Floors Getting Finished

We are on track with this crazy 2 weeks of finishing up these rooms.  Last week we got the painting finished in Bella’s room and all the prep work on the trim in Alex’s room.  Thursday we got the priming done on Alex’s trim with a late night at the house.

Painting done

Other side

New cherry piece for the top step

Trim primed

More trim primed

The ceiling and shelf

Friday night I started sanding the floors by edging them with the orbital while Ryan started sanding the trim that was primed.  Saturday we took turns watching the kids and sanding the floors (i did the edging and Ryan used the big sander).

Alex’s room all sanded

At bedtime Ryan took the girls home and I got the first coat of poly on the floors.  Today we went over, checked the floors (they were dry!) and again Ryan took the girls home (the fumes are too strong for the girls to be in the house) while I sanded and put on the second coat of poly.  One more coat tomorrow morning hopefully if I can get over there early enough.  I can take the morning off of work but only the morning.

Second coat!

Blurry picture of the hallway and bella’s room second coat

The cherry floors have so much character and color – we love them and may have to do cherry on the rest of the house if they hold up well.

So far we are on track with the plan.  If i can get the third coat of poly on in the morning then we’ll take monday night off.  Tuesday night we’ll check the floors and if we can we’ll start painting trim but the girls won’t be able to come to the house until next weekend at the earliest (we’re going to try to air out the house Tuesday-Friday).

Trim is finished!!!

Excluding shoe molding (which is very very last) – the trim is all installed in the 2 bedrooms now!  Ryan worked Fri, Sat and Sunday and got it all installed!  There is SO much trim!  Brad spent last week painting Bella’s room and her trim is just about done (1 coat needed on a few small things, then touchups on the wall paint!).  I spent a little time this weekend (nap times) caulking and filling holes then last night finished the caulking (still a lot of holes to fill!)

Trim installed!

Ceiling finished in dormer!

Shelf done!

Another view of the room

And on to Bella’s room progress..

Trim painted (the wall part needs a second coat and I think the window sashes and 1 side of 1 door).

The other side

We have a crazy plan so we can move in the weekend of the 20th!

  • Tue – Fill holes
  • Wed – Sand/vacuum
  • Thur – prime all trim
  • Fri – sand the trim AND Sand the floors
  • Sat – finish sanding and poly coat 1
  • Sun – sand/vacuum/poly coat 2
  • Mon – sand/poly coat 3
  • Tue let it dry
  • Wed – paint trim
  • Thur – paint trim
  • Fri – finish painting?? (trim, wall touch ups etc)
  • Sat – install shoe molding
  • Sunday – move in!
  • Monday – back up day to move in 🙂

The days (Sat-Mon) that the floors are being poly’d are going to be short days for work upstairs so that gives us time to do work downstairs in prep for moving in.  We have a wall to build to hang the tv on, things to move to the basement, the kitchen to setup with better storage etc.  AND siding to put up IF it’s not raining (looks like rain though).

I’ll let you know next week how we’re doing… cross fingers for us!

Trim work

This past weekend (and last week) we made some good progress on trim.

In Bella’s room I got all the trim sanded and primed except the actual window sashes and the main door (it wasn’t cut down yet).

Trim all primed

Closet door primed too

Ryan made great progress on Alex’s room.  He finished the bead board, put in the shelf she has at the top of the dormer.  He made door jambs for all three closets and then trimmed them out as well as the small window and door to her room.  He got the main piece of baseboard installed all around the room.  He has to do the molding that runs along the top still and the chair rail all around plus the window in the dormer.  Finally he has to finish out the beadboard area with trim.

Door trim finished in alex’s room

Closet doors trimmed out!!!!

By the way i will have to get a closer/clearer picture of those doors trimmed out – they look so great!!!

