It usually gets worse before it gets better, right? That’s definitely where we are right now in the renovation process of our One Room Challenge. This is week 2 and during week 1, I told you about our plans and all of the before photos. It’s update time and I definitely feel I don’t have much to show for it. So today’s update is about the reality of renovating. I get comments from many readers about my beautiful finished projects from the laundry room to the craft room. I don’t show much of the messy process often because, well, some projects are personal and no one wants to see the massive amounts of dust I have right now, but more on that later.
I just had to laugh earlier this week because the current state of our house means that I can easily get rid of any door-to-door salesman just by opening my front door wide. They see our hands full and immediately sense that I ain’t buying.
Well, my door is wide open for everyone today and you are completely welcome to come in.
Living in renovation is a disaster that I love. As our extended family banded together this weekend for ripping out floors, pulling up staples, and gathering around for a well-deserved dinner of ribs and fixin’s, it’s moments like these that everyone should cherish the most. Our house may be a disaster, but there is love all around. Seeing all of the furniture gone and the floors ripped out gave me some perspective and a feeling of nostalgia I hadn’t expected. It reminded me of the first months of owning the house when we were covered in paint, most rooms had no lights, and we all huddled in the living room sleeping on an air mattress as we erased the damage and flaws of the house to make it a home, or at least clean and live-able.
Never compare your life or your home to the beautiful homes of Pinterest that have had hours of styling and finding just the right light to be camera ready. We all had to start somewhere and if you remember our start, you would know that the journey doesn’t happen over night. It’s messy, cluttered, hilarious, and chocked full of memories. Even if you aren’t in the middle of a huge DIY or renovating, remember that homes are meant to be lived in and you should be unapologetic about that. If waiting until tomorrow to clean the dishes means getting to participate in a rowdy game night with your family or even just reading a book to your children who will inevitably grow up, DO IT. The dishes will still be there and everything will be fine.
So you are probably wondering when I will get around to telling you what we actually did complete this week. In a word…nothing. But we got a serious start.
Center Console to Entertainment Center
Hubby built the center console pretty much by himself. To be fair, before the challenge had even begun, we had spent hours measuring, designing, and purchasing the materials. It is completely comprised from maple plywood and everything will be painted to match beautifully.
We spent hours combing the internet to find trim to match the existing trim on the entertainment center. We had zero luck and, in a fit of despair, ripped off the old trim and replaced it. Why we didn’t give in to this idea sooner is beyond me. I know that sometimes a person has to be backed against a corner to do what really needs to be done. It’s part of the journey and we learned so much, even only in week 2. I knew this was the biggest project ever that would push our DIY and woodworking skills to the limit.
Hubby still needs to add the doors but it is coming along nicely.
As you can see in pictures, we ripped out our quilt style flooring. Tearing out the carpet created a thick layer of dust everywhere. I mean you could see it clouding up the air whenever you walked into the house. Gross, right? However, it’s like a clean slate and it makes me feel good to clean it out once and for all.
As for the floors, we have not actually ordered them yet, but that is the plan this week. A medium/dark brown in a handscraped texture is what we are going for. I seem to be constantly indecisive about this. At first, we selected the right sample, a birch 5 inch plank. Then we became overwhelmed at the thought of our two x-large dogs and using a softer wood like birch for the floors. They romp, they play, and dance around like 100lb puppies with no stopping. Did you know that over 90% of all hardwood damage is caused by pets?
So now, we have settled on hickory (middle) to at least give us a fighting chance at keeping the floors beautiful for years to come. We wanted domestic after seeing that one of the problems with exotics like Brazilian cherry is that they have this terrible tendency to turn red with exposure to sunlight. Hickory is the hardest domestic wood and although no natural wood offers complete protection, it will hold up better than the birch.
I’m off to get working on painting! How did your week go?