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One Room Challenge: Week 5 (When it Rains, it Pours)

I had planned to finish — completely finish — two flights of stairs over the weekend. The old paint beneath the carpet we ripped up had passed their lead check test, so I did some light sanding on Friday and started cleaning the next morning. I washed the first three steps with Dirtex, then went to empty and refill my bucket. I poured the dirty water down the tub instead of using the sink and before I could get back to cleaning, I heard my daughter Eleanor downstairs.

“Mom!? The bathroom is flooding!”

My first thought was that one of the kids had stopped up the sink to play and left the faucet on, but nope. Water was raining down from the ceiling. The good news is that we use the third floor bathroom more like a powder room and we won’t have any more rain in the house as long as we don’t use that tub. The bad news is that we may have to rip everything apart eventually when we are ready to find and fix the leak. Good thing I lovingly hand-painted that floor, huh? I had to switch to cleaning up the mess in the bathroom instead of cleaning the stairs, but the house is fine and we were lucky that Eleanor had noticed the leak right away. I would have kept going!

Anyways, that was our Saturday. Sunday, the fire department came to our door and blocked off our street. Lights! Sirens! Action! One of our smoke detectors started going off (false alarm) and as I was talking to a representative from our security system, it went off again before I could give them my password for a dispatch cancellation. I felt awful for wasting the firefighters’ time and apologized profusely.

So our weekend was fun. How was yours?

Painting the Stairs

That’s as far as I had gotten on the stairs by Monday morning. As of today, they are painted and ready for the antelope runner to be installed. Hooray! That’s happening on Friday, but the other stairs won’t be done in time for the big reveal next week. Since installation had to be pushed back, we could only keep our appointment for one day this week and the rest will be done later in the month. I’m bummed, but at least I’ll have one set of stairs to show.

I suppose it’s nice to not have to rush on the others? Silver lining! Because we got all the rest of the carpeting pulled up and surprise! Everything is awful.

Stairs After Skim Coating Walls and Pulling Up Carpeting

I mean, I can appreciate the red painted runner. Someone put some effort into that! But what’s not good is the condition of the floor at the top landing. Gap city. And the bottom is vinyl, but I’m thinking I could use a deglosser on it and paint like the rest. Or just go wall to wall in the landing? Both landings? Should I rip out the bad wood planks and replace them? Oh, can of worms. It’s been a little while since I opened you — how have you been?

Flooring Gaps

Let’s talk paint! Dutch Boy is one of my sponsors for the One Room Challenge, and their Sandstone Quarry (408-2DB) is the color I’ll be using in the front entryway. It’s a pink with a lot of muddy beige/brown to it, but I need that brown base to play off of the unpainted oak. On the walls, the paint will read as a lovely pink and it’s also a good match for the background in the wallpaper I’ll be using upstairs. That pink is sort of the star, and I built a color palette around it with Dutch Boy Paint’s Simply Yours Tool.

Dutch Boy Simply Yours Color Palette

The tool allowed me to create a custom sharable color palette so I could visualize how my colors will complement each other. In addition to the pink I chose, there are two whites. The trim on the second and third floors and the stair risers will be Brightened Cream (005W) — a nice, warm white that isn’t too stark, nor too yellow. The other, White Linen (007W), will be used in the back entry and the third floor hallway. It’s still nice and light with the same warmth that Brightened Cream has, but with just enough of a difference to be noticeable. The brown in my palette (Olde Metal, 414-7DB) is just there to represent the colors of the carpet runner and woodwork, and Authentic Black (437-7DB) is for the stair treads and all of the second and third floor doors.

The front entry and third floor is done. Wait, that deserves more exclamation points. It’s done!!!

Getting Ready to Paint — Dutch Boy 'Sandstone Quarry'

Painting in Progress - Dutch Boy 'Sandstone Quarry'

I went with Dutch Boy Platinum® Paint + Primer for the walls, which made surface prep easy. Then for the stairs, we used Dutch Boy’s Porch & Floor Paint + Primer. It’s an interior and exterior paint that holds up in high traffic areas.

