I know that quite a few of you get excited about what’s going on in my life from time to time, and I really don’t mind sharing, so here’s an update on what we’ve been doing since August 2, 2011.
Summary of What We’ve Done
Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve done with the house so far:
- Removed wallpaper from the kitchen, entry way, bathroom, stairwell, and the 3 bedrooms upstairs. This took a LONG time! Probably 10 evenings of work.
- Tore out the carpet from all bedrooms upstairs and removed the baseboards (along with all nails and staples as well). This was another couple nights worth of work.
- Primed all bedrooms and the hallway upstairs. They are now ready to paint.
- Removed plaster walls and ceiling in the dining room (took it down to the studs), insulated and drywalled. Removed the wall for the back entry and made the layout more open to the dining area.
- Refinished all hardwood floors (about 1,000 square feet in total). We hired a professional to do this for us. He finished up the last coat of poly last night. I’m so glad we hired out this project. It was a ton of work and took him nearly a month to complete. I don’t even want to think about how long it would have taken us!
- Removed the old doors from the dining room (that goes to the porch) and to the back entry. We widened them and put in brand new 36″ doors.
- Removed the laminate tiles in the kitchen and half bath, as well as a layer of 1/4″ plywood sub-flooring and 1/2″ wood plank sub-flooring (probably the original hardwood for the kitchen – too bad it was beyond restoration). We then raised the entry floor to the height of the original kitchen sub-floor.
- Finally, we decided to tile the kitchen and we have actually just finished laying the grout on Saturday night! We checked on it last night and it looked marvelous! We’re really going to love our newly renovated house.
Recent Shopping Trip to IKEA
Yesterday, we drove across the state to make some purchases from IKEA! As most of you men would probably agree, I think that shopping goes right next to “going to the dentist” on the FUN-O-METER. I try to make it fun and exciting for myself, but that only lasts for about 30 minutes. Then my legs start to get tired, I begin adding up expenses in my head, and then my attempt at a cheery attitude just goes south…
Somehow, my wife was able to put up with me on this trip and we succeded in finding quite a few things that we needed! We purchased a bed frame, a dresser, 2 night stands, two small lamps, a full length mirror, 3 sets of curtains, drawer handles, 4 rugs, and quite a few other odds and ends.
Overall, it was a very successful trip, and we made nearly made it out of there under budget (there were a few items that we really did need, so we actually went $50 over… but that’s ok)! All of our purchases are now at home and in our basement, ready for assembly.
Next on the Agenda
Now that we have the tile laid, we can start to put together the half-bath! The toilet can go back in, we can install our new pedestal sink, and also put up the wanes-coating and chair rail. 🙂
After that, we need to do some serious painting! In nearly ever single room of the house!
Oh! And I almost forgot. We’re having our major appliances delivered today! We purchased 4 LG appliances a few weeks ago: the refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishwasher; all stainless steel! It’s going to look great in our black and white kitchen. 🙂
Photos of Our Recent Project
Here are some photos of our recent DIY projects in the kitchen and the dining room!
This is our dining room AFTER we ripped out the plaster, put up new drywall, removed the wall diving the entry and dining room, and added a new door! But, notice the floors. They were in pretty rough shape, but we knew they could be revived! Plus, we wanted a much darker brown color.
Here is our dining room after much of the old finish had been removed. The wood is starting to look like brand new again! 🙂
Here’s our floors after they received their first coat of stain and Waterlox! Aren’t they an awesome color?!
This is our kitchen floor after we removed the top laminate, the plyrood subfloor, and the original hardwood (remember, this couldn’t be saved otherwise we would have kept it!). This photo was exciting because now it was time to reconstruct the kitchen!
Here’s our old kitchen floor (after we ripped it our of course)! 🙂
Luckily, my dad-in-law lives in the country so we could just take all the wood to his house and burn it all up! It was pretty fun to watch too.
We’re laying tile! On Labor Day, we were able to lay enough tile to cover about half the kitchen. This is the half that was completed and was still waiting for grout.
We’re done! We finished grouting the tile at about midnight when I snatched this photo. I’m actually surprised that my wife could get her arms in the air since she did a large portion of the cleaning, grouting, and then the re-cleaning! Love you hunny! You’re amazing!
So, as you can see, the floors are nearly finished (they are actually black-brown by the way, but they look darker in this photo for some reason), the tile is complete, and we’re ready for our appliances! Man, this is getting FUN!
I hope you enjoyed the updates!
Do any of you have any DIY projects at going on at home? I would love to hear about them!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.