Before we get to our weekly progress report – I want to share that we were featured on Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest again last week. Go check it out! The post was about us and nine other awesome and inspiring bloggers undertaking whole-house renovations. (You may recognize a few of our buddies – ThirtyEight20, The Flipping Couple and Freckles Chick.) Color us flattered to be among such company! How awesome!
As for renovations, we’re still plugging along. And, by we, I mean Ryan and my dad.
Although I did manage to begin painting the stair risers. (I’m patting myself on the back.)
It definitely needs more paint, and probably some sort of trim piece, but it’s looking nice.
One of my other big accomplishments this week was dropping my Nikon on the concrete. So it’s spending some time with the camera surgeons, ala Geek Squad. I tried to get photos this week when I could on my phone and point-and-click. But, you’ve been warned.
All the cabinets have been installed. They look really nice, I think. 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.
The countertop manifesto
We ended up going with the Numerar Oak Countertops from IKEA, after much thought.
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.)
But several smart people told us that it wasn’t a good idea, for various (and some good) reasons. Would it get stained by water? Is it sanitary? Will it be okay for resale?
I decided to go with Waterlox Tung Oil for sealer, after checking out reviews online and reading recommendations.
And I was also inspired by these gorgeous countertops at Hey Baklenko, which were also sealed with Waterlox, to rave reviews. (Thanks to Aleah for the insights and recommendations.) Don’t you love her kitchen?
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 the work.
This picture gives me a fit of giggles.
This has been your weekly progress report, with your hosts the NewlyWoodwards.
What do you think?
(And check out our updated house list, if you are interested.)