So, if anyone is keeping track here, our planned move-in day was… yesterday. Shocker. It didn’t happen.
I don’t know how many times or how hard I can stress this. Renovating is just about the single most difficult thing to truly “plan” for and keep on schedule. Next to, oh.. preparing for a baby. Yea, those fancy video monitors and wipe warmers may make it seem like you’ve got it all figured out… until it’s 3am and baby won’t stop screaming, you’re running on 20 minutes of sleep in three days, and you’re emotions were topped out five months prior to delivery. Not that that happened to me. Duh, of course it did. That happens to nearly every parent (or so I told myself). But how could you ever fully prepare for that kind of struggle? Yea, you can’t.
So, in the middle of the learning process we are. Some things are taking a little longer than anticipated, which is fine. Any by fine I mean, what other choice do we have but to go with the flow? But in the midst of all the frustration some REALLY awesome things are coming together.
For example, our new floors!
The guys seriously kicked butt on these. They are absolutely beautiful.
(ignore the random kitchen cabinets, more on those soon!)
(and the collection of cardboard boxes taking over the house)
(oh, and ignore the missing doors frames, trim, and transition piece into the bathroom 😉)
Really though, how fantastic do these look? I’m head over heals for the seamless floors from the front of the house to the back bedrooms. And the finish is exactly as we had pictured it, rich and textured. The perfect mix of modern and rustic. Reminding us a little of the finish of the floors in our last house actually. Especially next to the identical paint color.
What’s next? Well, the crew is moving right along with the kitchen and bathroom. We’re still shooting to move in before next week hits but until then I figured we could talk doors! I mentioned a while back that we had custom ordered new pre-hung doors for nearly the entire house. We didn’t completely despise the original doors of the house, but we figured once nearly everything else was replaced they might stick out like a sore thumb. They lacked any detail, were kind of flimsy, and basically just plain blah. Plus, we loved the idea of adding some character like the doors in our last home had.
We shopped around some but held off until we spotted a special at Lowes for a free solid-core upgrade on Reliabilt special order doors. Um, hello? Yes, please. You are beautiful.
Not only are these super durable and loaded with character, but they only cost us around $70 per door! We actually opted to go with a design that isn’t pictured above, a 3-panel craftsman style. It looks more like the pic below and will be painted in a nice white to match the trim in the rest of the house.
I’m pretty sure they’ll be screaming for some oil-rubbed bronze hardware… 🙂
And since we’re on the topic of doors, might as well share our latest purchase. A new entry door! This door was actually the inspiration for the interior doors. We again, love the craftsman style, and can’t wait to get a nice pop of color on her.
More details once she arrives, but here’s a look at our current entry door (with new floors!).
I can’t say that I hate it. In fact, I’m thinking of keeping her around and using it in some unconventional way. Headboard possibly? Coffee table? Bar top? Who knows. Way ahead of myself.
More details on actually selecting the flooring here.