June 13, 2012 by stpaulhaus
Since I am new to this whole blog adventure I thought it might be best to start with a few of our previous projects to catch you all up to speed on the progress we have made on the house over the past few years. A little project we tackled January 2012 while I was home from school for winter break. I always thought the pass-through looked a little odd from the day we moved in, so I had plans for improving it for sometime. Of course the original character and trim was removed when the house was remodeled before we bought it (sigh), but I thought it was a smaller project that we could handle to bring a little bit of the old charm back to the house. The pass-through was created by the previous owners in an attempt to create a more open floor plan. While the width of the entry way is nice, I never understood why it went all the way up to the ceiling and why it didn’t have any trim, but it screamed “cheap remodel”. I found a bunch of photos online, and Adrian bought me a book all about different types and styles of trim (love this book) which was a big help. We started by building a box out of 2x4s, screwing that to the walls and ceiling, covering it with drywall, mudding, covering the walls with 1/4 in plywood, and finally trimming it out with paint grade poplar 1x and some crown molding. Everything got a coat of primer and the high gloss white paint that left from the previous owner to match the rest of the trim.
We ran into a couple minor problems along the way, but overall it went pretty smoothly, and we are happy with the results. The biggest problem was allowing the guy at Lowes to measure and cut the plywood from the measurements I gave him without checking to make sure he had measured correctly–live and learn. At least his cuts were too big so we could fix it ourselves but it was a pain in the ass as we had to manually cut the excess with a utility knife. I would have rather cut the plywood myself but I don’t have a table saw 😦 It’s on the wish list, along with approximately 234802294 other tools that I really want. I am often amazed at the amount of work we are able to accomplish with what we have. I’m pretty sure that I have done 80% of the work on the house with a 30 yr old miter saw that was have been borrowing for the past 3 yrs. We get through most of our house projects by borrowing tools and calling in favors. Thank gawd we have family that it willing to help and put up with my ongoing shenanigans.
I am in the process of trying to get a house tour of photos up right now in the “Haus Tour” section but I am a little out of my element on this so it is slow going. I am planning to get these up soon. I do have the before photos from some of the rooms up now…they were ones that were on MLS when the house was for sale so disregard the strange furniture and poor picture quality. We are terrible at taking before pictures, mostly because we always dive into projects and somehow always forget to take before photos until it is half done…o well…hoping to turn a new leaf with that now that we have started the blog. I did manage to take some before photos of the current project we are working on, but I will get into that another day. I will tell you that it involves a 2 day project that turned into a 3 wk projects because I didn’t realize half the materials were special order items (slaps hand to forehead). O well, live and learn…I think I might have already said that in this post???