This was an exciting week! We started to put things back in place in preparation of finally being done! While it was so exciting to see things come together it also made me a bit nervous. The hope was that things I picked out months ago would fit together. So far, so good!
After four layers of polyurethane, the floors are finally done. They finished them up on Monday so that the crew could return on Tuesday to start work. Above is what the oak floors throughout the house look like, except they have a bit more red to them that the camera didn’t pick up.
Here’s what the pine looks like. I took this picture to show how no matter what the label on an epoxy says about being “stainable”, it is not. This was the best rated “stainable” epoxy and well, as you can see, it didn’t really stain. I have a friend who’s recommended a company near us that will come in and fix it. The above pic is out of our bedroom and I think it might be covered by the bed, so we’ll see. But learn from me, don’t try to patch. Or better yet, don’t have your wall crew patch the floors when they tell you they don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t. 🙂
Here’s what the bathroom looked like the day we bought the home.
And here it is today! One of the most exciting additions to the week was the toilets and our vanity in the bathroom! Finally, after sitting in the dining room for months, the vanity has been installed. I found the faucet online and think it goes well with the space. (I’ll be sharing all the details room by room in the New Year. I want to try them all out first before I start sharing and recommending.)
Here’s the laundry room the day we bought it.
And here it is now! The windows got new window trim that matches the rest of the house. I just love it! You can also see that our other toilet for the toilet room was installed. It still needs a door.
One of my favorite features in the laundry room is this old cast iron sink. I was on the hunt for a high back sink like this one and mentioned it to my brother. It turns out he had one in his barn. Of course he did! Who doesn’t?! He had worked for a local school district a decade ago and they had thrown it in the trash. Never to throw away something that could be useful in the future, my brother took it out of the trash and brought it home with him. My win! 🙂
Here’s what the opening to the dining room looked like a month ago.
And here it is today. Lots of woodwork was put around the new windows in the kitchen and the new larger opening in the kitchen. It’s all built to match the existing. The windows alone have 12 pieces to the trim. I am so thankful for someone on the crew who is so talented and gets what we’re doing. You can also catch a glimpse of our light switches above. We had push button light switches installed with unlaquered brass covers. The brass will tarnish naturally over time which is the look I’m going for.
As much as we’ve added and restored the house, some things we’ve had to say goodbye to. One of the hardest was the machine shop in the backyard. My dad has many, many memories of the machine shop working with my grandpa. We had to tear it down this week. My brother and dad pushed it down and then later in the week disposed of it. As much as we’re thankful that we were able to purchase the property it is still sad to take down memories. I guess the silver lining is that we’ve been the ones able to go through each building and say goodbye before tearing them down.
The boys continue to be champs. They played legos quite a bit this week. Pictured above is the playroom and they definitely had plenty of time to play this week as we worked at the house. I can’t wait to get them settled and start decorating for Christmas.
This week we hope to tackle the punch list of final big items and have the home cleaned!