Getting down to the wire for our prep to list checklist items as we’re getting ready for pictures to be taken in a week! Eeekkk! Been working like a mad woman trying to get some of this random stuff done and keep adding more to the list. (read about where we’re moving and why here!) Isn’t that how it always goes? (Here’s a refresher on what the list started out as and how I’ve already done the major staging here)
I want to share with you what we’ve been doing the last few days to make everything shine for those pics!
My tools of the trades mess, yep this is how our bar has been looking the last few days!
I absolutely HAD to share this product with you guys. It is absolutely without a doubt AMAZING!! (I have NO affiliation with them whatsoever, just a HUGE fan of their product) It’s called Restor A Finish and it was introduced to me years ago by a guy that fixed up houses. I used it back then for selling our old house and remember I ended up using it on everything! But haven’t messed with it much since we moved in here.
I got mine at the HD (orange big box store) A little goes a LONG way, one can covers a huge amount. I have 2 colors since we have light and dark wood in our trim.
I busted it out recently to freshen up some trim that had some dings and scratches and HOLY WOW did I remember why I did the whole house all those years ago. You guys it makes it look brand new with a swipe and it becomes ADDICTING. You see how good it looks so you want to do more.
Here’s a before of some trim in our laundry room/garage entry. When we first moved in one of our dogs scratched it up pretty good.
And the after! You can’t even see the scratches anymore, they went with the grain in the first place so it blended right in.
And here are some nicks on our entry door trim (kids playing with the lock and forgetting it was out and shutting the door, you know how it goes) Anyway, here is the before.
You can see right by the lock and then farther down there’s a couple of scratches.
And after! I just swiped those spots with a dab of the Restor a Finish and they disappear! I’m tellin you guys I have put this everywhere! It also just cleans up dingy looking trim/wood not just scratches and you can use it on cabinets, furniture too.
I plan on remembering how incredible this stuff is and using it on furniture scratches and any trim that needs it in the future!
We are having new carpet installed in a few days and I will be using this on the trim after they are done to make sure any scratches, dings or dinginess is cleaned right up.
Next up was ceiling chores. Yesterday we spent the day working with scaffolding! Ugh. The worst part about scaffolding is the putting together and taking down. It’s a pain in the rear when you get to the upper levels. Especially when you have to do it twice.
We ended up switching out the big orb chandy in the entry with one I had in the basement (a big iron and wood style) from before. It looks really good in here and fits the space quite nicely as it’s very tall and is more in fitting with the style of the house. (I develop an unhealthy attachment to things and thus they come with me. 😁 More on that later!) See pic below!
Shot of the entry after swapping out the orb crystal chandy for this iron and wood chandy.
While I was up there I cleaned the cobwebs dust from the ceiling and upper windows. Then we needed to take down the upper 2 levels of scaffolding and roll it under the walkway only to reassemble them so I could get to the ceiling in the family room. Ugh, this took us all afternoon/evening to do everything.
3 levels up cleaning the windows and ceiling! See our oldest sitting there in awe, haha
What was I doing to the ceiling in the family room you ask? We took down the big globe crystal chandelier in here, I know what you’re thinking….WHY would you do that?! It is stunning and I am debating on keeping it and moving it with us BUT it is very taste specific. Given that the style of the house is rustic the crystal chandelier might be too out there for some buyers. As I develop such attachments to things I couldn’t stomach the idea of someone hating it and just getting rid of it. Cause if it’s going to go I wanna be the one to make sure it goes to a good home.
SO it came down and we just capped the ceiling mount. (It was capped when we moved in) Removing that chandelier did something unexpectedly good though. Now you really see the beams whereas before the chandy stole the show. This is awesome as they are a more unique feature we have in the house from others in the area. (see how we installed the beams here) And it really highlights the windows.
The beams are evenly placed across the entire ceiling from here all the way over into the entryway!
As long as I was up there I patched some holes (we had hanging glass globes in here before light fixtures) and cleaned the all the cobwebs and dust! Now it’s clean and fresh and ready to roll.
Next up we have new carpet, a new window well, more touch up paint, a bit more restor a finish and some serious cleaning on the agenda for the rest of the week. I’mma need ALLLLL the coffee.
Do you have any miracle wood products that you like to use? How about a handy hubby you made switch out like a billion light fixtures? I always love to hear from ya! So hit me up up in the comments below with your thoughts.
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