Things are progressing slowly but surely on Walnut Avenue. Not much happened in June but July has been a month of hard work for Mama. She and two of my cousins sanded the floors on the first and second floors. What a difference this makes! The house looks so much brighter now. Mama will finish the floors after she finishes painting the first floor.
If you are new to my blog, Walnut Avenue is the 1911 house that my mom is restoring. You can click on the “Walnut Avenue” label to see all of the progress.
Let’s look at the floors! Not many people would take on this project as DYI. Can you imagine how many bags of sawdust Mama must have removed??
Look how bright the laundry are looks now.
This will be Mama’s bedroom.
Yesterday I helped Mama and my aunt and uncle paint the woodwork in the dining room and in the family room. I thought that we’d have one coat on by lunchtime, but it took all day to apply one coat. One coat made such a difference and really brightened both rooms. Once the walls are painted it will look so much nicer. Mama had an outlet put in above this mantel for lamps or Christmas decorations. Wasn’t that smart?
The control for the furnace that you see on the wall still needs to be moved. We will hopefully be seated in this room for Thanksgiving this year. I’m picturing a beautiful chandelier where that naked bulb now hangs.
Even with four people painting, the family room took hours for only one coat of paint.
I am so proud of my mom for taking on this project. If I haven’t already told you, she’s now living in the basement of the house, sleeping on her 1968 sofa. And she doesn’t have a complete bathroom…yet. When she finally has her furniture in the house with the floors complete and rooms painted, she’ll probably sleep for a month!