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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Entryway plans

About our entryway I mentioned yesterday.  We don't really have one. You open the front door and you step right into our living room.  But, we are going to create one of sorts!

I took this photo before we cleaned up the mess from installing the hardwood, but if you can look past the cans of Poly and tools, you'll see the area I'm dealing with. And yes, that's left over wood. We still need to do our basement landings and some closets yet.

Anyways, we stopped the hardwood a few inches from the front door so that we would have an area to tile. Wood and snow/salt/sand are a bad mix and tile should hold up much better.

We plan to tile from the front door all the way to the wall that you see below with the coat hooks.

And that cute little hexagon shaped window there is our inspiration for the tile we plan to use. That window is the only original one we left in the house. It's leaded glass and we loved the shape of it, so it stayed.

Right now, the plan is to use a matte black 2" hexagon tile I sourced from the Tile Shop. It's around $5.00/sq. foot so pretty reasonable price wise.

Here's entryway with something similar, to give you an idea of the look we're after.


I'd love to add a pattern with a few white tiles, but Cameron kind of cringed at that idea. Tiling isn't his favorite job to do and adding a pattern would just complicate things.

But it does look soo good, doesn't it?


I'm pretty sure we'll be doing black tile, but I'm a little worried that dust and dirt will really show.  I saw this image while researching and wonder if a lighter tile would be more practical??

Via Lonny

It's not happening immediately anyways, so I have time to decide.  Once we're all done though, I'd like to add a nice bench next to the stair case and a big basket for throwing hats, mitts, etc. In the summer I can toss our flip flops into it and keep the area looking a little orderly. 

Don't really have an entry yourself? All you really need is a bench or chair, some cute hooks, a basket, and if you have room, a small table to set mail and keys when you come in the door.

Via House Tweaking
How do you create a space you don't really have? What do you think about the tile? Dark or light?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finished floors!

I suppose a follow up post on the flooring is in order.  We've been enjoying our new floors for a few weeks now and they definately make the house look and feel a whole lot closer to being done!

We are so thankful for my younger brother, Matt who spent his entire vacation time working on this project with Cam. If it weren't for him, I'm sure we would still be trying to finish! He even had to use an old fashion manual nailer, so we really did put him to work!

If you read my last post, you saw the flooring installed.  Here you can see them starting to stain. This was started after they spent a few days with a floor sander we rented from Home Depot. All of the sanding created a ton of dust and took a good amount of time to clean up before the staining could happen.

The staining was a two step process. My brother wiped on the first coat and then Cam followed behind with a second coat.  It went so, so much better then when we did the upstairs flooring. Remember that fiasco?

Once the stain dried overnight, they could start applying the Poly.  We used an oil based product called Fabulon. It's a two person job, as one pours some of it and another needs to spread it out with the roller as you see below. 

Once the Poly dried we hand sanded with a fine grit block to remove any bubbles or dust, then vacuumed and wiped the floors down before applying another coat. We did this process a total of 3 times and then we were done!!
Next up is the trim and baseboards, as well as a section in the front room that we are going to tile.  With Iowa winters as harsh as they are, we decided to create an entry that's tiled to keep the snow, salt and dirt from being tracked onto the wood floors. I'll fill you in on that plan soon.
Front/Living room

Dining Room

Dining Room
Master Bedroom

Kitchen(with my new dishwasher!!)
Laundry Closet(still needs shelving/storage)
And as if having new floors wasn't awesome enough, more good was in store. You know how I said it'd take me months to clean up the dust that made it's way into everything? Well, it didn't because help showed up! My mom decided to surprise me and came for 2 weeks! We had the house back in shape with time to spare.  It was so nice to get to see her again and of course the kids loved it too!