Monday, April 21, 2014

Optimus Prime

After prepping for priming Friday night, we woke up bright and early Saturday to get to Sherwin Williams when they opened at 8am.  We picked up 15 gallons of their 200 primer and 5 gallons of their ceiling paint.


We also picked up this awesome airless paint sprayer.  It was $40 to rent this beast for one day.  Best $40 I've ever spent.

Our plan was to spray on one layer of primer on every single sheetrocked square inch of the money pit, then spray every ceiling with ceiling paint.  I figured we could either spray the ceilings and roll on the walls, or spray the walls and roll on the ceiling.  I don't think anyone would ever choose to roll on ceilings if they had the sprayer option.  So we opted for ceiling spraying and normal roller/brush wall painting.


When we got back to the money pit, we got ready in our $10 paint suits, safety goggles and respirators.


And look you can see our little temporary utility sink hooked up randomly where our future family room will be.  It was so nice to finally have running water at the house!  However, due to the very unfriendly winter we actually have to run a pencil width stream of water at all times to avoid our pipes freezing.  I guess the frost line goes down to like 14 feet or something which is a huge issue.

I digress...


Turns out we were short 5 gallons of primer and 5 gallons of ceiling paint and ended up taking two extra trips to Sherwin for each of those.  We ended up putting 2 coats of ceiling paint everywhere and three coats in the great room.  If you do the math that totals up 30 gallons of paint in one day.  A fete I never thought I would have to accomplish.


I was so happy to see our house so bright and white after the priming and ceiling painting was done!

I would show you some in process pictures only we have none.  The amount of overspray/paint pollution was ridiculous and not camera friendly.


Our process worked pretty well.  I sprayed the primer on the walls, then on the ceiling.  Titus followed behind me backrolling.  We had actually not planned on backrolling, however the finish from the sprayer wasn't great.  There were little fuzzies everywhere even though Titus had wiped down all the walls.  The backrolling helped get a smoother finish.


The backrolling actually didn't take very long at all.  Titus was usually pretty close behind me.  He didn't backroll the ceiling paint however (he did backroll the primer on the ceiling).


I wish I had a picture of the setup Titus created to do the tall walls in the stairway.  He put a stair ladder on the stairs.  Then, he put a board parallel to the railing with one end on the ladder and the other at the top of the stairs.  Then, he had put scaffolding walkway thingies perpendicular to the raining with one end on the board and the other under the railing.  I stood on the scaffolding walkway thingies to prime and paint that area.  Good luck following that description...


Priming the whole house took almost exactly two hours total.  Painting the ceiling took about 45 minutes for each whole house coat of paint.


Painting the ceiling was blinding.  I wasn't able to wear the goggles because a ton of the paint being sprayed onto the ceiling bounces off right back into your eyes.  Therefore the goggles would be covered in paint and I could see nothing.

By the end of the day I had perfected a ceiling painting process that minimized the eyeball painting.  I would walk backward with the sprayer at about a 30 degree angle in front of me.


Then I would walk the perimeter of the room in 90 degree increments.  In other words.  I would walk backward down the East side of the room then I would turn 90 degrees and walk down the South side of the room, then turn 90 degrees and walk down the West side of the room, then turn 90 and walk down the North side and continue on like that in a big square.

This path was the only best method I found to avoid eye ball painting.  By the time I had done an entire circle the overspray where I had started had settled.  


Other than eye ball painting, the whole process went oddly well.  The paint sprayer was amazing and easy to clean.  The paint and primer went on well, and we finished 30 gallons of paint in only a few hours!  Next up real paint!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Optimus Preparation

Some of you may be wondering where your updates have been... Well, approximately 3.5 weeks ago our taper started mudding and taping the sheetrock.  It took him literally 3 weeks to finish.  I have heard many a comment about the length of time he took.  Most to the tune of "but a good taper is better than a fast taper".  Well update on that crap:  a slow bad taper is worse than them all.  That is what we got... a slow bad taper.  


Luckily for us, Titus also knows how to tape, so he went around to all the bad spots he found and added mud as he saw fit, and did extra sanding where that was needed.  A task you would hope to avoid when paying for a pro.



But the dang thing is done, and now we get to use his contractor pricing on paint, so that is pretty much the best benefit we have received from our taping cost.


He also textured our ceiling with the knockdown texture.


Although he forgot to sand it off the walls in many places.


Now that the taping/mudding is done, the house is all ours.  Everything that is left to do is up to us to get done.  Some of the remaining todos will be rehired out to our contractor, like installing the front door.  Our garage floor still needs to be poured, however that is covered by the price we payed the mason last fall when our foundation was initially poured.

Anyway, our next step after taping is to prime this whole beast.  So on Friday night Titus and I tackled all the priming prep which consisted of Titus washing all the walls with a damp sponge to get rid of as much sanded mud dust as possible, and me taping everything up that we didn't want primer on.


The windows have been covered in plastic for months to avoid condensation so I only had to tape around the edges of the plastic.  All the outlet boxes and light switches had to be taped up as well.


The tub still had its blue film on it so I only had to tape around the edges there as well.  All in all I would say it took about 2.5 - 3 hours for all of this prep.  Much longer than I would have estimated.


We wanted to get all the prep taken care of Friday night since we were renting out a sprayer from Sherwin all day Saturday.


Next up is the priming!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chalk Walls

A couple days after we got our lame white spray foam insulation, the drywallers were able to come finish the entire upper level in one day.  That means the next time I walked into our house it looked like this...


The kitchen is above on the left followed by the screen porch doors and then then great room windows on the right (with bottoms covered by leaning drywall).


Dad's up there in the great room.  The fireplace will go between those two windows.


I love our three windows for above the sink.  


The stairs are right off the kitchen.  We debated between having a full wall and a door closing it off to the upstairs but decided on putting in a railing instead.  A small closet is to the right of the stairs, and the master to the right of that.


The plywood stuff is the for the front door that we haven't yet ordered.  The mudroom is to the right of that.  


Across from the mudroom are a couple closets.  Titus wired the house for ethernet and speakers which are all centered to the closet on the left.  Not sure what his final plans are there.


The second bedroom is impossible to photograph due to size.  Here's the tiny view from the hallway...


And the normal sized closet which will probably get some bifold doors.


Turning around you can see back down the hallway toward the stairs to the basement.


I have one tiny view of the second bathroom tub.  Mostly to show how they didn't drywall above the tub since tile is going up there.

Moving on to the master, you can see how the windows match those in the great room with two double hungs surrounding a picture window.  The square windows you see on the left are part of the three windows above the master bed.


Across from the lake windows is the door to the bathroom.  You can see the undrywalled shower wall through the door.


Through the bathroom is the closet which I took no pictures of because it is a drywall cube.  However from the closet you can see the below views.


On the right is where the vanity and thrown will go.  On the left you can see another view of the shower.  If you are observant you can see that our shower will have two shower heads.

The drywall has been finished for about a week and a half and taping and mudding has yet to start... Due to the cold the plumbers ended up hooking up our furnace to heat the house for taping.  We wanted to avoid this to prevent the brand new perfectly clean ducts from getting filled with dust, but our plumber and contractor thought this was superior over using an electric heater.  Hopefully they get started soon!