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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!
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.
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.
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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Photographs by Julia Dags.