Lake House Remodel Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we purchased the 70’s lake house.  I’ve wanted to show you updates as we went along, but every time a room was completed, we moved stuff into it and started on another room.

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Does anyone see the tape measure?

During that time, I’ve learned how to use big saws and drills, been through gallons of paint, bottles of ibuprofen and been up and down a ladder 8964 times.

We are not even close to being finished with the downstairs, but the upstairs is pretty close so I thought I would start the tour with the hall bathroom.

Remember this wallpaper?

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'70's lake house remodel  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/03/08/70s-lake-house-remodel/It was so old it practically fell off the wall and disintegrated at the same time I was removing it.  So that was an easy job.

The ceiling was painted next.  Yes, it still has “popcorn” on it.  That might be removed or covered in the future, but for now it stays.  I really didn’t think it looked that bad until I started to paint.

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the middle stripe is the old paint

I used a regular white ceiling paint with 6 drops of brown added.  I did this to tone down the white just enough to remove the starkness but still look white  (and because the guy at Meeks said that’s what all the professional painters do.)  Just curious–how many gallons of paint does it take to become a professional painter?  I might be close.

But professionals never seem to get any paint on their clothes while working.

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Maybe I’m not as close as I think.

After the ceiling was painted, I turned my attention to the walls.  When I removed the wallpaper, I found bare naked sheet rock.  Not a bad thing.  It was  good to see what the walls looked like.  No mold and no surprises.  Two thumbs up.

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Before I could paint with a color though, I had to prime the walls first.  Zinsser Bulls Eye 123

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is a thick primer and stain blocker that came highly recommended as a one coat and done type of paint.  It went on as stated and in no time I had the walls primed.

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The countertop was the original formica

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and matched the sink.

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terrible color on this picture!

and the toilet.

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We decided to wait on new countertops mainly because we are impatient and wanted to get done with this room.  Instead, we removed the old sink and painted the formica with this

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It was so easy.

Allen lightly sanded the top, I rolled it on,

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let dry, and applied another coat.  I had two coats put on within an hour.

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before

 

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during (original on the left/ paint on the right)

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after

It covered all the old stains

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and best part of all, it just cost $20!  Quicker and cheaper than installing new countertops.  Even after a year of use, the surface has held up very well.

All the outlets in the house were black

lake house light switch

Allen went through one weekend and switched them all to this.

lake house light switch

much better

Another improvement he and his brother did was add plank siding (also called car siding) to the wall behind the sink.  This was left over from another project and added a nice accent to the bathroom.

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Car siding is unique as it is tongue and groove,

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with one side being a flat 5 inches,

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while the other side looks like 2 planks with each plank being 2 1/2 inches wide.

Car siding or plank sideing is easy to install and makes a great accent for a wall.  Check out our '70's lake house remodel at https://theblondegardener.com/2015/03/08/70s-lake-house-remodel/  This gives you two design options on one plank.

Installation is straight forward.  Level and nail the top plank on then insert the tongue (or groove) of the next plank at a slight angle and pop it in.  Most of time that worked. But, if the wood has warped some, a mallet, some muscle and a few choice words will be needed to encourage a piece in place.

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I then primed the planks with Zinsser.

The original light fixture was not centered over the sink, so Allen and his brother did some electrical magic and my new light fixture looks much better than the ’70’s version.

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new light, new sink, and painted countertops

I painted everything with Valspar Soothing Celedon which is a very pale green.  Even though most paints say only one coat is needed, I personally think two coats are better than one.  Makes for more work, but I like the end result.

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I found a nice shower curtain that went well with the paint

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and an old shelf at a garage sale that I thought would look great over the toilet to hold the towels.

Check out the progress of our '70's lake house at https://theblondegardener.com/2015/03/08/70s-lake-house-remodel/ It was white so I decided to paint it as well.  I found a spray paint at Lowe’s that covered metal very well.

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I installed a white, wood blind in the window and made some simple white curtains to finish it off

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again, terrible lighting

and I’m using boat cleats to hold the curtain tie-backs.

