wood.

Chair Stripping Project

Chair 1

Sometimes you need to do something and you just keep putting it off until the right time. A couple of years ago I purchased the chair you see above from an Amish second hand furniture store. If I remember right I think I dropped about five dollars on it. The plan for the chair was to be a clothing catch in my bedroom. Which it has been used for, but it really was in no condition to be a presentable piece of furniture.

Cable TV Distribution Center

Cable TV Setup Old

Certain parts of my house I set up a temporary configuration, with a plan to upgrade or update it down the road. My cable TV distribution area is one of those items. As you can see above, the cable is ran everywhere that it needs it to go, but it looks like science experiment that is not meant to actually work.

New Fridge

Old Fridge 1

So when I moved into my house I had a plan to change out my appliances with stainless steel ones. Knowing this would update the look and feel whole kitchen, and tie into all of my previous updates, and fit into my standardization of metals throughout the house.

Friday night my old refrigerator decided to help me out and go bad. It let me know this by leaving a nice big puddle on my kitchen floor. So a quick run to four or five different stores and I found one that not only fit into my opening, I liked the way that it looked, it had all of the features I was looking for, and incredibly it was also on sale for $250 off. So it made it easy to opt for the extended warranty. The down side was that it couldn't be delivered until Monday. So basically everything in my freezer was a write-off, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

Gearing Up for this Year

Master Bedroom Fan

Right now I'm gearing up for this year's home improvement projects. This weekend I got a jump start by replacing the fan in my master bedroom with a little more modern looking one. The antique cherry blades on the fan go perfectly with the furniture I already have in the room, and I like the look and feel of the unit. It is by far the heaviest ceiling fan I've ever installed; (This baby weighed in at over 23 pounds) and it goes with my transition of changing the metals from random, to a nickel and stainless steel throughout the house.

Entry Way Doors

Front Door 1

Even though I claimed to be done with home improvement projects for the year, I decided to work on on one more that ties in with the work I have already worked on this year. So today I completely redid my front doorway. The previous owners had replaced the door, but they never actually painted it so it was still the off-white primer color they are when they come from the factory.

SiliconDust Networked TV

SiliconDust HDHomeRun 1

So I was looking for an easy way to watch TV on my home computer systems. There are a couple usual ways to do it. One is to use a TV as your monitor and flip back and forth between the television mode and the computer as you need too. The other way is to add a TV tuner card to each of your computers and watch the television through the computer. This is my preferred approach, but it can be a little costly since you need to install a card in each computer and run a cable TV connection run in each room you have a computer where you want to watch TV. While looking into the various cards that was out there I stumbled across the SiliconDust HDHomeRun.

Hallway Refreash Stage 2

Hallway Before

I finished stage two of my hallway refresh home improvement project a few days ago. After the initial painting of the space, and before I painted the trim, I kind of took a step back to look around at what I was working with and decided that was going to make some changes.

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