Week 40 Update

Painted doors. Mirrors. Door handles. Master closet shelving. Uncovered hardwood floors. Countertops. Bar stools. A look back in time.

This. Post. Has. Everything.


Am I the only one out there who misses Stefon on SNL? I mean, we haven’t had TV in 9 months, so it’s not like I actually watch SNL these days. But still. I would find a way if Bill Hader as Stefon was still a regular on Weekend Update.


First off, thank you oh so much to all of you who weighed in on what we should do on our stairs. We still haven’t reached a decision. The stairs will remained covered for at least the next week or two, so we have a wee bit more time to figure it out. If you have any additional brilliant comments or suggestions on what we should do, I am all ears!

So, on to what got done this week. It’s some REALLY good stuff, y’all!

The rest of the exterior doors got painted, and the front & back doors got their amazing handles installed. In addition, we got the handle put on the sliding glass door. Doors completed? CHECK.

Front door hardware. It’s so cool in person!
A view of the back door (also with cool hardware)
Don’t you just want to come over??
Behr Allure (red) on the inside, too! (terrible photo, sorrrrrry)
Another view of the back door
Handle on the slider

Brad and co spent all kinds of quality time at the house the last half of last week and chugged through a list of stuff. They were machines! I couldn’t even tell you now what it all was, but trust me, it was a lot of stuff that’s not glamorous but needed done before we could really plan on moving in.

We finally found the right light bulbs to go in the globe light fixture in the dining room. Annnnnnd we found a dining room table and chairs! I went to an estate/moving sale on Friday and saw a beautiful solid wood table with 6 chairs and 2 leaves and I snagged it for a great price. We are going to spend some time cleaning it before deciding if we want to strip it and stain it a darker color. For now, we’ll use it as-is.

Don’t those bulbs totally work in the that fixture?
China not included. πŸ˜‰

Aaron and I (with an assist from Brent, and then Mark & Mary Kay) got the master closet shelving put together over the weekend. We ended up going with John Louis brand solid wood closet organizers, and we are so glad we did! They were an upgrade from standard wire shelving, but very reasonably priced for a custom-ish closet. I will give an update on how we like them once we move some clothes in.

It’s really difficult to snap a compelling photo of a closet
I think we’re going to be really happy with the system!
An attempt to get both sides of the long & narrow closet. Unsuccessful attempt.

The most exciting part of this past week is that we got the protective paper ripped up off the floors. I get to see my beautiful refinished hardwood floors again! We did leave paper in the main hallways and on the stairs, but pulled it up everywhere else for cleaning. Want to know why? Because we are moving in this coming weekend!!Β  (aaaand I probably just jinxed myself by typing that out….)

FLOORS! (Southeast bedroom)
Hex tile exposed!
Master bedroom!
Master closet again, this time with the pretty floors showing
Living room. Pretend the big ugly radio isn’t sitting there….

We also pulled up paper off the countertops in the kitchen, so the soapstone if visible again. Ugh, I love it so much. It’s so pretty! We need to get it cleaned and oiled up, but for now, it’s just so nice to be able to SEE it again!

Kitchen, with floors & countertops showing
I want to go to there.

The last couple things we did yesterday, after getting all the paper ripped up (by the way, Mark & Mary Kay get 1000% credit for that task being completed), was to hang a mirror in the downstairs bathroom and to get my HobNob Market bar stools in the house and placed under the island. Fun fact about the bar stools: the bottoms are steel, and the feet are these weird cups with jagged edges. So we needed to do something to minimize the risk of them scratching the heck out of the hardwood floors. Our solution was to flip them over, fill the “cups” with hot glue, let it dry, then put heavy duty felt pads on the feet. Time will tell if this solution will last, but it seems to be working okay so far. Regardless, aren’t they so cool??? I loooooooooooooooooove them.

How great is this mirror? Thank you, Mary Kay (and Kohl’s)
Bar stools!!!!
There are 4 of them, and they are adjustable, and they all have unique funky reclaimed wood tops.

So there you go. Things are a’happening. As I mentioned before, the plan is to clean this week (and we have a few odds and ends, like installing the faucet in the kitchen) and then to move in our furniture this weekend. Let me repeat that: THIS WEEKEND. There are no words.

If you follow me in Instagram, you may have seen a little photo collage of the living room. I thought it’d be fun to see the evolution of the living room in a larger size. So, behold:


Before we ever started
With carpet removed
With lathe, plaster, and old blown-in insulation removed.
And then with foam insulation
Floor refinishing in progress
Floors sanded down, starting to decide on stain color
Aaaaaand current.

And now, just in case you are unfamiliar with Stefon OR are looking for a laugh on this fine Monday:


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