Drumroll please….

25 Aug

I’m so excited!  The first reveal!!

Before I can go any further I need to give HUGE thank you to our friends and family who have spent their time helping us make the mess and clean it up to make it beautiful ❤  We couldn’t have done it without the support and love from you guys – you rock!!  Other than hubby’s uncle, none of us do this for a living.  There were many projects that didn’t start until many, many YouTube tutorials were watched, blogs were read and questions were asked with Home Depot, Lowes and Rona associates.   We weren’t without our mistakes too, you learn from them and move on!

We’ll start with the living room and the dining room.  I’ll run through a quick laundry list of what we’ve done…

  • You will notice that our lovely fake random brick wall in the living room is gone.  This was in place because at some point there must have been a wood burning stove there but it was long gone by the time we got the house.  The walls were plaster so this was tricky – once we removed the wall we needed to drywall it and make it as seamless as possible.  Luckily, hubby’s uncle is a drywaller and was able to come down and help us in the mess of it all!
  • The floors have been refinished and stained with an ebony colour stain (they are BEAUTIFUL – but boy are they hard to keep clean!).  Refinishing the floors was a chore… We rented a large and small sander from Home Depot and spent a weekend sanding all the floors down.  It is finicky, you can’t stay in one spot too long and you’ve got a big divot in the floor.  If you’re gearing up to do this yourself – it’s not terrible, it just takes time and patience.  The stain & sealer were another story.  Hubby & I were working full time and the coats needed to be put on every few hours, this made putting multiple coats on the floor tricky.  Hubby’s brother was able to come by and put on the stain and top coats for us during the day so unfortunately he took the brunt of the work there.  He said that he could taste and smell the stain/sealer for days, the smell is super powerful and seeps in everywhere!  Note to anyone attempting to do this – make sure you do it at some point in the year that you’re able to have all the windows open for days at a time!
  • The walls have been painted – I believe the colour is called Battleship Grey by Behr.  I LOVE this colour and carried it through the living room, dining room and hallway.
  • We replaced all the moldings through the rooms in the house.

Living room before….

Living room after!

Dining room before…

Dining room after!

 

 

 

 

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