Revamped Floors Reveal!

Revamped Floors Reveal!

Earlier this week I gave you guys a sneak peek at my in-progress floor refinishing. Now that I’ve done as many Tom Cruise/Risky Business slides across these floors as I could, it’s time to share the finished results with you. But first, let’s take a look at where we started: Now we’ve gone from Drab to JUST PLAIN FAB: The original white oak floors had ambered considerably and had many stained areas. After a vigorous sanding, a coat of Minwax’s Special…

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Bu-bu-bu-buff the wood!

Bu-bu-bu-buff the wood!

You guys!!! The floor guys were here today!!! I am a bundle of excited energy and have tried to make myself look busy outside (ugh it’s cold!) while they pack up from day one of work. I waited for them to leave so I could sneak around and take some in-progress shots. But first, let’s see where we started, shall we? In the living room there were intense changes in the floor color due to the placement of rugs, etc. along…

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The Best Strippers

The Best Strippers

I’ll start with Joe Manginello… then add a scoop of Channing Tatum… kidding guys. I’m not talking about Magic Mike, I’m here to share my wisdom about paint strippers. In prep for the floor guys coming, I’ve spent far too many hours on my hands and knees stripping every baseboard in my house. They were dinged and matted with animal hair that’s been painted over and just generally in horrible shape. I thought about ripping out all the baseboards and just…

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From Nicotine to Nice N Clean

From Nicotine to Nice N Clean

I think we can all agree smoking is very bad for you. We’ve all seen the pictures of what it’ll do to your lungs and the rest of your body. I would like to now start a campaign on how bad it is for your home. The previous owner smoked like a chimney inside my precious cape. The result was that the color of every surface in the house could be described as “nicotine yellow.” This picture best showcases those effects:…

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Photo Hunt: Home Edition

Photo Hunt: Home Edition

Before I got buried in another New England winter, I knew I needed to take advantage of last few days of warmth for some outside clean up work. Here’s where we started: And after two days of grueling work, here’s where we ended up: Can you spot at least seven differences? No, looks the same to you? Don’t worry, I kinda felt the same way. After two days of busting my ass (and my parents’ asses, as they were so…

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Let’s just dive in, shall we?

Let’s just dive in, shall we?

The first full day I owned my home, I really got to work. I had a dumpster arranged to be delivered so we could just dive in. The most pressing issue to deal with in the house was odor. It sat unoccupied for a year after the previous owner passed away, and he’d had a significant amount of animals in the house. The smell of dogs and cats was pervasive, and you should all just be lucky the internet hasn’t…

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Holy crap I bought a house!

Holy crap I bought a house!

But really, if that title doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what else will. After years of dreaming and scheming, I finally did it. Today, I bought a house. Want to meet her? Here she is: There she is, in all her glory. This 4 bed, 2 bath, 1600 sq ft abode is now all mine. After 10+ years of city-style living, this house is the largest place I’ve ever had. The sheer luxury of four bedrooms still leaves me…

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