Well, you’ve heard it said, if you’re building a house, whatever you think it will cost, add 20%.  I have a new phrase…when you’re remodeling, however long you think it will take, double it!!

We’ve made good progress but it seems however long we THINK a job will take, takes twice as long.  I thought I would share with you what we’ve accomplished over the last week.

www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - Craft Room Makeover www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - Craft Room Makeover www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - Craft Room MakeoverGood-bye pink walls!  I’ve had a pink and black stamp room for about 10 years.  This is such an exciting change!  Tiffany Blue!  Christina, being in high school theater, knows ALL about painting sets so I had her come in and help me.  Heights scare me so for me to be on this ladder was a little scary.

Rich has a GREAT tip to share with anyone who is painting a ceiling a different color than the walls.  This is especially helpful if you have textured walls because the wall color STILL seems to seep under the tape ruining your ceiling color and your straight line.  HERE’S THE TRICK TO GETTING A PERFECTLY STRAIGHT LINE

  • Start by painting the ceiling and allow it to dry completely.
  • Use Frog Tape to tape off the ceiling making sure your lining it up straight.
  • Paint over the tape, onto the walls, with the CEILING color.  This will “seal” the tape keeping only ceiling color to seep through, which is perfectly fine.  Allow it to dry.
  • NOW you can apply the wall color.  Allow to dry completely.
  • Use a box knife to gently “cut” the seal between the Frog Tape and the wall.  As you pull it away, you will see a PERFECT line from ceiling to wall.  BEAUTIFUL!

Does this method take a long time?  Yes.  Is it worth it for a beautiful paint job?  YES!  Check out that fabulous line between the wall and the ceiling!

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Now that the walls are done, it’s time to lay a new laminate wood floor.  I was fine with my carpet but Rich REALLY wanted to do a wood floor.  He was right.  It’s gorgeous!  It took us about 2 days to lay it.  We heard about a guy who installed wood floors in a 1300 square foot area in 2 days so we felt kinda lame about how long it took us.   Hey, what can I say, we aren’t professional installers and it takes us a long time….but the result for our efforts was so worth it.  (Yes, that is Roxie the Naughty Puppy who HAD to be with us, supervising the entire installation).

You may have noticed that we missed a spot with the paint.  lol  Actually, we were afraid we would run out of paint so we thought it best to skip the areas that were going to be covered by the cabinets anyway…..and we ran out of paint anyway.  Back to Lowe’s!  I have lost count how many trips to Lowe’s we have made this week!  Rich said he never thought he would say this but he is TIRED OF GOING TO LOWE’S!

While Rich worked on the floors, I started building the Ikea cabinets.  First box I opened, the piece was badly damaged.  OH GREAT!  It’s a 6 hour round trip to Ikea!  I made a phone call to see if they would help me and got the rudest women on the planet who told me “I can’t help you.”  Wow.  What amazing customer service.  I was livid!  Rich decided to give them a call and a very nice man politely told him, “Sure!  We’ll get a new piece sent right out to you!”  Hmmm, note to self…. have Rich call when there’s a problem.

Sadly, we opened the next box to find another cracked board.  This is NOT good.  Guess we will be going back to Ikea after all.  The good news is I haven’t found any more broken or cracked pieces and we are back in business.  The Ikea road trip will have to wait until the end of the week.

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My favorite day!  The first cabinet is going in!!!  I feel like I’m present at the creation!

I feel like we’re in the final stretch (but of course, that’s not true).  You can tell by the look on my face I am SO nervous!  What if the cabinet doesn’t fit?  What if I didn’t build it right and it falls apart as we put it on the wall?  STRESSFUL!  The good news is, it’s up and it worked great!

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Ahhh, one wall is up and done.  I am just GIDDY!!!  I asked Rich if I could start bringing in my storage boxes.  I got “the look” – you know the look that says, “Are you serious?”  I’ll take that look as a no.

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While Rich was tweaking and perfecting my cabinets, I got busy putting together the millions of storage boxes I picked up at Ikea.  They come flat and you have to put them together but it was kind of fun to organize and decide where I wanted everything to go.  I made lousy labels for them.  I figure I will make pretty ones after I get these all put away and I know what’s going where.  Lord, I hope it will all fit into those shelves!

And that concludes Week #2.  Whew!  Oh and good timing!  I just heard Rich pull in from…you guessed it…Lowe’s!

It’s back to work!  Before I go, let me share with you the WEEKLY DEALS from Stampin’ Up!  To order, CLICK HERE and it will shipped out!  You’ll be crafting in the new year!

Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies
Item # 129021

Regular Price: $26.95
SALE PRICE: $20.21
Circle Collection Framelits Dies
Item # 130911

Regular Price: $26.95
SALE PRICE: $20.21
Bermuda Bay Classic Pad Item #131171
Regular Price: $5.95
Silver Glimmer Paper Item #124005
Regular Price: $4.95
Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
Item # 127845

Regular Price: $2.50
Fancy Fan Textured Embossing Folder
Item # 127751

Regular Price: $7.95
Smoky Slate Embossing Powder
Item # 129396

Regular Price: $4.75
Blue 3/8″ Denim Jean Ribbon
Item # 125053

Regular Price: $6.95
Regals Core’dinations Item # 129955
Regular Price: $23.95
SALE PRICE: $17.96
A Year in Review Photobook Template
Item # 125743

Regular Price: $24.95
SALE PRICE: $14.97

Thanks for sticking with me as I take these 2 weeks (or 3 weeks…maybe more lol) as I do this remodel.  I am just DYING to get in there and STAMP and share videos with you again!  I can’t wait!!!!  I did plan ahead a little and I have a video for you on Friday.  Why Friday?  Because that is when you can start ordering from the new “Celebrate the Everyday” catalog!  If you have ordered from me this past year, I mailed a copy to you.  If you haven’t received it by next week, let me know and I will mail you a new one.  The post office tends to destroy them sometimes and they just trash it.  I will also post a digital copy here on Simply Simple Stamping as well.  🙂

I hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Be good tonight!  Don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friend either!  Be safe!  Love ya!

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