Flooring Update

Hello friends, I hope your week is off to a good start so far.  Apologies to my subscribers who received an email this morning about this post; I published it prematurely.  After some editing, here it is again. 🙂

I’m happy to share that our hardwood floors are finished!  After walking and working on sub-floor downstairs for such a long time (nearly 2 years), it’s hard to believe these newly finished floors are really ours.

Downstairs, we installed new white oak flooring, which I talked about how it was made HERE.  As I have been looking back at our progress over the years, I must say the transformation is quite incredible.  I hope Grandma would be pleased.

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Dogwash Station on a Budget

Something I wanted to be sure we had before moving-in this fall is a warm place to wash the dogs. The weather is starting to turn cooler, and soon the outdoor garden hose bath we’ve been giving the dogs won’t be pleasant.  

So, Blaine and I took a few minutes over the weekend to install a dog wash area in our basement.

Blaine plumbing in the shower hardware

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A Big Mistake?

The existing yellow pine flooring on our second story is, well, yellow. We’ve sampled many off-the-shelf stains and they all come out a strong yellow-orange color – something I’m personally not too crazy about. 

Our raw yellow pine floors today (after sanding).

Painting our second story’s existing pine wood floors is something we’re I’m considering.  (Blaine is on the fence.)  The decision must be made soon! Continue reading

Wood with Wes

The hardwood flooring for our first floor is being cut this week! Blaine and I are excited for it to be installed soon.  

Knowing that the floor will inevitably get scuffed, scratched, and gain character over time, we wanted something hard but not crazy expensive. Also, I wanted a species relatively light in color with minimal contrast.  

Inspiration – Untreated flooring at the 1805 Woodlawn Plantation.

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Dog Days of Summer

Although we technically are in the dogs days of summer now, it hasn’t much felt like it lately. The weather here has recently been cool, which is a nice change from Houston’s steamy summers we’d gotten used to over the past several years.  Blaine and I have been taking advantage of it by working almost daily to get the house closer to move-in ready.

My Houston lemon tree is thriving in southern Illinois, so far.

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