Deuce Cities Henhouse

Bedroom Update : Week 3

Hey Guys! Hope you all had a sweet labor day weekend. It's always so nice to have a long weekend, but it's super sad and depressing when that long weekend just means the summer is ending. I guess we'll all be ready to to hunker down and cozy up in no time, right? I've been spending the last week or so working crazy-mad-hard at skim coating, sanding, caulking, priming and painting the walls in our master bedroom. I have literally been living my life covered in dust. The flip side, I totally won! I ruled this wall. Let's start at the beginning. Just one short month ago I found myself staring at a huge tank that I just happened to find while snooping around in the bedroom. By snooping, I really mean going at the corner wall in my bedroom with a crow bar and sledge hammer, but whatev, same dif. Anyway, there was obviously a few hurtles I was going to have to fly over if I was going to remove the panelling, get rid of the pressure tank, and fix the damaged corner that had been covered up years (and years) ago. After discovering the tank I found myself facing a lot of questions and big unknowns - How was I going to get the tank out? Could it come out? Was it an integral part of the heating system? How was this all going to happen? How would I patch the baseboard? Would I have to texture the ceiling? And how the hell does one skim coat a wall? After thinking hard and consulting with some heating dudes, we discovered that we could actually remove the tank. The best way to do it without causing the most Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 2

Hey Guys! Long time no see. I miss you tons. I've been VERY busy using every scrap of spare time I have working on my bedroom walls. After we had the pressure tank removed last week I wanted to jump right in and begin repairing the walls and replacing the baseboard and "crown molding" (it is not very regal). I needed to get the bedroom back into suitable order ASAP. One of the biggest unknowns when I began planning out this whole bedroom project was how I was going to replace the missing baseboard and ceiling moldings in the corner of the room. I assumed I'd be able to find something at a salvage yard but I didn't know for sure. Last week I went out with the kids to visit a few local architectural salvage places. I first stopped at Architectural Antiques, which was mind blowingly beautiful and crammed full of architectural wonderfulness, but they didn't have a lot of scrap trim to dig through. They suggested I head over the river and take a look at the baseboard collection at Bauer Bros. Oh my god, I thought the hardware store was my favorite store, but this might be my new heaven. We wandered through an entire warehouse brimming with radiators, claw foot tubs, light fixtures, hardware and much much more before hitting the trim and molding section. This was a hunt and gather sort of an operation so with the kids help we began digging through hundreds of pieces of trim searching for something that matched our own. After about an hour we had a 12' piece of baseboard that was nearly identical to the one we had Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 1

--> Hey Guys! Woah, I went on an impromptu blog break and it was awesome! I don't know what got into me but after getting back from our buddies wedding I was all like "eff it". For one, I didn't have too many awesome things to tell you about, for two it's the summer and I felt like just hanging, and for three I needed to spend that time working on this crazy bedroom mess I started. I'm sure a few of you don't understand why I've put so much effort into removing the corner wall of the bedroom and the paneling. It is a huge project to undertake for not that much change, but the thing is, even though it will take a butt load of effort, this room will be way more awesome in the end because of it. That corner wall that was covering up the old ancient pressure tank was cutting into my bed side table scene. The room already feels bigger just having that space opened up. Plus no dated wood paneling, bonus! There is a pile of work for me to take on to get these walls looking like they once did. The next big project will be to search the local architectural salvage yards for baseboard and ceiling molding to match the existing. Both the baseboard and the ceiling moldings are very simple, so I am hopeful I will find something for the corner of the room. Bedroom Wall To-Do List ▽ Sand and Poly Floor in the Corner ▽ Texture the ceiling in the Corner ▽ Use Plaster Buttons on Loose areas of the walls ▽ Find and Install Baseboard Molding ▽ Add Quarter Round to Baseboard, Fill Holes, Caulk Paint ▽ Get the Scoop [...]
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in Around the House, DIY
What up dudes? After a few long months of enjoying the summer weather and fully giving into the gardening bug I finally got the fire to start a new indoor house project. Let me start at the beginning. In our entire adult lives Jeff and I have never had an adult-put-together bedroom. We have never had an actual bed, we only use a rickety bed frame and a pile books to hold up our mattress. We have a hodgepodge of furniture, much of it we have been carting around since we left our parents houses. After setting up the boys with super cool digs last fall I realized that they have a sweet bedroom, and we do not. Something was wrong with that picture. I painted the bedroom back in 2012 - it's a nice bright white space. The far back wall is made up of cheap paneling, I painted it black to help disguise it by absorbing the light and down playing it's vertical grooves. I always knew the paneling was hiding something, why else would it be there? The paneling covers the back wall and then angles out in one corner. I've been curious to discover what is hidden behind that panel ever since we moved in. I knew it had to be trouble. After pounding on the walls I could hear a metal reverberation behind them. Since we don't have duct work I had no idea as to what it could possibly be. I was hoping hard for some sort of sweet time capsule. Last Friday morning I decided to solve the mystery. After feeding the kids some breakfast, something magical took over my body. I was possessed. I have a bad habit of starting Get the Scoop [...]
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Summer Living Room

What up people? Not much around here. I've been chatting about gardens for a solid three months now, I think I finally got it out of my system. I mean, I'm still going to be outside whenever I can during the summer, but for the first time in months I'm finally becoming able to focus on what's happening inside. I've really been digging the look of my living room lately. In the summertime we get to enjoy this lush backdrop of grape vines through the windows that are growing on my neighbors house. It's so pretty, and I miss it so much when it gets all dumb and decides to not be green in the winter. Besides the changing of the seasons and what not, there has been one big change in the living room that I was too embarrassed to share with you earlier. I'm still not actually sharing photos of it because it was ugly and gross, just take my word for it. During Christmas we moved the furniture around so that we could place the tree in front of the window. The TV got moved to the opposite wall, and after the tree came down the boys voted for the TV to stay in it's new place. They said it made everything seem "roomier." I was never a big fan of the new arrangement, when you entered the room you came face-to-face with our TV. Whatever, I decided to be a team player and live with it for a bit, and a bit turned into six months. After ignoring the new arrangement for months I couldn't take it's uncoolness any longer. We recently got cable after being perfectly happy with our chromecast and antenna combo because my husband Get the Scoop [...]
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