Sunday, October 31, 2010


In they go!

See them and weep with joy:

The counter tops are still plywood. It's uncertain how long it will take to get the counter tops installed. I'm out of town and E is working on his music so as long as everything is all ready in time for the final inspection, we're golden.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Here we have the old kitchen flooring, rotted laminate over rotted particle board over rotted fir flooring. Behold, the power of dog urine:After ripping back the laminate, chiseling off chunks of particle board 2" at a time, prying the fir off with a crow bar then pulling each and every stinkin' nail out of the sub-floor, matching white strip oak was laid and seamlessly integrated into the existing dining room floor.

The wood floors in whole house (minus the master bedroom) got a sanding and were refinished. I was surprised to see the floors were in pretty good shape so we were able to go with a natural finish.
Here's a look back at the original state of the floors.
New floor laid down and old floor sanded:
Looking the other way:And finished!The dark hall of doom along with broken and corroded floor heater:Patched up and lighter:This photo is my favorite. We have mahogany inlay, even in the little entry!

Exterior Ta-Da

Just in case you forgot how pretty the house was before, here's a shot. I do notice that the lawn was alive at this point, but taking that out of the equation, I think we made a significant improvement with the final paint job.Here's the pretty lady now. Please note, we did not paint the steps the powder blue. They were painted by the previous owner or real estate agent after they took the "buy me" photo:
I'm thinking of painting the front steps a light charcoal color. Something to hopefully ground them and diminish their gargantuan size. I'm sure once some foundation plants go in, it'll help the situation as well.

Here we have the front door in the "before" state. Yes, the wood was scraped raw and left to weather on the face and painted pink around the window panes.
E did a bang up job building steps for three of the doors to the outside.

We have a new back porch light as well.