Monday, February 11, 2013

The floors have been stained!

The ebony stain and two coats of poly are on the floors, and I absolutely love the finish.  I had to take photos quickly because once the second coat of poly was dried, the floors were covered to ensure they were protected for the remaining work through the house.  Which, by the way, has whittled down to just kitchen backsplash install, touch up painting, master bath medicine cabinets, guest bedroom carpeting, shoe molding, and duct cleaning.  After all this, the final coat of poly will go down.  Also, the new cabinetry surround for the wine refrigerator is due early Feb along with, hopefully, the replacement plantation shutters.

 I'm guessing these floors will show EVERYTHING, so I've been researching vacuums.  I suspect I better get used to vacuuming several times a week.  

 (On the railings, the 'feet' of the balusters are just pushed up to allow for staining.)  

So with stained floors, this means no more dust being created in my house.  Maybe just a few spots of touch up sanding on the drywall, but I can manage those.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Two weeks later...

It's been a busy two weeks, and we are in the homestretch... hopefully only about 3 weeks of work left.

So what's been going on
  • Redoing some of the treads on the stairs
  • The new stair railings and balusters have been going up
  • More painting
  • Sinks/vanities installed in the bathrooms
  • Plumbing and bathroom fixtures installed (most of them), and toilets (one did not fit so there was a mad scramble to find a new one of the needed size)
  • New granite kitchen countertops installed
  • Gas line run for new gas cooktop and cooktop installed (love!)
  • Glass shower enclosures were scheduled today but are now happening tomorrow I think
  • Lots of electrical work (new fixtures installed, new outlets, some re-wiring, etc.)
  • Removing backsplash to make way for a new one (an unexpected, last minute change due to the new granite fit being totally different from our last granite!), so another mad scramble to select a new backsplash tile and get it ordered
  • Some additional tile work in the bathrooms
  • Ordered replacement and new plantation shutters

And things left to do are
  • Waiting on kitchen cabinetry for the wine refrigerator surround
  • Sand and stain all wood flooring throughout the house
  • Shower enclosures for all three bathrooms
  • Medicine cabinet installation in master bath
  • New carpeting for master closet and two guest bedrooms 
  • Planation shutter installation for guest room, master bath and a replacement for master bedroom
  • Reinstall kitchen appliances
  • Final paint touchup at the end
  • And about 100 hours of me cleaning the house MY WAY

Here are a few photos of the work that's been done the past couple of weeks:

A peek at the master bath shower during installation of the fixtures

The master bath pedestals

The upstairs guest bath gets a chrome vanity

The downstairs bath/powder room shower fixtures

 Front staircase railings going in

 Granite for kitchen countertops - we selected the whitest granite we could find

Sample board of the new marble backsplash

Granite installed!