Any free time we’ve had the last couple of months has been dedicated to working on our new home. Rooms are finally starting to come together and I am thrilled with our progress! To save time (and our backs) we hired a floor guy that a family member recommended. In less than 24 hours he sanded down and stained all the wood floors a dark espresso color. I love it! While the floors were drying and curing, we started painting the walls. I picked out several different paint swatches and narrowed it down to a few different samples. After testing them out on the walls, we decided on Super White in a matte finish by Sherwin Williams for the main floor, Gray Owl in the family room and Half Moon Crest for the den both by Benjamin Moore.
Once the floors were dry and the rooms were painted, we moved on to installing the new baseboards. The baseboards are 5 1/4” tall and we choose a simple, not over the top, clean modern style. Marc painted all the boards first letting them dry over several days. We choose Ultra Pure White in a high-gloss finish by Behr. To install we used an air compressor and pneumatic brad nailer securing the nails every 12-16 inches along the entire length of the baseboard. Once they were secure we began caulking all the gaps, nail holes and seams following up with a touch up coat of the same high-gloss paint. We will be able to finish installing the rest of the baseboards once our new doors are installed and when that’s done we will be able to move in our furniture! Most spaces are still a work in progress but here is a peek of where we are at – walls are painted, window trim is being painted, speakers are installed, baseboards are being installed, electrical outlets are being switched out, new vents are being installed and light fixtures are being replaced. We have some major cleaning to do (like every surface in this house), but at least we are starting to see some of it come together. We’ve also gotten a lot of help with this renovation from our friends and family and we’re so grateful – thank goodness for awesome parents and free labor!
I also wanted to give you a peek at the progress we’ve made in my new studio. Here’s how it looks with new floors and fresh paint – a clean slate really! We just need to paint the closet, paint the window trim, install the door, trim and the rest of the baseboards, replace the light fixture and furnish! To see all the before photos of our new home, click here.