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Our Historic Home Renovation Update: Phase 2

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

Things are starting to really move along now in our renovation! We have moved past the destruction phase and in to the phase of building back up the parts of the house that we want to celebrate.  It’s so interesting watching things come together.  Some days it feels like it’s been half a week with hardly anything noticeable happening, and then the next day it suddenly looks like a totally different house.  But that’s the renovation game for ya!

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

I took the below video two weeks after the last video was taken, and you can already see lots of changes.  They’ve put in holes and spacers for lighting and speakers throughout the house, and even started the process of creating floor stain samples.  We are whitewashing all the floors in the house, but with so many different kinds of wood added over the years we have to make sure that the whitewashed look we chose can remain somewhat uniform throughout the house.  It’s still not as light as it will ultimately be, but it’s cool to see the progression of the stain as pictured below. 

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

So far, our biggest hurdle with our renovation has been skimming and smoothing the walls of the house.  The walls had been treated with a sand paint approach that made the entire home look like it had stucco walls.  Neither Kyle nor I liked the look of it at all, and we decided it was a must to smooth out the walls throughout the house.  As it’s turned out, that process is WAY more time consuming and expensive than we had originally anticipated.  I don’t know if any of you have had experience with smoothing textured walls but it’s a major pain– and something worth considering if you’re purchasing a renovation property.  

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

Eva Amurri Martino shares details from phase 2 of her new home's renovation!

All in all, there haven’t been too many terrible surprises popping up at us, so I’ll take that as a win so far! We start painting at the end of this week, so I’ll film another video in a week or so once some progress has been made. 

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  1. Nancy says:

    This is so exciting!! I was waiting for an update!! I feel like I’m living through this renovation with you!

    01.17.19Reply
  2. Devon Mendez says:

    Love these updates & videos! So fun to get to walk through with you and see the changes! I would be freaking during all this mess but you’re handling it like a pro. Can’t wait for the next update <3

    01.17.19Reply
    • omg thanks, I mean I definitely do have days where I freak. That’s for sure! But I just remind myself that everything will get done eventually. And honestly, last time I did this I was seven months pregnant so anything feels easier compared to that! LOL

      01.18.19Reply
  3. Amy says:

    Hi Eva, I am following your renovations because I love that stuff. However, I live in a rural area where it is so hard to find contractors who aren’t totally booked up. Because I am impatient yet creative and semi-handy, I end up doing all of the non-major updates myself and found I love it. I was wondering if you might be able to get some “how-to” or “tips & tricks” from your contractors. For example, what did they use to smooth your walls? Maybe show a little of the process? I see a lot of DIY blogs, but it’s non-professionals doing it. It would be nice to hear it from the professionals themselves. You know…from the people you are paying a ton of money to do it for you – give that insight to us for free…uhhh ;). Thought I’d throw it out there just incase anyone else has been asking. I love love love that your style is more unique than you’d find on the pages of a catalog or from Fixer-Upper. 🙂 Cheers!

    01.17.19Reply
    • Wow you’re amazing to DIY renovation stuff!

      That’s an interesting idea, I will def bring it up with them! I haven’t had the chance to be over there as much as i’d like with everything else going on– so I’m not privvy to all the steps they take through different processes. But maybe there’s a way to have him give his top tips for renos or something?

      01.18.19Reply
  4. Marissa says:

    Love LOVE your bathroom! Do you plan to add a way to shower in the tub as well, or will you go over to use Kyle’s? Curious what you’d use to convert to a shower if so.

    01.17.19Reply
    • No I’m going to keep as is, and use the shower in Kyle’s bathroom!

      01.18.19Reply
  5. Vanessa Beeler says:

    My husband smoothed out every wall and ceiling in our first nursery I thought it’d would never be done, and the dust Omgsh it was endless! The final results were worth it!

    01.17.19Reply
  6. TJ says:

    Absolutely loving this Eva!!!

    01.17.19Reply
  7. Jessica B says:

    Omg looks amazing I’m loving the the floors! Cannot wait for the finished reveal! What a beautiful thing to create your dream house 🙂

    01.17.19Reply
  8. Suzie says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for taking us through the process. Can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the end. How much longer until you move in?

    01.18.19Reply
  9. Sally says:

    Wow – a little freaked out for you but my goodness, how amazing will it be when it’s done!
    Can we have a sneak peek of the outside space?!x

    01.18.19Reply
  10. Irina says:

    Hi Eva,
    Love your updates and videos!! It is such a pleasure listening to you. Moving can be a fun and exciting adventure, but it’s still a tough adjustment for kids. Best of luck with your move and a new home!

    01.28.19Reply
  11. Jennifer A Sylvester says:

    I realize this post is about home renovation, but I just had to tell you how much I love your eye makeup!!!

    02.04.19Reply