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It’s time.

I’ve thrown hints around of some upcoming home renos.  Details have been sparse, mostly because we haven’t had any of the details ourselves.  We had the ideas, so many ideas, but the when, the how, the where, were all unknown.

Until now.  This weekend I started the first of the two concurrent projects that are sure to swipe ALL of our free time over the next 2-3 weeks.  But at the end of that, I will be a very, very happy chica.

Project #1 – The BANNISTERS!

We have a lot of spindles and bannister in our house.  Too much?  Yes, at the moment it looks like an Oak tree came in and barfed on our stairs.  There is Oak everywhere you look.  It was worse, though.  Remember the mirrors?

Thankfully, those are long gone.  But the rest of the oak has got to go, too.  This weekend I sanded and stained  bannister (one side) and then I have to start painting each and every spindle.  OMG.  I’m so looking forward to the end result but the road there is gonna be a long and tiresome one.

After 3 coats of the stain we bought, I’ve decided it needs to be a little darker.  So it’s back to the store for me.  Hopefully one more coat and we’ll be good to go.  We’re so close I can barely stand it.

Project #2 – The Tile

Oh, the tile.  It is by far the ugliest i’ve ever seen, not to mention how poorly it was installed and then repaired over and over again. And the mosaic.  Nice touch.  😐

(You can also see the difference in the two bannisters at the bottom of the picture.  One shade darker, right?)

We finally decided on the new tile after having sample after sample lay on the floor for weeks now.  Here it is (the 12 X 24″):

If you don’t like it, hush now, because it is already bought and paid for and will arrive this week.  Dan has a huge job ahead of him, but thankfully, after the renos he did in the last house, he has a lot of experience under his belt.  PLUS he’s a perfectionist.  PLUS he’s talented.  PLUS his dad will be here to help him out.  All this equals a new, beautiful floor in the next couple of weeks.

So, there is is.  Major projects we’ve been talking about, prepping for and dreaming about (me) for as long as we’ve owned this house.  I’m so excited about these transformations hat I may even hold off complaining about the kitchen… For the moment, anyway.

May 7, 2012 - 8:23 am

Dan - I thought we were leaving the mosaic?

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