Game Room {Before & After}

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The room we are using as a game room was built to use as a master bedroom. This room is located behind the kitchen and breakfast room, and we converted one of the closets in this room into a really great walk-in pantry (see the house floor plan). This room has a nice size bathroom off of it and part of that bathroom is what we call the guest half bath. This is another room that we finished last year, but I’m just now getting around to writing about it.

The room was originally painted light blue with off-white trim, crown molding, and doors. I painted the walls gray using Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Anonymous (Behr – 780F-5) and the ceiling was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Full Moon (Behr – 780E-2). The trim, crown molding, and doors were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin Ultra Pure White. The interior of the closet was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Ultra Pure White.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

This room had carpet, but we wanted to have wood floors in here like in a lot of other areas of our home. So, we had the carpet ripped out and new flooring installed. It looks great!

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Other improvements were:
– Hired someone to remove the popcorn ceiling.
– Replaced the ceiling vent register.
– Replaced the return air vent grille.
– Placed LED light bulbs in the ceiling fan and the closet light fixture.
– Replaced the pull chains on the fan.
– Replaced the bronze door knob on the game room door with a Baldwin satin nickel knob.
– Replaced the bronze door knobs on the closet doors with Baldwin satin nickel hall/closet nnob.
– Replaced the bronze door hinges on both doors with satin nickel hinges.
– Installed new doorstops for the game room door and closet door.
– Replaced the windows.

We hired an electrician to update the electrical work in our house. For this room, that was:
– Replaced the ceiling fan.
– Replaced the outlets with white decorator outlets and wall plates.
– Replaced the toggle light switches with white decorator rocker switches and wall plates.
– Replaced the cable outlets with white decorator coax cables and wall plates.
– Replaced the phone jack with a white decorator jack and wall plate.
– Had hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed in the house – one alarm was placed in this room.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

We replaced the felt on the pool table when we set it up in this room. When we’re not using this room, we keep the pool table covered.

It’s great to have it finished and the pool table finally set up and ready to use! This is a fun room to have! We haven’t been using the game room much lately, but it’s great to have when we want to relax and shoot some pool.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Home Gym {Before & After}

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Years ago, one of the previous owners enclosed the garage and created two bedrooms. We are using one of those bedrooms as a home office and the other as a home gym. This is another room that I finished last year, but never wrote anything about it on the blog.

The room was originally painted off-white with off-white trim and doors. I painted the ceiling and walls light gray using Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Full Moon (Behr – 780E-2). The built-in shelves were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Sparrow (Behr – 780F-4). The trim and doors were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin Ultra Pure White. The interior of the closet was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Ultra Pure White.

Home Gym {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Home Gym {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

This room has a concrete floor. The floor originally had two coats of paint on it, the bottom coat was red and the top coat was black. The floor was scuffed up pretty bad since I had been using this room as a storage and work room, so I wanted to repaint the floor. Since I wasn’t happy with how the floor turned out in the home office, I decided to paint the floor with a concrete stain instead of using a dye. I cleaned the floor and scraped up all the loose paint. After making sure the floor was as clean as I could get it, I used Behr Concrete Stain on the floor, hoping it would work better than the concrete dye. I used a paint roller to apply two coats of Tar Black. I opted not to use a sealer since it caused a cloudy look to the concrete dye floor. So far, this floor looks much better than the floor in the office, plus it has held up better.

Home Gym {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Other improvements were:
– Hired someone to remove the popcorn ceiling.
– Replaced the ceiling vent registers.
– Placed LED light bulbs in the ceiling fan and the closet light fixture. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the ceiling fan pulls.
– Replaced the bronze door knob on the office door with a Baldwin satin nickel knob. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door knobs on the closet doors with Baldwin satin nickel dummy knobs. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door hinges on all three doors with satin nickel hinges.
– Replaced the ball catches on the closet doors.
– Installed a new doorstop for the door into the room.
– Replaced the windows.
– Removed the blinds and hung curtains. I used a double curtain rod with curtains and sheers from Target. We already had the curtains – I had used them in another room, but wasn’t happy with how they looked, so they got moved to this room.

Home Gym {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Home Gym Closet {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

We hired an electrician to update the electrical work in our house. For this room, that was:
– Replaced the outlets with white decorator outlets and wall plates.
– Replaced the toggle light switch with a white decorator rocker switch and wall plate.
– Replaced the cable outlet with a white decorator coax and wall plate.
– Replaced the phone jack with a white decorator jack and wall plate.
– Had hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed in the house – one alarm was placed in this room. (affiliate link)
– Had the light switch for the attic lights moved into the attic. The attic access is in the room, and the light switch was in the center of the wall and looked out of place, so it’s nice to have it moved into the attic.

Home Gym | rainerlife.com

Home Gym | rainerlife.com

It’s nice to have this room finished – it gives us a nice work-out space and we both want to use this room more. We already had the treadmill, but we bought the exercise bike and weight bench last year. We had another weight bench, but decided to get a new one since the other one wasn’t in very good condition. The exercise bike was something I wanted because I prefer it over the treadmill. Now, I just have to make more time to use this room!

