John primed the mudroom walls yesterday. Here is a series of photos showcasing the transformation.
I took this photo in October 2015 after the plumber installed the initial pipes and John ripped out the old window. This was when the house didn’t have running water or heat.
The plumber, Evan, had started installing the PEX tubing and John had begun installing the electrical wire.
We saved thousands of dollars by having John run all the electrical in the entire house. Without John doing all of the wiring, all the insulation, all the drywall, and all the painting, there is no possible way we could have afforded to pay sub contractors to do all that work.
You either have to have deep pockets or have a huge loan to hire people to do all the work this house needed. DIY was our only option.
An electrician had given us a $15,000 quote to do the job that John did.
Yesterday morning, before John started priming the walls, I stepped outside and took this photo of the mudroom from the patio.
I’m now thinking about the new door installation; this is one job that John needs to hire someone to do. Of course, it’s difficult to find someone that will come over just to do this one job.
Now I’m standing in the Bonus Room facing the mudroom door to the patio. The garage is on the left. John is buying the interior garage door today so that he can finish the last remaining wall on the left. The door has to be installed before he can finish the drywall.
He rolled the ceiling quickly.
Inspecting his work…
The north wall is next…
Certain areas require a 9″ roller. John makes painting look easy but as we all know, it’s the prep work that is extremely time consuming, and when the painting begins, you have to be tidy and organized.
Now for the big roller…
Twenty years ago, a painting contractor taught John how to paint the proper way, not the homeowner way, but the painting-contractor-way. The time John spent learning how to paint has paid off for us in a big way. If we had to hire a painting contractor to prime & paint the entire house inside, the cost would easily be between $12,000 & $15,000 in this area.
And remember when we got the drywall quote of $12,000? John had to do the drywall installation himself, which wasn’t easy. If any of you are thinking of gutting an entire house and rebuilding it, make sure you have the budget to hire a drywall contractor.
Working with both rollers simultaneously…
When rolling walls, always look for a spec of dust, or in this case, a bug, and take it off so that the wall is flawless.
Keep a rag handy in your pocket for wiping off each end of the paint roller. Otherwise, paint tracks will be rolled on the wall.
Always have work lights to shine on the paint for inspection.
The mudroom is the smallest room in the house but I think it’s going to be the most fun to design.
A solid image…
And that’s the primer! The paint will be next!
One more thing to cross off the list (almost).