I’m running a wee bit behind today. I left my card reader at the house it seems, so I have to improvise. Regardless, we got A LOT done this weekend! Both of our dads worked on Saturday and I don’t know what we would have done without them.
First of all, another happy surprise! The entry way had an pad of cheap, generic tile. When we pulled the carpet up, it looked like they had cut the wood to put the tile in, so we were fully prepared to select new tile to replace it. When my dad saw it, he was fairly sure it was a different case, so we let him pull it up. We were met with a very pleasant surprise….
The wood is intact! This was the most ideal outcome and we couldn’t be happier. It makes the room feel so much bigger and that designated space will no longer be wasted. Once it’s all sanded down and re-finished, it’s going to be just beautiful.
Did I mention how bright and clean the walls look now? No more muddy, bland off-white (don’t get me wrong, I love a warm white, but this shade was just boring). The stairs were the next and those are going to be quite a project.
It appears there was runner at one point and the risers were blue… yes, an odd shade vintage blue. It makes me wonder what color (or pattern!) the runner was. I’m happy the treads are still unpainted. We will be painting the runners pure white to match the trim. But boy, are there a TON of staples. And they are not easy to pull out of the solid oak. I have a feeling I’ll be sitting on these stairs with a pair of pliers for a long time.
The upstairs! While we have oak downstairs, on the second floor we have pine. It’s a little bland right now. We are wondering how light it will be once it’s sanded down. I’m not sure if I’m going to leave it natural or stain it dark to attempt to make it a little richer. I’m reserving judgment until I see it unfinished. I know I don’t want it to me the same dull red tone it is right now.
I’ll be working at my ‘day job’ for the next two days, so my posting schedule will be a little off. But don’t worry, I have plenty lined up for you!