Friday, January 25, 2013


I don't know if anyone noticed, but I missed a post yesterday.
I made it a whole year without missing a day during the week until yesterday.

I'm pretty bummed.

I sat straight up in bed when I realized it. It was 11:59pm. I tried to hurry and post something....anything. But the clock turned to midnight before it published.

I'm trying not to beat myself up too much. I had a post started and sitting open on my laptop. I had every intention of getting one done. But I was just too busy. Busy with plans for the retreat this weekend. Busy with kids. Busy with house stuff.

I will just try to make sure it doesn't happen very often and move on from there.

I realized, during one of my posts earlier this week, that I skipped some of the details of things I did around the house. So today I am catching you up.

I got the entire kitchen primed. Not painted. I decided I am waiting to paint until we get further along in our progress of the kitchen. There is no need to waste paint, time, energy if it is just going to be covered up.

So here is a more neutral kitchen. An empty canvas waiting to be filled.

This was before staining the floors obviously.

We also put the decorative nails in before staining the floors. This was HARD. Scott had to get them in with a sledgehammer. I went along the rows and put them in the drilled holes and hammered them in enough to start them. Then Scott came behind me and pounded them in. We decided not to do these in any of the bedrooms. We were thankful for that decision later!

We then sanded. We rented this square sander from Home Depot. I wish we still had a Home Depot near us :(

I got the black paint for the doors a while ago. It was sitting there taunting me. So I grabbed a roller to shut it up. I had decided to wait to paint the doors until after the floors were done. But maybe just one door to see what it looked like. This was not wise.

Here is what a couple of doors look with just one coat.

But then this happened. Of course.

I tried to wipe it up with a wet cloth. It was still pretty dark. The wood was like a sponge. So I grabbed my block of sandpaper.

That helped. Almost undetectable :) But I kind of liked it because I want my floors to looked aged and worn anyways. I also walked around with a hammer before we stained. I made some dents and scratches. If was fun! I love how the stain settled in those little dents and made it darker.

We have a busy weekend. At some point we will be putting a second coat of stain on our floors. Hopefully.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Are those doors in the hallway on the main floor?! I thought you were just painting the doors upstairs black. I love it!

  2. Never thought of painting interior doors black. great look
    what type of paint do you use on the doors?

  3. I used the same paint as I used on the trim. A semi-gloss but in black.