An amazing staircase makeover – from carpet to wood

Today is an exciting day! I'm going to share all the nitty gritty on getting our staircase completely redone. We hired out for part of it, and part of it we did ourselves. As not to leave you in suspense for too long, I'll just start out with the before and after. WOWZA! I can't even believe I'm looking at the same staircase. Clearly we are still finishing up this renovation and need to finish painting the wall. Here's where we left off last time: We rebuilt half the staircase and framed out the wall and then I created a custom skirting for the curved staircase. If you'd … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 2 – sanding for days

As you are probably aware, because it's literally all I've talked about for weeks... we recently refinished all the wood floors on the entire first floor of our house. And when I say "entire first floor", I mean it. The only rooms on the main level that didn't get new hardwood floors are the bathroom and the laundry room. Every closet (2), every living space (5 - formal living, family, dining, office, kitchen), and even the foyer all got new hardwood floors. Hell, even the staircase got new hardwood floors. And the most incredible, and also worst part? We didn't move out when we did it. We … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 1 – weaving new flooring into existing

Happy Friday! Today is the post you've all been waiting for - the floor post. Well, the first one anyway. There are so many pictures and so many steps in refinishing existing hardwood floors that I'm going to break it up into several posts. Last I left off, we had finally finished gutting the entire first floor. We did so much work to get from point A (the house before we started the renovations) to point B (ready to start on the floors). If you are new to this series I encourage you to start here and read all the progress to get to where we are now - ready to start the floors. So … [Read more...]

Final whole-house prep/demo for new floors

The huge whole-house renovation continues! We've had to do so much work just to get to a place where we can even begin to think about refinishing the floors. Honestly, it's crazy and overwhelming how much work needed to be done just to be able to refinish the floors. Like, weeks of hard work. If you are just now jumping in on this renovation journey, you can catch up here first: Let the whole-house renovations begin! Just click the above link and start reading! Make sure to grab some popcorn before you begin. At the end of each post will be a link to read the following post. Okay, so … [Read more...]

Rebuilding a staircase & framing out a wall

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! The biggest demo/remodel we have to tackle before we can refinish the hardwood floors in our house is the stairway makeover. We have a formal living room off the foyer that we want to enclose with french doors. Here's our formal living room and staircase situation: Right now the staircase is open on both sides and is partially in the formal living room. (This is about to get confusing so hopefully the pictures will help make it easier to understand.) We basically want to build a wall across where the stairs are and add … [Read more...]

Master bathroom reno update 4 || removing the garden bathtub

I've tackled another milestone of the master bathroom demolition. Yay! The garden tub is outta there! I'll walk you through the process. So far I've gutted this bathroom 100% by myself. I am woman, hear me roar! ;) First things first, I had to remove the remainder of the tile. It was quick and fairly painless. Next up, the fun begins! I got to bust out my Ryobi sawzall for this! I'm always up for an excuse to start hacking away with the reciprocating saw. Bawhahaha. I used the sawzall to cut the pvc drain pipe. It was glued into the tub and was not going to budge, so I chopped … [Read more...]

Master Bath Reno || removing tile, capping plumbing

Holla! Hey guys, I'm back today with another master bathroom renovation update. We are still in the demolition phase of this bathroom. I've got some tips that you might find useful if you ever have to tackle your own renovation. The bulk of today's post is sharing some tips on easily removing huge amounts of tile quickly, and also capping off plumbing so you can demo everything without having to leave your main water supply shut off for weeks and weeks. After I took the glass door and frame off the shower, I was left with this: Lots and lots of tile. Smashing that much tile with a … [Read more...]