That's the big news...floors, finally! We ended up going with Home Depot's Bruce strip (2 1/4 inches wide, I think), solid (3/4 inch thick!) and prefinished red oak/white oak hardwood. They were having a sale, just $2.99 a square foot! The color is beautiful...it's called "Marsh" and it's a warmer, slightly redder version of Gunstock. I really had my heart set on hand hewn, wide plank - which was only $1 per square foot more at an out of state company, but we're really having to make the most of our budget and we had to take into consideration all the trim pieces we needed, too, which add up quickly. Plus, I liked the fact that if we need more for some reason, we can just go get it. No shipping fees! The photo to the left is a close match to the color and style. We won't be installing the flooring until after the majority of the "dirty work" is done here (we have a hallway ceiling to raise and a lot more painting to do!). Until then, I can just open up a box and stair at our shiny new floors:)
We also picked up what we needed to trim out the living room, kitchen, and dining room windows. I chose six inch wide trim for the dining and living room, but there's only room for 3 inch wide trim for the little kitchen window above the sink. The sills will be six inches deep. I bought a gallon of primer so I can work on prepping them. The trim work will be simple - no 45 degree cuts - just straight lines as shown to the right. I don't know if I'm more excited about the floors or the trimwork, lol! We have *none* now around the windows ('cept maybe a puny sill here and there) so the windows should look completely different when we're finished.
Kitchen cabinet work is going, slowly but surely. (We totally lazed out this weekend...see my Notes from Home...) We're putting in an order this week for the cabinet hardware - Thanks *so much* to Kelli for helping me find these beautiful and affordable handles ! The finish is oil rubbed bronze and I just think they look old-fashioned and pretty. The handles alone make me feel motivated to finish our cabinets!
I guess I'm caught up with the updating...if you don't hear from me for a while, just know that I'm slaving away on the kitchen, lol!