Category: Before & After

Flooring begins

Today we installed two rows of flooring, but started in the middle of the room which is not the standard approach to laying hardwood flooring. However, after watching a recent episode of This Old House they did the same thing…

Color up the wall

After priming most of the room and painting the ceiling white, we started putting actual color on the wall today. We’re doing a mix of grays and a very dark purple/gray. It’s not as black as it looks. East accent…

Painting is underway

During our last renovation, we totally regretted painting AFTER finishing all the dirty work. It was such a pain to paint around cabinets. So this time we’re painting in the middle of the reno. You don’t have to worry about…

Preparing for a monster

One of my early wins with the wife was permission to install a massive TV in our living room. It will sit on the wall that houses the old fireplace. However, the studs behind it were not big enough to…

Drywallin’

We got a lot done this weekend. Most of the drywall is up and the space is starting to come together. There were tons of holes to fill from the electricians and general damage during demo. We are also very…

Things are moving!

A lot has happened since our last post about the progress on our place. We have ordered our kitchen cabinets, got all of our pre-finishing electricity and plumbing installed, ordered and had our new wood floors delivered, and last but certainly not…

Our house in 1940

The Department of Taxation took photos of every house in Brooklyn in 1940 and once again in 1980. We ordered the picture from the 1940’s and needless to say, we were shocked at how different our place looked. The house as it…

A stadium rises

When we moved to Brooklyn in 2008, the plans to develop the Atlantic Yards in Prospect Heights were well underway. Amid opposition from nearby residents, the great recession and basically one guy who refused to move, the first phase is finally complete…

The wood floor

We have been going back and forth about hiring somebody to install the wood floor, or doing it ourselves. (And when I say doing it ourselves, I really mean husband doing most of the work, and me lying out pieces…

Opening Up

The second floor is really starting to open up after we expanded the doorway from the hallway and removed the wall between the old bedrooms in the back. We hired professionals who within a single day (and a crew of…