10 responses

  1. Kath
    April 11, 2018

    LOVED reading this post!! Please come back with some after shots soon 🙂

    • Linda @ the Fitty
      April 13, 2018

      Me too, Kath!

      Talk about new beginnings. And for a house built in 2012–that’s relatively new. I can’t wait to see how you furnish everything. Snap lots of photos!

  2. Cindy
    April 11, 2018

    Looks great!! How bad was the dust when they pulled up the original tile in the kitchen? I’m in Tampa too and have tile throughout most of our loving space that I’d love to pull up, but thought it was pricey (like $2 a square foot just to pull up) and someone told me very messy.

  3. stephanie
    April 11, 2018

    It all looks great! Good choices!
    I’ve also found in our home projects we have to choose between cost and speed. We hired painters for our house and they had the whole house done in 48 hours. It would have taken us WEEKS.


  4. Mrs B
    April 11, 2018

    Wow! What a great transformation. We just finished a major remodel and new construction (addition) on a historical home. I totally get everything in your post.

    1. The color gray is the most daunting task ever. I tried about 15 different colors before we settled on Sherwin Williams Passive. I actually tested the color you went with but it showed to be a little purple hue in our home.
    2. Painters. Go you for doing your own painting. We spent a small fortune on painters. They are fast, but they are not cheap. I actually wish we would have done a little more painting ourselves. You saved yourself probably $2K + painting it yourself so for sure celebrate that. Our two painters were like $750 a day.
    3. Wood tile is AMAZING! We restored the original hardwood floors (oak) in the original part of our house and went with real hardwood in the new construction. I would have gone with tile if it matched. Real hardwood took WEEKS to install. It was shipped from Cali to Texas. Had to acclimate for TWO weeks before installing. Literally sat in the warehouse. Then, we installed it and it had to acclimate for another week before sanding, finishing it.

    Congrats again. The house truly looks amazing with your choices! 🙂

  5. Amber
    April 11, 2018

    Yup, painting is not fun haha! We did a ton of painting when we moved into our house 3 years ago. We have a stairwell/entry way area that I’d like to paint at some point and I think hiring someone will definitely be the way to go. I don’t want my husband to be doing anything crazy on a big ladder!

    The floors look awesome! Congrats! Can’t wait to see more.

  6. Kirsten
    April 11, 2018

    We used to have white tiles in one of our old places that we owned. Boy did I hate them! When we renovated it was the first thing to go. Buy-bye! Unless white is your look and you have very modern looking tiles, they just always seem to look dingy and dated.

    Your new home looks amazing! That was a smart move getting all of the major work out of the way before you properly settled in.
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  7. Jen
    April 17, 2018

    Congrats on the new house! Your new flooring looks great!!!

  8. Chelsea
    April 19, 2018

    I don’t live in Florida anymore but grew up there and I think you’re right about the reasons for tile. I also think it helps rooms stay cooler and can feel cool to the touch more than wood or carpet, but that’s just guesses. But yes, most of the house I grew up in and the houses my friends who still live down there have are mostly tile, and a lot who are redoing them are doing the same as you and tiling in the wood-look, which is such a neat idea!

  9. Jess
    April 19, 2018

    Looking forward to more updates! Good on you and Derek to do so much honey improvement yourself. I’m very intimidated by DIY Home Improvements despite constantly reading Young House Love.

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