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:
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 size...it'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:)
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!?!"