This week brought more progress… and still more work to do. Ryan’s started to tell people that we will be ready to move in June.
In case you are keeping track, it’s mid-May…
And June is right after May.
But, I’m trying to remain optimistic. We’re not planning to be 100 percent done with the house when we stamp it “ready”. (It’s a big stamp.) Just need to have all the rooms livable. We’re expecting to finish trim work and lots of other details after moving in.
But, June is the estimated time that we’ll put our current house up for sale. (Cue screaming.)
Anyhoo… you’ll be the first to know when our house goes up for sale. Because I’m sure that you’ll all want to move to the middle of Illinois and snatch it up. Right?
Now, onto this week…
Knock on wood (floors)
Ryan has replaced all the wood boards that needed it.
He salvaged the wood planks from the bathroom (which had to be removed for new plumbing). So, that saved us a lot of money because he had enough planks to replace all the areas that needed patching. Most of the patching were random rotten boards or the areas previously occupied by radiators.
But, in the kitchen, there was an entire area without wood floors. (You can see part of it below.)
Ryan’s fairly certain that this was the original pantry in the home. (On the reverse of the original woodwork in the window, there is writing that says pantry and the area is set up like a pantry would be.) There was a half wall when we bought the house and we believe that it was part of the original wall of the pantry. You would have walked through it to get to the basement.
Here it is now with the replaced boards.
Kinda cool, right? (I’m talking to you, Caroline. Miss history buff.)
Anyhoo… the entire area needed to be replaced. So, my husband got it done. And this is seriously a ton of work, if you’ve never done it before. It’s enough work to install a new floor. But think about 120 year old wood planks and having to offset the ends and pop out the other boards without ruining the parts you want to keep. Yikes. But, it’s really going to look great when it’s sanded.
Floors really make a house look “finished,” so I’m excited to move to the next step. Ryan and I are still at odds on a stain color, so we’ll see how that turns out.
The very last “room” with a first coat of paint
We finished painting the upstairs hallway this week as well. It was a pretty quick job and Ryan helped me get into the stairwell in a very unsafe manner.
This was officially the last “room” to get a coat of paint. And now, I just have to get going on that stairwell, which I’m pretty much dreading.
Oh yeah, and I’d really like to repaint the bedroom that I already painted once. But that’s another story for another day.
Shut the front door
Speaking of paint… do you notice anything different in this exterior shot?
Maybe a red door? And a missing hideous screen door? Can I get an AMEN?
Ryan told me he wouldn’t remove the storm door until the door was painted. So, I got to painting right away (he knows I need a little motivation). When I showed up at the house last night, I was really surprised to see the storm door and shutters removed. “Shut the FRONT DOOR,” I squealed. (Seriously. I act like this in real life.)
I was originally planning a blue door, but I really love our red door at our current house and once heard that a red door is a signal of welcome. So, I went for it. It looks a little odd with the yellowish siding, but I think it will be lovely when it gets painted grey (this summer?). And in true Kim form, I didn’t bother to scrape any paint around it, clean the glass, or anything else to make it look better. This is real life, friends.
And because I have a flair for the dramatic, here’s a photo of the day we closed and now. Better right?
(We can just ignore the fact that the entire house needs to be painted grey, we need to replace trim around the door, new railings need to be built and the front porch needs to be repainted slate gray, right?)
But just wait, this house will have curb appeal if it KILLS me. And it likely will.
So, that’s week 40 in a (long) nutshell.
What do you think?