Archway trimmed out and this was before the third closet was done

Back of the archway, shelf up top and beadboard finished

Small window trimmed out

Last closet trimmed out

We have a ton of wild life at the new house, deer, rabbits, eagles (1), hawks as well as the common ones.  Just this weekend we had a buck with 2 doe out by the lake and friday we had a mom with 2 baby deer.  I don’t usually think to take pictures but I did this time!

Buck with 2 doe

Fawn – if you look you can see mom in the woods, the second fawn was also in the woods

I don’t know how often we’ll see them once we move in and Fitz is running around more often but they are really not scared of people and will hang out in the yard even with the kids running around (deer and rabbit).  The rabbits really have no fear and have stayed around while I was walking fitz even!

Bathroom done and floors all installed

Work has continued at a crazy pace here.  We are still here every night and all weekend – basically until we move in!

The big things recently include finishing the bathroom (completely minus shoe molding which will all be installed at once at the end) and getting the hallway floor installed last week.  Trim work all weekend means that Bella’s room is almost all trimmed out and Alex’s room has been started!  Here are some pictures!

Bathroom all complete!

Another view

Vanity, mirror and light all installed

In Bella’s room :

Closet door and trim all installed

Baseboard and chair rail all completed (and I caulked it last night too!)

Closet door with chair rail installed too

In Alex’s room the trim has been started!

Beadboard ceiling in the dormer – not complete as we had to buy a bit more beadboard (tonight I think this is getting finished)

Alex’s door installed

The closets in alex’s room won’t have doors but we’ll have to make the jams for them and get those installed.

Our tentative plan now is to get trim all installed by the end of this weekend, get it all painted by the end of next week and spend next weekend (8/6-8/8) finishing the floors.  The week after will be finish electrical and shoe molding so maybe we can move in on 8/14.  This is optimistic and if it pushes to the 20th we’re good with that.  Here’s hoping everyone stays healthy and nothing major happens in the next couple of weeks that derails our plan!

In other news I am all set up at the new house to work from there each day now!  I’m in the diningroom for now but I have power, internet and phone and so far it’s working out great!

Lots of updates

It’s been quite a while since I updated and a lot of progress has been made!  I’m going to just have to go by pictures in order!

Bella’s room got primed and the ceiling painted!

While Bella’s room got primed (thanks Brad) Ryan started working on the trim in the bathroom!

Door trimmed out!

Window trim done

Chair rail completed

Next up we handed the bathroom over to brad and he got the priming and painting done on all the trim.

First coat of paint!

I painted the first coat on Bella’s room – she’s going to have chair rail and white trim paint on the lower half of the walls (same as Alex’s too).

First coat done here

Ryan got the window in Bella’s room trimmed out!

Blurry pic but window is trimmed

Ryan finished sheetrocking Bella’s closet and I got it spackled.

Bella’s closet catching up

Ryan installed the door to Bella’s room.

Ryan used the ceiling paint to paint the closet – looks good

We worked hard to get Alex’s room caught up – spackling (me/brad), sanding (ryan), more spackling (me) and more sanding (me) then Ryan and Brad got it primed!

Alex’s room primed

Brad did the second coat of paint on Bella’s room and the bathroom trim.  Then on Friday during nap I prepped the floors for the new flooring.

Ready for flooring

Friday afternoon my dad came over and when Ryan got home from work the two of them worked on Bella’s floor.  Ryan stayed late and made great progress Friday night…

Cherry floors in varying widths

Saturday morning Ryan finished Bella’s room.


At naptime Saturday we did the prep work in Alex’s room and he spent the evening and night laying floor in Alex’s room.  We were up until 10:30 laying floor while the girls slept downstairs.  Then we spent our first night at the new house as a family!!!

Moved the flooring to Bella’s room

Prepped Alex’s room

Saturday night progress!

On Sunday Ryan got an early start and spent the whole day working on Alex’s room.  By dinner he had finished it up!

