Our House Building Adventure

We bought 3 acres of raw land in Wyoming... started clearing it... dug the basement... poured cement... and started framing!

This blog details our house building adventure... building our new home... ourselves!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pantry 1st coat of paint...

Update on the Pantry....

Just finished putting on the first coat of paint!  I went with Olympic color Toffee Crunch.  It's a warm golden color!

I really like Olympic paint!  It says no VOCs on the label... the paint doesn't smell... and I can paint all day long without getting a headache.

Will finish up in the Pantry tomorrow!

Then it will be ready for the cabinet install on Wednesday 7/7/10!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wed 7/7... I can hardly wait!

The date for our cabinet install has been set for Wed, 7/7!

The Kitchen cabinets and Pantry cabinets will be installed!  I'm going to have a kitchen!!!!

I am sooooooo excited!

Got to finish up the painting in the Pantry tomorrow... thinking.... boy's bathroom next... um... or... Laundry room... hmmmmm...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pantry is Primed!

Here's the Pantry with screw holes, seams, and corners covered in mud.

It took most of Saturday to do all the sanding.

Today, I sanded a little bit more then painted on my tinted primer.

This is a photo of the Pantry all primed.

I really LOVE working with tinted primer!  It's so exciting to see color after looking at dots & stripes.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Great strides!

The Pantry is ready to be PRIMED!  I sanded and sanded for hours today.  Yeah!

On Monday, I will break out the Primer and get to work... after priming, I will apply texture then  prime again before beginning the final paint color!  Once the painting is done... the Pantry will be ready for cabinets!

Rich worked all weekend to install the bamboo hardwood flooring.  He did an awesome job!!

There's just a little bit left to do!

About 1/3 of the Family room floor is done as well... but we still need to put up sheetrock in there.

We pushed the Bluestar 60" double oven range into place and installed the stainless steel backsplash and shelf!

We'll be ready for cabinets very very soon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Operation: "Prepare walls/ceiling for primer" in Pantry

I'm back at it today.  Taped & put the first coat of mud in the Pantry closet.

Just finished sanding 2nd coat of mud on the bottom half of sheetrock.

Now ready... after a short break... to put on the 2nd coat of mud on the top half of walls, corners, seams, and ceiling.  Want to get the 2nd coat done TODAY!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pantry Walls/Ceiling

Work continues tonight on the kitchen flooring, but over the next few days... I will be transforming the Pantry walls & ceiling from unfinished wallboard... to ready for cabinets with paint!

Here's a short video that I took.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kitchen flooring has BEGUN!

The hardest part of laying flooring is getting your starting point, well that's according to our experience.

The first 2 long rows are down, should go pretty fast now.... "she says... : ) "

I got the beautiful new Pantry floor covered in cardboard then layered on top with thick brown construction paper to protect it.

Now I'm ready to put more mud on the walls.

But first... got to mix up a new batch of mud!

Bamboo flooring done in Pantry!

The Pantry floor is DONE!

It's a beautiful natural color bamboo... and... it's going to be throughout the house with the exception of the bathrooms, porches, and back hall.

Still to be done, as you can see... are the walls and ceiling.  I will cover my beautiful new floor with thick construction paper while I finish up in there.

And now... onto the KITCHEN floor... 

Beautiful Bamboo flooring!

The cabinets are ready!  Our cabinet maker is waiting on us to finish up so that he can do the install!

We decided to start installing the bamboo floor in the Pantry first... as this is our very first time laying hardwood floor.
First we layed down tar paper... then layed the very first pieces..
Next we layed out some pieces to figure out the cuts.  After we were happy with the dry fitting, we used the floor nailer to set it in place!
So, 5 more feet to go in the Pantry... then MOVING ON into the Kitchen!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kitchen painted... bring on the floor!

I put a 2nd coat of Red Red Wine (Olympic brand, no VOC) paint.

Rented the sander today too.  We've got to sand the seams on our subfloor.

Tomorrow is a big day for us!  We will prepare the subfloor for hardwood bamboo flooring!  It's going to be a new experience for us!

Our cabinets are all ready... the cabinet maker is just waiting for us to give the OK for install!

Friday, June 11, 2010

And now... 2nd coat of Red Red Wine!

Well, we had a family emergency that put us back a bit this week.

I'm gearing up to put the 2nd coat of Red Red Wine on the walls!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Color in the kitchen...

It was a bold move to put Red Red Wine on the north wall AND the Breakfast Nook.  Many people warned against it...

But, I must say that I ABSOLUTELY adore it!  I love this combination of colors!

You can feel the richness... the warmth of these two colors when you walk into the Kitchen.

Today coat # 2 goes on!

Later this week, we lay the natural color bamboo flooring... then later this month the Red Oak stained cabinets will be installed followed by appliances... then soapstone counters and island.

I can't wait to have a functioning kitchen!!!!  I've been dreaming of pan seared scallops !

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Ordered cabinet knobs/pulls...

After going back and forth between oil-rubbed bronze and satin finish for my Kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls... I have decided to go with the warm color of oil-rubbed bronze.
Stone Mill Oil-rubbed Bronze Florence Cabinet Knobs (Pack of 25)
Stone Mill Oil-rubbed Bronze 'Nantucket Cup' Cabinet Pulls (Pack of 10)

My kitchen cabinets are stained in Red Oak... a beautiful deep warm brown color.  Can't wait to see it all come together!

Oh... last night we pulled out our kitchen/breakfast nook light fixtures... that I ordered last year.  I wanted to check the colors with my paint choices... They go PERFECTLY!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Adding Color to the Kitchen...

Kitchen Progress

How exciting it is after all these many months of dreaming of my new new kitchen... to finally buy paint and get to it!

After thinking long and hard on a color scheme for my house, I decided to go with the beautiful earthy colors of our incredible Bighorn Canyon.  I have always loved these deep rich colors!

So, when I saw Olympic Paint's Audubon collection of paint I fell in love with the colors!

Just finished the 2nd coat of Toffee Crunch in the kitchen ceiling, west, south, and east walls.

Next up is Red Red Wine on the north wall... my accent wall... with the same luscious color all over the breakfast nook!  Can't wait... to paint on Monday!!!

My inspiration...

Tuesday & Wednesday will be kitchen flooring days!  We'll be laying down our beautiful blonde bamboo!

Then... Thursday... fingers crossed... hoping and praying... CABINET INSTALL!!!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Finished priming the kitchen...

Rich and I worked together today to finish priming the kitchen and breakfast nook.  I decided to use tinted primer... THAT is so the way to go!!!

Here's what we did to get to this point....
1. Primed the walls and ceiling.
2. Textured the walls and ceiling.
3. Primed again...
4. Applied yet MORE texture to cover a few "places."
5. Primed over texture AGAIN!

Tomorrow my kitchen will be awash with beautiful color!