Monday, February 9, 2009
Met Monday - Game Room Part 1
Welcome to another Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Be sure to click on her blog name & it will take you directly to her blog so you can see the list of all the participants & see what everyone is sharing this week.
For those in my family, I apologize as this is a REPEAT post & no, I haven't finished the room. That is why you haven't seen a Part 2 to this story.
But for those of you that didn't get to enjoy my original post, I am reposting it now for Met Monday with a few changes (names were changed to protect the guilty). And a few updates (minor ones at best).
Back in October my hubby & I decided to attack our storage room & start making it into the game room we have been talking about for the past 3 years. What? you say. Kim is actually going to get something accomplished? Yes I did. Well, not completely. But at least we got started.
The saga began on Saturday morning, we got up early at 8am (yes, this is early for us on the weekend) & started unloading the room.
This is the before photo of the room. See how much stuff we had piled up in there. The entire room including the closet was stacked from floor to almost the ceiling with our precious crap.
We took everything out to the back yard & sorted everything into 3 piles. A keep pile, a sell pile & a trash pile. Luckily the sell pile was the biggest. I was pretty proud of myself, I put alot of MY items in the sell pile. Anyone who knows me very well knows that this can be considered a miraculous event. The hardest thing for me to part with is my doll collection.
I kept trying to put hubby's items in the sell pile but he is more attached to his items than I am to mine (hard to believe). He kept saying that his son might want it (I highly doubt it) or he wanted to keep it for himself (this is more likely the truthful answer). Even if we had no use for the stuff. I told him I didn't want to hear anymore complaints about my stuff. He was worse than me with parting with his stuff. I guess God wasn't in the mood to grant 2 miracles in the same day.
After sorting, we (I mean hubby) then pulled out the nasty teal blue carpeting. Seriously, who puts such a ugly color of carpet in their house? Every room in our house has this carpet. Can't believe we are starting to get rid of the hideous carpet (can you tell I don't like it?). Here is Hubby pulling out the tack strip & the nails.
Next was removing the ugly wall paper border (can you imagine this border with teal blue carpet?). When we bought our house, almost every room had some sort of ugly border, but hubby took it all down except for this room. He liked the sun, moon & star border. I on the other hand have always hated it. Finally, it too must go bye bye.
This process took almost 3 hours as this particular border did not want to cooperate in the removal process. It was quite stubborn. We tried using wall paper remover, but that didn't work too well. What finally ended up working was good old TSP (trisodium phosphate). I had to go to the store to track some down. Nowadays you can't find any TSP with phosphate in it. They all say "phosphate free" (at least in California). But I guess it is not the phosphate that makes the glue come off the wall cause it worked.
Hubby then had to put molding around the french doors & textured the wall around the doors. He put in the french doors earlier in the year, but had never put up the molding around the door, or textured the wall around the door. I forgot to take a pic of this.
By the time he got done it was about 8pm. We decided to call it a night as hubby still needed to cook steaks for dinner (see why I married him?).
We got up Sunday morning early (8am) and started on the room again. I know, it was the sabbath, but I am the black sheep in the family & our ox was in the mire. Even though we had pushed it in the mire. Today was painting & putting in the floor. Here is hubby painting the walls. This is the first room in our house that will have color on the walls. I told hubby that I will now be wanting every wall in our house painted. He wasn't too thrilled as he hates painting. We painted the walls "Vulcan Grey". I did paint some of the trim.
Grey? Why grey? Well we are doing a coca cola game room & I found a room online that was done in the similar style & it had grey walls. I liked how it looked with the coke red & green accents.
Here is hubby putting in the black & white checkerboard peel & stick tiles. Our son called them lick & stick tiles. Good thing they weren't actually lick & stick. It would have taken us a year to put them in. My job was handing hubby the tiles & throwing the paper backing in the trash can. See, I helped in the room.
Ta da!!!! The room is almost complete. All we need to do now is add shelves & bring in the game room stuff. Well we did bring in the game room stuff, I just haven't taken a photo & I didn't want to post the final after pictures until the shelves are up & the room is finally complete. I will post later when the shelves are up & I have decorated.
We also had a yard sale a few weeks after we did this work to sell the stuff in the sell pile. We made about $150.00. Whooo hoooo!!! We had one elderly gentleman who bought a big chunk of our crap, I mean stuff. What ever didn't sell, got sent to the thrift store. Can you believe that I actually got rid of stuff? I can't either. I'm still mourning the loss of my dolls. Can't believe I didn't keep one of them. What was I thinking?