Hi there friends! Guess what we’ve been doing? I mentioned we were refinishing our floors over the weekend – and not getting any Addictive Tomato Chutney or Roasted Tomato Sauce made with all the tomatoes that have decided to ripen all. at. once. – in the Tuesday Garden Party.
Well, that led to a couple of other things. The floors of course took longer than expected, helped along by a cold and rainy Sunday that delayed our drying time (Seriously? No rain for months and it comes when we need all the windows open and low humidity?), but as you can see from this before picture of our entryway, they were in dire need of refinishing.
Or I should say finishing, because the floors were stained but any finish they had at one time was long gone – every drop of water left a stain and any piece of toast that fell butter-side-down was seen for weeks on the floor. It would simply soak right in (which we were told happens with some of the ‘natural’ finishes of the 1980s, when our house was built).
In the meantime, we were all crammed into my workroom since the living room was holding all the furniture from the dining room and entry. I’m cringing at this shot – but, heah, at least you can see the floor!
Speaking of floors – here’s a peek at the darker end result (which I’m loving!) and I’m planning a full post about how we diy’d the floors where I’ll share all the details, but I don’t have time right now for that post, because doing the floors has led to:
- Painting all the baseboards and trim with the new color, Creamy White by Behr (I wrote about how we sprayed everything the wrong color – by accident – in this post about our kitchen remodel)
- Creating a door frame into the hallway where there was nothing except constantly chipping wall board corners (I have always wanted to do this – no time like the present upheaval, is there?)
- Painting the walls the new color since the furniture can’t be moved back for 3 days while the poly cures and the walls have needed it for a few years.
So I’m sharing some photos of our current activities, including these of me painting the baseboard trim without taping the floor. We shot a video a few years ago with all the details of why and how I paint this way that you can see here on the blog (or go here to see it on YouTube).
Basically with the right brush, a steady hand, and a rag I find it much easier and less time-consuming to paint trim without tape. And since the floor had just been finished, any paint that did get on the floor was easily wiped up.
Ah, the after shot looks much better, doesn’t it? We’re making life a bit easier on ourselves by simply painting the walls and trim the same color, though the trim is a semi-gloss and the walls are eggshell. I did paint all the wall/trim edges with the semi-gloss as I was doing the trim because I figured the bit that will show after the wall is rolled with the eggshell will not be noticeable.
I’m so excited to have this brighter, cleaner looking creamy white color on all our walls! It’s totally making me rethink a lot of our decorating – I’m wanting a much more clean and streamlined look.
But what I’m most happy about is finally getting a real-live doorway for our main hall (we forgot the actual ‘before’ shot – this is after we installed the first board on the top).
Doorways finished in only wallboard (or unfinished, as I like to say…) always seem like new, cheap construction to me – which is personal, I know. But I want our 1982 rancher to live as an old cottage and this was the last vestige of it’s 80s heritage – and I’m more than happy to see it go! Plus, the edges were always chipped – wood trim seems to hold up much better.
Oh, and we’ll share the easy how-to’s of this, too, soon – just in case you want to blur the age lines of where you live, also.
So, that’s where we are in what’s become a major living/great room makeover! Have you ever started a project that led to more like this?