Bathroom Remodel In Meridian And Boise, Idaho

If You Give a Lady Some Paint:

A Tale of Room Remodeling



If you’ve ever read the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” then you’ll understand my title and the premise to this tale.  This story is a cautionary tale, one intended to get you to plan ahead before you decide to paint any room or take on any major project so you don’t have to keep returning to it. As you read this story, I will include tips and advice to help you come up with your own renovation plans.

****All pictures included in this post are from a bathroom remodel I completed.

img_5225img_5226If you give a lady some paint, she will want to paint a room in the house.
The color she will have may be very different than what the current color is. This means you may need a primer coat, a dark colored one or light colored one depending on if the paint is dark or light. You will need to decide if you want all the walls the same color or if you want a wall to be an accent color or perhaps if you want a patterned or textured paint. The tools you will need for this job are paint rollers, paint brushes, painters tape, a drop cloth, a towel (for wiping up paint drips that miss the wall), a roller pan to hold the paint, a step stool or ladder, and some

spackling to fill any holes.

img_5223img_5625When she paints a room in the house, she will want fixtures to match the new paint better. Before attempting any work on electrical fixtures, you should turn off power to the area at the breaker box. Depending on the new color of the walls, the color/style of the fixtures may not look right. Lighting fixtures come in a variety of colors, shapes, and number of lights to match almost any style you can come up with. While not common, it is possible that new fixtures you want may not have the same center as the style you are replacing, such as if you change a single string of lights to two or more. This could require having to cover old holes in the drywall, creating new ones, and moving/changing the electrical cables. The tools you will need for this job are a wire stripper, terminal screws, Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, hex keys, and a work light. If you end up having to move where the fixture(s) is located, you could also need a drywall saw, electrical box(es), spakling, wall texture, wall paint, a piece of drywall to cut to shape to fill the old hole.

img_5691After installing the new fixtures, she will step back and notice the cabinet hardware doesn’t match the fixtures. One of the areas which may seem small is cabinet hardware.  Hardware for cabinets come in a variety of colors and styles which could better match you new color scheme. One issue you could come across when replacing hardware is some places on the cabinet (most likely the drawers) where the thickness is greater than the length of the standard screws which come with the new hardware. Make sure to save all of the old screws which are securing the old hardware to use on the new hardware or to use as a guide to buy extra screws you may need for the new hardware. The tools you will need for this job are a Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, and a drill with a drill bit just large enough to create a hole to allow the screws to slide through and reach the knob/handle.

img_5733If she gets new hardware for the cabinet, she could want to paint the cabinets to match the new hardware, fixtures, and paint.  Painting cabinets can be a very labor intensive project.  Depending on the size of the cabinets and if you are going from finished wood cabinets, the process can take several days.  To paint cabinets, you have to take the drawers and doors off the cabinets, to clean the cabinets with a de-greaser, fill in cracks with wood filler, sand the original gloss down, paint 1 – 2 coats of stain blocking primer, and paint 1 – 2 coats of your choice in paint. The tools you will need for this job are a Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, TSP or other de-greaser, orbital palm sander with fine grit sandpaper, paint brushes or small paint rollers or a paint sprayer, and an area to paint all the pieces of the cabinet.

Finally, she will feel the room is complete but as she leaves and turns the light off, she will notice the color of the switches and outlets don’t match and will need to replace those too.  Before attempting any work on electrical fixtures, you should turn off power to the area at the breaker box.  The last area to you should consider is all of the light switches and electrical outlets in the room.  There are a variety of colors and styles you can choose from which may better match your new scheme. When you get your new switches and outlets, don’t forget to also get plates which match your new switches/outlets.  Also, if you are replacing an outlet with a built in circuit breaker, make sure you replace it with a matching outlet.  These are the outlets with two buttons which say “Test” and “Reset.”  The tools you will need for this job is a Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, mini flat-head screwdriver, wire stripper, pliers, and a multi-meter (or other method to test that there is no power where you’re working).

Keep It Simple Summary:

  • If you want to paint a room, look a all parts of the room and consider how the new paint will match everything else in the room.
  • If you are going to be renovating a room, you’ll need to do a lot of research or have experience to complete all aspects of remodeling a room.
  • Turn of the power at the breaker box before attempting any electrical work.
  • Plan, plan, plan.


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