I've been unable to blog for a while for several reasons. To backtrack a little, I wanted to show the pictures of the little finds I got at Round Top. The lantern, the crown, the fabric for sewing pillows, and the little wire bird box are just a few of the decor items I got. I also got a few wooden benches like the white one in the bedroom photos. The photo of our yard is embarrassing because none of the vines or bushes we've planted will start really growing for another year or two, but I wanted to share the archway I got for a great deal there also. We're trying to get a little more privacy between our yard and the neighbors by growing some tall bushes and some jasmine. Can't wait to see the progress in a few years.
Anyway! You might remember that I spontaneously pulled up the carpet in one of the bedrooms in our house to discover hardwood floors underneath. When I was searching for someone to refinish the wood floors (they were covered in glue from the carpet that had been put down over them!) I accidentally found the same floor guy who did the living room floors in this house for the previous owner. It was a weird coincidence, and the only reason I found him was because I turned down a dead end street one day by mistake and saw a tiny sign in his truck window that was parked outside of a job he was doing. Floor fate? He was able to match the wood floors in the bedroom to the existing wood floors already in the living room pretty accurately. I'm not sure if you know, but having your floors sanded and refinished is a pretty consuming process. First, you have to move out all of the furniture in the rooms that will be refinished. We moved almost everything into the living room and slept in the dining room for about a week total. After that, we removed the carpet ourselves to save us some money. Then for about four days we had to sleep at my mom's house because we have dogs and the fumes and dust can get pretty difficult to live around, not to mention having workers in the house making noise and needing space. I haven't had access to my camera or my computer really for a few weeks! After the floors dried, which took longer than expected due to humidity and rain here, we moved all the furniture back in. Usually you can start moving your furniture in after 48 hours but we ended up waiting four days just to be safe since the floors felt sticky for quite a while. Please don't gag when you look at the photo I provided as reference of the bedroom with carpet. EW! :)
The floors are now really beautiful. They are beech, which is apparently pretty rare here. I made the mistake of viewing them after they were sanded before they put the finish on. At that point they were a beautiful blonde color and I almost told them not to stain them back to the darker shade, but in the end I am happy with the richness of the color they are now that they've been stained. However, we still have an issue of replacing the shoe molding around the edges, and now the paint on the walls looks pretty dull so we can work on fixing that sometime in the future. ALSO we really want have the strange acoustic ceiling tiles removed but haven't moved forward yet because we are worried they have asbestos in them. With an older house you could make a list a mile long of things that you'd like to update, so with a little budget and plenty of time we will just take it slow with the updates and appreciate our new floors! Now that the floors are done I'll eventually have to find some new curtains and rugs as a way to make the rooms feel more cozy, as they are a lot more sparse feeling with the wood floors. This process has also made me realize that it's nearly impossible to photograph these spaces to give you an accurate depiction of the way the rooms look and feel!
We're leaving on a road trip tomorrow! Any tips for places to eat, shop, and stop in Nashville by way of Arkansas?