Before we jump into Scary Room progress, we’ve been bursting to share with you that Chris and Julia have asked us and Daniel to help them give a reader kitchen or bathroom a big before and after moment as a part of the Lowe’s Spring Makeover! Applications to submit your space are open right now and close Friday (tomorrow!) at midnight EST. This falls right under a ‘pinch us’ moment, and we can’t wait to work alongside our DIY loving friends. Go here to learn more and apply!
Last week, we had a two man team knocking out the heftier items on our Scary Room punch list – things like new electrical, reframing our closet (and ensuring a proper header was in place), and leveling out the subfloor. What was estimated to take five days, they tackled in four. They came early in the morning and stayed a little later into the evening, and as they left each night, we’d take a peek for ourselves and point out all the changes, feeling drunk on progress. It’s always so exciting to watch a room go from so bad to not so bad to we can work with this!
The closet saw one of the most noticeable transformations. What was once an off-centered opening with a crazy tall (and therefore, inaccessible) ceiling is now nice and wide. The furnace vent and gas line were properly framed and drywalled, and we’re taking those lemons and, eventually, we’ll be turning them into deep shelves on either side of the closet. The ceiling was lowered, which makes way for a pair of these 24″ deep cabinets from the Newport White line, and then this whole wall will be trimmed out to look like it’s always been that way!
Because we wanted as small of a gap as possible between the closet open and upper cabinetry, we didn’t have enough height to install closet lighting in the center of its ceiling. Instead, we added two recessed lights on either side of where the cabinetry will sit:
New windows replaced the low quality ones that were once there, and all the drywall was patched where we pulled off the trim. You might remember that the trim was sitting flush against the drywall, due to a drywall-over-plaster job that was done at some point in this home’s history. Now, we have a blank slate that will allow our trim to shine! Throughout the room, holes were patched and rough spots were skimmed over, and the walls are as close to perfect as they can be in a 130-year-old house.
Below, you can see all those glorious electrical outlets! More notably, however, are the shims that run across the length of the room. You can see that on the left, the shims are at their highest, and on the right, they skim down to nothing. (Yes, our room is that unlevel!) In the center of the room, the shims are spaced about 8″ apart, and they taper out to no more than 12″ apart inside the closet and on the opposite wall. When we go to install our hardwood flooring, it should be a pretty close match to what’s on the other side of The Scary Room door.
We’d like to give all the walls a fresh coat of paint before we lay down the floor, or at the very least to give us a blank canvas. In the meantime, we’ll be picking up the hardwood flooring so that it can began to acclimate to our home’s temperature. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but soon enough, it won’t be so bad to leave that door open every now and then!