2018 was the first full year that Nick and I lived in the Smurf house. Lets take a moment to reflect on our home owning journey and appreciate how far we have come. Ya know, stop and smell the roses? It is too easy it is to overlook progress. There are three projects in particular that stand out.
Living Area Floors
The biggest project tackled in 2018 was refinishing the hardwood floors in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and hallway. It was #1 on our list of projects for both safety and aesthetic reasons. The floors in the living room and hallway were a very light pine and everywhere else was a rich oak. There were no tricks to successfully blend the two together.
We decided to hire a team of professionals. I was fully prepared to tackle refinishing a floor as a DIY project until I realized our living room floor slanted in multiple directions. Achieving a cohesive look was going to take more skill than I could amass watching YouTube (know your limits). We did save some cost by taking out the old floor ourselves. The extra wood still lives in our garage taking up prime real estate (see upcoming post on 2019 goals).
Poor Rey had to stay at a friends for a week while they sanded and applied the polyurethane. We took that time to vacation in Vietnam – not too shabby. Today the floors are cohesive and have a bit more of a matte finish then they did before.
A second big win for us was redoing the porch roof. We debated several options, the most complex involved completely detaching the roof from the main house and reconnecting it. We ultimately decided to focus on removing and replacing the corrugated polycarbonate panels and adding a fresh coat of paint. It looks great and will make the space much more inviting. Maybe I will write a post about it one day. Lots more to do with the rest of the porch, as you can see.
The Guest Bedroom
The third biggest win for us was finally finishing one room in the house – the guest bedroom. It sounds silly, but this project gave us some momentum. We constantly have an endless list of projects and ideas that we chip away at. Focusing effort on improving one space really allowed us to see and appreciate the progress. Thank you One Room Challenge.
The guest bedroom brought many firsts for us:
- It was the first time we ordered custom blinds.
- It was the first time we installed baseboards.
- It was the first time Marti ever changed a light fixture or added a wall sconce.
- It was the first time we sourced materials (oversized plywood) from a local supplier (Mr. Plywood).
- It was the first time using Gel Stain.
It was definitely not the first time we skim coated, painted, or sourced furniture from craigslist.
Ok… now that 2018 is over, lets dream about what could be in 2019!