So, I woke up this morning and realized I hadn’t posted since Monday, so I thought I would share the reason why! We decided last week to dive into another home improvement project– the living room renovation– which includes refinishing the floors, stripping wallpaper and painting.
We moved into my childhood home a few years ago, and we have slowly been working our way through the rooms of the house. Most of the rooms were done when my parents moved in 30-35 years ago, so it’s time for some updates!
Living Room/Dining Room Floors
I’m only going to share a few photos in this post since I will be writing more about the final reveal when it’s ready (and some articles on some of the DIY projects we did). There was a beautiful carpet on the floor before, but it was 35 years old and showing a lot of wear. We all have allergies too, and I’m quite certain it wasn’t being helped by an old carpet– so out it went!
It took a few days to remove all of the carpet and padding. I’ll be putting together a post on this soon because it isn’t hard to do at all. After removing the carpet and cleaning up the floor, we were rewarded with the sight of some beautiful maple hardwoods!
We filled some holes, hammered in finish nails that had come loose and put in some new ones in the squeaky locations. After that, it was time for a drum sander (rented from Home Depot) to strip off the stain. It took several days since we didn’t have uninterrupted time to get it done (go figure!). After using the drum sander, we used a floor edging sander to get along the walls and then a small angled sander for corners. It’s almost ready to stain and poly, so hopefully, in the next week or so, it’s done!
Thankfully my mother had prepped the walls well, so removing the wallpaper was A LOT easier than the upstairs rooms. Some walls have drywall and others are plaster, so we’ve had to patch up some areas, prime and then paint. We chose Yarmouth Blue from Benjamin Moore’s historical collection, and I love it!
I’m excited to share some more progress pics when it’s done!