Easy Interior Update
By: Danny Lipford
We’re helping homeowners Haley and Jimmy Rodgers put the finishing touches on some long awaited remodeling projects that have been in the works since they bought their house three years ago.
They’ve done a lot of work on the home over that time, including knocking down walls which left voids in the existing tile floor that need to be filled. Since it was hard to find tile to match, it was decided to install engineered wood flooring over the existing tile floor.
Installing Engineered Wood Floor
Before the flooring could be installed, the bare concrete was primed with LevelQuik latex primer and any voids in the floor were filled with LevelQuik self-leveling floor compound. To make the grout joints even with the floor, they were filled with SpeedFinish fast drying concrete filler. All three products are made by Custom Building Products.
The American Scraped 5” Hitching Post engineered wood flooring from Armstrong (item# EAS506) was installed diagonally to give a different look from the wood flooring in the rest of the house.
After the door jambs had been cut to fit the flooring using an oscillating tool and a scrap of the flooring, the floor was glued down using Armstrong ProConnect adhesive.
Installing Decorative Metal Tile Ceiling
To dress up the bland drywall ceiling in the dining room, decorative metal tile were installed over it.
In order to nail the metal panels in place, the drywall ceiling was first covered with 3/8″ plywood nailed to the ceiling joists to give a solid backing.
Next, the Armstrong Metallaire Bead (item# 5424504NWH) metal ceiling panels arranged on the floor to determine the right layout. The panels were then nailed to the ceiling, starting with a panel centered over the electrical box for the hanging chandelier.
To repair damaged textured drywall ceilings, use spray texture in a can available from Homax.
Install Kitchen FaucetTo finish off the project, we installed a new stainless steel Opulence™ single handle pull-down kitchen faucet from Danze (item# D454557SS).
Another great kitchen upgrade is installing a quality range hood, such as those made by Broan.
For island cooktops there are a number of freestanding range hoods, in both stainless steel and wood, that can make a great focal point for the room.
Other Tips from This Episode
Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Rocking Chair Floor Protection
The motion of rocking back and forth in a rocking chair can scratch and wear the finish off hardwood floors. To prevent this from happening, apply strips of the loop side of peel-and-stick, hook and loop fasteners to the bottom of the rocking chair runners. (Watch Video)
Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
FloorMuffler Flooring Underlayment
To prevent laminate flooring from having a hollow sound when walked on, install a layer of FloorMuffler flooring underlayment under it. FloorMuffler creates a vapor barrier and is mold and mildew resistant, making it perfect for basement floors. FloorMuffler is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)
Ask Danny Lipford:
Paddle Ceiling Fan Support
When replacing an existing ceiling light fixture with a paddle ceiling fan, make sure the electrical box is attached properly to support the extra weight. If it’s not, attach a 2×4 to the ceiling joists above the box, then run a bolt or screw through the box and into the wood to support it. (Watch Video)
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