Antique heart pine is amazingly resilient, but restoring it has long been intimidating to me.

Over the last several months we got to see our house's heart pine floors go through a true transformation when they were refinished, but they were largely in good shape already.

But today I want to share a little about the process of uncovering and restoring the heart pine hidden beneath layers of scratched and cracked tiles, old tar paper residue, and plywood on the floor of our first floor bathroom.

The downstairs bathroom at our house has seen a slow transformation since we moved in. The floral wallpaper, wobbly toilet, wonky pedestal sink, and damaged floor have seen better days.


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It's easy for me to get overwhelmed with how many projects we have in the new house. 

Forget about the daydreams of future renovations, I'm just thinking about completing the projects we've already started. Most days that alone is enough to make me want to scream obscenities or curl up in a fetal position. We've done it before, and we'll probably do it again, but we're in the midst of having started too many projects without finishing up the ones already in progress.

At this point we've pulled up the tile floor in the downstairs bathroom rendering it out of commission.

We have a large scale makeover happening in the living room that was interrupted last year by the whole house freeze. (Plaster is still in progress in there)


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This week marks the one year anniversary of the most significant home damage event we've ever experienced.

Yes, one year has passed since our four square, in the midst of the coldest week in the DC area in over 100 years, had a boiler failure and a subsequent whole home freeze.

The resulting damage destroyed our home's oil fired boiler...

...ruptured plumbing lines throughout the house...


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Who doesn't love a project that's quick to complete and offers major impact? 

With our new house we've been spending the last year on what seem like massive, slow moving projects. Besides refinishing the wood floors and sprucing up the shed, nothing else in the house really felt like we were actually finishing anything. Completed projects being few and far between made us feel like we wanted a quick and easy win this winter that wouldn't break the bank.

When it comes to quick, easy, and generally inexpensive, there are few more impactful projects than low voltage outdoor landscape lighting. Everything you need is easily purchased, straight forward to install, and you don't need to worry about electrocuting yourself since all of the wiring is low voltage. All you need is a vision, a plan, and a handful of hours.

If you're not familiar with our new house, it's a white clapboard house that's about 108 years old. Its style is a mishmash of four square and late Victorian farm house with a giant wraparound porch. But most notably, its "front" is situated to the back to give it a great view of the water...

...while its "back" is actually the front and faces the road. This means that the road facing side of the house is full of interesting angles and details that surround a nice sized brick patio where we plan to spend many nights around the fire pit.


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Snowzilla (aka Winter Storm Jonas) rolled into town, dropped a lot of snow, and went on its way, and boy was it a great storm!

I've posted the full timelapse that takes us from the start through everyone shoveling out their cars in particularly futile efforts.

I have to believe that snow etiquette dictates those who dig out their car have the right to reserve their hard earned spot with an orange code or garbage can, right? I would assume so. Otherwise I'm sure we'll see fisticuffs and a Mad Max Fury Road fight to the death over parking when someone decides to snake someone else's spot.

The other day just before sunset I took Lulu around town for a little stroll. She loves playing in the snow when it isn't an active blizzard, but it was taller than she is in most places, so it made it a little tough. At certain points she looked like she was walking around in the Hoth Rebel Base. (High five if you get this reference.)


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