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Moved in!

(This post got lost in draft-land for a few weeks…sorry!!!)  Yep, I’ve been “living” here for a while, but it’s been somewhat of a sad existence.  Confined to one drafty room shared with a dog that was impossible to keep clean, cooking with nothing but a microwave and single burner camp stove, eating lots and LOTS of prepackaged food – hey, I even discovered how to make hamburger helper in the microwave – and the dreadful walk upstairs through filth to shower.  Come to think of it, it wasn’t that different from college.  But forget all that, because I made it!  As promised, Thanksgiving weekend was move-in weekend for me!  The storage unit is totally cleaned out and closed, most of my stuff is in the house, and the rest of my stuff is in the addition – where I used to reside.  Continue reading

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The (downstairs) floors are DONE!

Whoa, two posts in one day?  You better be feeling awfully special.  ‘Tis the month for giving thanks, so, you’re welcome.  As the title suggests, this is another “floors” post!  I’m going to keep this one to mostly pictures.             Continue reading

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Tile and Trim

Oh goodness… It’s really been a month since my last blog post? Jeez…sorry about that.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess, or at least when you’re insanely busy.  So many things have changed since the sanding of the floors.  First off, my countertops finally arrived and were installed.  They’re absolutely perfect and look very high-end for laminate.  If you don’t look too closely (there’s no getting around the dark lines on the edges or the seam in the corner) you could be initially convinced they’re granite!
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Floors get a facelift

This past weekend was my mom’s birthday weekend.  What better way to celebrate another year than spending two very long, very exhausting days sanding floors???  Okay, I can think of better ways to celebrate…but the floors now look great!  Mom says next year she will be in Maui for her birthday.  Alone.  Continue reading

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When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’

As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked at the before pictures, there are a lot of walls in serious distress.  And there was a lot of gaudy wallpaper and panelling.  Behind all of that is layer upon layer of skim coat and plaster.  Cracked plaster.  A large part of the demolition process thus far has been removing wall (and ceiling) coverings to see what’s underneath and if it can be repaired or salvaged.  There are a few (a mighty few) walls with decent drywall on them.  The rest are in various stages of disrepair.  Here are some pictures of the progress of removing wall coverings.  Continue reading

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Experimenting With Floor Finishes

Since my beautiful house has beautiful hardwood floors throughout, I’ve been thinking about how to finish them.  I wanted a weathered grey appearance that wouldn’t be too dark and would keep with the old character of the home.  Minwax’s Classic Grey stain was an option I considered, but then I stumbled upon a more natural finish that should also be much cheaper and more forgiving than stain.  I found this blog post on oxidizing wood:

The Friendly Home {finishing} How to oxidize wood

and thought it sounded like it might give the result I wanted.  Continue reading

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Let The Demolition Begin!

Here are some photos of the demolition process.  You’ve got to tear it all down to rebuild it. Continue reading

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