I’ve been super terrible at posting here, but now the huge giant living room and dining room project is done, and I thought it would be best to just recap the whole thing.
So here’s where we started:
Then we pulled many, many layers of wallpaper off the half wall that was papered in the dining room, and were left with this for many months:
(We considered just labeling it random like a map. Or labeling places like Narnia and Gallifrey on it.)
So while we figured out what to do with the wall and saved up for dealing with everything else, we got it to sort of a workable for now phase.
Step 1: Taking down the ugliest curtains in the history of the world and cut off the weird frilly thing. It was liberating.
No, we did not make playclothes for seven children with the old curtains.
We put up long, white sheer curtains instead (Matilda curtains from IKEA) and it already made a huge difference. The rooms became about a hundred times more open and airy.
Finally in October we were ready to really dig in and start Phase 2!
First thing we did was start getting some of our windows replaced. They were original to the house (built in 1938), leaked, and would not open.
Here are the new ones. So much better! They open and everything! It feels magical.
The cats approve.
I pulled up the carpet while Matt started the long process of scraping the texture off the walls. We were hoping we’d be able to refinish the hardwoods underneath (we knew they were there, but we had no idea what kind of shape they were in).
Alas, it was not to be.
For the next four or five weeks we spent just about every available moment scraping the walls, wiping the dust off, and putting on several layers of skim coating to smooth things out again. By the time we were all done, we’d put on 4 or 5 coats of skim coating. All told, we figured, with scraping, cleaning, and skim coating, we figured we put in about 120 hours.
Also, despite our best efforts, every corner of our house got dusty.
This was probably the fifth or sixth time I swept up.
Anyway, after the long, exhausting process of scraping and skim coating, we finally painted! The color is Cafe Latte, by Glidden.
And finally — this was probably the most exciting part of the whole project — it was time to put in the floor. We decided on Pergo Highland Hickory laminate flooring. It’s nice and thick, it got great durability reviews, and we really loved the deep color.
Here it all is doing its acclimating thing!
We did the installation ourselves, which was great because it saved us a bunch of money. It really wasn’t hard, but it was very time consuming.
And here’s the (basically) finished result!
Ignore the fact that it’s not super clean. I forgot to pick everything up before taking the photos.
You’d never know what that wall used to look like, right?
It’s okay. Go ahead and be impressed with us. We’re pretty impressed with ourselves too.
And now, some gratuitous Christmas pictures: