Hall Floor – Part B

The hall floor is now sanded, nailed, stained and has polyurethane applied.  I spent a whole day sanding to remove as much of the darker imperfections as possible.  I also applied wood conditioner to the floor before staining it.  I’m not sure which did the trick but this time when I stained the floor I no longer got the ugly blotches.  There is a mixture of white and red oak wood so the stain did not take evenly but is acceptable – especially after the rug runner is put in place (need to wait 7 days before covering the floor).

Above is the before with the tripping hazards (kitchen on the left, powder room on the right).  And here is the after:


There is a slight ramp-up into both of the rooms.  The stain and polyurethane both took a long time to dry given the rainy, humid weather we have been having.

Today we re-hung the bathroom door after cutting some of the bottom off so it would clear the threshold.  It still would not close easily but after trimming the lower side edge with a plane it closes nicely.

The baseboards and toe-kicks in the hall will get installed next.




Hall Floor – Part A

There is a short hall between the dining room and kitchen that also leads to the powder room and master bedroom.  The floor had the same 1×1 blue and white tile on it that was in the kitchen.  After removing it and the linoleum I found the hardwood floor.  It has some mixed wood in it but it is all wood so we’ll make it work.  The challenge is the hall floor is level with the dining room and bedroom entrances but there is about a 1.5″ step up into the powder room and kitchen.  Part of that is due to the tile in the kitchen and bathroom and part of it is because the floor slopes down at both of those entrances.

The picture on the left is of the kitchen entrance and the one on the right is the powder room entrance.  The entrance to the powder room actually slopes downward to the left as well as toward the room.  After consulting with a couple of my favorite people (Ruth and Kevin) we came up with the solutions.  Below is the revised floor to the powder room.  The boards are not nailed down yet – that will happen after the boards and the rest of the floor get sanded.


It took several tries to get the right combination / order of boards so they are now numbered.  The tape will go on the back before they get sanded.   Once they are all sanded and stained they should blend together nicely.  The kitchen entrance should be easier as there will be far fewer boards – will tackle that another day.


Powder Room Essentially Done

The powder room is now done with the exception of sanding and painting the door and installing trim on the window.  Here is the before picture (again):


This room also had the 9×9 tile ceiling which was replaced long ago with drywall.  You can see the small white tiles on the floor.  Here are some after pictures:

This is the first room I have done the drywall taping and mudding (and actually installed the drywall around the pipe enclosure and window frame).  The color is a deep lavender with a grayish hue.  When I first started painting the room I was really worried the color was too dark.  But after the wainscoting, trim and new lights were installed the color is fine.  The tile is 12×24 ceramic in a medium gray with white veining to make it look like marble.  As you can see, the toilet has been moved next to the vanity.   The enclosure at the end of the tub was removed except where pipes actually exist.   So it’s a good size powder room  – we’re happy to have it functioning again.


Powder Room

We have started the renovation of the first floor hall bath / powder room.  Here is what it looked like before renovation began:


The vanity was made of plywood and had tile glued to it.  The tiles on the wall were also glued directly to plywood which made removing them time consuming.   The tub was in decent shape but the finish was dull and getting the tub through the small hall and out the house was going to be a challenge so we ‘just smashed it into smaller pieces’.  The tub is cast iron so smashing it required hundreds of whacks with a sledge hammer.  Dan made the first hole then I took on the rest (except the front by the pipes).  My arms and shoulders were a bit lame a few days later but they recovered nicely.    Here are the post-demolition pictures:

The toilet use to be across from the vanity but we are moving it to the right of the vanity where the front of the tub use to be.

The handy man arrived this morning as scheduled and installed shut-off valves on the pipes so the water to just the bathroom could be turned off.    All the old pipes have been removed so tomorrow he’ll install the new sub-floor, the new pipes, and then new sheet rock on the walls.


