I almost can’t believe I’m about to say this, but the entryway trim, baseboards and flooring are done! Considering how long we’ve been working on them (what, with going back to the new tile, it’s been over 5 months?), we should be done. But! There are a small handful of loose ends to tie up, such as…
- … painting the front door.
- … painting the stairs black + white (that have been primed since, oh, December!)
- … installing a light fixture on the second floor landing.
So while we’ve come a long, long way, we’re calling ourselves happy-for-now. We don’t want to rush into purchasing a light on the second floor (we’d rather wait until The One comes along!), and the painting projects will happen sooner rather than later. Regardless of those (tiny? Ha!) shortcomings, we’re finished with every last bit of baseboard, flooring, door and window trim:
We can be pretty hard on ourselves with how far (or should I say, not far) we’ve come; me, especially. I’ll say, we’ve been here for 11 months and we don’t even have doors on the bathroom! (This, sadly, is still true.) I’ll say, I’m going to buy a neutral rug today for the studio!, only to find myself thinking, but is that really important when we don’t even have a closet yet? Scott has always been my voice of reason, and he’ll remind me that we have come far. This time around, we’re making more thoughtful choices, mindful choices – and we did take on some pretty hefty renovations for a good half a year. It’s funny that he has to tell me these things; how easily I forget! (Truly, our demolition feels like years ago.) And then I’ll look at the big, dusty mess we created last fall:
We’ve been learning a lot along the way, and these baseboards – while Scott will admit that he finds it pretty satisfying and fun – are surprisingly transformative. We can paint, pick out a new couch, throw down a rug and start our curtain search, but without baseboards, the room feels ten steps behind.
And upstairs! That landing! Remember when it was a wall with a tiny coat closet?
When that came down, the “hall” window was able to flood the studio from three sides, making it a beautifully bright place to work every day. We trimmed the window, added a small sill, continued the hardwood flooring where there used to be carpet and capped the half-wall with 1 1/4″ thick walnut stained with Minwax Ebony:
We considered hiring out the hardwood floor installation, but after receiving a few quotes that cost way more than the flooring itself, we decided to give it a go ourselves. We lucked out after finding our existing floor’s perfect match at a local store, A-American, and never having laid hardwood ourselves, we enlisted the help of Jack (of course) and our friend Jake (thank you, Jake!).
Full disclosure, it took us two days! (Remember when I said, what could go wrong? Oof! Ahaha!) We had issues with the nailer we rented, our uneven walls weren’t playing nice, and there may have been some miscommunication along the way, but you know what? We did it! Below, peace out sub floor, and hell-o new floor!
Rarely do things go perfectly with DIY, but when you get the job done, that sense of satisfaction is a high you’ll crave again and again.
Looking back, okay. We have come a long way! There’s more to do, yes, but isn’t that always the case? (For starters, those stairs still need a lot more repair work before we can get to painting.) To see the progress on all the entryway and second floor landing projects so far, just click on any thumbnail below to take you to the post. (And if you’re viewing this in a reader, you may need to click over to see):
Next up in the baseboard saga? Living room trim. And after our beast of an entryway, what could possibly go… Oh, pssshh. I’m not even going to say it!