The Row House

Revival.

Don’t worry, I’m not gonna get all religious on ya! 🙂

But hang with me for a minute.  What Mark and I are doing…even with the small stuff…like this door…

sanding an old door

Taking the old and reviving it…turning it into something new and better.

Finding the old gems and shining them back up to show their beautiful souls.

sanding an old door

We worked outside this past weekend (since it was apparently Spring but no one told us) and we finished scraping and sanding the door that was featured in our first magazine article.

This was the cover then…

refinished door

This is the door now.

IMG_2069

Revival.  I think we might be onto something.

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Family, Moving In

Work and Play

We did more play than work this past weekend, but how could you not when it felt like summer in the ‘Burgh?!

image

Mark did his part in the Steel City Pizza contest that was held in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville. No pizza for me, but I did drink a tub of fresh lemonade.

image

I went out for a girls night and Mark started sanding our stair treads.

image

We’re giving each one a light coat of polyurethane.

image

Once we get them back on the staircase, we’ll put the railing on.

You know I can’t write a blog post now without showing off my baby girl niece!

image

4 generations in this photo…my Nunny, my mom (now Mimi), Mama Kelly and Lily. You know Lilypad will be beautiful…just look at these 3 stunning women!

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Moving In

Trust. Your. Gut.

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

image

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.

image

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

image

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. 🙂

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
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.

image

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.

image

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.

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Moving In

Sand her down til she’s sexy!

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

image

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.

image

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.

image

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! 🙂

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
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.

image

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

image

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

image

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. 🙂

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Heavy lifting, Moving In

Shoulda Coulda Woulda

We’ve got déjà vu fever at our house…the mudding and taping and sanding is back!

image

That means Mark’s rotator cuff injury has reared its ugly head once again.

Pop a few Motrin, drink a couple of Heinekens and he’s good to go!

image

There’s not as much drywall downstairs, but the ceiling is a bear.

Time is of the essence because Mark will be very busy work-wise when the new year starts, and we might only get to work on the house 1 day a week.

image

That combined with the fact that we are DYING to take a beach vacation (and I already got a pedicure for that very purpose) means we should be like busy renovation bees…key word here is SHOULD.

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Heavy lifting

Man Hands

I quit getting manicures about three months ago because my hands always look gross.

image

I’ve got splinters and cuts and bruises.

image

But you’re gonna get roughed up when you spend your all your time scraping…

image

And sanding…

image

It’s all worth it, though. Take a look at this beauty.

image

After DAYS of working on it, we finally got our old wooden door down to the grain. What a transformation!!

It went from this…

image

To this…

image

To this.

image

The next step is to stain it. To be honest, I know it’s cool to use these old doors and repurpose them, but it would have been a HECK of a lot easier to just go to Home Depot and buy some doors!

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Heavy lifting

Paint, sand, vaccuum, repeat

I am a person who likes routine is boring. I get up at the same time every day and go to the gym. I eat the same oatmeal mix every day for breakfast. I watch exactly 20 minutes of whatever’s on HBO every night before I go to bed.

Our latest DIY task was made for me.

image

We put polyurethane on our new wood floors to protect them. You paint on one coat and let it sit for 2 hours. Then, we sanded it.

image

Guess who won the rock-paper-scissors battle for the ear plugs?

image

After the sanding, we vacuumed up all the dust particles and started the process all over again.

image

We did this three times to our bedroom, bathroom and laundry room floors.

image

I had my fill of routine after all of that. So much so, that maybe I’ll mix it up the rest of the week and not go to the gym, eat oatmeal or watch HBO. (That will never happen.)

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Heavy lifting

The Sand Man Cometh

I thought our “dusty days” were over. Remember this picture from when we first did our house demolition???

image

That man has returned…

image

Mark is spending his days sanding our drywall.

image

He mudded and taped all the creases and seams on our second floor, and the sanding smoothes everything out.

image

I follow behind him and wipe the walls with a damp cloth to remove any extra sanding bits or dust.

image

We’re trying to get the smoothest surface possible before priming the walls.

image

The hardest part of this is Mark’s perfectionist tendencies OCD. He’s done a fantastic job with the drywall, but he’s going over it with a fine tooth comb. At this rate, we’ll be able to move in when we qualify for social security.

image

Pray for us.

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard