Paint and Hardwoods


November 22, 2015 by Sarah

Paint and hardwoods in the hallway are done. Forgive the poor nighttime lighting.

Upstairs hallway and stairwell

I chose Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee in an eggshell sheen. It is a really pretty creamy off-white. I went for eggshell for just that little bit of extra scrubablity as hallway and stairwells always seem to get scuffed up more thank other rooms. Also I think the slight shine is nice for this small space that doesn’t have a lot of natural light. It helps bounce the light off the walls.  I used the same color throughout including the slanted and flat ceilings. I didn’t want to draw extra attention to the low/slanted ceiling at the top of the stairs.  It doesn’t really bother me at all, but I want it to feel as open as it can.

hallway and stairwell

paint and hardwoods

The sconces in the hallway were a garage sale find.  They came out of a duplex in Linden Hills that a contractor was flipping.  They removed all the original light fixtures, doors, hardware, etc.  I hit the jackpot, but I couldn’t help but feel sad that these people were ripping all the character out of that house.

hallway sconces

The 48″ French doors that open into the sleeping porch are in place. Pretty awesome.

stairwell window

They need a few coats of paint. I haven’t decided on a color just yet. Maybe a high gloss black? Maybe a bright telephone booth red? Kelly green? I have no idea at this point.

french doors

The quartered and rift cut mixed white oak floors turned out really beautiful. It was a lot of work, but we saved a bundle laying it ourselves. It took us a couple of weeks to lay working on it in bits and pieces. I was originally set on staining the oak a medium dark color, but now that it is installed I really like the light paint and hardwoods as is.

hardwood floor

The transitions at the doorways turned out really nice.

hardwood floor transitions

They are ready for sanding and finishing.

hardwood floor transition

We cleared out all the rooms to prep for the refinishing and they haven’t been this clean since the day we closed on the house.


And by clean, I mean we shoved a bunch of shit into this closet to get it out-of-the-way.

The Gym:

home gym

gym gym

My Office/Middle bedroom:

flooring patch office

I haven’t decided on what I am going to do in this room.  I want to go a little fancy with some type of wainscoting or paneling, crown molding, built-ins. I know I want to have some bookcases and a daybed in addition to my desk. This will be a multi-purpose room for us so I want it to function.  The room is long and narrow, 8x14ft. The dimensions make it a little difficult to furnish, but I will come up with something.


The Master Bedroom:

master bedroom

We started on the trim in this room. It looks amazing so far.

master bedroom looking west

The closet door and trim is installed. Some of the baseboard is in place.

bedroom door

The built-ins still look magical.

master bedroom built-ins

Trim is reinstalled on the bank of windows. It still needs a bit of cleaning up and re-sealing, but looks great.

master bedroom window trim

Bringing the original trim back into the rooms makes it look like an old house again.

master bedroom window

The floors will be completed in the new few days and we will be bringing furniture in by Thanksgiving weekend. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!  It has officially been one full year since we started the second floor renovation, and I can barely believe that we are this close to moving back up there after all this time.  I will try to get a post out by the end of the week after the floors are completed. Stay tuned!

13 thoughts on “Paint and Hardwoods

  1. Clayton says:

    It is looking amazing!

  2. Lory says:

    It sure looks ready for you to move in! You’ll choose just the right color for the French Doors… All the shades in the new floor also reflect all the light. Kudos to all your work.

  3. Sister of the laws says:

    I was so impressed today. I cannot believe how hard you’ve worked to finish the upstairs. The amount of natural light in the hallway was beautiful! Loved the master bedroom paint color and the light walls. Nice work!

  4. Maureen says:

    I like the idea of black french doors. Subtle and it will look great with the Swiss!

  5. Garden Girl says:

    Having lived there (on the first floor) and visited the second floor, it’s amazing. Great work!!

  6. So great! Congrats! Love the Swiss Coffee.

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