Master Bath Problem Window

There is a tall narrow window on a small wall in the master bath.  It must have been really close to the original ceiling because once they installed the lower tile ceiling the window actually goes up into the ceiling ‘cavity’.  So installing crown molding over it and across the window frame was “interesting” – plus the frame had lots of old caulk and gouges on/in it.


Two boards were installed to finish the top of the window so when you look at it from the outside you no longer see the ceiling cavity.  The frame got the standard scrape, sand, putty, wash, caulk, and paint treatment.

And finally the threshold was cut, stained, and installed.

Time to move onto the hall bath / powder room.


Master Bath Wainscoting

Finally found time to trim out the remaining walls and baseboards in the master bathroom.  Here is a before picture:


And the after:

We plan to put the same wainscoting in the 1st floor hall bathroom / powder room.

A couple of weekends ago we planted 2 Cleveland Pear trees.  We also bought 3 Cherry trees but it’s too early to plant them.  When we went for our evening walk with Jazz we noticed that one of them has decided to blossom:

So there will be 3 pink Cherry and 2 white Pear trees to decorate the large empty corner of the property.



Library, Bedroom, and Master Bath essentially DONE!

Last week the baseboards and toe-kicks were completed in the library:

The only complicated part was cutting the hole in the baseboard for the electrical outlet (middle picture) and squeezing the baseboard in between the mantel and wall (right picture).  There use to be a cabinet under the window (1st picture) and when it was removed there was a gap between the underside of the window and the wall.  There was also some pretty significant damage under the right corner of the window.  All of that has been repaired.

The built in cabinet is finally painted.  It was the same celery green as the room and was very dirty.


The cabinet doors do not close correctly so they will need some adjustment when I have a slow day.

The bathroom vanity required some significant shims to level it.  Instead of having someone make some nice ‘feet’ I decided to just trim them out.

I still need to caulk them but the solution is going to work.

The movers arrived today as planned.  The living room couch is now in the living room and the other couch is now in the upstairs family room.

And the bedroom furniture was moved to the 1st floor master bedroom:

The middle door in the 4th picture goes to the exercise room and still needs painting.   The wall between the french doors and the middle door is where a vanity use to be.  The holes from the plumbing and electrical outlets are patched and once some wall hangings go up it will be very presentable.

And my desk and the piano are now in the library:

And Dan’s armoire and the blanket chest are now in the bathroom dressing area:


The closet to the left of the armoire was finished this week but both closets still need closet hanging racks.


Library has been Crowned!

Last Saturday Dan spent the day helping me get the crown molding hung in the library.  It is a 2 piece molding plus there was not enough dentil molding to go all the way around the room so we had to integrate non-identical molding on one wall.  Given the texture of the original molding I think it was all man made so finding exact molding was a very low probability.   Dan patiently carved the edges of the new molding to fit the old molding.

We did not get very far hanging the molding when we discovered there were gaps between the drywall on the ceiling and the molding.  In the first picture we had to screw in more drywall then install the molding.  In the second picture I taped and applied mud after the molding was installed but before I caulked.

The first 2 pictures in this group are the after version of the first group of 2 pictures.  The 4th picture shows the old and new molding together.  I will hang curtains just under the molding so it will be difficult to tell the moldings are different.

Most of the baseboard is already installed in the library but the toe-kick still needs to be installed and painted which is scheduled for tomorrow (if it’s not too cold outside – the molding gets cut on the front porch).  There is a built-in cabinet in the library but that won’t get cleaned and painted until next week.  Speaking of next week – movers will be here Thursday to move the furniture into the library and bedroom.


Bedroom Baseboard and Toe-kicks

The new baseboard arrived today so was able to get it and the toe-kicks installed.

The area under the radiator and around the pipe was really nasty (Ruth knows how bad they can be).  But it is now quite presentable – the pipe even got a new base ring.  The second picture is where the vanity use to be.  The floor was badly water stained and had several bad black spots.  I am very relieved that almost all of it came out.  Still waiting for the door trim to arrive and need to finish the bedroom closet then that room will be done!