Monday, September 1, 2014

Big Changes!

So much happened this weekend with the house!  We opened up the upstairs foyer, as you can see in the photo below.  

This was our last demolition project, so it's all clean work for now.  After we finished cleaning up the plaster dust, we were able to take the carpet off of the stair treads, to reveal some nice wood.

It's not perfect, but it's better than I expected - I'll see how far I can get with just polishing the wood, and I might stop there.

Also, the floor refinishers put on the middle coat of satin varnish.  The floors look great!  We also hired someone with a paint sprayer to come in and coat the entire downstairs in primer.  Besides the fact that we have fresh plaster (which absorbs a ton of paint), the prior occupants used some terrible grade of cheap paint on the original walls and trim.  The stuff was pretty bad- irregular coverage, thick rubbery texture - so we coated the entire downstairs with a paint sprayer and Benjamin Moore primer.  It looks so much better already!

The rooms look quite dark in these pictures, but if you notice, the windows have been painted.  It looks like a frosty Christmas display window, but I just have to nick the paint with a razor blade and then peel it off the window.

I think the pictures below look terrible.  In order to do the massive kitchen renovations, we had to rip out the molding.  I was going to save it but it wasn't original, and it was basically thin quarter round.  We did save the original molding in the living and dining rooms, of course.  Since these rooms have no molding right now, they actually look pretty terrible in my opinion, but I have big plans for them!

Here's a close-up of the lovely floor!

From this point, it's all expansion- we have moved all our of possessions into smaller and smaller rooms since we moved to this house on May 1 -- but now it's time to actually put our furniture into its proper rooms.  Just waiting for those floors to dry enough to set heavy things on them!

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