Two Month Update

Two Month Update

So much has gotten done in the past month and good thing because we only have a few short weeks before we have to be out of our old apartment! July 29th is officially day zero for the renovation so we really only have 3 weeks left! I have been so lucky to have friends and family here to help this past week. It's amazing how quickly things come together when you bring in the pros! My dad and our family friend Steve were up this week and knocked out some of the bigger projects for us. 

We have walls again! I had gotten so used to the place looking like a pile of sticks with the lath exposed I forgot how nice it could look with walls! Probably the biggest project of the week was leveling the ceiling between the kitchen and dinning room. It feels like one big space now that the walls and ceiling are continuous throughout and that big clunky soffet is gone. I think we will get a lot more use out of the dinning room now that it is opened up this way.

The cabinets in the kitchen got installed - remember these are the old brown cabinets that I painted. The doors still need a little touch-up before we can put them all together and put the new hardware on. Also our new maple butcher block counter tops got cut to size. My dad actually took them home to stain them and seal them for us. We chose Minwax Early American for the stain. Starting to look a lot more like my inspiration photo!

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Steve and crew also did some major work on our stairs. Starting with the fact that there was only one staircase and now there are two! We have a new staircase down to our basement off of the dinning room. It will be so nice to have access to the basement without going outside in the winter - very useful for doing laundry on long winter nights :) The main staircase also go a major update. I wish I had a picture of these stair after we ripped the carpet out - they were so scary!!! There were holes in all of the treads along the right side from banister spindles which let us know that at one point there was no wall to the right. It's crazy to think of all of the different layouts this house must have had over the past 150 years. 

Before

Before

After

After

We are also almost done in the bathroom! This room is probably the closest to being done.  The tile is in, all of the sheet rock is up and the fixtures can go back in place once we paint the walls. We went with a new ikea vanity instead of trying to re-purpose the marble vanity top that we had. The marble is beautiful but it is just too big for the space. I'm still working on picking out the right hardware for the claw foot tub but is is shaping up great! 

Another big project that got done was the flooring - all of the new hardwood is installed and it looks amazing! Especially upstairs where we ripped out the carpet it is a total transformation. We now have new hardwood in the kitchen, living room, upstairs hallway, and bedrooms. Downstairs in the kitchen and living room we used character oak and upstairs in the hallway and master bedroom we used engineered rift and quartered oak. In the smaller bedroom we also removed the carpet but we left the original plank sub-floor exposed. I think it saves some of the character of the house and the board are so wide! They will look amazing refinished. The only rooms that did not get new floors are the entry and dinning room - where the floors where is decent shape and would have been problematic to rip out.

Our plan is to hire some help to finish up the sheet rock installation and taping to get the place ready for paint - pretty confident I can take it from there. Oh there is going to be so much painting. 

And as promised more demo was done - It will never end! At this point we probably could have filled another dumpster but our trash guys have been great and just take everything we leave. 

Must do's before move-in:

  • Finish Sheetrock installation and taping
  • Paint EVERYWHERE!
  • Install Bathroom fixtures
  • Refinish floors
  • Install counter tops and kitchen sink

Accomplishments this month:

  • Tiled bathroom floor
  • Finished flooring installation 
  • Sheetrock installed (mostly)
  • Kitchen cabinets installed 
  • Counter tops cut to size 
  • Built stairs to basement
  • Replaced stairs inside 

Projects that won't get done until after we move in unless there is a miracle:

  • Trim everywhere
  • Kitchen backslash 
  • Kitchen shelving 
  • and on and on and on :)

Oh yeah and there is a troll with a giant drill living in the attic :)

Recycling Scrap Wood

Recycling Scrap Wood

Fixing a Sagging Joist

Fixing a Sagging Joist