We’re not done, but it’s looking all sorts of better in here. BEHOLD:
New floor! New paint! New rug! Considering the snail’s pace at which we normally work, this has been lightning-fast. Of course, there isn’t any storage, lighting, or artwork yet, but whatever. This is PROGRESS. (It took us two years to finish the basement and I swear on my plate of nachos we’re not doing that again. My goal is August.)
Remember last month when there were ramen noodles all over the floor and everything was brown?
It’s a breath of fresh air now. It also feels a lot bigger, which is kind of funny because it was a large room anyway. I’m glad we went with the same golden oak stain we already had in the kitchen. Dark floors might be trendy, but I have to maximize our piddly natural sunlight as much as I can. Bonus: golden oak works so well with blue.
Let’s talk price, since this has been a monster of a project. Aside from putting the concrete floor in the crawl space (highly recommend!), this is the most expensive thing we’ve done to the house. We hired a crew to install the new floors and refinish the existing hardwoods, and that was obviously the biggest slice of the pie: $2300. It would’ve been a little cheaper if we used an oil-based polyurethane, but we didn’t want the extra fumes hangin’ around and opted for water-based instead. Note: if you’re feeling adventurous and want to tackle this yourself, renting the tools would only set you back a few hundred bucks.
Since the crew was a bit of a splurge, we used some birthday gift cards to cover the baseboards, paint, and underlayment–which saved us about $200. I also got a wee bit intense about finding an affordable rug. We needed a 9×12, so “affordable” is a relative term, but I found THIS piece of majesty for $199:
Yaaaaaas. It’s perfect with the floors. And the walls. And the forthcoming artwork we have yet to purchase that is also blue. Now this space coordinates with the rest of the house instead of being a weird eyesore as soon as you walk in.
Rug: AllModern | Paint: Silver Spoon by Olympic | Floors: Floor&Decor
In case you’ve missed anything about the project so far, check out the design inspiration, the overall plan, and some details about hardwood floors in case you, too, want to rip out any shag carpet.
So that’s where we are! We’re trying to figure out exactly what to do for storage on that back wall, and then we can finalize artwork. I’m also spending a lot of time staring at the floors, obviously, because they’re shiny and wonderful. What’s going on at your house? Are you gearing up for any summer projects? May is National Home Improvement month, so now’s the time. Yay!