Office Hardwood Floors

Last week I was out of town for work, so this weekend Collin and I worked extra hard to make sure we made some progress on the unfinished Office space upstairs (or Guest Room 2, if we have more than 1 friend at a time). Below is a Panoramic shot while standing in the doorway, closet to the left, little window to the right:

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Last we left off, the room walls and ceiling got painted. Collin picked up the hardwood floors during the week to let them start acclimating. Basically, with any wood-type flooring, you need to give it time to adjust to the humidity and moisture in your home. The wood will either swell or compress during this time. This seems really fancy, but basically it means bring the floors in to the room they are going to be installed in and let them sit there for 3-5 days before installing. If you do not do this, the product could expand of contract after install, which would be terrible! That can leave your brand new floors to buckle or create gaps between boards.

Moral of the Story: Acclimation is VERY important.

On Saturday, while the wood did its thing, I worked on giving the doors a final coat of paint and attaching hardware and hinges. I also went to the store to grab the underlayment and mouldings for that room.

Finally on Sunday we were ready to work! After breakfast, I ran to Home Depot to rent the Hardwood Floor Stapler while Collin laid down the underlayment. He just rolled it out and stapled it to the sub-floor.

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The first row is the most important. Since we are working off of the hallway floors, its needs to be tight with that floor, but also very straight! Since we are working with 100+ year old house/walls, that is never the case. We might be able to make it straight and level, but if the wall is crooked, the floors are going to appear crooked. So the key was to try to eyeball it. We tried to make it as straight as possible, but not look crazy against the walls.

The first 2 rows require the nail gun to secure the boards, since we can’t fit the big stapler in that tight of an area, but the rest of the room flew by with the use of the stapler. For more details on how we lay hardwood floors, check out this post from this summer! 

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It was all moving along great, until we realized we were about 1 box of materials short (25 Square Feet). By the way, that’s the worst! Now we need to go pick up another box of hardwoods, let them acclimate all over again, re-rent the stapler for another day, and then finish off this project.

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I was able to start working on the mouldings around the doors, continuing the same Farmhouse mouldings that we have everywhere else in the house. I also completed the moulding around the window and built a little sill. All of this still needs to be caulked, primed and painted.

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Finally, Monday, Collin was able to seal the brick with the brick sealer. This keeps it from being dusty and keeps the brick in good condition.

Today we plan on getting the crown moulding up. Should be fun with those crooked walls!

Over next week/weekend, we will finish the floors, caulk and paint the moulding and crown and install a window treatment. We are hoping for this room to be complete after this week, with full Before and Afters posted next week!

Random House Updates

Happy Friday All!

Today’s post is a mish-mash of random house happenings since Christmas. Lots of little things are getting done, but nothing really worthy of its own post, so I decided to just save them up for one big updates post instead.

  1. Electric Fireplace Insert

For Christmas my in-laws gifted us with this fireplace insert. It was such a welcome surprise and really complete’s the front living room. It is electric and give off heat, perfect for cold January nights!

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2. We have been playing a bit of musical furniture in this room and others to see what works. We have landed on keeping the glass coffee table in the front Living Room and moving the leather ottoman to the family room.

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3. New Sectional in the Family Room!

So my Aunt and Uncle graciously sent down their practically new sectional for us to use while are still figuring out the back of the house and its layout. This was a game changer! Our old sofa only seats 3 at most. This new sectional is perfect for entertaining, football games and even a cozy night in.

This back Family room needs so much work still. Wallpaper needs to be removed (obviously already started, but couldn’t reach the tops and was too lazy to get a ladder), ceilings need to be re-done and there is literally zero light in here aside from 2 lamps. It is a black hole of a room, but I think we are leaning towards making it the kitchen. We shall see!

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4. Trash Removal

We had about a million pounds of trash removed that we had been saving up in a “Trash Room”, also know as our future family room. Although there are no pictures and some may not deem that blog-worthy, too bad. It costs us a lot of money ($100 per load) and a lot of strength loading and unloading the pick-ups, so you all get to hear all about it!

5. 2nd Guest Room

Although the Living Room is a disaster, there is an even worse room upstairs. The 2nd Guest Room/Office has been an afterthought since we bought the house. On Demo Day #1 (Back in June) we ripped up the carpet in here and then left it untouched. When we had drywallers come back in October for the front/formal Living Room, we had them drywall and sand the 2nd Guest bedroom. After that, Collin did expose the brick in that room. Up until now, it has been a dusty, messy room that held garbage and made the rest of the upstairs dusty as well.

We decided this room needed to be a priority because the dust was literally everywhere upstairs and I was going crazy. So this week, Collin cleaned the room and painted the ceilings and walls. The paint is still wet in the below pictures, but its a basic cool gray color. We are not sure what this room is going to end up as, so we just picked a neutral color get on the walls, knowing that we would probably repaint down the line.

This weekend, I am going to pick up some crown moulding. The plan is to get the crown moulding up and painted, doors back on the room and the closet and finally put some hardwood floors down. Hoping that this will contain the dust and finish this room off, even though there is no furniture to put in it 🙂 !

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New Old Chairs

The Christmas Tree bought me a little bit of time to keep searching for chairs for the living room, but with the Holidays over, it was time to get serious about the 2 chairs. The living room chairs were tough to find. I was searching for something smaller scale, not too heavy looking and light in color, since the couch and rug are dark. I looked everywhere from Wayfair to Craigslist, but it is hard to see them online and not in person. I was also popping in to our local Restore weekly to see if they had anything used that could be recovered. Restore is a donation based shop, similar to Good Will, but they only sell furniture and building materials. It is hit or miss and the stock changes daily.

Last Thursday I stopped by on my weekly trip to check if they had anything new and I found not 1, but 2 perfect chairs! The upholstery on both were literally disgusting, but that could be fixed. The wood was in great condition and the chairs felt sturdy. I didn’t even check if they were comfortable since they were so gross I didn’t want to sit in them. But for $20 and $25 respectively, they were mine.

We picked them up on Tuesday, since we already had a UHaul (we came home from Christmas with a couch, but that’s for another post). Here they are in all of their glory:

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I started with the easy one, on the left. When I unscrewed the seat the following fell out (WARNING: this is gross):

  • A Single Tums
  • 2 Pens
  • An Old Penny
  • A Stocking (ughhh)
  • Some small children’s toys
  • An Earring

So after gagging and deeply cleaning all of the wood, I laid the seat upside down on piece of fabric.

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Next, I used the staple gun to attache the fabric to the seat and trimmed the excess fabric:

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I reattached the seat to the base of the chair:

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To make the chairs look like they are from the same family, I decided to add a nail trim detail to both. You can pick up the Nail Trim at Joanne’s. To start, just measure the trim and cut to size:

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Every 4 spots has a hole for you to nail in the loose nails to secure to the seat. Use a hammer and just tap them in making sure you are hitting some type of wood and that it stays even.

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1 down, 1 to go:

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I’m not even going to try to give you any details on how the second chair got upholstered since it was almost impossible, took me forever and I was cursing and throwing things. Long story short, it got done. Here’s the after:

It is not perfect, but cute enough, so we’ll move on. My tip: Buy Chairs that have removable seats (like chair number 1)

Don’t they look great together:

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Overall, this project cost $81 for both chairs! When I was shopping online, we were looking at over $200 PER CHAIR! I’ll call that a success!

This week we have plans to really get back in to Reno-Mode and finish the brick in the upstairs bedroom and install the fireplace insert!