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So, this is where I left it last March.  I didn’t like leaving the cabinets brown with those clunky pulls (that I spray painted and hated),

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but I did not have the time to delve into another project.

That is until recently.

When Allen and his brother began working on the master bath remodel, and I was basically in the way, I decided to paint the cabinets.

I took off all the doors and sanded them with a sanding block.  The remaining wood was also sanded and my friend, Zinsser Primer, was applied and allowed to dry.  I painted on two coats of Valspar Gloss White I had used for another project.

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New pulls were installed.  We had bought new, white hinges for the cabinet doors but they were the wrong size. After searching and searching, we discovered they didn’t make the size we needed anymore.  I knew my dad had a sandblaster so I took them all to him.  He sandblasted the old finish off,  I spray painted them white, and the next trip to the house, the doors were reinstalled.

I’ve learned you can paint just about anything.

What a difference!

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before

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after

Accessories were added

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shells and rocks we’ve found on the bank

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and done!

From this

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And from this

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to this

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Now we can look forward to being

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Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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21 Responses to Lake House Remodel Update

  1. tselvey says:

    This looks so great! I love the plank walls.

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  2. Dawn says:

    Wow! You have been really busy, Brenda! I LOVE the plank walls!! Using the boat cleats for the curtain tie-backs is so perfect for the lake. All of your ‘lake house’ touches are wonderful. So much work ~ but so worth it! Will you plant a little garden there? ♡

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  3. that is wonderful! The main bathroom in our house needs an update desperately and I’m truly inspired by this! How hard was it to paint the cabinets? I love the toilet paper holder and the colors and the towel shelves. Great job Brenda!!

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    • not hard at all to paint the cabinets. After I sanded them (and I did that by hand) I put two coats on. The high gloss paint gave it that polyurethane look

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      • terri says:

        I have a confession to make. Our main bathroom on first floor has the EXACT same wall paper!! hahaha!! We bought this place in 1992 and the 70’s lived on. We also still have the original avocado green bath tub, sink and toilet/toilet seat! I kind of like it. But if we ever wanted to sell, well, you get the picture 🙂 I too struggle with the idea is it possible to find a way to celebrate what we have in this 1 1/2 story ranch without completely gutting it and getting rid of the 70’s. After although this kind of looks like a lake cabin, lots of wood, huge fireplace, etc, it’s not a lake house- it’s our main residence. That’s why I am googling all theses ideas. It was actually built- very well I might add, in the early 50’s…

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  4. Kelli says:

    This looks great. You did an amazing job! I can’t wait to see what else you post in the future! I’m a fellow Arkansas blogger and would love if you could follow my blog https://blogatsoshesays.wordpress.com/ as well!

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  5. bittster says:

    Looks fantastic, glad to see it so lake-y and fresh!

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  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    What a terrific transformation! You’re amazing!

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  7. Wow, you really did a job! It does look great. How did you keep track of the number of times you went up the ladder, do you have a turnstyle?

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  8. How I LOVE your improvements! Yay you! Great job! 🙂

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  9. Anonymous says:

    What a cozy little bathroom. I love the car siding. It really added a stylish touch. Visiting via ARWB…love home tours!

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  11. you have really put alot of thought into your remodel. Everything looks amazing! I also remodeled a home from top to bottom about 11 years ago. I have no pics as we sold that home. Sad I know, but I remember every detail to my blood, sweat and tears. At the time I loved it and now I think back and wonder how I survived living in the muck and dust for almost 2 years. I had even moved the driveway at that house. That’s how much work I had to do. Anyway we bought a brand new garden home and I am not lifting a finger. Wore out. I counted, like you, I used 55 gallons of paint on that house. I am lucky just to paint my nails now! Lol Anyway, I am sure you will love your lake house when all is said and done. Pride is a wonderful virtue!

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  12. You are so brave! But this is one of the best ways to get lake property, especially with grandchildren in mind. To think of all the fun memories. Hope you can relax and enjoy before the next project.

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  13. We’ve done so much since then and I need to do an update. We love spending time up there. We don’t have cable or cell service and it’s WONDERFUL! Thanks for visiting!

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