Alex’s room done

The best part is we have just enough wood leftover to do the landing outside the bedrooms!  Ryan spent last night taking up the sub floor in the hallway (we need the floor level to match the top of the stairs so we have to have only 1 layer of subfloor instead of 2 in the hallway.  The bedrooms will be about 1/2″ step up from the hallway to make it all work.

Hallway ready for flooring

While Ryan worked on the hallway Brad got the first coat of grey paint in Alex’s room.  Her dormer will be pink but the main part will be grey (her choice).

First coat of paint

And we’re caught up.  It’s been a busy few weeks for sure.  Usually one of us stays late at the house after dinner and the other takes the girls home to bed.  We don’t alternate, it depends more on what the task is that needs to get done and who is going to do it.  We’re getting very close to moving in now and here’s the rough plan we have…

  • Lay the floor in the hallway
  • Finish the bathroom (install toilet and vanity and mirror)
  • Install the doors (Alex’s door, Bella’s closet, door jams for Alex’s closets)
  • Install window trim in Alex’s room
  • Install door trim in both rooms
  • Install baseboards in both rooms
  • Install chair rail in both rooms
  • Install bead board on dormer ceiling and trim out archway
  • Sand, prime, paint ALL trim in both rooms

The goal is to have that list above done by the end of next week then next …

  • Sand and poly the floors (3 coats)
  • Shoe molding installation in both rooms
  • Install finish electrical and hardware

Move in!

The hardest part will be giving the floors some time to cure before moving in – once the floors are done we only have finish electrical and hardware and that won’t take long at all but we shouldn’t move in totally until the floors get some more time.  We’ll see how long we can wait 🙂  Our goal of before labor day is looking realistic for sure and if the above plan is real we can move in mid-august (1 month)!??  Getting exciting now!

Bathroom progress

Bathroom progress and Bella’s room progress has continued.  The doors arrived so we got the bathroom door hung so Ryan could finish tiling the floor, then grout and finally seal all the grout!   I also finished the electrical in there (minus the actual vanity light since we haven’t purchased one yet).  The bathroom is ready for trim and trim paint and then toilet and vanity installation.  1 room with an end in sight!  We bought the wood for the trim this past weekend as well – we’re doing a bead board wainscotting in here and craftsman style trim throughout, a little different than the last house!

Bathroom door hung

Floor tiled

Clearly I need some more recent pictures 🙂  I don’t have one of the floor grouted or the door re-hung after cutting it to fit the tile.  It’s also sanded and priming has started.

Bella’s room – I got the sanding done (it took me 2 nights), did a few small touch ups then sanded those.  Since then Ryan’s cousin has gotten the room primed (no pic of that though) and I’ve installed the box for the smoke detector.

Bella’s room – sanding done

We need to buy paint for Bella’s room, hang her door, put up trim, install the floor and do the painting.  (Not in that order) 🙂  Another room that’s getting closer though!

Last Week Progress

We made some progress last week before going away to Boston for the weekend.  Brad got the shower plumbing finished so we can officially shower and bath at the new house!

I got the spackling in Bella’s room potentially finished!  It’s ready for sanding at least and then maybe touch ups.

Ryan spent an evening starting the floor tile in the bathroom!

The doors arrive tomorrow so next up is getting the bathroom door installed so we can finish the tile floor and start the trim in there!  Sanding Bella’s room and touching that up or priming is also next!

Bathroom work continues

Last week I got the first coat of blue (Behr Ultra : Sea Foam) on the walls.  On Monday Ryan got the shower grouted!  On Tuesday he caulked the shower. On Wednesday during naptime I got the second coat of paint on the walls!

Sea Foam is a nice light blue

Tile view

The other wall

The plumbing for the shower started going in last night!  We are waiting on the doors we ordered to arrive – once the door goes in we can do the trim and tile the floor.  Then paint trim and the bathroom is done!

The bedrooms are behind – they need spackling finished, sanding, primer, paint then doors, trim, floors installed.  Lots to do!

Bathroom Progress

2 weekends of updates – I missed last weekend and we had started tiling!  So here’s a recap of progress from the past 2 weekends.

