Who Said White Walls Had to be Boring?

In talking about the construction of Avako with friends, family, and acquaintances, I am usually asked “What colors are you painting the walls?” or, “You are so creative, surely you will be decorating this in some fantastical style?”.

The reactions that result when they discover that we are going to paint the walls white range from outrage to dismay.  People don’t seem to understand the influence that furniture and a few colored accents have in such a small space.  One brightly colored object can color the walls of an entire room when there is sunlight streaming in.  After doing some experimenting with color it seemed natural to use white for the walls.

However, there is no need for white walls need to be dull and un-interesting, oh no! Between all of the furniture(you can hardly find the walls in most tiny houses), the bead board walls that add texture and depth, and my fabulous plans for the bathroom, we are well taken care of in the interesting department.

Speaking of the bathroom, we have finally finished painting the drywall, which means my plans can really start to come to life!


Aaron and I decided(well, ok, I came up with the idea and put forth such good arguments that Aaron just had to agree with me) that a patterned paneling covering one wall of the bathroom would break up some of the only perfectly flat white walls we had. This would both create visual interest and protect one of our walls from moisture even more, as the paneling I was looking at was plastic.

To start, we had to cut a small strip off of one piece to make sure that our overlaps were all in the right places(as one piece wouldn’t quite cover the whole wall). This was fairly easy and gluing a small piece like this was quite straightforward.


However, the next piece promised to be a lot of fun due to the fact that it would need a window cut out of it for the ironing board cabinet alcove. This required a bit of creative thinking and measuring to make sure we placed the hole correctly.


I was pleased that once our hole had been marked, scoring and snapping the hole was very easy. Gotta love those simple pleasures!


I really wish there was something we could do with the scrap pieces we cut out, but even though we brainstormed and hung on to them for a while, we couldn’t come up with anything.


After a dry fit to assuage our fears of incorrect measuring, it was time for glue. LOTS of glue!


It was a tense few minutes, but with teamwork and a few errant shouts of “PI-VOT”(admittedly all from me) we got that sucker up on the wall!


I gotta say I simply love how it looks! Once it is fully dry we can get the trim put up and painted, and then the toilet can finally be installed.

Ahh, how nice it is to see the pieces start to fall into place:-)



Shopping Spree!

What did we do today? We went to Ikea!!!!

Saint Louis has just been blessed with the wonderland that is Ikea and my family and I are so excited!


Now, Aaron was a little confused as to why we were so enthusiastic over a store that he associated with cheap furniture and collage dorm jokes. I grew up on the East coast and going to an Ikea was a special treat that included sitting in all the fun chairs, getting a tiny pencil and measuring tape, and eating Swedish meatballs 🙂


We had a very full day picking out lights, some shelving, curtain fabric and hardware, and a TV stand/bookshelf. Oh, and we had meatballs too!


Weekend Warriors

Another weekend of two person work! Woo! This weekend marks the last of the paneling we need to do(so far as we can tell)! The main paneling left was the twin shelves over the bathroom and closet doors, an unexpected detail we added in when working out how to panel that area.

Most of the pieces we cut were straightforward and simple, but 4 of them were funky shapes that took a little bit of extra thinking to cut out.


Oklahoma! Times three, actually. The last piece ended up looking more like Utah, as the tail was very short 😉


We think it turned out spectacularly!


I can’t wait until everything is done and we move in, cause those shelves are earmarked for some of my nick-nacks!


Frame it Real Good

This weekend means lots of progress! Aaron got all of his homework finished up on Friday, so Saturday and Sunday he can get stuff done!

First up? The sit-down-upon! Yes, that is what we are calling it 🙂 It is a seat that is right next to the front door so when you come in you can plop down and take your shoes off.(or curl up with a book if you grab a throw pillow!) There is storage in the seat for boots or other shoes too large to put in the hanging shoe holder which goes in the recess behind the seat. It also has a coat closet attached to it, so it does a lot of things in not a lot of space!

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Aaron designed the whole thing and I think it turned out wonderfully!

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You can see, that even once we panel everything, there is a pretty good chunk of storage in there!

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Since the framing did not take long, we moved on to paneling the closet! The hardboard throws up a TON of very fine dust when cut with the circular saw, so we wore dust masks for most of the weekend. (UGH)


It was sweaty, dusty, and tiring work. I was happy to take a quick Village Life break! 😉

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Now, if we wanted to play hide and seek in Avako, we have a whole 5 places to hide!

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It seems that all of the action shots I have taken lately are of Aaron with the little brad nail gun, huh?


But we are putting that nailer to good use! We got the fridge wall paneled and the short wall next to it all set as well:


Lets hope next weekend is just as productive!

Watching Paint Dry

Now that all of the wall panels are up, painting can commence! We decided on plain white(Valspar Ultra White) for everything, as there will be plenty of other items that can be colorful and we don’t want to overwhelm the small space.

I started by doing everything with a small angled brush, since the grooves in the beadboard needed special attention.

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I ended up doing the entire bathroom/laundry room/waterheater wall this way!

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When I moved on to other areas, I tried doing it with a roller. That left the grooves unpainted, but obviously gave great coverage in a short time. So I have settled for a hybrid. First, broad coat of paint with the roller, second, fill in all the grooves with a hand brush, and lastly, a second coat with the roller to ensure even coloration.

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I was not entirely sold on the white walls originally, but now I think I really like it!

Closing it Up

Today we were planning on getting the bead-board paneling up! Unfortunately, it decided to rain.

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…” Ah well, no such luck! Since we had the help of a friend, the decisions was that cutting could happen inside, since the sheets are only 4×8 and a vacuum could be acquired for cleanup afterwards.

This arrangement did make for some tight workspaces!

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It was a prefect day to curl up with a book next a window and just listen to the rain. Unless of course, you needed to finish the house so you had somewhere to curl up first!

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Since I would have crowded the already close workspace, I worked on getting the last of the moisture barrier stapled up over the insulation.

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The guys worked hard all afternoon and got the bedroom and hallway all paneled!

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They sawed and measured and nailed all weekend and managed to get everything paneled that was using bead-board!

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I measured and cut the hardboard we had to cover the kitchen wall all by myself! I did need help lifting the top piece into place, but otherwise it was all me!

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Green Machine

Drywall time! Since we finally had the shower installed, we could hang all the drywall in the bathroom, the only part of the house where we will use drywall.

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There were a number of fiddly pieces that were a pain to cut, but it all worked out well!


Before mudding, you could have shot green-screen footage in there! But, work must go on, so mud away!


This will be one of the most time consuming parts of the build, due to the dry time required by the mudding and the many coats needed for a nice finish. So this is just the start!


I look forward to having the bathroom all finished, then the awesome shower curtain we got can get put up!