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A fresh start for 2013

January 15, 2013
Before hallway

Before hallway

As the new year opens, we’re looking forward to moving fully back into our house.  December brought a chaotic holiday for us as we moved everything from downstairs outside or upstairs in preparation to have our floors refinished.  We had been planning all year to take a week away on a family trip with my parents and sister’s family over Christmas.  This was the perfect time to have someone come in and do our floors.  The hassle was moving all the furniture and stuff out and yet being able to still live with toddler Will and Heidi in a normal-ish fashion the week before we left.

We left on a Friday, and Deb Haye started work right away, working over Christmas, through a sinus infection and putting on the last coat of polyurethane the day we returned.  Thankfully, before we got home, a dear neighbor started airing out the house with fans and cracked windows.  However, the cold and snowy weather is still hard on getting a home aired out.  It took over 4 days to air out the house in 25 degree and below weather with fans and windows open.  But, it is worth it.  Oh, and yes, we are still living completely upstairs and will be for another full week.  But, it is worth it.  Oh, and we can’t put our carpets down for another 6 weeks.  But, it is worth it.  You have to see this floor in person to get the full understanding of the difference this has made in the house.


Looking down the front hall to the front door

From Living looking into Dining

From Living looking into Dining

After shot

After shot

For Bill, this was the most irritating part of our work not yet done.  He wanted these floors done the first month we moved in, and while I appreciated his aesthetic desires, I just wanted to cover them for a while to make them livable while we dealt with other matters.  However, the dust and dirt and cat urine ground into the floors was getting to me.  I couldn’t mop them, because they were too rough, and I couldn’t easily dust them because the cracks were too big, and the nail heads caught and splinters would come off.  So, I got some area rugs and dealt.

But the week away gave us the open window.  It didn’t feel worth it when I was moving my couch into my kitchen at 9:45 pm 2 weeks ago, but wow, see the difference for yourself.

Shortly before we left, Bill pulled up the plywood in the hallway before the basement stairs and replaced that area with boards from the basement, all types of hardwood.  He made it work and Deb Haye’s finishing job blended it all together beautifully.  It is amazing how much good wood is in this house.  Now to spruce up all the cherry moulding!  Oh, and to get that horrendous acrylic ball light in the hallway replaced.

From front door looking through living and dining

From front door looking through living and dining

After shot

After shot

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana B permalink
    January 15, 2013 10:09 pm

    Looks delicious – I can tell you’re thrilled, and rightfully so!

  2. Meghan permalink
    January 15, 2013 11:13 pm

    Looks amazing!

  3. Sarah permalink
    January 16, 2013 12:16 am


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  5. Amanda permalink
    January 16, 2013 8:19 am


  6. donna jean permalink
    January 16, 2013 10:41 am

    so happy for you guys that all your hard work has finally come together for a beautiful house!

  7. January 26, 2013 1:30 pm

    Oh thanks all! We’re thrilled to have it done, just surprised that we can’t yet put our carpets back in to settle fully, especially with all the super cold weather. But that will come soon. 🙂

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