The weekend of the 15th –

Friday and Saturday Ryan got the Kerdi system installed in the shower after sanding the bathroom.  Once sanded I was able to see what needed touch ups in the spackle department and I worked around his tiling project (mostly last week).  Sunday the tile started going in!  We went with a grey porcelein tile and a marble mosaic accent tile to break it up.  The same grey will go on the floors too.

Last sunday’s progress

I got more spackling done (Ryan and I spackled late Saturday night), some electrical (got the outlets in Alex’s room figured out so now we have 3 working outlets and I just have to wire up the rest of the circuit.  The boat also went in the water officially that Saturday so we have been enjoying some breaks out on the Lake!

This past weekend…

We stayed late Friday night again after putting the kids to bed at the house.  We spent the night spackling some more – I finished up the bathroom touch ups and worked on Bella’s room while Ryan got one side of most of the corners in Alex’s room done.

We’ve actually gotten more done than this but this is a more recent picture of Alex’s room

Saturday Ryan finished tiling the shower!

The wet wall finished

The other 2 walls

The shower looks awesome!  We’re waiting to grout until some painting is done (paint comes off tile easily but not grout) 🙂

Sunday I sanded the bathroom walls/ceiling for the final time and cleaned up.  Then I got primer on the whole bathroom – it dries in 1 hour to recoat so then I got the first coat on the ceiling!  Monday night we returned and I got the final coat on the ceiling so that’s officially done.  We’re going over tonight so I can put the first coat on the walls!

First coat on the ceiling

Paint colors for future reference:

Behr Ultra paint used Flat Ceiling for ceilings and Eggshell for walls.  Colors ‘Swiss Coffee’ for ceilings and ‘Beach Foam’ for bathroom walls.

Once the wall paint is done we’ll tile the bathroom floor.  We can’t grout the floor until we get the doors (a few more weeks on those) but we can grout the shower.  We’ll also work on trim – we’re going to do bead board in the bathrooms so the bottom half of the walls will be white (Linen White Satin Impervo from Benjamin Moore for all trim just like our old house).

We’ll get another late spackle night in this week probably (one of us not both) hopefully as I’d like to get Bella’s room closer.  I bought fabrics for making curtains and matching pillows for the girls rooms as well as the shower curtain and window curtain for the bathroom.  So now I have sewing projects too!


Spackle Spackle

The taping and spackling continue.  The bathroom is almost done, some of the corners need a side done or touchups but we can easily finish that up this week.  Bella’s room I think the taping is done now (maybe one small seam in the built-in area left) and spackling continues in there.  Alex’s room we’ve started taping, making good progress there in our 1 hour increments of work time with the kids 🙂

Latest bathroom progress

Latest progress in Bella’s room

2 walls in Bella’s room we left as the existing walls (plus part of the ceiling) -i’ll have to get a progress pic of the other direction so you can see the patch work and taping there too.  We’ll see how well they blend together but  the patch is coming out decent for a first coat.

Alex’s room latest progress

Alex’s room the first night we taped it

Since last night worked well putting Bella to bed at the new house and working upstairs while she slept we tried it again this friday with Alex and Bella.  It worked great.  We quit around 10:30 and brought the girls home and Alex loved it.  She wanted to do it again Saturday night but we were so exhausted from running errands all day with both kids we weren’t up to another late night spackling.

Speaking of errands – we got a start on ordering the doors (interior) upstairs – we haven’t finished the order but we gave him the measurements and we’re waiting on a final quote with timeline.  We also bought the tile for the small bathroom now that it’s getting close to tile time!

Alex learned how to spackle Sunday too…

Start them young!

And both girls helped out in the yard on Saturday:

Spreading some new seed

In other news the lake is completely up/filled!  This rainy week we had filled it right up.  Ryan got his new stereo installed in the boat and just has to install the speakers then we’ll put the boat in the water!!!