We’re floorless

Work on the bedroom has continued, but it’s not pretty work (caulking, caulking, caulking, mudding, caulking).  In the mean time, we actually had a full day to work on a project, and the Hubs chose a surprise one.

Since selling practically 1/3 of our furniture, the dining room was left like this:


The project the Hubs chose? Exposing the original hardwood in the dining room.  I was giddy.  On top of the amazing 130-year-old floors (the same we unearthed in the living room, office, hallway and bedroom), were 3 layers of plywood and one layer of vinyl wood-look planks.  Unfortunately, we only got through two layers before our bodies just quit.  It was exhausting and I haven’t been this sore–from neck to ankles–in years.

uncovering original hardwood

As usual, the previous remodeler used about 20 nails per square foot to fasten things things down.  We got about 3/4s of them up, so the next 2 layers should be easy-peasy.  As long as he also didn’t use Liquid Nails to glue the plywood onto the original hardwood–which he was prone to do.

We shall see as soon as we recover and have the strength to pull up the next 2 layers.

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Jewelry on display

When we had wardrobes in the bedroom, my jewelry was hanging on the backs of the doors in the jewelry organizers I used to make.  But when we removed the wardrobes, I was ready for something new.

Candle holders as jewelry hangers

Now it’s all hanging on two wall-mounted candle holders that we’ve had laying around for a very, very long time.

Necklaces are hanging on the branches and earrings and rings, and the Hubs’ cufflinks are in the dishes that are meant to hold the candles.

Jewelry organizers

I’m still waffling on the arrangement, only because it makes the area feel a little cluttered to me.  So it may or may not be moved in the future.  For right now, we have other projects to get to.

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Our new closet reveal

Our dressers and wardrobes have been sold. But those are 4 pieces of furniture that will not be replaced, because we built an open wardrobe in the bedroom.


One thing I loved, loved, loved about the open storage in the kitchen is how much easier it is to keep everything neat and orderly.

I know, it’s weird. It’s not like opening a cabinet door is that much work. I don’t understand how or why it’s so much easier…it just is.


An issue we struggled with in keeping the bedroom tidy is piling things on any available surface (dresser tops, nightstands, etc). When there is no surface available, we won’t have the option to be lazy, so we should suck it up and put stuff away, where it belongs.  Hopefully.

While our closet is mostly finished, it still needs some adjustments, and there is still a lot of work to do in the room, so updates will continue.  But we’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and we love it so far.  It almost feels like getting dressed in a boutique.  And our bedroom feels so much bigger without all that furniture.

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