Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Before & After and another Before

Here are the before and after pictures of the door that leads from my kitchen to my utility room… first foray into using chalkboard paint. (I could seriously get turned on to this stuff… it!)





I have to say, the process was quite easy……2 coats of black chalkboard paint rolled on with a paint roller (make sure to get the SMOOTH roller….started out with a SEMI-SMOOTH roller and I could tell that was going to be oh so wrong, so I had to jet up the street to get the correct roller)……now the hard part (waiting!)….it has to “cure” for 3 days before you can start writing on it and even then you have to “prime” it by rubbing a piece of chalk all over it using the smooth side of the chalk and then erase it with an eraser duh.

Now that I have that little project under my belt, I’ve moved ALL of the furniture out of the living room, entry, and dining room and I’m ready for the floor refinishers to come today.

Here are my BEFORE pictures…..

Dining Room BEFORE (I took these EARLY this morning….flooring guys were supposed to be here at 8am….they called and had to reschedule for 1pm) Guess I should take the curtains down as well, now that I think about it.

Pet stains and water stains in dining room BEFORE

Entryway BEFORE

Living Room BEFORE

(this room has NO overhead lighting)

Living Room stains BEFORE

(this is what happens when a Christmas tree stand leaks and you’re unaware of it)

Several of you who read my blog have said that you think my floors look pretty good…..well, yes, they do look pretty good and I’m definitely not a perfectionist far from it. But, with the sofa, loveseat, chair and entertainment center gone, I thought if this was EVER going to get done….now was the time to do it.

Needless to say my house now echoes….if you rang my doorbell and heard the dogs bark, you’d be scared to death….they sound extra big and ferocious….yeah, they might lick you to death!

Can’t wait to show the in-progress pics when the action starts.


  1. Love your split door and the blackboard paint is going to be so fun for you. Quite the undertaking on the floors. I agree they do look good. We have several that need to be re-done. My husband is a I am certain that project is way down the road. Can't wait to see the finished floors!

  2. Hi Tammy, thanks for dropping by my little blog. I appreciate your comment about Raspy. He's had a rough go of it since he was born poor little thing, and I was on the verge of giving up on him when he made a turn around. I hope that he stays well.

    You are quite courageous to undertake such a big project. Everything will looks so fresh and new when it's all finished. I was wondering how are the dogs feeling about the whole thing?

    When I had the floor installer laying a new floor in my kitchen, my cat Kitty got really upset and started to pee on my off white area rug in the living room.
    It went unnoticed until it started to smell and I had to remove the rug. Looking forward to the after photos. JB

  3. Tammy ~
    I cant' wait to see the refinished floors. They look pretty good right now, marks and all. It just gives them! My hadrwood floors have LOADS of character. Keep us posted.
    Pug hugs :)

  4. Enjoying following the progress, Tammy! LOVE the chalkboard door! And the floors are going to look amazing!
    I love "Before" and "Afters!"
    Jeanne L.