Renovating the 100 year old farm house my mom grew up in – making it a place for us to grow old in.

With the painting done on Friday of the weekend before last Joe and I tackled the new floors that needed to be laid in Dakota’s bedroom and in the entry/dining room. It came out to be about 500 square feet of new pine floors. We went very inexpensive and rebellious with our new floors. No, they did not come in a box that said “flooring” on the side of it. They’re just 1x4s of the lowest grade pine and we love them! We put the miter saw outside by his truck full of wood and I cut while he laid down! After all day Saturday and most o Sunday we got it done with just enough time to take a break and go golfing Sunday afternoon!

diy pine floors

This last weekend Joe and I both took July 3rd off of work so we could start sanding down the whole house! Every day Joe proves how much of an incredible human being he is but every now and again he does something that makes me so proud of him and so humbled by the fact that he wants to be my husband. For years his family has had the tradition of going to a cabin up north on July 4th weekend and spending it together. Joe made the incredibly mature decision to forgo the holiday weekend and work on the house instead. He chose responsibility and a weekend of work over fun. I am so proud of him and so glad he chose me. It was the right choice as this house needs to be done by our wedding in two months. I doubt many other people would have made his sacrifice and I am SO thankful for him! It took ALL day Friday but we got the entire house sanded down and ready for stain!

original hardwood floors

It took me eight hours on my hands and knees with my orbital palm sander getting the edges and everything Joe couldn’t get with the big floor sander we rented. Oh my gosh my poor knees. But the floors look so good! The original floors in the kitchen and the entire floor of the master bedroom look like cedar to us! The floors in the living room and the main floor bathroom look more like oak. It is incredibly marked up though and we had many patches so there was no choice but to stain them dark 🙁 However, they also look fantastic stained, can’t wait to show you guys! With the floors sanded down Joe looked at me Saturday morning and asked, “Let’s build the deck.” The deck materials had arrived Friday afternoon so I said, “Ok!”

build a deck diy

We hit it as hard as we could on Saturday and Sunday getting the ledger boards up and posts in and dug as quickly as possible. Then we got the rest of the braces done so I could put up all 80 of our joist hangers (ugh) I had to head back to the store twice and we bought them out of screws but by Sunday afternoon Joe had half of the deck boards down and everything else finished! We will have a railing eventually but for all intensive purposes the deck will be done within the next couple of days with Joe putting on deck boards every night after work! It feels so great to get so much done, I hope Joe feels the same but there was absolutely nothing else I would have rather done this weekend then work on this house with him. We are getting there!

 

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