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A whole week of ME time

February 28th, 2009 at 08:33 pm

Tonight is the last night of an entire week of ME time. Hubby took Beaner to Vermont last week to see the in-laws. Since they were JUST here for a week, I opted out.

It was sad dropping them at the airport, and I felt a little lonely for the first couple of days.

But, a week alone presented a golden opportunity to work on the house, and do projects that I can't do with a baby around.

So, on my week off I not only caught up on some videos, I also "renovated" my bedroom and bathroom. It's in quotes because I didn't rip much out of the bathroom, I just gussied up what was there.

I painted and polyeurathaned the ugly 1970s vinyl floors so they are fabulous, fresh, and glossy now. I also repainted the walls and ceiling, replaced the grimy sliding shower doors with a rod and curtain, scraped out all of the old caulk and redid it, and scrubbed the grout. I also replaced our old-- I mean OLD- toilet with a super water saver one that is so much better. Fun fun. The bathroom actually took about 5 days to redo. I can't believe how much work it was!

I also redid our bedroom. It was a mess before. Dying of neglect. I primed, repainted the walls and ceiling in a much more soothing color, I painted an accent wall behind the bed, with a stripe in the middle. AND, as a surprise to hubby, I brushed off my paintbrushes and did a 36 x 36 painting to hang above the bed. I love it, and I think he will too. Of course it's tiki theme, but he's used to that by now. The room is so much more relaxing now. Really, we need that at the end of the day.

I also put up new sheers, rods and curtains in the living room, and cleaned the garage.

I can say-- and this is something I never thought I would say-- I am home-improvement-ed out for a while. Geesh. I never thought two rooms could take so much work. I guess it was all the prepping and all the coats of paint.

I did spend some dough doing all of this. I think my total bill was just under $500. About $200 of that was the toilet alone, so I guess that isn't too terrible. It's not like on HGTV where they redo everything and then say it "only" cost $30,000.

Tomorrow, I pick up my two main men from the airport. I hope they like what I did to the place while they were gone.

7 Responses to “A whole week of ME time”

  1. Blue Eyes Says:

    Wow! You got a lot accomplished! Great job! I hope the men appreciate all of your hard work.

  2. lizajane Says:

    They may go away more often! Great accomplishments!!

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    Sounds like you got a lot done. Great job!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm impressed! You really accomplished a lot. I don't blame you for being wiped out from all of that. So, you painted the vinyl? Is there a special kind of paint for that?

  5. thriftorama Says:

    TO paint vinyl, you have to rub off any gloss that's left first. Usually a few passes with medium grit sandpaper does the trick. Then primer it with an oil based primer (I used Kilz original), then you can paint it with an all in one glossy porch and floor paint. I then gave it five extra coats of high gloss polyeurathane, because it's going to get a lot of wear and tear in a bathroom.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It sure sounds like you found plenty to keep yourself busy while your guys were away. Smile

  7. marilyn Says:

    ok. so you can paint vinyl and then polyeurathane it. my question is this...can you apply polyeurathane directly to the vinyl? i just installed vinyl tiles in my hall and kitchen and i want to put something on that will not only seal the tiles, but will also add that just waxed shine. any ideas?

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