New Fencing

New Fence | rainerlife.com

Last year we had the fences removed from around our yard. We had always planned on getting new fencing, but we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted. When we decided to put in a swimming pool, we also needed to decide on a fence. Obviously, we wanted a fence around the pool, but we also wanted an area fenced in for the dogs to run and play.

We liked the look of black metal fencing, so we started with that. We decided on a 4-foot black fence with a pressed spear top. Our fenced area is off the back of the house and splits the yard into two areas. The fence that divides the two sides runs off the deck. We had a small gate put in the fence between the two sides, so it’s easy to go from the pool area to the fire pit area. The other two sides each have a wider gate, so lawn equipment or other larger items can be taken into the fenced areas.

Gate on fence | rainerlife.com

Pool fence | rainerlife.com

Pool fence | rainerlife.com

Gate on fence between pool and fire pit | rainerlife.com

Fence off deck that goes between pool and fire pit | rainerlife.com

New fence | rainerlife.com

New fence | rainerlife.com

It’s great to have a fenced in area behind the house. I love that the dogs can be left outside for a little while to run and play. We had to have them on leashes at all times before the new fence went up, so I’m sure they like the fence too. The fence around the pool adds a lot of safety. A big concern since we have a toddler. We’re happy to have this project complete. Bonus, it looks great!

Swimming Pool

Swimming pool | rainerlife.com

Michael and I had talked about putting in a swimming pool, pretty much since we moved into our house. We have a large yard, so there was plenty of room to have a pool constructed. We had originally planned on waiting until Gavin was a couple of years older, but we decided now was a good time to go ahead and put in a pool. We had visions of what the finished pool and spa would look like, and the pool designer we worked with was able to come up with a dream pool for our family.

DESIGN

We talked with a couple of pool companies to see what they had to offer and get ideas on prices. We decided to go with Trinity Valley Pools. The pool designer was able to include everything we wanted on the pool, plus he addressed the concerns we had about location and layout. We met to go over the design a couple of times, but it didn’t take too long to decide on a final plan. We wanted a good size spa to go with the pool, plus a few other fun things. I really wanted a waterfall, and the designer added a weeping wall to the design, which makes the whole thing look amazing. We also wanted a tanning ledge with a bubbler, because we thought that would be a great area for Gavin to splash around in the water. The pool design came together very nicely, and we were eager to get started on the construction phase.

EXCAVATION

The pool excavation took less than a day. The guys doing the work arrived bright and early to get started. They used spray paint to mark the pool boundaries, and after I approved the outline, they began digging. The excavation work went quickly once they got started. This was a fun day for Gavin because we had an excavator in our yard, which was pretty amazing for our toddler. He may not have understood a pool was going in, but he had a blast watching the big equipment work.

Pool Excavation | rainerlife.com

Pool Excavation | rainerlife.com

Pool Excavation | rainerlife.com

STEEL & PIPING

This phase only took a day! Once again, the work crew got to the house early to get started. I’m amazed at how quickly they were able to place all of the steel and plumbing for the pool and spa. We don’t have a huge pool, but it’s a good size. Plus, we have “extras” like the waterfall and weeping wall. Placing the steel just right, and connecting all the pipes for the plumbing was a big job.

Steel & Piping for Pool | rainerlife.com

Steel & Piping for Pool | rainerlife.com

Steel & Piping for Pool | rainerlife.com

GUNITE

This phase of construction also only took a day. After the gunite was sprayed, it really started to come together and look like a pool.

Gunite Sprayed in Pool | rainerlife.com

Gunite Sprayed in Pool | rainerlife.com

Gunite Sprayed in Pool | rainerlife.com

TILE & COPING

We chose to use flagstone for our coping, plus we used it for the decking. We liked the look of the gray stones rather than brown, so we went with Silvermist Flagstone. For the tile, we chose the Verona Tondela Blue – we wanted a blue tile that coordinated well with the flagstone and rocks on the waterfall. The tile and coping took a couple of weeks to complete, though it did rain some during that time, so they were unable to work on those days.

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

Tile & Coping on Pool | rainerlife.com

EQUIPMENT

The plumbing was in place from the steel and piping phase. We had our plumber install a gas line for the heater on equipment pad. Additionally, we had a plumber install an auto-fill on the pool. Electricians installed a breaker box at the pool equipment pad and connected all the electrical components.

Pool Equipment | rainerlife.com

PLASTER

The plaster took a day to do, and was the final phase before water went into the pool. We used Aquastone Mini Pebble plaster in white.

Pool Plaster | rainerlife.com

Pool Plaster | rainerlife.com

POOL STARTUP

The day after the plaster was done, we filled the pool. We used a garden hose to fill the spa first, and then started filling the pool. It was the Friday of Father’s Day weekend, and we were ready to start swimming in our new pool. The pool company had a couple of guys come by to set us up and show me a few basic things to get us started. We have a chlorine pool, and I needed to know what to add to get the pool chemistry off to a good start. They also got the waterfall and bubbler settings adjusted, and showed me how to change those. I had a more in depth lesson on the pool chemistry and equipment the following Monday.

