Operation Habitation-Setting Up House

Monday, July 25, 2016

This past week has been a whirlwind.  Tuesday was the last day of the flooring work.  They came out and finished up the final details and put in quarter round.  We also had a few more installers out that day so I was running between all three answering questions.  After they left we started bringing in some of the basic necessities and were completely exhausted by the end of the day.  

The next few days were spent cleaning and setting up house--having somewhere to eat, sleep, bathe and sit.  While it is nowhere near finished, we've gotten to the point where a few rooms feel somewhat setup, and the boxes are hidden in closets.  One happy surprise has been that I actually like the paint color in both the master bedroom and the Bub's room.  

This is the only corner of the master bedroom I can show.  We haven't set up our bed yet!  But our bed, linens, and drapes all coordinate with the existing wall color.  I feel like it's the same color in both the master bedroom and the Bub's room, but it reads more green in this room.  Either way, I kind of like the color in the Bub's room too.  All of his existing bedding, drapes, and furniture coordinated pretty well too.  I really wanted to get his room setup so that he could feel that at home.



 The bathrooms here were completely dirty and dusty.  So first up was a major cleaning to get them up to speed.  I also brought in accessories from our previous house, put up a new shower curtain, and I found a couple of sets of cabinet hardware I had stashed away and put those on the cabinet.  But I have come to the conclusion that in addition to paint, at the bare minimum, the countertop and faucet will have to be changed out.  I think I could have lived with the countertop, but it's an all-in-one sink and countertop and the sink base is cracked.  I'm also planning to repaint the walls a creamy white.



There's still so much of just the basics to do, but I'm starting to feel like I am getting close to busting out my paintbrush!
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The Oak House Reno-{Staining the Wood Floors}

Sunday, July 17, 2016

After my mini freak out yesterday about the new stain color I was finally able to come in and get some pictures today. The color doesn't look too bad in rooms with more modern paint colors. But in the rooms with the older paint colors are still see a bit of red or yellow. Hopefully with fresh paint they will grow on me and be ok. We decided to keep them as is because we're already going to be out of the house for 5 days, and at this point we're ready to get back to regularly scheduled programming, aka life.

These first few pics from upstairs, I don't really see red.

 But downstairs, tell me what you think?  Is it me or do you see red?

Either way, paint is in order once we get moved in!

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The Oak House Reno-{Old and New Floors & A Stain Dilemma}

Saturday, July 16, 2016

What an amazing sight this was to see!  Although I didn't care for the original finish, these floors were in pretty great shape. And to see them with the old finish removed...wow!  I can hardly believe they are nearly 30 years old.  Our flooring contractor said they were probably select grade oak floors.  Whatever they are, they're beautiful.   I'm in love with just this step being done. 

Upstairs the flooring crew removed the old carpet and particle board underlayment and laid new oak floors to match the ones downstairs.  These were number one red oak, so they have a few more knots in the wood, but we think it adds a bit of character.  We went with a 3 1/4" wide plank upstairs, even though downstairs is a traditional 2 1/4" board.  In the one bedroom downstairs, we matched the wood width to the existing floors downstairs.

Oh those beautiful piles of wood!

It is so much work to have these put in.  Even if I knew how to do them, I don't know that I would have the time or energy to do this amount of flooring.  Plus the amount of sanding they do is impressive!  They have taken out bags and bags of sawdust.  The staining began on Friday, but I haven't been able to get to the house to see it.  We went with Minwax Provincial stain.  I didn't want to go as dark as our previous wood floors because they showed every bit of dust, but now I am second guessing the decision and hoping they aren't too light either.  I'm hoping we can walk thru in the morning after they have dried and see the stain color in the light of day.

{I started writing this post before the stain went down.  Even though we had about 8 different samples put down to choose from, I am still second guessing my stain choice.  The flooring is red oak which has red undertones.  So now with the stain on the ENTIRE floor, I am feeling like I see red undertones.  But I reeaaly don't like wood with red tones.  And although it may be slight, I don't want to have floors that I hate...grrr!  But I also saw how much work the gentleman in the photo put into sanding these floors down, like literally the whole house, and it seems a shame to say, "I don't like the color, please start over."  We were at our closing when the staining was done, and I didn't get a chance to see it go down.   What would you do knowing you've got to live with this decision for the next 20 plus years?  I ended up having car trouble to deal with and forgot to get a picture of the stain.  I will try to get one tomorrow.  Let me know what you think!}
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The Oak House Is Moving!

Friday, July 1, 2016

So a lot has been going on here at The Oak House.  We're moving!  

A couple of months ago, we decided to go to an open house we saw advertised.  When we got there, the house was closed but we found two other open houses in the same neighborhood.  We fell hard for the second one like love at fifteen.  We found this house, fell in love, but then broke up with it.  But we felt heartbroken, so we got back together, proposed, and now that were about to get married, it's like we can't get a marriage license!  Ha ha!  No, but things beyond our control have seriously delayed our closing.  

We had tossed around the idea of moving for the past several years.  GB was always for it.  But me, I have my literal blood, sweat, and tears in this house with every wall I've painted, every DIY project I've done, and oh man, my bookcases!  But a series of "let's just see what they say" events led to us putting in an offer and listing our house.  One thing I did know was that I love my home, and I didn't want to leave it unless I had somewhere to go that felt I could love just as much.  The only problem when you go that route is then you worry if your home will sell quickly.  But thankfully ours did sell quickly, and while that's great, the sheer number of boxes I have been packing is overwhelming.  And I don't feel like I am anywhere near being done.  I don't think you can really comprehend how much stuff you have until you try to box it all up.  I mean, why does a party of 3 need 100 plates?

In the interim, we've had family in town, been to swim lessons, and traveled to New York, all while faxing papers and simultaneously stalking the new house.  So in about two weeks we'll either be house-proud or homeless.  Y'all, I am really hoping for the former!

How was your last moving experience?  Did it go as planned or did it make you never want to move again?
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