Here we are on week 14 and we’re still working away hard on the inside of the place. I’ve had a few panic moments that soccer starts a month from now and we haven’t touched the outside of the house. Gah!
One of the things I thought would really enhance the kitchen was a small island. There isn’t a ton of countertop space or work space when you’re cooking. And by taking out the walls that enclosed some of the kitchen space, that left it open to incorporate an island. Specifically the island would have enough room to have space for some bar stools!
Measuring the space and what we could fit, we chose a cabinet that was as wide as we thought would fit comfortably and still allow movement in the kitchen and space for a small table to the side.
And here’s where I had an idea. Instead of walking up the stairs to see the backside of a plain white stock backing to the cabinet, why not put something there that gives the back a little character and maybe also a bit of color?
So I found an old door that we could use to give the piece a bit more dimension and with my dad’s help, we cut it down to fit so that most of the pretty pieces would show. Here is the door in its original finish.
We took the door and gave it a good coat of paint and mounted it. And here’s what it looks like now-
I thought leaving the old hardware was cool too. All around this door will be trim so no raw edges will show.
So now there’s a little bit of muddy gray loveliness in a bright white kitchen.
Next week, hopefully we can get outside and get going. And soon to reveal…the countertops!!
Right before we were to receive our renter, we had started working on our stairs. More on that later…
The stairs, when we purchased the home, were already carpetless to the upstairs and we also removed the carpet off of the steps to the basement. So we were left with stair treads that had leftover glue on them and were in rough shape from years of wear.
My dad, who is the foreman of this little project (remember, I’m the designer and laborer), made an incredible suggestion. He also might just be a “cut-the-corners-genius” (it comes from years of remaking and redoing on a small income). He knew if we would take up the stair treads and flip them over, they would be good as new. Yes! What an incredible suggestion! Forty-five years of wear on one side of the treads, zero on the other!
Here’s a little before and after-
Up The Stairs
Weathered Stair Tread
I had to sand a little bit on the old side because of the hangover of the tread.
Round One of Sanding
But here’s the original tread, just the side that was nailed down all those years. Looks pretty good!
The “Other” Side of the Stair Tread
The sanding commenced and I went through three different sizes of sandpaper on the old stair treads. The risers also got a good sanding so they could be painted.
It was then that our renter moved in and we had to quickly nail down the stairs temporarily so we could move furniture! I also decided anytime you’re working on stairs, it’s best to only do three at a time. 😉
After our renter was settled, the tops of the treads were stained and sealed.
Here’s an “almost done” after-
And the basement-
You want to know the best part, there aren’t anymore squeaks! Taking them up and redoing them let us put in new glue and get them attached again so they are like brand new steps!
Yes! I do still have a blog! I know I keep you guessing but what I can I say? This summer has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda summer.
For two weeks now life has just been barely breathable and I can now sigh a little breath of relief. Among having company and having a birthday and few quick trips inbetween, we now have a renter in our fixer upper! I’m so glad that our renter doesn’t mind that we are still working on finishing the place.
Last I left you, we had just installed the flooring. And that was the last thing that we completed before the moving truck arrived. Whew! Just in time!
Here are some better pictures of the flooring, as promised.
Kitchen with Flooring
It’s a little dusty but ain’t she pretty?
Look how nicely it matches the beam? This flooring runs through the entire first floor, minus the bathroom. I love how seamless it feels and makes the whole house look like hardwood.
Now that it is essential, it was time to turn the water on and see how many leaks our plumbers had to fix. Turns out there were a few. 😉 So installation for the shower and getting the washer and dryer hooked up took a little time. But now there is actual running water, laundry services and a soon to be shower! These things don’t necessarily translate well into picture form, but everybody needs water!
I think that’s all I’m going to post for today. We are working fast and furious to be livable. Once that happens, work on the outside will start. And that will be very exciting work!