The Home Office: Our first before and after shots!

Though the office is far from complete, we did accomplish one major task- refinishing the floor. And when I say we, I mean me and the floor guy I found on Angie’s List. I did phone interviews with two companies that had great ratings. I chose the less expensive one. It worked out very well; I’m going to have them quote us on the other floors.

I thought I’d simply wind up with a shinier, more even finished version of what was already there, but the end product was so much better.

Office floor with sanding equipment

I’m like a deer in the headlights when it comes to decorating, so when they asked me to choose a stain, I wimped out and went with a natural finish, which I love, but might be too bland for the other remaining rooms (which is to say all of them- wood floors throughout the house).


sanded and polished wood floor

It seems that darker stains are making a comeback (yes?), but I like the lighter colors, especially in rooms that don’t get great natural light.

I’m glad this went well. It’s given us hope for the beauty we will uncover in the rest of our home. Honestly, in recent weeks I’ve largely been focused on the safety code violations we are going to uncover. Oy.


Shiny office floor


The pictures above were taken with my cell phone. I’ll try to use my real camera in the future.

Oh, and here’s a glimpse of my office way before.

6 Responses to The Home Office: Our first before and after shots!
  1. Rebecca Lindell
    June 20, 2011 | 8:22 am

    That is one beautiful floor, Kim! Love it — and love the fact that you’re moving ahead and aren’t getting bogged down in the rehab process like we were for years. Congratulations.

  2. kim/reluctant renovator
    June 20, 2011 | 8:42 am

    Based on our last experience with home ownership, we knew it was now or never and we bought the house at a price that will left us some money for reno, so we’re trying to do what we can. That said, we are itching to get settled and the full move in is *sigh* months away.

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  4. Jen
    June 26, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    Um…could you email me the floor guy’s info? I’m gonna need some refinishing….

  5. Rachel
    June 30, 2011 | 7:06 pm

    Beautiful!! We have wood floors in our house too! I love them but I hate cleaning them. =\

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