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    Default My frugal home decorating challenge

    When we first moved to our present home 7 years ago, we decided to put in new windows and doors and insulate our home. There was no insulation whatsoever, so we took all the plaster and lathe off. Dh made the walls into 6 inch walls from 4 inch walls and we insulated.

    We then decided to wait to decorate because we wanted to get rid of our debt, which took us 6 years (a bit longer than we wanted).

    Now comes the decorating part for 2009. bttw - our home is over 100 years old so anyone with an old house will realize all that needs to be done.

    I'm going to post what we need or want to do in each room and then as we do each room, I'll post pictures and the costs. Everything will have to be purchased below regular price or free.

    Sewing room:
    ~new light
    ~paint window frames
    ~new baseboards
    ~remove rug
    ~new flooring
    ~paint
    ~mud
    ~sand where mudded

    Foyer upstairs:
    ~new window to replace door
    ~paint
    ~mud
    ~new light
    ~new flooring

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    Dd's room:

    ~paint ceiling
    ~remove old wallpaper
    ~re-wallpaper or paint (not sure)
    ~window frames
    ~mud any areas needing mudding
    ~sand
    ~take out rug
    ~new drapes
    ~new blinds
    ~fix light switch
    ~new fan
    ~paint doors and frames
    ~sand mudded areas
    ~new flooring

    Boy's room:
    ~wallpaper
    ~mud any areas needing mudding
    ~sand
    ~corners (tape)
    ~fix door frame
    ~paint ceiling
    ~trim around windows
    ~baseboards
    ~remove rug
    ~new flooring

    All old baseboards had to be taken out when we insulated and they were impossible to save. They had spikes in to nail them to the wall and were so brittle it was impossible. That is one regret we had, not being able to save them. Same with the window frames.

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    Stairs & area:
    ~mud
    ~paint ceiling
    ~new flooring
    ~fix handrail
    ~paint handrail
    ~new light
    ~sand mudded areas

    Bathroom"
    ~fix ceiling and paint
    ~mud
    ~paint (waterproof)
    ~new window
    ~new taps (bathtub and sink)
    ~new subfloor
    ~new flooring (we have and it was free)
    ~fix sink cupboard
    ~fan

    The rug for the bathroom isn't what I really want, however it will work and was free.

    Master bedroom:
    ~fan
    ~paint window frames and baseboard
    ~take out rug
    ~new flooring
    ~new light switch

    Master bedroom was not insulated and won't be.

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    Living room:

    ~do corners
    ~paint ceiling
    ~window frames
    ~baseboards
    ~new blinds
    ~remove rug
    ~new flooring
    ~mud any areas that need mudding
    ~sand mudded ares
    ~paint
    ~take off wallpaper on one wall and do new wallpaper

    Wallpaper covers up many mistakes in old homes.

    Kitchen:
    ~remove fan and replace with new one
    ~blinds
    ~window frames
    ~baseboards
    ~wainscotting
    ~subfloor
    ~new flooring
    ~paint cupboards
    ~splashboard
    ~new taps
    ~mud
    ~sand
    ~paint
    ~trim over cupboards
    ~corner where fridge is needs re-doing

    Now the work begins...we've waited long enough and I want it all done by the end of 09. We want to do one room at a time, except for the mudding. We want to get that all done at once.

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    I can't wait to read about this neat adventure.

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    Sounds like quite the challenge ahead of you! Nothing gets you excited about redoing a room like a fresh coat of paint!!

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    I swear, I'm having flashbacks to my childhood! My parents are DIYer's, and I lived in two houses growing up. The first was a suburban ranch. There was always some project going on, from adding a room to re-doing the kitchen (my dad made the cabinets by hand). Finally, the day came that every project was finished...guess what they did? Sold the dang house!

    Then, they moved into a 100+ year old farm house (which is very much what your house reminds me of). They have done all the projects you are talking about. My high school prom picture, has my then boyfriend and I posing in front of exposed beams in the living room! Over thanksgiving, I got to see many of my friends from high school that I hadn't seen in years, and their first question was did my dad ever finish the dining room???

    He is working on the upstairs of the house now! Good luck to you! I really, truely know what kind of project you are taking on, and I wish you the best! Be ready for a dusty, construction filled New Year!

    Keep an eye out on Craigslist for construction materials! With the construction industry so slow, many contractors are getting rid of excess supplies, so you might be able to find some deals on materials that you need!

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    The first thing I want to do is find some great ideas on how to decorate. I don't want to just do a hodge podge so I can say it's finally done. Today at the library (we clean the library) I found 6 Martha Stewart magazines thrown in the garbage can. Along with that, I picked up [U]House Beautiful, The Home Book[U] to look at to get some ideas. I also will pick up a few more magazines from the library tomorrow.

    Cost of Martha Stewart magazines $0 (and I get to keep them)
    Cost of book $0

    I've looked at one Martha Stewart magazine and already found a neat idea. I won't copy it exactly, however now I'm on a hunt for decorative accents (ornate embellisments) to make a couple of pictures for our living room walls. First place I'll go is to Habitat for Humanity recycle store and see what I can find there.

    Along with some neat decorating ideas and tips, there looks like some really good recipes too, so I'll be writing those out and trying them over the next several months.

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    Sounds like a big challenge you have ahead of you but it will all be worth it in the long run. Good Luck!

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    We decided to start mudding today. I had picked up a 5.5 kg (12 lbs) for $16.00 on sale at Canadian Tire a couple months ago. Dh mudded all the upstairs that needed touching up and I mudded the corners. Now the only thing that needs mudding again upstairs are the corners which I will do tomorrow afternoon or Wed. morning. I'll see how long it takes to dry.

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    While I filled in for someone this morning at the library, dh and dd removed the old wallpaper in her room. It was a dark purple wallpaper and after stripping it off, we can't believe how much lighter the room is. It is a big bedroom, however it looks a whole lot bigger.

    Done so far:

    Dd's room:

    ~paint ceiling
    ~remove old wallpaper Done
    ~re-wallpaper or paint (not sure)
    ~window frames
    ~mud any areas needing mudding Done
    ~sand
    ~take out rug
    ~new drapes
    ~new blinds
    ~fix light switch
    ~new fan
    ~paint doors and frames
    ~sand mudded areas
    ~new flooring

    Boy's room:
    ~wallpaper
    ~mud any areas needing mudding Done
    ~sand
    ~corners (tape)
    ~fix door frame
    ~paint ceiling
    ~trim around windows
    ~baseboards
    ~remove rug
    ~new flooring

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    Wow, how exciting. I can't wait to see pics.

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    Sounds great. One thing. When you take up your old carpet, look carefully at what's underneath! We took the carpeting off our stairs (it was disgusting) and found that the previous owners had put the cheap beige (?) carpeting on top of oak varnished stair treads! So, we removed the carpet and did...nothing!

    Eventuallly we painted the risers as they had not been finished. (It needs to be redone now, 10 years later.)

    But you never know!

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    is there an architectural salvage near you? you maybe able to find period moldings.
    i wish you luck!
    also do you have freecyle in your area? i have actually gotten some nice fixtures and seen lots of nice things listed on my local list. id also make a habit of wandering the home depot the put some great stuff on clearance just cause its discontinued

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    How are things going with the decorating?

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