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Evil Monkey's Home Renovation

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Evil Monkey, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    I thought I would document my home restore in it's own thread. We bought it in July of 2012. The house is 2650 sq ft, 3 bedroom. Just about every room had wallpaper. Here are some original shots of the house that we pulled from the real estate listing:

    Front:
    Outside1.jpg

    Back:
    Outside3.jpg

    Covered Patio:
    Patio.jpg

    Dining Room
    DiningRoom1.jpg

    Kitchen (wallpaper on the ceiling!):
    Kitchen1.jpg
    Kitchen2.jpg

    Family room:
    FamilyRoom1.jpg

    Main bathroom:
    Bathroom-Main.jpg

    Guest Bedroom:
    Guest Bedroom.jpg

    Laundry Rooom:
    LaundryRoom.jpg
    Downstairs master bedroom:

    2nd Master Bedroom.jpg

    Downstairs master bathroom:
    2nd Master Bath.jpg

    Living Room:
    LivingRoom.jpg

    Upstairs master bedroom:
    MasterBedroom.jpg

    Upstairs master closet/bathroom:
    Master Closet-Bath.jpg

    Bathroom-Main2.jpg
     
  2. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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  3. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    The first room we updated was the dining room:

    [​IMG]

    DiningRoom2.jpg

    DiningRoom3.jpg

    We took down all the wallpaper and painted it gray. We bought some faux stacked stone panels and put them up on one wall. I also, cut the closet doors in half and made it into a bar area. I got an inexpensive countertop from Home Depot and cut it to fit for the bar top.
    dining room1.jpg
     
  4. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Next was the main bathroom. The shower was a new install and was in excellent shape (corian). For, fixtures, all we did was replace the toilet with a low flow model (the original was ancient and took about 5-7 gallons to flush). The new one was a 1.28 gallon Kohler. We took down all the wall paper and painted it. Then we put some left-over faux rock panels on the wall to to the shower. My wife painted the cabinet and the inside of the door black. I also put down some inexpensive vinyl tile that looks like wood (Allure Flooring from Home Depot).

    Before:
    [​IMG]

    After:
    bathroom1.jpg

    bathroom2.jpg

    bathroom3.jpg

    bathroom4.jpg

    bathroom5.jpg
     
  5. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Next was the kitchen. We really liked the look of concrete countertops. So, my wife and I took a 3 day Buddy Rhodes concrete class up in San Francisco. It cost us about $2000 for the class, hotel stay, flights and car rental. It was money well spent. For our first countertop, we decided to practice on the laundry room as it had a good sized counter in there (2x7).
    [​IMG]

    I took out the old countertop and placed some backer board on the countertop. Then added the edge molding.

    laundry room1.jpg


    For the edge of the countertops, I bought some edge forms from Z-Countertop Solutions. It was about $200 for eight 8-foot half-bullnose edging and six 8-foot backs (for the wall side of the countertop). They have many different patterns to choose from. This was enough to do the laundry room and the kitchen.

    We used four cans of Buddy Rhodes coal colored dye to darken the concrete ($28/each). It also took 4 80-lbs bags of concrete. We used the Quikrete Countertop mix. They cost about $15/bag at Lowes. I also added glass fiber and fiberglass scrim to the bottom half of the concrete to strengthen it.

    With the left over concrete, I made a small two-piece backsplash. I used melamine to make the form:
    backsplash.jpg

    Here's the after shot:
    concrete.jpg
     
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  6. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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    THROUGHITALLDUDE Someone didnt put the tailgate down!

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    subbed looks awesome!
     
  7. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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    Seabass I need to go return some videotapes...

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    Good work! Keep going...
     
  8. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    With our confidence up, we decided to tackle the kitchen.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Here's a closeup of the original cabinet doors.
    kitchen doors.jpg

    The first step was getting all the wallpaper off the ceiling and the walls. Then, I took down the cabinets above the bar area. It was pretty closed off and we thought this would open things up a bit. The bottom shelf of the old cabinets was taken up by some inset florescent lighting so we didn't lose much cabinet space.

    We tore off the tile from the countertop and the backsplash area. I also raised the vent hood a bit. The previous owners were all short and my wife was constantly banging her head on the vent hood. I was able to raise it about 3" without having to redo much of the vent piping (I just took out a 3" extension piece).

    We replaced the old Thermador electric cooktop with a new GE Induction cooktop (36") and replaced the sink with a deeper one.

    Here's everything all destroyed:
    kitchen1.jpg

    kitchen2.jpg

    kitchen3.jpg

    kitchen4.jpg

    Next, we wanted to replace the doors and drawers. I decided to make them myself. I bought a bunch of maple and 1/4" maple plywood. I went with a shaker style. I made 18 doors and 13 drawers. I had to make the drawer boxes as well because they were destroyed when trying to take the face off. The only thing I reused was the bottoms.

