I just thought you should know that as I write this, Rosie is up on the pillow behind me with her face smushed against the side of my head, and Winnie is laying down my legs. I might be quite cramped at the moment but it’s pretty much the cutest cramped ever. Not to be mistaken with the cutest cramps ever. Those are never cute. Ever. This is not up for debate.
With your just-started-snorning-in-my-ear dog update complete, let’s discuss the riddle posed in the title to this post. What warms you three times, in three different seasons?
Firewood! We got our 10 cord delivered (lasts for years) and Andy and Casey have been at work, among everything else, cutting and splitting it. Firewood warms you when you cut and split it in the spring, it warms you when you stack it in the summer, and it warms you when you burn it in the winter.
What also warms you up? Standing in the peak of a cathedral roof sealing beams. This is just one of the many things we’ve continued to work on over the last week. You knew we installed lights, and layed flooring, but I thought it would be nice to give you an update on where each item is as none of them really merit a full post of their own.
One of the things we’ve been working on this weekend is sealing the exposed beams in both of the upstairs bedrooms. We had already sanded them, but they needed to be sealed before we could lay flooring. We went with a satin water based sealant, and used two coats. It gave each beam a nice protection and brought out a little bit of color without going overboard. It was important for us to keep these as natural looking as possible to keep them light looking, or, as light as heavy wooden beams can look.
We still have to do the beams in the master bedroom, but I’ve included a picture so you can compare unsealed to sealed beams. As you can see in the photo above the beams have a slight sheen to them when they have a sealant on them, and are very dull when just bare wood (as in the master bedroom photo below).
The other updates include better quality photos of the lighting we installed, as well as one new light that we actually bought. We really broke the bank on it too, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
The first light is the one in the upstairs extra bedroom. I really love the upper metal part, but will definitely be replacing the shade down the line. It’s not horrible, but it’s way too small for the room. Aside from the size, the style isn’t my cup of tea. It was free though, so I’m cool with it for a while.
The master bedroom light is still my favorite. While the post on lighting showed the upper part well, it didn’t really show the underside, so here you go. It’s just a unique light and I absolutely love the design of it.
We also have one more new light now in the stairwell. This is the light we actually bought, which is a big deal in it’s own right considering it’s the first light we’ve ever bought for the renovation. I should first say we looked at a lot of options. We had some criteria:
- Can give off enough light to light the entire stairwell very well (how’s that use of the English language)
- A little industrial or rustic looking without looking either too modern, or primitive country
- Large enough for the space (16″+ in diameter)
- Simple enough it’s not the focal point, but still looks good when focused on (we’re adding art to the walls eventually and I didn’t want too many competing items).
Andy and I both gravitated towards these industrial simple shop looking lights, but they were still fairly costly everywhere we saw—including one for over $300 dollars. Yikes! Large lights were straight up expensive and I was starting to get a little discouraged. Then one day when we were at Lowes looking for a simple flush-mount light for the living room we came across a simple industrial light for about $30.00. We decided to get one to see how it looked but unfortunately it was out of stock with no ETA on when it would be in. A little defeated but still optimistic I went home and found almost the exact same light, and a little larger, at Home Depot. I ran down the next day and picked one up and we never looked back.
It’s the best $30.00 in lighting I’ve ever spent. We honestly weren’t sure if we were going to keep it there at first but once it got put up we absolutely knew it was staying. We both love it.
Searching for lights and making decisions on the details has also made us realize our style as a couple a little more; and it turns out we seem to both really like an eclectic mix tied together with industrial/rustic pieces. Andy definitely still leans towards more masculine traditional pieces, while I lean towards lighter brighter cleaner lines. It seems like these two preferences has so far created a really cool balance between anchoring pieces and light pieces.
One of the best examples of this is our reclaimed flooring. While it’s both rustic and charming, the new finish we just put it on it made it very dark and masculine. It’s absolutely beautiful and shows the perfect mix between our two styles. When you last saw it, the flooring had just been laid and was lighter.
We knew we needed to somehow seal the floor so we tested a water based sealer, danish oil and tung oil on sample pieces. The water based sealer just wasn’t a great option to hold up on a floor, and the danish added an odd yellowish tint to the floor which we absolutely didn’t want. So we decided on the tung oil. It was natural and brought out the colors in the floor in the richest way.
Before we were able to get started Andy had to thoroughly clean the floor. Once that was done he sanded very rough spots, and planed down the high spots between boards so, “the baby won’t stub her little toes”. He was referring to the baby we not only don’t have, but aren’t even trying for yet. It was incredibly endearing my husbands mind was on the well being of our hopefully future child. Back off ladies, those overalls are mine.
Are you ready for the reveal? Keep in mind this is only one coat, and it was still soaking in when I took this photo. There will likely be at least two more coats going down.
In the words of Rick Savage, BOOM BAAAABBYYYYY (there has been far too many references to this in our house lately.)
Let me show you a progress photo which really shows how different the floor looks with tung oil.
Finally, the other big thing I wanted to show you was the reclaimed pine flooring in the stairwell. This flooring isn’t quite finished yet underneath of the stairs so it hasn’t been tung oiled yet, but it will be.
There has been quite a lot going on and the wheel keeps on moving: To get this addition “move in” ready, so we can rip apart the original house, we still need to:
- Do two coats of sealant on the beams in the stairwell and in the master bedroom
- Finish laying the reclaimed pine flooring in the stairwell
- Finish applying the tung oil on the reclaimed pine flooring in both the living room and stairwell
- Install the flooring in the three bedrooms
- Install the stair treads, balusters and rails.
- Apply a finish to the flooring in the three bedrooms
- Do a second coat of paint in each bedroom
- Paint the accent wall on the back of the stairwell
- Put all the face plates on the switches and plugs
- Install doors
- Put the trim on the windows
There are other things we’ll need to do to “finish” the rooms, like get a real light (instead of a bulb) for the living room ceiling, install a shelving system in our bedroom, hang a rod or shelving system in each of the other bedrooms, install the wood stove in the living room, install the monitor heater in the living room, install a door to the storage space underneath of the stairs, and finally finish the bathroom in our bedroom which is still currently in disarray and will stay that way for a while (money speaks).
I’m pretty sure I missed things that need to be finished, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now, here’s a peek at the two trims we’re looking at (the final choice will likely be the left trim), and the beech flooring for the rest of the house.
What have you guys been up to? Are you starting any outdoor activities? Have you been working on your house? Tell me about it!