PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES: PART I

The beautiful weather over the weekend gave me the chance to tackle a few projects around the house that I’ve been putting off until I could open all the windows, and painting the living room floor tiles was #1 on my list. Despite ripping out all of the carpeting throughout the rest of the house, we had previously kept that living room carpeting intact while we decided what we wanted to do with the floor in the long run. It was in decent shape and wasn’t horribly offensive so I was ok with it in the interim.

We knew there was some sort of concrete/tile flooring underneath the carpeting, as the space was originally an open-air porch before it was enclosed, so I was hesitant to expose what would be freezing cold floors beneath the carpeting during the dead of winter. But, now that the sun has been shining and the temperatures rising, I knew it was time to get moving on this project.

We ripped out the old carpeting to reveal…wait for it…wait for it…

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

Olive green 1950’s asbestos tile! Yay! Is the sarcasm reaching through your computer screen and slapping you in the face? #LongLiveTheChevron

While I can definitely appreciate a… let’s call it “vintage” flooring option in the right context, this baby wasn’t doing anything for me, not to mention the fact that it didn’t go all the way to the wall in places where we ripped out the old paneling as well as a few little damaged spots around the perimeter.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

We’re definitely not ready for the permanent flooring installation quite yet, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with the current flooring for long so I decided to use some of this Behr Porch & Patio paint, that we had previously purchased at our old house but never used, to give the dated floor tiles a face-lift.

We had originally considered ripping out the old porch tile and painting/refinishing the concrete below, but once the carpeting was up, we realized we were dealing with what was, most likely, 1950’s asbestos tile. Truthfully, just the word ‘asbestos’ scares me, but we were informed that it is perfectly safe to live with as long as materials are in good condition and the asbestos cannot be released into the air. This was the case for us, so rather than delve into the asbestos removal process, especially since this was going to be a temporary aesthetic fix before a more permanent flooring solution, we decided to simply paint and seal the tiles themselves. **I definitely suggest getting a professional opinion before dealing with any materials you think could possibly contain asbestos.**

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

I decided to paint the floor in 2 phases rather than all at once in order to keep some semblance of normalcy in our life during this project. The paint recommends 72 hours of drying time before returning to normal use so this is what made the most sense for us. After the first side has completely cured, we will move the room over to the painted tile and finish phase 2.

The preparation is probably the most important part of this project. It’s UBER important to have a clean and dry surface free of any dirt and dust in order to get the best results.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

Now, I’ve done A LOT of painting since we’ve moved into this house and, let me tell you, painting the floor has been BY FAR the most enjoyable paint job so far. It’s just so much easier and faster than painting any other surface. I might even go so far as to say I enjoyed it.

Just quickly go around the room and edge along the walls with a paint brush.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

Then, using the floor as your paint tray, roll the paint over the surface with a roller on an extension pole. The only thing you really have to be aware of is not painting yourself into a corner, literally. Just start in the farthest corner and work your way to the exit/entrance of the room.

After about an hour, the paint is dry to the touch with a really nice eggshell sheen to it but you should wait 72 hours before returning to normal use.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

Once that time is up, we’ll move the furniture over and paint the remaining side. The pictures don’t really do it justice but it looks SO MUCH BETTER. The subtle tile lines are actually really nice in person and almost give the feeling of a dark stone tile. The paint also does a great job of disguising any damaged areas and has me excited to move onto some other finishing touches in this room.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

We still have yet to establish how the paint will stand up to those 2 crazy dogs running around the house. The only concern is how the tile themselves will take to the paint, since it’s obviously meant specifically for concrete or wood surfaces, but only time will tell. I’m debating whether or not I should try some sort of extra sealer or just wait and see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

It may be a temporary fix but it’s a temporary fix that’s really nice on my eyeballs. I hope to be back with Part II of this post later this week once it is all completed.

Until then, have a great Monday!

 

APARTMENT THERAPY

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I’m so excited to announce that The Spiffy Company is being featured over at Apartment Therapy today! Be sure to check out the article about our living room renovation along with so many other great stories over at one of my favorite home design and renovation sources!!

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Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to follow along with our project & renovations on Instagram and Facebook!

 

A LINEN CLOSET MINI MAKEOVER

As the temperature outside slowly starts to rise, I find myself craving a good spring cleaning. The thought of it actually really excites me. I keep fantasizing about the day when I can open all of the windows as I twirl and sing around the house with my cleaning supplies like a scene straight out of a Swiffer commercial.  A definite sign of adulthood, methinks ;)

Anyway, since it’s still a bit too cold to make that dream come to life, I figured I could tackle a bit of organization and sprucing up in the meantime. In this old house, storage space isn’t exactly at a premium but we do have a pretty good size linen closet upstairs that stores all of our basic cleaning supplies, toiletries, linens, and other necessary bathroom accoutrement.

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Albeit a bit disorganized at the moment, the  linen closet gets the job done. But, as I wait for the big cleaning day to arrive, I figured I’d take an afternoon to get things organized with a bit of a linen closet mini makeover. Because, why should other rooms get all the love? Linen closets are people too.

a linen closet mini makeover

I took everything off of the shelves and gave the inside of the closet a scrub. I thought this would be a good time to give the closet walls a fresh coat of paint. I opted not to paint the wooden shelves, but with some leftover black paint in the basement, I thought this might be a good spot to go a little bold. I mean, if you can take a bit of a risk in a closet, then where can you?! ;)

Now, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using black or other dark hues in every closet, especially if it’s poorly lit, but since this closet is pretty shallow, I thought the dark color might actually help to keep things feeling neatly organized.

a linen closet mini makeover

In fact, in this case, the black actually added some depth to the closet and made it feel bigger. See what I mean? It’s a nice little contrast from the rest of the light and airy upstairs hallway.

a linen closet mini makeover

I reloaded the shelves with my freshly organized baskets & other miscellaneous supplies and it immediately felt better. Sometimes, it’s just the little things.