The walls have been skim coated and primed from the back entry up to the second floor. The trim and doors on the second floor have also been primed. Wallpaper has not yet gone up and I didn’t hire it out because I thought I could get started by now. Whoops! It’s here though, and it will look amazing once it’s up.

Next week is the big reveal! If you need me, I’ll just be over here cleaning/sanding/caulking/prepping/painting/wallpapering.

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My One Room Challenge Posts

Follow along from the beginning!
• Week 1: The Before Shots • Week 2: The Design Plan • Week 3: Work Very Much in Progress • Week 4: Those Stairs, That Hall • Week 5: When it Rains, it Pours • Weed 6: Final Reveal!

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    November 2, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Nooooo! Not your handpainted floor?! :(
    On the plus side, that wall colour against the wood panelling looks so gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the reveal. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      November 3, 2016 at 10:52 am

      I know. I never thought it would be permanent, but really? I just finished it not that long ago!

  • Ariel
    November 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I recommend you find that leak right away, not just turn off the water. You may not have to rip up the floor/ceiling, but you should probably have some mold remediation and/or a dehumidifying service come in to clean that up.

  • Linda
    November 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I’m sorry. I was sanding stairs once, and the fire department came. I feel your embarrassment. This was a massive undertaking and with an old house the can of worms were waiting for you. Hang in there. That paint color is beautiful! Love it with the wood.

  • doodletllc
    November 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Love your paint choices and best of all…the reasons why…excellent. Can’t wait to see the runner!

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  • Ryan
    November 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    My sister has a similar 2nd floor bathtub leak but it’s in the overflow drain so as long as no water goes into the overflow… They also discovered it after completely renovating the 1st floor bath including replacing the ceiling. Bathtub leaks are the worst because the water supply and drains are more inaccessible than other plumbing in a house.

  • sue
    November 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    eagerly awaiting whatever you can give us… can’t wait to see the reveal & that pink is spot-on against that wood work!!!

  • judy
    November 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Its all so pretty and I must say the shot of the banister,newel post and paneling beneath the banister is beyond stunning! What artistry..talent it boggles the mind and I wonder where those people are in our present? They must exist in every generation but if the demand isn’t present do they just become IT geeks or Art Teachers? Seems like such a loss but thank goodness for preservationists like you and Bryan who labor so hard to rescue the past from those who would sweep in and erase it as though it never was and it’s so more than worth saving. Thanks from my generation…

  • sherry hart
    November 3, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Oh goodness… did have a week! It’s always something when you start a project like this but I have faith and look forward to seeing the part that will be finished:)

  • Emily Clark-Nimz
    November 3, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I admit, I was a little hinky about that ‘pink’ – it looked so brown in the swatch! However, seeing it on the walls, it looks perfect! It really does look pinker next to the wood and is gorgeous! Just another reason to get those little paint swatches and paint in your house before picking a color.

  • 'col
    November 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I read “on the walls, it will read as a lovely pink” and then I saw the paint swatch and said “WILL IT!?” aloud to my empty apartment. I should never doubt you. It’s gorgeous. I know nothing.

    Deeeep breaths, Nicole–it’s coming together beautifully even if it’s hard to see from the middle.

  • Hannah Hackenberg
    November 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I love seeing all the updates you are doing to your victorian! It’s all so beautiful! We live in a 1916 craftsman with dark stained trim and lots of built-ins and also a lot of painted areas I’d love to sand down and paint again. I am wondering how you have your paint tested for lead? TIA for any insight you can give me.

  • diamond5557P
    November 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Enjoying this journey you are undertaking!! It so great to see you keep the Victorian original and not cookie cutter designs of today. Not that I don’t like them….. I really like that you link so many things so we can get a visual and thank you for putting the link to all the different weeks for those of us who need to catch up. Cant wait for next week!!

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