The Row House

Cheap as $#&!

You know what that title means. 🙂

I wouldn’t say Mark and I are cheap…I’d say we’re frugal and like to stretch our money as far as we can.

Especially when the renovations won’t be seen by anyone…here’s what we mean.

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Hey babe!

There are four holes in our back bedroom floor that need to be patched. We’re putting wall-to-wall carpeting in this room, so no one will even see the patches.

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Instead of buying new wood, we used the last few boards of the reclaimed wood that we salvaged from other parts of the house.

Mark cut it to size and hammered it in.

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A pretty easy project that only took about an hour.

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That’s Mark giving it a thumps up!

I think I’ve come up with a better word…it’s not that we’re cheap…we just HATE being wasteful. 🙂

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Moving In

Sock Party!

You know what’s amazing?

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Not having to put on shoes to walk downstairs.

With our newly refinished floor, I can go down in my socks…or barefoot.

I can even eat on the floor if I want. (Just a possibility, we don’t really do this)

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With the floors done, we brought our kitchen furniture and appliances back in.

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I then promptly put all my dishes and pots back in my stove.

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That is where you store things when you don’t cook.

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Moving In

Trust. Your. Gut.

I just couldn’t live with this darker, oil-stained wood floor.

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It reminded me of an old grandmother’s house with rosary beads and doilies everywhere.

We needed it to be fixed.

So, we spent a few extra dollars and had our floor guy re-sand the entire thing. I was really glad to see that oily finish come off.

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After the re-sanding, we had him put down the WATER-BASED polyurethane we used on our upstairs floors. Look at the difference…

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This is a life lesson that I’ve learned before, but, apparently, I needed to go through it again.

TRUST YOUR GUT. If you think something should be done a certain way, push for it.

It’s good to consider differing opinions and to sometimes come to a consensus, but don’t ignore those gut instincts. EVER. And that goes for life in general…not just DIY home renovations. 🙂

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Moving In

UGH.

The happiness and positivity that was OOZING out of my last blog post is gone.

I am not a negative person and I don’t like dwelling on what’s “wrong” but I’m really bummed. I hate our floor.

Like, totally hate it.

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When we put new pine floors in our upstairs, we used a clear, water-based polyurethane on them. I know we can’t imitate that exact shade downstairs, but we want that same lightness.

Our floor guy said the oil-based poly is more durable and should go on the first floor. We acquiesced and it turned our wood into a golden shade that looks like it belongs in a log cabin.

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I think I’m more upset that we didn’t go with our gut instinct. Mark and I know to follow our intuition, and we didn’t in this case.

Now, we have to figure out what to do.

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Moving In

Sand her down til she’s sexy!

The floor sanding has begun, and what a difference it’s made!

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Our first floor still has the ORIGINAL wood floors that were in the house when it was built in the 1850’s. Some of the floor was painted and carpet covered the rest…it was pretty gross.

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Our floor guy brought in a really big sander with heavy duty grit paper and got started. We had him go from the front door all the way to the back and through the kitchen.

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I was in love within 20 minutes. The soft, yellow pine is BEAUTIFUL and adds a lot of light to the house.

My motto is “sand her down til she’s sexy!” And lemme tell ya…she’s looking goooooood! 🙂

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Heavy lifting, Moving In

A Total Craftsman

I am blown away. COMPLETELY. BLOWN. AWAY.

Who is this man I married and how did I not know that he is SO FREAKIN TALENTED?!

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In just 8 hours, Mark finished building this GORGEOUS basement door hatch.

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Not only is it beautiful, it is sturdy…look at me standing on it all nonchalant.

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This was one of those projects that came together as seamlessly in real life as Mark envisioned in his head.

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From the design to the execution, Mark was super happy with how it turned out and there were no big disasters or meltdowns. Mark for the WIN!!!

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Moving In

They’re like an ugly baby

Our downstairs floors, I mean. Like an ugly baby in the sense that they’re mine and I LOVE THEM.

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The original pine floors on the first floor are really freaking old. Some parts were painted…don’t ask me why.

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Other parts have this weird black stain on them that even the floor guy can’t explain.

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One of the floor guys we talked to said that pine doesn’t stain well. It gets gooey and doesn’t spread nice and evenly.

We’re leaning toward just sanding the heck out of the floor and putting down several coats of polyurethane. Pretty soon, our floors will be pretty, and I’ll love them just the same. 🙂

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Heavy lifting

Please take off your shoes!

We are a socks-only household right now. At least, we are in our upstairs.

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Even with the unfortunate dying of his air compressor, Mark finished putting in the wood floor.

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The next task was sanding it. We rented a belt sander and finished fairly quickly and inhaled a heck of a lot of sawdust along the way.

Now, we’ve been doing a lot of sitting.

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Just sitting and admiring our floor.

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I did a couple of poses and Mark made a few snow angels.

After a few hours of that, we knew it was time to paint on the polyurethane to protect our beautiful new floor. No rest for the weary! 🙂

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Heavy lifting

No more “watch your step!”

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. It is time to put in the floor.

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The purple stuff is called the underlayment. We put that down to eliminate moisture and dampen the sound of me walking around in my heels. 🙂

Once that was down, Mark aka the incredible DIY machine, started putting down the pine flooring.

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He started in the hallway. We wanted the floor boards to all flow the same direction from the hall to the laundry room to the bathroom.

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We continued the flooring into our bedroom. My favorite part is the hearth.

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We have 2 fireplaces upstairs and Mark saved some of the old bricks and created a beautiful hearth in front of the fireplaces.

He would’ve continued and finished the flooring in our bedroom but his air compressor broke. Why does that always happen when you’re THIS CLOSE to finishing?!

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Heavy lifting

Rippin’ up the floor!

This is my bedroom.

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Doesn’t it look cozy???

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Mark ripped up the floor boards and we used it to patch the holes in our upstairs and downstairs.

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I’m glad we were able to use the original wood…it has so much character and I love that we repurposed it. And you know what happens after a long day of flooring, right???

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You go see Bastille at Stage AE with your peeps…

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Even though they think you’re nuts for renovating this rowhouse. 🙂

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