Happy early Christmas to us.
We chose the gift that keeps on giving this year.
And no, I’m not talking about this baby we’re growing.

Instead of spending hours of time thinking of perfect, unexpected gifts for each other, Adam and I decided to splurge on a house project.
Namely, our obscene orange floors upstairs.
Yes, orange. Who stains beautiful oak floors this color?

Obviously the same nut who painted all the stair trim olive green.

With the bebe on the way, now seemed like the best time to move EVERY piece of furniture downstairs and sleep in our living room for a week.
It was like camping, except with a bed, heat and running water.
My kind of camping.

The afters of this process made every trip up and down the stairs with an armful of clothes worth it.


I’m in love.
The stain color we chose was called ‘Spiced Rum’
Seemed appropriate.


Clevelanders – we used Pete Laki for the job. Highly recommended, I cannot believe the scratches and imperfections he was able to remove from the floors. And the actual sanding/staining/polying process only took 2.5 days.

Also, he didn’t leave a mess in my house.
Which totally upped my praise for a job well done.

It’s easier to ignore the painting that needs to be finished when you have gorgeous mocha floors to gaze at.

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