If you have seen this movie from the 80s you know how many things went wrong with this house and how much money they kept spending to repair it. Determined NOT to go down that road (of course our house isn't that old either) we have been wanting to make some low budget renovations.
If you want to see a tour of the house used in 'The Money Pit' movie adventure over to the Between Naps on the Porch Blog~I love her movie house tours.
Our first decision was to rip up the downstairs carpet and paint the cement floors. We live in the desert and quite frankly having carpet where sand blows in the house almost constantly is just a waste. We saw the evidence of this one we pulled up the pad and there was sand all underneath, ew-no wonder no matter how much we vacuumed it just still felt dirty to walk on, ew.
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By far the hardest part of this renovation was moving everything out. We worked on one room at a time and since it took less than a week to harden and dry completely so 2 weeks were not really too big of a disruption. After pulling the carpet and padding up we had to scrape up the tacking strips and glue bits along the edges. We filled in any gouges or cracks with a cement filler~we did find some long cracks in the sewing lair but they were not that wide and we felt like they were not a function of the foundation cracking but a more natural result of cement drying~cracks happen. And if the cracks do widen we can see that with them being painted and visible now. Once the cement filler dried we then sanded that down. After laying on 2 coats of a mildew, water resistant primer and letting that dry for a few hours it was time to put on the turquoise. We did put 2 coats of this down as well. Both of the paints went down smoothly with a roller and were really consistent and even. Neither of these paints smelled hardly at all and they both cleaned up quickly with water.
We did not put on a top sealer yet, we are going to wait and see how this holds up, my girls and I are VERY sensitive to smells and chemicals which could trigger asthma attacks. Right now we have found some little nicks that we will be touching up this weekend but those are from moving furniture back in and are seeing it stand up well to traffic and spot cleaning.
We chose turquoise because we love bright colors, you can see our walls are painted similar to what we see in the desert around us every day~dark green, golden yellows, an orange spice~so we decided on adding in the color of the sky at our feet to the mix, with over 300 days of regular sunshine and these bright blue skies to see in Albuquerque we wanted to bring that indoors to remind us of the beautiful things in life.
Primer: Zinsser Bullseye Primer for all Surfaces
Paint: Behr Premium Low Luster Enamel Porch and Patio for Cement
Cost < $150
Trim and some sort of ceiling tiles to be added in later.