Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Now You See It~ Now You Don't!

Remodel in progress

Ahh, remodeling projects and their snowball effect!  A few months ago we changed our carpet to compressed bamboo floors in a Brazilian Teak color.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! 

They are much easier to keep clean and bring warmth to the rooms.  Because they are compressed, besides being extra durable, they don't have the traditional bamboo knots, so they look more like a traditional wood floor would. 

One project snowball I was able to avoid was buying all new wood vent covers.  We opted to not add on the cost of flush, built in covers but thought we would buy new wood vents and stain them to match.  Somehow along the way only one of the three vents could be fully removed~two of the vent bases got locked in under the bamboo floor boards.  The cost to undo the mishap wasn't worth the time and further snowballing.

After shopping around I really didn't like the ornate options of the wood vent covers.   So I went back to basics and stained my existing white metal covers with Old Master's Wiping Stain and polyurethaned with Graham's Ceramithane satin finish.

The project was fairly easy.  I sanded the vent covers with a sanding block and dusted them off.  Then I pulled out the best Crayola water paint brush from the kids' art supplies.  It was perfect to fit into the small crevices in the middle of the vent cover and worked with the oil base stain. I applied one coat of wiping stain and let it dry overnight.  The next day I applied a light second coat, but it didn't have to be perfect, because I was able to use the brush marks to help it look like wood grain.  After that dried for 24 hours I applied the topcoat to protect the vent cover from chipping. 

Now my snowball is rearranging the furniture in the living room/office.

empty nook

Latest after:

'office' after
reading nook

Do you have an open project that is snowballing and you need help?  Contact me for a ReDesign consultation and I will try to help put on the brakes where I can.


  1. Goegeous, Jill. Loving the pattern in the Bamboo, it's almost like a strie effect. I just helped my gf, Heather, rearrange her family room and she has the same floor lamp as you. Could not believe how HEAVY it was!

  2. Thank you Lori! That lamp is heavy~like a plaster column. My first joy of lugging it (besides from the store to the car) was up a flight of stairs to my first apartment! Long lasting....