Ready for a little update on our new-to-us home?!? If you’re new you can look back at our traditional home updates (here). I almost walked away from this house because me and Spanish knife texture don’t get along! I like clean lines and smooth wall texture. Stud assured me that he’d learn How to Smooth Wall Texture. He promised he would scrape that texture off and it would be no big deal — he was stoked about the rest of the house, the kitchen wasn’t a deal breaker for him.
So this is what I moved into and every morning as I opened the blinds it stared at me and as I cooked, served, and cleaned up every meal it laughed at me. We totally didn’t get along.
So one day when Stud was at work and BBB were jumping on the trampoline or riding scooters (I am way too distracted to be concerned about winning mom of the year award right now). I grabbed a putty knife and started scraping. And I scraped, and I scraped and to my surprise, it scraped so precise there was very little crumble and very little ridge. I was doing a happy dance the entire time.
Stud didn’t have quite the same reaction when he came home. I’m not sure why, but he wanted to wait on this project, but before long he was totally wrapped up in the scraping and just as he does with every project, after an initial annoyed sigh, he embraced it.
He helped me take the project to a new level!
He grabbed some joint compound from the garage and took over with the putty knife — this time to start filling any little crevices and ridges that resulted from my scraping.
Every fan shaped line needed a some filling, dry time, and then some sanding!
Do you see Stud’s face below!?! He’s annoyed! Want to know why?!? I just got off the phone with our local home improvement store and found out that there is a way to connect our sander with our wet/dry vac. A certain somebody has been telling me it’s impossible for thirteen years of marriage and too many projects to count! Funny true story, the guy actually said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sander and wet/dry vac that don’t attach!” Thinking back on all the dust I’ve breathed in…this little tip saved me so much time!
Stud added a piece of gorilla tape – the strongest tape EVER!
And even after his wife put his knowledge to shame, went to work! I hope my little girl grows up to marry someone just like him — his humor helps him be resilient in every situation!
Limit the Dust Tip: Sanders and Wet/Dry Vacuums are designed to attach!
Looking SMOOTH! After all the sanding, I did a whole lot of wall wiping!
Then it was time for paint — Gray Owl (here) it’s the color of choice in this house!
And you’ll have to forgive me, I’ve been distracted the last five days with a sick little sweetie! I don’t have a good pic of the new walls. Thankfully I had a couple on my phone from when I shared with my family. I’ll get some better quality pictures of the kitchen soon so you can see the texture better. In my description, from a distance it looks very flat, when you get close you can see a consistent slight movement from the previous texture, but because it’s consistent it looks great!
The wall below is going to be removed at some point and a whole lot of other updates are yet to come for my kitchen, but the bold gold and texture that had arms so long it could touch me is gone and that is a huge treat and I’ll choose to be thankful for how far we’ve come so far!!!
Did you see my other kitchen remodel? I love how it turned out (here)! It’s hard to be patient, but I know the results will be worth it! (So if you see an ad here or there you know exactly what I’m saving up for – wink). And as I wait, I’m sure I’ll get a better idea of what I really need in this space!