    Here's a drawer pre-stain:
    kitchen doors1.jpg

    Next I put the backer board on the countertops and added the edge forms around the edge, around the sink hole and around the cooktop hole.
    kitchen5.jpg

    The wood on the walls is a temporary guide for my custom screed tool.
    kitchen6.jpg

    kitchen7.jpg

    I also built a new cabinet to extend the other out a bit, and have a place to hide the microwave:
    kitchencabinet.jpg

    Then we poured concrete, added a backsplash, painted, replaced the vinyl flooring with some large 12x24" tile and added some lighting. I reused the light that was in the original dining room to replace the florescent light that was in the middle of the kitchen. I also built a small island cart. I found the plans for the cart online (byegone workshop www.bygone.com). I put a sliding top on it for a work surface.

    kitchen backsplash.jpg

    concrete2.jpg

    concrete3.jpg

    kitchen8.jpg

    kitchen island.jpg

    I took some of the wood from the walls (3/4" tongue and grove siding) and made some faux beams:
    kitchen9.jpg

    Our cost for the reno materials was as follows:
    Concrete countertops (55 sq ft): $530
    Doors and drawers (wood): $800
    Tile & Schluter Ditra: $900
    Cooktop: $2000
    Paint & stains & poly: $150
    Tile backsplash: $500
    Lighting $600
    Drawer/door hardware (slides/pulls/hinges) $400
    Island wheels & plans: $90
    Island wood: $200

    Total around $6200
     
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  9. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Thanks. I was looking through your thread and decided to do one myself.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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    Seabass I need to go return some videotapes...

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    Those concrete counters really are the bomb. I agree that I love the look of those more than any granite or marble.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Since we were doing the kitchen floors, my wife decided she wanted to extend the floors out to the family room. We took down the shelving in the family room (I reused some of the wood for the kitchen island top). I also took down the peach light and put up a chandelier that my wife bought from a garage sale for $25.

    [​IMG]

    Ditra everywhere!
    family room1.jpg

    family room2.jpg


    family room3.jpg

    Tile and grout are finished:
    family room4.jpg

    family room5.jpg

    The wife thought it was too dark in there so we painted the walls a light green. We also took down the old-lady valences and replaced the wood blinds with Roman Shades and a standard pull-down shade for the long narrow window (they didn't make roman shades long enough).

    family room6.jpg
    family room7.jpg

    Total for this room was as follows:

    Blinds: $1400
    Tile and Ditra: $2560
    Paint: $100
    chandelier: $25
    LED chandelier light bulbs: $100
     
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  12. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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    Damn , you're going to town
     
  13. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Next up was the Master and the stairwell leading up to it. This was primarily a "remove wallpaper and repaint" job.

    The hideous wallpaper was the same up the stairwell. So I had to remove all that, texture it, and then paint.
    [​IMG]

    This is from the stairwell. Even the switch plates and breaker panel were wallpapered.
    stairwell-1.jpg

    This is looking down the stairwell. The wall paper went to the ceiling. We also removed this light and replaced it with a tin star light (below) that we bought from a shop in Old Town in San Diego.
    stairwell.jpg

    Walls are textured and painted and the light has been replaced.
    stairwell2.jpg

    Here's the tin light lit up.
    stairwell3.jpg

    Wallpaper removed:
    master1.jpg

    master2.jpg

    The wall is textured and painted.
    master3.jpg

    Here we did a 2-tone stripe pattern with a metallic gold paint. There are three pictures up there now so the wall doesn't look so bare.
    master4.jpg

    The bathroom/closet will be updated at a later date.
    [​IMG]
    The wife wants to move things around drastically. It's kind of an odd layout. The shower/toilet is in the little room at the end (about 3' x 11'). The walk-in closet has a lot of wasted space. It measures about 9'x15'. There's another closet to the right of the picture taker that's pretty much unused, and the sink. She wants to move the shower and toilet into that space and move the closet where the toilet and shower currently are. She also wants to put in a nice tub. This will probably be our last update as it's the least noticed by visitors.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    It was a busy weekend.
     
  15. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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    Haha
     
  16. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Next up was a redwood deck. My son had gotten married by a justice of the peace before being shipped off to Afghanistan. So when he got back, my wife decided she wanted to have a wedding celebration at our house. My job was to build the deck.

    My wife hated the Elephant Palm tree on the left edge of the picture. So we decided to tear it out and put the deck there.
    [​IMG]

    My son came over with his chainsaw and proceeded to take it down. When he cut into it, it was like cutting milk, since the trunk is it's water storage. Eventually we got it out. It only went down into the dirt about 3". There was no real root system.

    So I built a frame for the floor of the deck over the area the tree used to be:
    deck.jpg

    deck2.jpg

    deck3.jpg

    deck4.jpg

    The board on the end was cut to fit. Eventually we plan to cover the entire putting green area with a low deck.
    deck5.jpg
     
  17. Feb 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    Now, I'm working on the living room.
    [​IMG]

    It has a small room attached that they used as an office space. It runs the length of the living room but is only about 5 feet wide. I think this was originally a deck that they enclosed.
    living room2.jpg

    Here you can see what looks like was once a sliding door.
    living room4.jpg

    We'll remove this valance along with all the wallpaper and the wainscotting.
    living room3.jpg

    living room5.jpg

    And so it begins...
    living room6.jpg

    living room7.jpg

    living room8.jpg

    All the wainscotting is off and drywall is up.
    living room9.jpg

    living room10.jpg

    living room11.jpg

    Here, I'm building a feature wall for our ventless bio-ethanol fireplace.
    living room12.jpg

    This is kind of the look I'm going for. Our alcoves will be wider and we'll have a fireplace instead of the tv. We won't have the cabinets underneath. We're going to run hardwood floors from the living room, the entry way, through the dining room and the hallway.:
    featurewall.jpg

    Eventually, I'm going to reuse the wainscotting wood and build some shutters for the window.
     
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  18. Feb 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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    StZu Where the White Women At?

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    Very cool, that is a great house. Whoever put all that wallpaper up should be shot, hung, taken down then hung again.
     
  19. Feb 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM
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    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey [OP] There's an evil monkey in my truck

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    We bought it from the original owner. They put it up when they built the house in 1976. The only positive is most of it was high quality stuff so, except for the living room, it came off fairly easily.
     
  20. Feb 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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    You ain't joking around, love the bathroom.
     
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