The official parade of before and afters is about to begin. You'll have to excuse me, as our home is certainly not finished. Although I'd love to welcome you to our home when it looks perfect and polished, in the spirit of being open and honest...that just isn't going to happen for a while! There is a time issue that we can't seem to overcome at the moment: Everything takes time, and we currently have a lack of it :)
Truthfully, all credit is given to our amazing families who helped us turn out new house into a home! This simply would never have been done without them. They've bent over backwards and made us feel so incredibly loved (even bringing down Thanskgiving dinner to us, and eating in the midst of moving boxes:)

Here's a quick breakdown for you:

What we've accomplished over the past three weeks:
- Flooring (tearing up 3/4 of the home's flooring and replacing it!)
- Resurfacing the fireplace
- Redoing the cabinets
- Installing a kitchen island
- New countertops
- Every room painted (walls + ceilings)
- Removed flooring from 1/2 half
- 100% moved in! (as in, everything is out of our apartment and we've started to settle here:)

What we still need to do:
- Finish installing the baseboards & paint them (they are only finished in the hallway & bedrooms)
- Clean out garage & basement
- Install carpet on stairs to basement
- Install new window treatments
- Chose & install backsplash for kitchen
- New appliances for kitchen
- Replace light fixtures
- Move light outlets on ceilings
- Redo 1/2 half and laundry room flooring (it is currently wood, so we have tile waiting to be installed)
Of course, decorating is ongoing (and the most fun!)

So, deep breath. This, by far, was the biggest time consumer: FLOORING!

I cannot believe we were doing this just three weeks ago:

If you look from the kitchen, this is the dining room and living room BEFORE:

The house was built in '91, and I'm positive the floors were never updated since then. There was carpet in the living room, hallway and bedrooms, linoleum in the kitchen and dining room, and wood floor in the entryway, half bath and laundry. Sure, the flooring was old, but the previous owners also smoked in the house {It was a pretty awful smell!}. When Kyle and I first walked in the home, we immediately mentioned that the flooring needed to be replaced. It was the first priority the day after we closed:

We then spent endless hours removing the staples from the flooring. NEVER AGAIN.

Because of the openness and flow of the home, we wanted the same flooring throughout (minus the bedrooms and hallway). We both love wood flooring, so it was easy to decide. What wasn't easy was what kind of wood flooring! Who knew there were SO many options - between thickness, grain, color, texture, plank's never ending!

In the end, we chose a hickory, hand-scraped wood, which has a lot of of texture and grain movement. (It's the Wagon Wheel Hickory from the Pagosa Collection at Columbia Flooring for anyone interested.) We love the texture and durability of it (also great for dogs & children...and one Meredith, as Kyle likes to say:)

(pssst...there's a sneak peak of the fireplace, you'll get the full view this week too!)

900 square feet, sore backs, sore knees and some slivers later....We LOVE it!

Wood flooring + new carpet = happy feet!

We chose a frieze carpet that has totally transformed the bedrooms! It's so soft, durable, and the color makes it feel warm and cozy!

(The pictures above are a better representation of the color of the wood flooring. The dark cabinets and lack of light make this picture look a bit red. However, you are able to see the awesome texture to it!)

That pile of black fur, that's Maizy needing a little haircut. She's not quite used to sliding all over the floor (for anyone curious, her claws haven't scratched the floor), so she finds every rug possible to sit on.

When they say "start from the floor up," there is a reason for it. It was the most expensive and time consuming, but it has totally transformed our home!
Truthfully, we are completely paranoid about scratching the floor, even though a scratch would be easy to fix and most would be hidden by the texture. Our rugs are also set to arrive today (I've been waiting all day for the UPS man to pull in :), and I think that will alleviate some of the paranoia. In the mean time, we are that couple screaming "Is that a scratch!?!"


  1. OH, that looks so good! Join us over at Medical Mondays for our monthly blog hop:-)

  2. That looks great! We put a very similar flooring in our new house! However, we were not crazy enough to do it ourselves. We are too old and would never be able to stand up straight again!! LOL!
    Love seeing you on the Medical Monday grid!

  3. Wow. Awesome transformation! visiting from medical monday :)

  4. The best thing about wooden floor is, when it gets old you can paint it to give it a new look, no need to replace it completely.

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