We have been working with Kristi Smallegan of DeGraaf Interiors in Hudsonville, MI. She has opened our eyes on some things that can and will improve the appearance of the entry, kitchen, living room, front porch and main bathroom. Yes, that's just about the entire first floor. We will be replacing the existing flooring [various 1950-60s tiles] in the living room, kitchen and entry with engineered hardwood flooring. The main bath will get new porcelain tile. And the front porch will get new resilient vinyl flooring in a plank wood look.
Blog followers will remember that we replaced the south living room wall with drywall as part of the insulation and window installation project. Painted an off-white it did a lot to brighten up the room. Since we selected a dark wood for the floor the consensus was that more "lightening" would help the room's overall look. We figured that painting before fancy flooring went in was prudent. So, Bobbie and I spent last weekend painting the existing plywood paneling on the living room's west wall. Two primer coats and one finish coat of paint matching the south wall made a big difference to the look of the room.
|Bobbie is much better at cutting in than I am.|
|I can use a roller on wide flat surfaces adequately.|
|Its hard to see the wall with light coming in through the windows.|
But you can see how different the wall looks, and how much brighter the room will be.
|One of the "big hills" in the floor was a ridge that ran between|
the east side of the fireplace to the archway leading to the entry/kitchen.
Marcel's first task today was to remove that ridge.
|The old pine flooring had buckled enough that we decided|
to remove portions of three floorboards in the area.
With these gone the crew was able to bridge the gap with plywood
that now is as close to level as anything else at 3283.
|The entry and kitchen were covered with old sheet vinyl with plywood underlayment.|
This was removed from most of the area today.
These guys are great. Before they left they made sure I had the TV back in place and my LazyBoy was positioned to watch it. Unfortunately, i'm sitting in the next room typing this. I better get done and at least sit there a little while before I fall asleep. A couple pictures of the living room at the end of today's work are below.