Monday, March 31, 2014

1910 Home Renovation: Refinishing the Original Wood Kitchen Floors

If you missed our 1910 before home tour or our gone kitchen gone progress post, then you won't know what the kitchen floor previously looked like.  Originally the kitchen floors were covered with a red and cream colored vinyl that made a chevron pattern.  

There were patches of tile peeled up and when we removed more the original hardwood was underneath!!!

The new drywall was put up and the floor was coated with drywall dust.

Since there were several places where the exposed floor had holes (from original plumbing, etc.) my husband and helpers ripped up some of the original wood from under where the new cabinets will be placed in order to patch the damaged areas.

The removed boards were replaced with plywood and the holes were patched.

They look amazing all sanded down!!!

We decided to keep a rustic, natural, unstained finish.

First step after sanding was a coat of Minwax Sanding Sealer .

After it was dry hubs used a pole sander and gave the finish a rough sand.

Next up, tack cloth wrapped onto a Swiffer Sweeper cleaned up the sanding dust.

I was looking into using Waterlox to seal the floors (and countertops) but unfortunately we found out it is no longer allowed to be sold in Maryland.  Bummer!  So instead we went with Minwax Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane.

Here's a peek of the first coat of polyurethane going on!

A full reveal of the floors will be coming soon.  Hopefully it will include a look at the cabinets too!  They came in TODAY and will hopefully be in place by the end of the week!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

1910 Home Renovation: 1st Floor Progress

Lest you think that our home renovation has stalled, I want to assure you plenty of work has been happening over at our new digs!!

The first wave of renovation focuses on the first floor, including a complete redo of the kitchen, two downstairs half baths, laundry, family, and mud room.  Once these spaces are finished we'll be headed upstairs to tackle the full bath, and then onto the bedrooms.

Let's start with the kitchen!!

Two weeks ago I shared that our kitchen was gutted!  Yay!  That means progress.

I also shared some design plans for where the kitchen is headed.

New wiring was put in.  So, in addition to the over sink light we now have wiring for 2 lights over the island and 6 new can lights.  The whole room has new drywall and a new entry door has been added to allow lots of light flow from the enclosed porch.

It's crazy how much brighter the space is with all the additional lighting and fresh drywall!

Yesterday the wallpaper was removed from around the pantry and the pantry has started receiving its face lift in the form of removing the nasty old shelves and hanging some new drywall.  We plan on replacing the shelves and having a mini counter spanning the back wall to hold the microwave and function as a small work surface.  The wood shuttered doors will be put back in place once the interior is finished.

The family room ceiling was torn out, all of the drywall has been replaced and new can lights were added in two rows down the length of the room.  As you can see we will also be placing a new glass door in between the family room and enclosed porch since there are no windows on the left side of the room.

The french doors from the living room were removed and brought in to create a nice wide and bright opening between the family room and mudroom.  Do you sense a pattern here?!  Add light however we can!!

Continuing the theme into the mudroom we replaced the door with one that, you guessed it, lets in light!  The dry kindling (aka barn wood) was removed from the lower half of the walls and new drywall was put up in its place.

We had a slew of original 1910 windows with rotting wood and peeling lead paint.  Twenty-two windows to be exact were replaced with fresh new 6 over 6 windows!!

They look awesome!!

I'm so happy with the progress we've made so far.  We even made a trip to Ikea to pick up the kitchen and downstairs bathroom sinks.  Those baths are so tiny I'm sure they'll be fairly fast jobs to complete.  I'm excited to share how we plan on taking the tiny and modern bathroom sinks and use them in a way that hopefully looks anything but.  Stay tuned!  More updates to come.

If you want to refer back, here's the link for the first floor before tour with complete list of projects to be completed.  I've been crossing off projects as they're completed so it's easy to see how much progress has been made at a glance.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flocked Initial Art with Mod Podge® Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils + Giveaway!!!

Before we moved out of the townhouse I started playing around with a little initial art for the boys new bedroom.  I plan on sticking with the plan to decorate with an outdoorsy, campy feel.

Using new Mod Podge Rocks Peel and Stick Stencils designed by Amy Anderson, mastermind behind the Mod Podge Rocks! Blog, I created two woodland inspired initial art pieces!


1. Lay stencil in middle of watercolor paper.  Hold firmly in place or use a stencil adhesive to stick stencil down.  Dip spouncer in paint (red = mushroom, brown = tree) and pounce until the entire letter is covered. Use a paintbrush to clean up any edges that may be fuzzy.  Set aside and allow to dry.

2. Repeat process with desired letters.

3. Lay adhesive stencil over letter and use a clean spouncer to apply Mod Podge®.  Apply liberally.  Carefully remove stencil.

4. Shake flocking powder over Mod Podge®.  Allow to set until completely dry.  (If you dust off flocking powder too early like I did then it will not appear very textured.)  If necessary, relay stencil and complete steps 2-3 again.

This was my first project using flocking powder and the Podge® Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils.  I found the stencils very easy to work with and they give very crisp patterns.  The flocking powder on the other hand seems to have a bit of a learning curve as far as dry time and the best way to get lots of powder to stick!  It's a fun medium though and I can't wait to try it out on some more projects!

*United States participants only.

If you live in the U.S. and are interested in trying out a Mod Podge® Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil simply leave a comment letting us know which stencil design you like best as well as your email address.  A randomly selected design will be mailed out to the winner!

A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email on March 13th.  If a response is not received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1910 Home Renovation: Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design Board

Yesterday I shared the progress we're making on our kitchen gut and renovation.  While my husband and helpers have been ripping the kitchen out I've been busily making a wish list for cabinets, counters, appliances, and fixtures.  I want a balance of light/dark and colorful/muted elements that create a modern yet historic feel.

We plan on open shelving and white glass front cabinets on the top and white cabinets with medium tone butcher block counters on the bottom.  Polished nickel knobs and pulls will most likely be accented with an oil rubbed bronze faucet and lighting.  Smooth finish Whirlpool White Ice appliances will blend perfectly with the white cabinets!  I plan on painting the wall to the dining room in chalkboard paint and hanging a pretty colorful oil painting.  Our farmhouse hutch will be placed along the bathroom wall and painted in either Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood Milk Paint or a butter colored paint with white interior.  The slatted wood pantry doors are staying and hopefully the wood floors will be complete and we can refinish them to match.

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