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Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Hi guys!

When we bought this house they had 3 rooms with the wood flooring going 3 different directions, diagonal, horizontal, and vertical (and they laminate flooring over tile in the kitchen.) That solidified that we had to replace the flooring instead of sanding and staining the existing. I do have to say the flooring was the most expensive part of our reno. We did include it in the closets as well as the entire upstairs in bedrooms so we ended up doing about 2200 sq ft of new flooring. If we did pre-engineered wood it would have been cheaper because the contractors wouldn't have to sand and stain them and we'd only get charged for demo of the existing and then installation of the pre-engineered. But there are some cons of pre-engineered wood which is why we went for original wood. Con number 1 being it cannot be repeatedly sanded and refinished if we wanted to change the color. Con number two, the planks usually separate a bit which can trap dirt and grime.


SO we went with 5 inch natural white oak wood planks.


Our floor guy (Jacek 773-280-0226) just sanded it down and stained it natural seal with Bona.


He is Polish but he did know some English! We also live in the Chicago land area FYI.


For the stairs he sanded the top red oak and railings and stained it to match the flooring. Then our contractor painted the risers and sides of the stairs. It's not a perfect match since it was red oak but it'll do! I don't even notice!


BEFORE



DURING




AFTER (with filter)



AFTER (without filter)

(obviously the lighting in the house changes the color of the floors but tried to give you guys all different views of it!)




ITEMS:

Our floor guy (Jacek 773-280-0226)

baseboards: 7 1/4 inches MDF #7163 from Top Quality- painted Pure White by Sherwin Williams (all other walls, moldings and ceilings in our house is also Pure White by Sherwin Williams- Flat on ceilings, semi gloss on moldings, and satin on walls)

door casings: 3.5 inch MDF #374 from Top Quality




Some of the photos have been edited with my presets

You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here

All my home reno blog posts are here


You can find more house updates on my insta stories and vlogs


Don't forget to check out my Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, bathing suits, beauty products and more.

xoxo ela

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Hi guys!

Finally a powder bath update! I still want to do some more decorating on the right side of the bathroom when you walk in but here it is so far! We did heated floors by Warmly Yours underneath the tile and peel and stick wallpaper on the walls. I originally was going to keep the wood floors from the first floor to go into this room but we saw a leak under the toilet and that made me nervous if in the future it leaked and messed up the wood floor. All links below!


BEFORE




AFTER



ITEMS:

floor tile: tile shop - metropolis white fan polished- (I don't see the white currently on their website but I linked the grey one) - installed by Dan and Jon (708-785-4004)

heated floors: WarmlyYours - installed by Dan Baltatu (630-915-2950)

vanity: https://bit.ly/38AOLWg - I spray painted the handle gold

mirror: https://bit.ly/332kTRC

sconces: https://bit.ly/2Sgi6jJ

sink: https://bit.ly/3ag6MKg

pop up drain: https://bit.ly/32XRKab

faucet: https://bit.ly/31Z0DkJ

soap dispenser: https://bit.ly/2QSmHqV

towel holder: https://bit.ly/3lU0oiy

toilet paper holder: https://bit.ly/3lL8H0l

toilet: https://bit.ly/2QXAVGO

toilet brush: https://bit.ly/3jZuEXV

wallpaper: https://bit.ly/3lPkdYz

trashcan: https://bit.ly/2F6sjLz

baseboards: 7 1/4 inches MDF #7163 from Top Quality- painted Pure White by Sherwin Williams (all other walls, moldings and ceilings in our house is also Pure White by Sherwin Williams- Flat on ceilings, semi gloss on moldings, and satin on walls)

door casings: 3.5 inch MDF #374 from Top Quality



These photos have been edited with my presets

You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here

All my home reno blog posts are here


You can find more house updates on my insta stories and vlogs


Don't forget to check out my Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, bathing suits, beauty products and more.

xoxo ela

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Hi guys!

This is the best time of the year to buy sweaters and fall items! Here are some of my favorite picks!




You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here!

All my home reno blog posts are also here

BTS on my insta stories and vlogs

Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, bathing suits, beauty products and more. Also I post a bunch of videos on my youtube channel!

xoxo ela

ABOUT

Hi, I'm Ela! I started this blog to share all my knowledge of fashion, home decor, travel and more. I previously worked as a men's model agent (see that post here) and now I work in advertising. Majoring in Fashion Business, I've always had a love towards fashion and love sharing about it. I get so excited getting pieces for a steal (my Polish background does that to me,) I love to travel anywhere and everywhere, and I love interior decor and turning something old into something beautiful and new.

 

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