Can we see a picture of your floors?

The answer to that question is, “yes, of course!” But can we get the photos to you in a timely fashion? Of course not! The past few weeks have been super hectic. While we were having our floors re-done and staying with Andrew’s parents about 40 minutes from our house, Andrew’s car also decided to bite the dust! So we just bought ourselves a brand new car (voice here a la Rod Roddy, Price is Right style).

Check out our new wheels, yo.

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The new 2012 Toyota Prius C. We drove the car all the way to South Jersey and back, plus Andrew drove to work a few days in a row and only had to fill the tank once so far. He averaged at least 50 miles per gallon and we estimate we will be able to get at least 500 miles per tank of gas. We also estimate that we should be able to save over $1000 a year in gas alone – dats alotta bones! Even though this all happened at the most inconvenient time, we’re pretty pumped to have the new car and the new floors. We spoil ourselves :-p

Anyway…it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. You’ve seen a smattering of photos on our Facebook page, but this is the big reveal. Stay tuned for a future post about the whole process from start to finish!

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Putting the living room back…

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Living Room Final product…

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Obviously there are more rooms to see and things to show, but we’re secretly hoping this will hold you over, at least for a little while.

Wood is Good!

When we last posted the floors were still technically “in progress” but now they’ve been fully stained. Today, after waiting for everything to dry, we started moving our furniture back in from the kitchen and basement. We haven’t fully moved back in, but at the moment we’re livable. The stain color is a little darker than we’d originally planned on, but I’m really enjoying the classic vibes its giving off right now. That’s why I’m posting a bunch of classic looking photos we’ve been taking with Instagram during the day.

After you’ve checked these out, be sure to find more like this by following us on Instagram.¬†Andrew: @yooobake & Megan: @justbees

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Floored

As many readers and Facebook fans already know, we’re mid-way through our floor project. Let’s do a quick re-cap for those who may just be joining us:

When we bought our house we were told there was hardwood under the carpet, but since we couldn’t really believe anything the selling agent told us, we just started tackling other projects like our bathroom redux and painting kitchen cabinets, among other things. When we decided to install a somewhat temporary landing for our front door, we discovered that the hardwood floor underneath was actually in pretty good shape. After several projects, some new appliances and lots of DIY weekends, we slowed down a bit and wondered whether or not having the floors refinished would be feasible. As it turns out, this project was feasible and here we are today; mid-way through the process and ready to move back into our house on Wednesday at noon.

Although we love to consider ourselves DIY “pros” we had to turn this project over to the real professionals, as I explained in a previous blog post. There are just some projects that are better left to the experts and this is one of them. After many quotes from professionals in our area, we went with Sandro’s Flooring, located in Belmar, NJ. I’ve got to say, these guys can really work some magic! Our dining room used to be a kitchen, so underneath the carpet in that room there were some yucky old vinyl tiles, stuck to the hardwood floor with some gross tar-like, black glue. Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of this (no time to snap one!), but good riddance nonetheless! This took Sandro and his team a little extra effort to sand down, so we are now a day behind, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. Take a look…

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Due to some irregularities in the wood and some not-so-great DIY patch jobs of olde, the guys are going to have to stain the wood.

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We were going to go with a natural, clear coat because A. it’s more cost effective, B. it’s faster and C. we like the natural look. However, there are just too many imperfections and the floors, overall, will look much better with a dark stain. Thus, we’re going with a dark walnut color and we’re pretty excited about this! So far we’re really impressed and the rooms already look better sans carpet. We can’t wait to see the finished product; we’re hoping to make jaws drop with this one because it really changes the overall feeling and look of the entire house. This is the last piece of the puzzle. Now everything will be complete fresh and new. From the new bathroom to fresh paint on every ceiling and wall, the floors are the final touch!