Spa filled with water | rainerlife.com

Pool filling up with water | rainerlife.com

Pool almost full | rainerlife.com

Pool up and running | rainerlife.com

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

We are loving our pool! It was finished in mid-June, so we had a few months to really use it. Now, the weather is cooler, so we’ve only been using the spa. The pool can be heated too, but the spa is big enough for the three of us to relax in, so we just use it. Next year we may try keeping the pool heater on this time of year so we can use the pool longer.

I’ve gotten the hang of the pool chemistry and cleaning the pool. Actually, I usually find the pool chemistry and cleaning to be relaxing. We have a pool cleaner that runs in the mornings, and we have two skimmer baskets on the pool, so a lot of debris is caught in those. We have a lot of shade around our pool, which can be a good thing. The downside, is the trees shading the pool are starting to lose their leaves – the pool cleaner is getting a work out in the mornings.

We keep the water features running all day, so each time I go out or look out our back windows, I get to see and hear the waterfall and weeping wall, which really add to the beauty of the pool. We positioned the pool, so that we could see the water features from the kitchen and breakfast area.

We look forward to many years of swimming and relaxing in our pool. Not only is it fun to be in, it’s also a beauty to look at!

Gavin in the new pool | rainerlife.com

Gavin and Michael in the new pool | rainerlife.com

View from in the pool | rainerlife.com

Jets going in the spa | rainerlife.com

Pool in the evening | rainerlife.com

Pool at night | rainerlife.com

Swimming pool | rainerlife.com

Swimming pool | rainerlife.com

Swimming pool | rainerlife.com

Swimming pool | rainerlife.com

Home Office {Before & After}

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Home Office | rainerlife.com

Previous owners of our home had enclosed the garage and created two bedrooms. We are using one of those bedrooms as a home office. I finished this room last summer, but never wrote anything about it. Now I’m thinking about redoing this room a little bit, so figured I’d write about the original changes before changing it up again.

The room was originally painted off-white with off-white trim and doors. I painted the walls gray using Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Sparrow (Behr – 780F-4). I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Full Moon (Behr – 780E-2) on the ceiling. The trim and doors were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin Ultra Pure White. The interior of the closet was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Ultra Pure White.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

This room has a concrete floor. The floor originally had two coats of paint on it, the bottom coat was red and the top coat was black. The floor was scuffed up pretty bad, so I wanted to repaint it. This was a big job because I had to first strip off the paint that was on the floor. It took a lot longer than I had hoped it would, but the bottom layer of red paint was hard to remove. After finally removing the paint, I used Behr Cleaner & Etcher to prep the floor. I used Behr Decorative Concrete Dye on the floor, hoping it would adhere to the concrete better than regular paint. I put two light coats of Industrial Gray and then two light coats of Arctic Black. I used a paint roller for the gray, and I used a large sponge to apply the black dye. I applied two coats of Behr Low-Lustre Sealer to help protect the concrete floor. The floor looks okay, but the dye doesn’t stick to the floor well. Moving stuff back into the room and rearranging, I dinged up the floor in a couple of places and realized it peels up like latex paint. Not at all what I was hoping for, so I’m disappointed with the floor in this room. It was a lot of work, so I’m not in a hurry to remove this paint and try something else. I’ll be living with it for a while, and hopefully, it doesn’t get too messed up.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Other improvements were:
– Hired someone to remove the popcorn ceiling.
– Replaced the ceiling vent register.
– Placed LED light bulbs in the ceiling fan and the closet light fixture. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the ceiling fan pulls.
– Replaced the bronze door knob on the office door with a Baldwin satin nickel knob. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door knobs on the closet doors with Baldwin satin nickel dummy knobs. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door hinges on all three doors with satin nickel hinges.
– Replaced the ball catches on the closet doors.
– Installed a new doorstop for the office door.
– Replaced the windows.
– Removed the blinds.

We hired an electrician to update the electrical work in our house. For this room, that was:
– Replaced the outlets with white decorator outlets and wall plates.
– Replaced the toggle light switch with a white decorator rocker switch and wall plate.
– Replaced the cable outlet with a white decorator coax and wall plate.
– Replaced the phone jack with a white decorator jack and wall plate.
– Had hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed in the house – one alarm was placed in this room. (affiliate link)
– Replaced and moved the breaker box. An old breaker box that was a bit of a fire hazard (it was a recalled model) was in the closet of this room. Since we needed to replace the breaker box, we had them move it to a safer location too. This was a big part of the electrical work we had done before we moved in the house.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Home Office Closet {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

I’m happy with the room, though I wish the concrete dye had worked on the floor. At first, I thought the room would be too cluttered with the bookshelves, desk, and chair, but it seems kind of cozy. This room gives me a great area to work on the computer and take care of household management items and small projects in a nice, organized space. We already had the bookshelves and oversized chair, but we bought the desk. I wanted a simple desk, and this one matches the bookshelves.

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com