DEMO DAY ONE

Before we get started, let me warn you that if you’re looking for one of those easy breezy beautiful blog posts full of weekend transformations and beautiful “after pictures” this post is not that. Not by a long shot. Sorry folks, this is more of a deep in the trenches, dirt under you fingernails, crawling through the “mud” Shawshank Redemption style posts. Maybe I should have left this one out and waited to simply debut the beautiful “after” shots but, alas, I’m bringing you all into the thick of it…because while we’re not technically crawling through a tunnel of poo Andy Dufresne style, in the end, home renovation redemption will be sweet…

When we first saw this house, on the surface, things weren’t great but we knew immediately that underneath the drop ceilings, old carpeting, and bad linoleum, the bones were good. Over the next month, we’ll be tackling some of the more major projects that need to get done before we move in any large furniture. So for the next few weeks, our checklist looks a little something like this:

  • Rip out all carpeting & linoleum (entry, stairs, living room, dining room, upstairs landing)
  • Finish original hardwood floors
  • Rip out window room drop ceiling
  • Expose & finish window room vaulted ceiling
  • Add recessed lighting

demo day oneUpon closing, this is how the entry, stairs and front living room looked. It wasn’t terrible, and the previous owners has left things nice a clean for us, but we knew this spot would be undergoing some big changes.

demo day one I spent most of the day Sunday ripping out all of the carpeted areas (and subsequent nails, staples and tack strips) while simultaneously expressing my hatred carpet installation guys.demo day oneIt turns out, the years and years of wall-to-wall carpeting throughout this house preserved and protected these beautiful hardwood floors. Not a single scratch or imperfection anywhere. Okay fine, so maybe I don’t completely hate you, carpet installers. But I still don’t like you. demo day oneEven pulling up the faux slate linoleum in the entryway revealed these beautiful hardwoods that continued throughout the entire space and with a a little Goo Gone and lot of elbow grease, the old adhesive cleaned right up and we were in business.

While have plans down the road to open up the whole stairway and create a much more open layout downstairs, for now I plan to lighten and brighten up the space by painting the trim throughout the house and continuing that onto the risers of the stairs. I did a really quick Photoshop rendering to get an idea of how that would look here… inspiration_stair paintRight away it makes the space look a whole lot brighter and more open. We might also consider installing a runner to add some color or pattern at some point. Here are some inspiration photos I’ve been thinking about…

 

While I spent the majority of demo day one ripping out every inch of carpeting in the house, Joe was busy tearing down the ceiling in what we’re calling the “window room.” We’re heading back over today to try and get the rest of the, so far shockingly secure, drop ceiling and I hope to be back with an update for you on how that’s going tomorrow!

Monday’s are immediately better when you get to check something off a list…

  • Rip out all carpeting & linoleum (entry, stairs, living room, dining room, upstairs landing)
  • Finish original hardwood floors
  • Rip out window room drop ceiling
  • Expose & finish window room vaulted ceiling
  • Add recessed lighting

Have a good Monday everyone!

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