Renovating a house yourself is not for the faint of house. This week’s progress included finishing cabinet installation, countertops and floor finishing.
Check out all the details below. And if you are interested in how it turned out, check out the full house renovation tour of this second historic home.
Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets
All the cabinets have been installed. They look really nice, I think. (Check out our full review about choosing IKEA kitchen cabinets.)
And here’s your countertop sneak-peak. I’m sorry that I didn’t clear anything off or make it look presentable. It’s a fruitless endeavor, so I skip it.
They haven’t been installed yet, but they are cut and ready.
How much do you love that sink? I’m adoring it, myself.
IKEA Butcher Block Countertops
We ended up going with the Numerar Oak Countertops from IKEA, after much thought. (These countertops are no longer available, but lots of others are. Check out this full post about IKEA butcher block countertops for all the gory details.)
We were waffling over countertops for a long time. Ryan and I had been leaning towards butcher block countertops, with all these great inspiration photos leading the way. (All via my Pinterest kitchen board. Beware: Time suck ahead.)
I decided to go with Waterlox Tung Oil for sealer, after checking out reviews online and reading recommendations. (Affiliate link)
I bought Waterlox online because, much to my dismay, it’s not carried in my area. It’s a little spendy, but has great reviews and raving fans. So, I went for it. I’m a little disappointed that I have to wait to get started, but I’m living through it.
Finishing the floors in the living room and dining room
In other news, Ryan finished sanding and finishing the floors in the living and dining room.
Because these boards were thinner, Ryan chemically-stripped them by hand first. Then, he lightly sanded them.
They truly look beautiful. Here’s the dining room…
I can’t wait to get some better shots of the rooms because the floors are truly gorgeous. The stain is the same – Red Oak by Miniwax – but it looks completely different on the oak floors, which is okay. We again used satin poly to the tune of five coats.
And this is how Ryan feels after all this work.
This picture gives me a fit of giggles.
My only progress this week was painting the stairs and staircase. How can painting be so much work?
But it’s beautiful – just a lot of touch up, trim and more painting to go.
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