Our house has many beautiful period details: mantels, moldings, pier mirrors, wainscoting… but the floors are a whole different matter. When we moved, every single room had some kind of floor covering. The third floor, was all stick-on tile. The parlor floor was mostly parquet laminate and ceramic tile and the same for the garden […]Read More Front parlor floor
Our 1895-ish brownstone was originally designed as a 2-family house. The rental apartment was on the top floor, with an owner’s duplex occupying the garden and parlor floors. But you knew that already. This arrangement has always seemed weird to me, because it means that the most ornate floor of the house, the parlor with […]Read More Kitchen Floor Band Aid
It’s been a while since the last post, a perfect storm laziness, heavy work load at our day jobs and a good amount of House Paralysis. (House Paralysis is a real condition with symptoms including indecision, moroseness, and a general lack of enthusiasm for any and all home projects. Unfortunately there is no cure for this […]Read More Happy New Year
To be honest, I didn’t think this day would ever come. This August it will be 2 years since we last occupied our bedroom. The whole bedroom saga started with this, this, then this, this, a little progress here and finally the floors. The bedroom project has been the perfect example of how things to go for […]Read More Finished floors
While we clearly have issues with priorities, we’re not total slackers. There has been progress on the bedroom project. This is what the floors look like after the repair and first sanding:Read More Floor is starting to look purdy!
(this is long). (I promise I will make a point eventually). (or not). As part of the epic never-ending bedroom restoration, it’s time to tackle the floors.Read More An ode to our pine floors
For the past few months, our focus has been to get the rental apartment in shape and get it rented. As experienced tenants, we focused on changing the things that we would like as tenants (hello laundry!) and prioritized accordingly. Unfortunately our budget does not permit a full overhaul of the place (I’m talking to […]Read More Thou shalt not be lazy and not tile under the counters.
Flooring has been an ongoing topic – like a broken record… The Pink Lady has a ton of original detailing, like woodwork, mantels, intricate plaster detailing on the ceilings. Sadly, the floors are also original, but not in a good way. They are pine. Why? Well, because there was a time when the Victorians felt […]Read More A lengthy post about (what else) floors
The Pink Lady has been throwing us some curve balls lately. No, not the doorbell that rings randomly (it seems as we have a ghost that locked itself out and wants back in. I call her Constance). Our biggest problem is that the mechanical systems are organizing a mutiny and a general strike of Greek […]Read More Progress in the Garden Hallway
The floor by the garden level entrance used to look like this: Unfortunately, the previous owner used actual cement to lay the tiles over the existing wood floors. His sandwich consisted of original floor/linoleum/wire mesh/cement/ugly ass tile. Once we removed all this, the floors looked like this: The floor boards were brittle and dry rotted […]Read More Floor choices….