This is point where I show you happy 'nearly done' renovation photos and talk about how we're in the 'home stretch' and 'what a great experience this has been'. Hmmmm....well yes we are nearly done but somehow this last part has been the hardest.
I've given up on trying to contain dust and now everything I own has a thick layer on it (sorry cats, you feel like you went a bit crazy with the dry shampoo). I'm actually sick of Ikea and Home Depot (I know some of you find this very hard to believe) and I don't want to eat another meal in a restaurant or in my basement. We're at that precarious point where 'good enough' seems like a good idea. No one needs vent covers? Right? And who's going to look that closely at the 2 inch gap over there? Right?
I'm going to put it out there. I want this done before Christmas and hopefully it will happen. On our to-do list: finish trim work, finish patching and sanding and then paint EVERYTHING. (Also find my camera charger-apologies for the crappy camera phone photos).
It's easy to lose sight of how much we've accomplished but looking back at photos really shows how much progress we've made. I mean, we finished the kitchen...
Let's just take a look at how it went from this:
To this (don't worry we didn't choose blue cabinets- I just refuse to take off the protective film until the chaos is complete):
|Chad really did an amazing job. Even the countertop installer couldn't believe it wasn't professionally done. In the process I think we even convinced my parents to redo their kitchen using Ikea cabinets.|
Now let's take a look at the rest of the of the living room/dining room. Chad and I have a piece of advice for anyone who thinks they want to save money and refinish your own floors: DON'T DO IT. (Wow I sure am using a lot of caps today) Seriously, it's right up there with doing your own drywalling. Please find it in your budget to hire someone to do it. Don't be like us
me who decided it was a really good idea to blow the budget on fancy light fixtures (I still love you chandelier. Let's not tell Chad but I'd buy you all over again). Drywalling and floor refinishing were the two times when Chad and I nearly killed each other. Tools, choice words and threats of 'just leaving the whole project and living in the basement forever' where thrown about.
I blame those home renovation shows where someone passes a sanding machine over the floor once and the stain magically disappears. Three full days of sanding later and our old wavy floors were not even close to being down to the natural wood.
In the end, even though it's 'against the rules' we got tired and went over spots with hand held sanders, figuring the floor was so wavy it wasn't going to make much difference-and in the end it didn't. After almost 6 days we had sanded, re-stained and varnished the living/dining room, office and the stairs. Let's not talk about doing the upstairs to Chad just yet. We also had to change our plans and use a water-based stain and varnish because we wouldn't be able to leave the house while an oil based product dried. It meant that I couldn't use as dark a stain as I had wanted but I think it turned out pretty well in the end. We enjoyed it for a half a day and then got right back to work covering in it dust in order to start adding the trim.
So that's it- thanks for those of you who made it all the way to the end of my rant. I'll leave you with a picture of my current project-the stairs. I think they look a hundred times better than the pink and carpet they originally were.
Do you have any renovation burn-out stories to share? I'm sure after this is all done and I'm sitting in my living room enjoying it I'll be already planning our next project. What do you think Chad-basement or bathroom next?