Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
We’ve all probably seen the paneling that was popular in the 60s and 70s…the big sheets of paneling with fake “grooves” in them that can be any number of wood-like colors (or not!). We were lucky enough to have five rooms in our house with this type of paneling in it. (And I say lucky very sarcastically.) I painted right over the paneling in three of those rooms but of course you can still see the grooves in the paneling and while that doesn’t look bad, it still looks like paneling. And maybe you want your wall to look like drywall but aren’t able to tear it all down and put in drywall right now! That was what happened to me a few years ago.
Before we completely gutted the kitchen I had an interim solution for the existing paneling: I filled in those fake grooves and painted right over that. And guess what, it worked great! You had to look very closely to realize that it wasn’t plaster or drywall. (And really, who would come to your house and scrutinize it so carefully?)
Back before I was going to do this, I was looking around on the web trying to find out if others had done this and how it had held up. I found numerous how-tos for painting the paneling, but nothing really for smoothing out the paneling. I thought maybe others might benefit from my experience with this. Keep in mind, my paneling may have been different than what you have and maybe we are less or more hard on our walls. If your paneling is not firmly attached to the wall behind it the results may not be as good. But, this is what worked for me!
Here is what I used for this project:
- Stain blocking primer
- Joint compound (I used Sheetrock All Purpose Joint Compound)
- Sanding blocks
- Drywall trowel or knife
I started by priming all the grooves with a regular latex primer. (I think I used Zinzzer stain blocking primer.) Stain blocking is important because of the wood behind it. I know I didn’t want the stain on my paneled walls seeping through my new paint job! I used primer on the grooves first because I had read that it would help to adhere the joint compound (aka drywall mud in our house) to the paneling. I didn’t want any drywall mud cracking and popping out of the groove so I wanted to try anything that might help minimize that. I really don’t know if this made a huge difference, but this is what I did and it worked well so I’m including this step.
You can see this step here:
You can see it is pretty simple. Just paint the grooves, because you will have to prime everything again after you fill the grooves with drywall mud.
Next, take the drywall trowel and smooth drywall mud down the groove from top to bottom. I usually took a couple of passes diagonally too just to make sure the mud is pressed firmly in the groove and uniform. I went over the whole wall like this, only filling in the grooves.
Then, I waited a day until the drywall mud was dry. I took the sanding block and sanded down the areas that I had applied the drywall mud to until the filled groove was flush with the surface of the paneling. (Basically I just sanded until I was hitting the paneling on either side of the groove so everything was smooth.) There were a few places that were too low due to the drywall mud shrinking so I had to go over those places with mud again and let dry and sand again too.
I wiped the walls down with a damp rag to remove all the drywall dust, then I primed the whole wall. After that was dry, I painted with regular paint. And voila! It looked like drywall!
In the two+ years we lived with our “drywall” paneled walls, we have had no complaints. No compound popping out of the grooves, no cracking, nothing. It worked great! We did finally gut the kitchen and completely remodel but not because of the walls. I actually did this on our entryway too at the same time and those walls are still going strong today. You would never know they were paneling. Here is a picture of that wall tonight:
If you have a paneled wall that you don’t like and you aren’t able to put in drywall right now, try this! A few days’ work, and your wall will look 100 times better.
Hope that helps!
Friday, March 22, 2013
I’ve been thinking the past few days about getting ready for Easter.
Notice that I’ve just been thinking about it, instead of actually getting ready. I’m good at that.
(I did actually do a tiny bit of decorating today. I surprised myself!)
My husband and I had a little “date” last Saturday morning and went to World Market and Trader Joe’s to load up on Easter treats for the kids (and adults too!). It was fun to find some new treats to try out and some old favorites (such as the TJ’s jelly beans! Love those (and I really dislike regular jelly beans…I know, I’m weird).
I’ve been thinking about what kinds of food to make. I saw a recipe for Coconut Cream Pie a couple of weeks ago and thought that looked divine. I’m a big fan of coconut but I have never tried it in a cream pie so I’m really hoping I have time to make that. We don’t do a lot of sweets in Lent so of course by the time Easter rolls around anything with sugar looks pretty good. If anyone has a particular coconut cream pie recipe they could recommend I’m all ears!
Speaking of ears…
I keep seeing these darling old-fashioned Easter prints and wonder where I could put them up in my house. So far I have not decided…I’m thinking I should probably hurry up with that decision making process. (In case you are looking for something similar, this one is from The Graphics Fairy…she has lots more, all free!)
I’m attempting to make a floofy skirt for our 5 year old for Easter. I wanted to make a pettiskirt but all the tutorials I found sounded way to involved, plus I already had the fabric (chiffon) and I did not have enough to make the layers and layers of ruffles. Hopefully I can figure something out!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
We’ll see where and how they end up. :)
Monday, March 18, 2013
This has been a looonng time in the works. It was almost a year ago that we started destructing in the kitchen in order to renovate! Better late than never, I say. In defense, it has been finished for about 6 months, and taking pictures of our efforts wasn’t a top priority in the months after our six-month-old baby’s birth. (Imagine that!)
We poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this renovation. I have to say, I love it! It makes me happy to be in the kitchen, which I think is what you should feel when you are in a room in your home.
To refresh anyone’s memory (including my own), a before:
And then, because it is fun, a before with reasons why we were remodeling (in case you had any doubts as to our rationale):
And now, an after (from the same viewpoint):
And now I’m just going to throw in a few of my favorite shots from around the kitchen.. We worked soooo hard on this and finished just in the nick of time about a week before our youngest was born. It was a grueling remodel, but I am so happy with how it turned out.
A happy smorgasboard of color:
I’m writing a post about the specific details of our kitchen but here are a few quick ones.
- We gutted the entire kitchen to the studs (you can see that here)
- We had an “in-between kitchen” for about 2 years (we tiled the floor and painted the paneled walls right away and then waited a couple of years before completely remodeling)
- We would have loved to change the layout significantly but couldn’t due to major plumbing in walls and the location of the powder room right off the kitchen (which we were not willing to sacrifice!)
- We did most of the work ourselves except for some wiring by our electrician brother-in-law, some of the drywall installation by my carpenter dad and brother, and cabinet retrofitting by my carpenter brother.
- We went green and re-used cabinets from my in-laws kitchen remodel
- It took about 4.5 months
- It cost under $2500 (yay!)
Linking to Thrifty Decor Chick, That DIY Party(the DIY Showoff), Sugar Bee Crafts, Get Your Craft On, Hooked on Houses
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I have never done a link party before, but I was inspired to join one by one of my favorite blog reads, Moxie Wife. Listing some of my current favorite things can’t be that hard can it? No, not difficult at all.
Here you go!
We have progressed into the tiling phase of our bathroom renovation. And when I say we, I mean mostly my husband and my father-in-law (I did a little cement-board prep and then I focused on keeping everyone fed while the surround was magically tiled—after doing the tiled backsplash in the kitchen I was more than happy to have tiling elves do this part!).
While the tile itself is nothing to write home about (I picked out 3X6 subway tile and was going to run them vertically rather than horizontally, then decided the extra $40 was not worth it with this particular project and got 4” square tile instead), it is a vast improvement over what was there before. (Leaking blue plastic tile.)We plan to put this house on the market in the spring and who knows if the future owner will even like subway tile (though I can’t imagine that!!!).
It is so nice to see things moving right along! And so nice to have help with a project like this.