Hello amazing friends!! It has been a while since I shared any house progress. That’s because there really hasn’t been any since I painted the kitchen and back hall. (See how those areas turned out in my kitchen chalkboard post HERE.)
You saw peeks of my living room when I shared my coffee table makeover. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. That room is done except for one wall. I am keeping my eyes out for ideas for it and then I can finally share that whole space.
The two rooms that are driving me crazy though are my office and the dining room. Nothing has been done in either room since we moved in. I bought the same darker hardwood floors for these spaces as we used in the living room, but they’ve just been sitting in our dining room since our first week here.
Here is my office before we got a hold of it this past weekend:
Yep that’s where I sit and write for my blog. Not a very inspiring space, huh?
I still have a pile of boxes in one coner and rugs rolled up in the other. I didn’t want to unpack and get settled since I knew we were replacing the carpet. You can’t see them, but there are little pet piddles all over the carpet. So gross.
And on the opposite side is the dining room:
Same story in here. Boxes are still stacked in the corner. I put something on the table so it wouldn’t look so naked, but that is about it. This flooring in this space is the reason it has taken us so long to get started in here. We were not in love with the floors in here, and we knew it would be a big job to remove them.
We had three options for these floors: leave them, and buy the same flooring for the other spaces where we wanted hardwoods downstairs; leave them and just buy what we really wanted for the other spaces, but stain these to match; or remove these floors and replace them all with the same flooring. We chose option #3. It kind of broke my heart to get rid of these nice hardwoods. But we don’t like the skinnier planks and they were warping in places.
You can see it a bit in the bottom leftt-hand corner of this photo:
We started yanking them out on Saturday…
That’s a rare Hubby sighting right there. I helped too, I promise. Jack helped as well, carrying all the old planks out to my Hubby’s truck. The DIYer/hoarder in me wanted to stash them all in a corner to use for something in the future, but honestly, I just wanted them gone.
And gone they went:
On Sunday we removed the carpet and all the tack strips from the office:
We were so proud of ourselves until we realized one small problem. The casings. (The trim around the doors.)
See how high they are off the floor? The hardwoods we removed were thicker than the engineered hardwoods we plan on replacing them with. Oopsie. So what do we do? Replace all the casings? This space has five doorways so that is a lot of casings to replace.
We decided it would probably be easier to add another layer to the existing subfloor to build it up. Here we were laying out a piece of scrap luan with the underlayment and a piece of the new flooring to see if it would bring it up to the right height:
And it was perfect, so up to Home Depot went the Hubby and Jack to get 12 sheets of luan. Disaster averted!
I spent the better part of Monday painting the all the trim in the office. Luckily our trim was already white, but you can see how really dull it all was when you see it next to the new paint:
I used Behr’s Ultra Pure White in satin right off the shelf at Home Depot. Don’t spend the extra money on the “BEST” coverage (the Marquee line) for the trim, I found the next step down worked equally as well and wasn’t as thick to work with. Both still required two coats.
And this is pretty much how it looks right now with all the trim painted:
Next step: wall paint! I’m using the same color I used in the rest of the downstairs: Campfire Ash by Behr in eggshell. I also have a cool feature wall planned for that back wall, so stay tuned!
Yesterday, I got all the trim in the dining room painted. It makes such a big difference already! You can see some of our luan sheets stacked in there already too.
It doesn’t seem like it should be an all-day job, but this room has ceiling moldings, chair rail, three windows, a closet door, the back of the front door, base moldings, and the sides of the stairs…two coats! It took me pretty much all day non-stop.
Tomorrow I will start cutting in with paint. I am so excited to say good-bye to these bland walls! I plan to use the same paint color I used throughout the rest of the downstairs: Campfire Ash by Behr.
We will likely have to hire someone to paint this area above the stairs, but I will get as far as I can and hopefully it won’t cost too much to finish it off:
(Anyone have any idea how much I should expect to pay just for that area plus above the front door?)
Then I will be able to start laying the additional layer of luan needed to raise the floor height. And then…wood floors!!
I will finally be able to make some decisions on what I want to do with these rooms décor-wise. The dining room furniture is getting a new paint job for sure and I am still undecided about the light fixture.
The office desk will also get paint and I am really excited about my feature wall for that room.
I found this sweet painting at the thrift store which I kind of love, on the clearance for only $3:
There’s just something about it that drew me to it (maybe because the background is my favorite color to use in my home??). Hopefully it will find a home in my new office.
Well that is all for now, sweet friends! If you took the time to read this far, thank you!
When I get these two rooms completed, my downstairs will be just about done! I’ll still have my kitchen cabinets to paint, but that is a project for next year. Then I can focus on filling my booth for the upcoming Holiday season, which will mean lots of thrifty makeover goodness to share with you!!
If you need me, I think you’ll know where to find me! 🙂
If you missed any of my new house adventures or projects so far, you can catch up here:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with another floor update and I’ll be reshaping one of my favorite hutch makeovers:
UPDATE: See our floor progress and the hutch replay HERE now!
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