After months of slow-moving processes and mostly hands-on work for us Gabriels, things have been moving faster than I can even keep up with!
We’ve had our hardwood floors refinished…
Kitchen flooring installed…
Appliances delivered (and mostly installed)…
Bathroom gutted, tub set, electrical + plumbing prepped, drywall installed…
Our renovation crews have impressed us with this pace of progress!
But as promised–a blog post featuring befores and afters of our beloved 126-year-old hardwood floors.
After sanding each room, our team brought in some samples of stain based on our design preferences. We chose from four options, and while each one looked absolutely stunning when it hit the floor, we had our hearts set on a warm, golden tone.
Befores + Afters
Here’s a rundown of the progress throughout each room!
(Some of the older pictures come from my cell phone, but hey, I guess that only enhances the contrast between the befores and afters!)
The Living Room
The living room was where we first checked for hardwood floors upon buying the home. We saw layers of paint, but it looked hopeful…and the floors in this room turned out to be in great shape!
The Master Bedroom
The first time I ever saw the master bedroom, the carpeting was covered in pet bedding. It’s come a long way since then! My trusty husband tackled this room so quickly that I didn’t catch pictures of every stage. We love the finished product…the warmth and brightness it brings to our space.
The Dining Room
The dining room had everyone doubting. The floors looked pretty rough, but something in me wasn’t willing to say no to them. I loved them, and upon first revealing the original hardwood in the dining room I even professed that I would keep them as is. That probably wouldn’t have been the best idea, but I was smitten. Our impressive floor team managed to salvage the 1890s wood, even despite the cries of naysayers–and despite sanding down to the nail on several of the planks! These floors turned out like nothing any of us had seen before…they are wild, but we love our revitalized 126-year-old floors!
We are floored with the progress here at Livingston. It’s been a long process, and we still have quite a ways to go before the design is complete–but the hardwood floors were a major turning point for us. Once they were done, we were able to begin moving in. Finally, Livingston is transcending “house” and becoming home. And we are so thankful.