Glossy Walls… yay or nay?

Is sheen on your walls a major decorating faux pas?  Or is it the best idea since sliced cheese?? (since we all know sliced cheese trumps sliced bread, yummy!) You already know that I’m planning some shiny walls in our house in the near future, but you also may still think I’m crazy for it.  Well, let me try and justify myself by showing you some gorgeously glossy walls….

Glossy Grey Paneled Walls  |  Mrs. Fancee

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As you may have seen in my last post, this is the wall that sparked it all (I’m a poet and didn’t know it….).  While trying to brainstorm a way to fix the dark paneling in our den, I came across that photo on Pinterest and knew it was meant to be.  Plus, check out how cozy and ‘den-ish’ it is!!  It’s really not too crazy shiny, it just has that slight sheen that adds the touch of classiness, in my opinion.

Let me barrage you with images of glossy walls and you let me know what you think….  We can even do a fun little poll at the end ;)

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fanceeength curtains, white armchairs and a sofa with a throw over the back.

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

Glossy Walls... yay or nay?  |  Mrs. Fancee

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Ok, now that you have been fully immersed in glossy wall options… what say you… Yay or Nay?

Glossy Walls... Yay or Nay?
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    Planning and Processing & Den Moodboard

    A big greeting from me to you on this fine Tuesday morning!  Did you enjoy some R&R this past weekend?  I know we definitely did.  After a looong week, sometimes you just need to sit on the couch and watch The Office for a few hours :)  While I didn’t get very far on the two projects I’m working on (and can’t wait to share with you – soon hopefully!), Jake and I made some major headway on syncing our reno plans for the house and general same-paged-ness.

    I think as I was dreaming and scheming lovely things in my head for the future of our home, I had dropped little hints of plans to Jake by showing him pinsperations here and there.  To which he responded like the loving husband that he is, looks great!  And didn’t give it too much thought.  But, he is definitely a details-guy, and now as we are looking to start some projects, major discussion had to happen.  So it was really important to start translating my fly-high-in-the-sky ideas into numbers, diagrams, and facts.

    All-in-all, it was still a productive weekend (even though I didn’t do laundry….).  We are well on our way to diving into some projects!  I think the first room we might tackle is the den, since I have the clearest picture of how I want it to look.

    Here’s a quick reminder of the rooms current state.

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    And a couple more ‘before’ pictures.

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    Ultimately, this is going to be the laid-back, cozy yet elegant, TV viewing room.  It also has a sliding door to the deck so I’m thinking it can serve double duty as a small ‘mud room’ area as well.  The entire look I’m going for is inspired by this image:

    Glossy Grey Paneled Walls  |  Mrs. Fancee

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    I love the moodiness of the glossy panels, and am hoping the effect works equally well on our vertical, varying width paneling.  Also, I’m digging the rustic and worn leather arm chair for in between the windows and a dark colored sectional on the inside wall.  Also, you all know I love a good and bold stripe!  I’d like to do a couple smaller striped chairs flanking the tv and console.  And finally, I’m totally digging the shiny brass lamp and how it is grounded by the matte black shade.  So much inspiration in one photo!!

    This is the layout I’m thinking in my head:

    Den layoutYou can see in the diagram above what I was describing earlier: striped chairs flanking TV, leather chair between windows, and big comfy sectional.  I’d love to do some shoe storage and coat racks on the left wall by the patio door, because who ever has enough places to hid their shoes??  Overall I’m really excited about the vision for this room!  I created a little moodboard below to try and capture the pictures in my head.  Of course I can never get it quite perfect… but it’s the right direction :)

    Casual & Elegant Den Moodboard  |  Mrs. Fancee

    You can see I’d like to incorporate some blues, greens, and gold with the neutral tones.  It’s going to be fabulous!!!  How do you envision rooms in your head?  Do you ever base a room totally off of one inspiration picture?  I’m definitely guilty of that one ;)  Oh, and be honest… is my glossy gray paneling idea crazy???

    Eliminating Cat Urine Odor | A Kilz Original Review

    Could that title be any more appealing?? I know it’s lovely… but it’s a fact of life for me right now. Coming home every night to the welcoming stank of cat pee. But, I am proud to say, no longer does our house reek! After some research, some manual labor, and an amazing product, our house practically smells like a rosebush (ok, exaggeration, but you get the point). Let’s walk through the process together, shall we?

    Rid Your House of the Cat Urine Smell

    The very first night we got in the house, we ripped up almost all the carpets.  The smell was so bad we could hardly breath (how did the previous owners do it??).  These carpets were way too far gone to be salvageable so in the garage they went (which now reeks too).

    Removing cat urine soaked carpet  |  Mrs. Fancee

    Notice the plug-nose-with-shirt move going on up there. I told you all it was nasty….  We also ripped up all the padding since it was fairly well contaminated too.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  Mrs. Fancee

    Getting the rooms down to the subfloor helped immensely.  And thanks to this (strangely) beautiful Chicago weather, we were able to air out the house for several weeks.  Nevertheless, some odor remained as it had seeped into the subflooring.  You can see some dark stained spots below, and they stunk real. bad.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  Mrs. Fancee

    After removing the carpet, we did our due diligence and pulled all the staples and nails, and gave the floors a good brooming.  Then, we did some research on blocking odors.  Specifically pet urine odors.  While there are several options, we felt the best one for us would be a spot type treatment, by sealing in the odors in the rooms that needed it.

    Turns out there are primer paints specifically designed for odor blocking that work well against pet odors as well as smoke smells.  We read several reviews on different products and the consensus seems to be that you need to use an oil based primer.  It just does it’s job infinitely better than latex.  Even though it is definitely harder to work with as it doesn’t wash off with water, it is worth the extra work to ensure a stink-less house.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    We heard great things about Kilz Original, so we decided to try it out.   You can buy a can at Home Depot for around $15 and it will cover roughly 300 square feet.  When we opened the can, it clearly needed some mixing.  But a few minutes later the paint was looking nice and white and we were back in business.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    Really, the whole process was very simple and went fairly fast.  We rolled the primer onto the floor, taking special care to cover well on the trouble spots.  Jake and I alternated rolling, man what an arm workout!

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    And yes, I paint in flip flops.  What??

    One hour later we had all cat urine subfloor covered in a coat of Kilz Original.  Which smells very strong by the way (it is oil-based, after all).  So all windows were opened, and we spent some time outside trying to to breathe all the fumes.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    The first few days we couldn’t tell if the cat urine smell was gone or not because the paint smell was so overpowering.  But we eventually determined that the odor was nearly gone, but still slightly detectable in the bad spots.  So, we did a second coat on all urine-infected floors to be doubly sure to completely eliminate the odor.

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

    And now, thanks to Kilz Original, we have a fresh smelling house!  Next up, picking out some flooring :)

    In other house news…

    We’ve been doing a little yard work.  One evening we went through the yard and pulled all the weeds and thistles that were growing around the fence and deck edges.  I kid you not, some were as tall as me!!  Then, we took some free mulch that was sitting a few houses down (our neighborhood is taking down all the dead ash trees, so sad!) and mulched around the trees and house.  Just those little things made such a difference in the yard!

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    Also, we’re still working on a flooring decision.  Who knew it would be so difficult??  Hopefully we’ll have a decision soon and more flooring posts on the horizon!  Now that you all know how to get rid of that stinky cat urine smell, go get yourselves some Kilz Original and make your homes less stanky :)  Any other tips out there on odor elimination??

    A Kilz Original Review

    Eliminate Cat Urine Odor  |  A Kilz Original Review  |  Mrs. Fancee

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