progress on the big boy room.

Hey there, friends. Well, we’re back from my grandmother’s service (which was beautiful) and I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, comments and emails. They were an encouragement to me in a tough time.

When I made it home (11 hours later by car)… I found that Matt had finished installing the upstairs wide-plank pine. Such a nice thing to come home to! I think it looks pretty luscious…

…keep in mind we were going for very rustic and inexpensive. I’m already dreaming up stain colors. I’m thinking a warm honey with a tinge of red, and some dark spots in the knots and crevices. That and a little chain distressing…. well, it’s coming along nicely.

Also coming along nicely is our staircase. This morning Matt ripped up the carpet. Adios! Goodbye! Farewell! There is now no more honey/dingy oak, and no more carpet in this entire house. And that, my friends, is something of a miracle. Today they started to add moulding to the walls, and while it’s not pretty yet, I already like it better than the “before”, plywood, staples and all:

Okay, maybe that’s a little overboard, but it’s going to look awesome, trust me. 😉


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  • Love the look of the wide planks. Can’t wait to see what they look like once you’re done distressing and staining!

  • Lynn says:

    I am doing a very similar DIY hardwood flooring/stair project (your progress is making me very guilty). Please tell me about your decision to install a stair stringer. I have gone back and forth and can not make a decision about whether I want/should add stringers. Also, I’d love to hear how you measured and cut the stringer. That in itself makes me want to decide no stringer 😛 Please help!

  • It looks wonderful Rebekah!

  • rebekah says:

    Hi Lynn, I think you’re talking about the skirt board? The stringer is the part that sits just below an open staircase, and the skirt board is a sort of baseboardy thing (thanks, google). We had that part professionally cut. I’m one to know my strengths, and cutting a bunch of straight L cuts is not one of them! Maybe try your local woodworking/milling shop for pricing. Good luck!

  • It DOES look better, trust me! Everything looks sooo great so far..