Things are happening so fast with our renovation, that I barely have time to sit down and write about them!
I am so excited to share all the progress with you…
One day last week…within a two hour time frame, the appliances, cabinets and fireplace stone were delivered!
The next day the guys didn’t waste any time unpacking them…
It was like Christmas morning!
Before long, my white kitchen dream was becoming a reality!
After a couple days, it already looked like this!
Then the floor guy came with Minwax stains to choose from…
He advised us to go with an oil based stain. Apparently, the oil based is the “traditional” way to go. It is supposedly more durable but it takes longer to cure.
The colors above are as follows…(listed top to bottom).
- Early American
- English Chestnut
- Special Walnut
- Special Walnut (didn’t get good coverage on this first try)
They all looked beautiful so needless to say, I haven’t committed yet!
I originally thought I would go lighter (you know the golden retriever fur) – but I think we are leaning towards the two on the right – Provincial and Early American. (From left to right is Special Walnut, English Chestnut, Provincial and Early American).
Here is a better view of the island which is what I am comparing them to:
The Early American matches in color but the Provincial picks up the darker tones mixed in the island….so difficult!
And I have to think about how the color will look throughout the house. As you can see, the guys are sanding and refinishing the stairs as well.
I must say, we were pleasantly surprised when we removed the runner to see that the stairs really hadn’t faded that much in 16 years. For some reason I thought they had, but I guess they were always on the light side. It made me relieved that we chose to do finished-on-site floors throughout the house. The pre-finished floors we had in our living room and dining room faded terribly over the years.
Here is what my living room floor looked like right before we tore it out…
And this room doesn’t even get a lot of light!
Oh and speaking of light…
The under cabinet and upper cabinet lighting was installed.
I think I stood in here for an hour one night, just staring at the room…It’s my favorite thing yet!
We are definitely making progress with this renovation!
I just have to push myself to make some decisions. The floor is a tough one because the hardwood will be almost everywhere! And I may have gone a little wild on my granite selection…a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ll fill you in on that next time…
Any thoughts on the hardwood stains?
I would love your input…take another look:
(1) Special Walnut (2) English Chestnut (3) Provincial (4) Early American
**Update – See The Floors are Finished! for the stain we chose!
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