Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Upstairs Floors AFTER

Who wouldn't like this kind of homecoming after a nice vacation? It was great to come home late last night from Disney World to see our beautiful new floors upstairs. I'm overjoyed! A bit of touching up of paint on the baseboards this morning has made it a whole lot spiffier. We're going to move the furniture back today.
Unfortunately, however, all of our revelry with the Mouse has left us a bit strapped and I'm sad to report that the bathroom reno may have to wait. Since we already have the tile for upstairs, we may splurge on the two toilets and at least get those in. We'll probably have to wait on all the other stuff and cobble together the renovation over a few months. I guess this will be fine but just not what I was hoping for originally. C'est la vie, right?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Upstairs Floors Before

The guys from Don Dickel Floors are here and in the midst of the insanity of trying to finish disassembling and moving our bed and sweeping up the cat's vomit that was hidden beneath it, I forgot to take "before" pictures of all of our floors upstairs. Here are a couple from when we toured the house before we bought it - harder to see but you'll get the general idea. Cannot wait to get back on Monday night and see the "after."

Wish us luck, we're off to see a man about a Mouse.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bangor Foursquare circa 1930

In the spirit of renewing our house with our much-anticipated floor refinishing later this week, here is a photo of the Bangor Foursquare at 10 years old. We received this photo from the Bangor Historical Society, which was part of their 1930's assessors' collection. As you can tell, the house seems to have been originally something other than just white - perhaps blue or gray (I often dream about getting the house repainted so this may offer some inspiration). The hand-railing on the front stairs seems to have been added later but our near-falling-down garage in the back seems to have been there for quite some time. However, other than the trellises on the right side of the house, everything else seems to be as it is now, almost 80 years later (including the asbestos-tiled roof that we still have and is still in excellent shape -- eat your heart out).

I'll take some before pictures of the upstairs floors this week after we move all the furniture out. Don Dickel Floors (the great people who refinished our beautiful floors downstairs) is coming on Thursday morning before we leave for Disneyworld so all of it has to be moved elsewhere...fun, fun, fun.