Friday, December 24, 2010


Day two brought staining the freshly sanded floors.  Definitely looked better after the second coat.  Excited to see it tomorrow with the topcoat.


Greg sanded the floors.  The wood was lighter than I expected.  Next day will bring stain.

Monday, December 20, 2010

What's that smell?

I arrived home from work tonight to a stench in the air.  Greg had the day off so I was trying to guess what he'd been up to.  My first guess was he cooked something odd for lunch.  He did cook fish for lunch, but that wasn't the smell.  He led me upstairs and the scent became stronger.  He took the initiative to disconnect the radiators in the bedrooms, sand the area underneath and around the radiators and appy two coats of stain.  What a guy!  Once again, I'm a lucky gal.  A great start to the week ahead.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Prepping to Refinish the Upstairs Wood Floors

The plan is to refinish our upstairs wood floors this week.  Greg has some days off and plans to spend them working on the floors.  This weekend we prepped.  Greg fixed some areas of broken wood.  Then we moved all of the furniture into our master bedroom.  The floors in our bedroom can't be refinished so they'll have to be replaced later.  We'll be sleeping in the basement until the floors are complete. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Just a Little Painting

Just a few painting projects being done around the house.  Painting windowsills, woodwork, and a coat on the master bathroom wall.
Windowsill painting....and pretty leaves outside.  Greg really did clean up leaves on Saturday morning, but we can no longer tell after the rain and wind knocked down more Saturday afternoon.
Before and After.  I don't understand why the previous owners left the outer trim stained while painting the inner trim white.  Now it is all white.  Now, will I leave the sidelights stained or paint them?  Just have to wait and see.

A coat of Wool Skein paint on the master bathroom walls and painted the windowsill Alabaster.  Nothing too fancy, just to get us through the next few years before we remodel this room.
As always, more pics at our photo website.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Wall Improvement - art addition and paper removal

This weekend we reviewed "The List".  We've been able to check off the window replacement and refinishing the stairs.  Most of the remaining items were outdoor projects for which we ran out of good weather.  Those items will be postponed to 2011.  We developed a new list.  The last thing we crossed off the existing list was putting glass into the picture frames that Greg built for the posters we bought in NYC over three years ago.  We are making a return visit to NYC in a few weeks.  I wonder what we will find this time...maybe we will finish it another three years from now.

Now, to the new list.  When Greg installed the exhaust fan a few weeks ago, the wallpaper began to peel off the wall.  This weekend Greg tore down the blue-striped wallpaper in the master bathroom.  He also repaired the cracks in the plaster.  Later we'll put on a coat or two of paint.  Nothing too fancy since this bath remodel isn't expected for a few more years. 
Old Wallpaper in master bath
Wallpaper removed in master bath

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Drumroll Please: Staircase - Before and After

 The staircase before, covered in 30-year old worn mint green carpet.

Returned to it original wooden glory. 

Next, wallpaper removal?  Only time will tell.
Check out pics from the entire renovation on our photosite.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halfway Up The Stairs

Tonight I brushed on two coats of polyurethane on the remaining treads.  We laid the completed treads in place, just to get a visual of the end product.  The photos just don't do it justice.  We love how they look.  We are anxious to get the stairs back in place.  So close to completion.  Here are a few pics from tonight. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Garage Door Opener and Stair Risers and Treads

We set out for the weekend to be full of house renovation progress and we didn't let ourselves down.  Greg spent a majority of his time in the garage.  He installed two new electrical outlets as well as installed a new garage door opener.  No longer do we have to hit the button 5 times in order to get it to open or close.  The new opener also has a nifty feature that when you walk past the sensor, the overhead light turns on.  The little things excite us.

While Greg worked in the garage, I worked on the stairs.  Half of the stair treads are now stained in Special Walnut and have two coats of polyurethane.  Waiting for those to dry 12 more hours so we can nail them down.  The other half of the treads are now getting stained.  We are still able to get up the stairs, but it's a little tricky.  I also puttied, sanded, primed and put two coats of Alabaster paint on all of the trim and risers.  Stairs are getting closer to completion!  Still some small trim to clean up but happy with our progress this weekend.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Stimulating the Economy and Saving the Environment...

While I spent Saturday shopping in Indy with Melissa (stimulating the economy), Greg bought lumber (stimulating the economy) and spent the day building a faux wall in the garage.  Goal is to insulate this wall so that the north side of our house stays warmer (saving the environment by using less heat).  The bathroom on the other side of that wall is quite chilly in the winter.

 Greg removed this radiator from the garage wall.  It is so heavy - not sure how he did that on his own.

Sunday Greg finally had good weather to finish installing the master bathroom exhaust fan.  A clear day and the attic wasn't sweltering hot.  While Greg worked on the exhaust fan, I began scraping paint from the steps.  Seems the risers were once a yellowed white and then a minty white.  I tried to capture the color in the photo below, but difficult to see the old colors.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Columbus Day Discovery

Greg spent his Columbus Day holiday stripping the stair treads, finding viable wood that we can refinish - hence a discovery.  Seems appropriate for Columbus Day.

Greg is so excited that Tuesday night we visited Sherwin Williams to select the new finish color.  Dark Walnut is the winner.  Not sure when the finishing will begin but if Greg has anything to do with it, it will be sooner than later.  I'm sure the stairs will look beatiful when complete.  I'm thankful Greg spent his holiday working on our stairs.  I'm a lucky gal.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

More Carpet Removal

Greg removed the old carpet from hall bath and found small hexagon tiles underneath.
Looking much better after cleaning off the glue that was used to install the carpet.
Carpet removed from the upstairs hallway.  Yeah! All of the upstairs carpet has been removed.
Now, to tackle the removal of the carpet on the stairs
We can see where the stairs were stained on the sides, while a carpet runner went down the center.
The risers had been painted white.  Lots of staples for us to remove.
All staples now removed so we can safely use the stairs.
Why is Greg so happy????
I found hardwood floor in the foyer and hope it is in the dining and living room too.  We have a lot of sanding and refinishing in the future, but look at all of the money we will save because we don't have to install new hardwood floors.  A good day indeed.  Well, until the Colts lost.