I love winter by the sea. The absence of vacationers makes it feel quiet and still, but ocean wild and untamed in winter. I think this palette is a perfect reflection of that.
Photo by Our Long Nights.
I figured I would close the week with a summery of how things are going with the house. Generally things are good. Here are the highlights…
We have decided to prioritize the floors. It’s the one thing that HAS to be done before we move furniture in. Painting, lighting, etc. can all be done once we are living in the house, but sanding and finishing the floors need to be done ahead of time. So, painting and lighting upstairs is going on hold until we finish the floors.
Speaking of floors, so far they look great! I pulled up the carpet in the living room last night and no surprises. It’s intact, solid but covered in paint and old varnish.
I’m starting to plan out our upstairs office. So far I know there will be space for both of our desks and a lounge space of some kind. We are planning on a day bed, comfy chair and giant chalkboard. We priced shag rugs for the lounge space as a possibility. Jared’s request is vintage industrial lighting over the desks. I’m on the hunt for a new desk chair.
I’m looking forward to working on the house in some daylight. My dad is planning on coming to town tomorrow to give us a hand. My grandparents are driving down from Cleveland for the first time to see the house. I’m hoping we can get a lot done. Ideally we’ll get the floors sanded this week and start finishing them next weekend so we can move in mid-month.
I was marveling last night about how different the house is looking compared to just a few weeks ago. If you don’t remember what it looked like when we got the keys, here are some before photos. It’s starting to look like a historic again.
Last night was our second night working on the floor. As I mentioned yesterday, it was taking forever to get the tack strips up. Last night, I was in the living room working on pulling staples up when Jared called me into the dining room and told me to grab my camera. He had a eureka moment with the tack strips and wanted me to document it as a how-to for the blog (how cute is he?).
We of course don’t claim to be professionals. We have no idea what the ‘proper’ way to do this is, but this is our method from trial and error. Our concern was how to pry the strips up without damaging the floor any more than we had to. Using the wide putty knife to brace the scraper and distribute the weight was kind of the breakthrough for us. I tried to break it down and make this as easy to follow as possible. Sorry about the photos. The spotlight doesn’t make things easy to photograph.
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