Rather than making it more difficult to see or too dark, the black paint helped all of the baskets and labels pop out at me even more, even taunting me to go clean my bathroom. Challenge accepted, linen closet.

a linen closet mini makeover

Now, it certainly isn’t a glamorous update and by no means was it a must on my seemingly long to-do list, but it was a quick and easy mini makeover I could hammer out in an afternoon that spruced things up a bit and got me ready (and dare I say even more excited) for some much anticipated spring cleaning :)

a linen closet mini makeover

 Am I the only one who is dying to do some serious spring cleaning?? Maybe don’t answer that…

Have a great week!!

 

 

DIY TUFTED HEADBOARD

I’ve been wanting to create a headboard in our bedroom for a while now and with the cold weather around us lately (-12 degrees?! Is this real life!?) I finally got around to doing it. Months ago, we built a bed platform from the boards we ripped down when we raised the ceiling in the living room but other than painting that, our overall bed situation has been pretty sad.

DIY Tufted Headboard

I knew I wanted something soft and upholstered and that I didn’t want to shell out the cash for a store bought one (those puppies are expensive!) and since our bed is placed in front of a window and hanging it on the wall wasn’t an option, I thought I’d see if I could create my own DIY tufted headboard to my exact specifications.

I’m certainly no professional when it comes to upholstery work, in fact, I don’t have much experience in that arena at all, but I did find a few things to be helpful along the way that I thought I’d share with you all. There are a lot of great tutorials out there for these types of headboards (like Jenny’s and Sarah’s) which I used as a starting point and then sort of mixed and matched different things with my own ideas.

DIY Tufted Headboard

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Piece of Plywood Cut to Size – I had the guys at Home Depot cut it down to my exact dimensions
  • 3 Yards of Fabric – I probably could have gotten away with 2.5 yards but I’d rather be safe than sorry ;)
  • Upholstery Foam – This is, honestly, the most expensive part of the project. Rather than spending the money on new upholstery foam, I used an old mattress pad that we have in storage and it worked perfectly. I suggest exploring your options here before shelling out the cash for the pricey stuff
  • Batting
  • Dritz Craft Cover Button Kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Staple Gun
  • Wide Head Nails
  • Small Washers
  • Spray Adhesive

I cut the upholstery foam/mattress pad to size using a serrated knife so that it covered the plywood entirely and attached it with some spray adhesive. Then, using a staple gun, I wrapped the batting around the foam and board and stapled it to the back. I suppose you could get away with skipping this step but I found it helpful to add just a bit more padding and to make sure all edges and corners were smooth.

Then, I used the same wrapping and stapling process with the of fabric, being sure to keep things tight and smooth but also allow for a bit of give for when the actual tufting process began.

Tufting is typically done using a heavy duty upholstery needle and threading the button through the fabric and out the back but I wanted to try out a different method that I thought would be faster and easier for me.

I thought by hammering a wide head nail and washer and through the headboard layers, I would be able to get the same effect in half the time. The wide head and washer are important here in order to avoid the nails popping through the fabric and making you very, very sad. I may or may not have learned this the hard way…

DIY Tufted Headboard

Once I mapped out where I waned by tufts to be and marked each spot on the fabric, I fit the washer around the nail to give it a larger circumference and provide enough hold around the fabric to stay tight and secure.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 Then, I carefully hammered the nails to create my tufts.

DIY Tufted Headboard

It’s also important that your nails are long enough to fit through all layers of the headboard. I even made sure that my nails came through the back and then I simply bent them with the hammer when I was finished to assure they stayed secure. Remember, you’re not even going to see the back of the headboard.

Here’s how it looked once all tufts were made. [Insert poorly lit iPhone images here…]

DIY Tufted Headboard

You can see here that I left the bottom potion of the board open, only covering it with fabric to avoid any exposed plywood, because this is where we would be attaching the headboard to the back of the bed platform.

Then I used the button kit to create the buttons with my fabric remnants and glued them into place using a hot glue gun.

Here it is once we attached it to the back of the bed.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 It’s funny what a difference it makes in the room, really pulling things together.

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY Tufted Headboard

And it’s just so nice to rest me noggin’ on at night ;)

Now there are only a handful of other issues left to deal with in the bedroom. One, being the placement of the bed. The bed in front of the window isn’t ideal but was truly the only logical option for this bedroom but I do have some ideas to combat the issue and make it into more of a focal point and less of an oddity.

I think by flanking the window with curtains, I’ll be able to fill up the empty space because the bed and make the window feel more substantial without creating extra visual clutter. You can see below that I’ve been playing around with the idea in Photoshop to get a feel for what I want…

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY tufted Headboard

I haven’t made any final decisions but I think it will make a huge difference. I’m still on the hunt for some new nightstands (I’d really love to find something reclaimed or vintage, the space is begging for some natural wood right now) but overall, things are finally starting to come together.

It’s hard to believe that the bedroom looked like this just before we got our hands on it…

a tour of the 2nd floor

 I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Stay warm!