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Our Tri-Level Split: The Details

Dear Renovation Diary,
Recently someone informed me how much they enjoy reading about our Tri-Level's transformations, minor as they may (or not!) be. Progress is progress right? The comment made me smile. Thank you for following along during this process!

The project list is shrinking as time goes on, with a lot of the line items consisting of smaller tasks and finish work. I thought I'd do a quick round-up post of what's been happening at the House of Stacked Floors.

1. Painting Interior Doors. We seem to abide by the "rule" of 'if it ain't right, paint it white.' In a 1500-sq foot space, I didn't want to overwhelm it with dark colors. Meanwhile, I've mastered the skill of painting doors that were already hung. There is a process to it, simple as it may be, and my hands ached by the time I finished each coat. I'd use a brush to get into the crevices of the panels, then a roller to get the flat parts.

2. Painting the Support Beam. Originally, this was white and missing the same lovely popcorn texture on the rest of the ceiling, we decided to warm up the Great Room by painting it an Espresso that matches the cabinetry.

(The in-progress shot - this is your view if you stand in the kitchen.
The ceiling fan is not original to the house, as we had it installed last summer.)

3. Stair Details. Remember the flooring Nick installed in the bathroom? We're (meaning, Nick) installing it throughout the house. It's since been added between the steps of the half-staircase, symbolizing the completion of the top level and the start of the next one ...

When we moved to the second set of stairs, we decided to paint the wooden sides white. It really helped to brighten this landing into the lowest, partially-underground level.

4. White Trim. The lower level windows received some jewelry (I have no plans to hang curtains) and it looks finished.

Fun fact: we were halfway through updating the top level when Menards discontinued our door trim and baseboards. Cue a panicked tour through the Twin Cities to purchase as many pieces we could find to complete our remodel! Sheesh.

6. Screen Door. Here's a game-changer: now when someone knocks on my front door, I no longer have to open my house to Unknown Human. I simply pull down the retractable screen.

At no point during this process and beyond will I expect HGTV to come calling. But, this has been an interesting experience to say the least - one that I have learned and grown from; one that proved simple and small changes can create a big impact. These smaller jobs were still very time consuming!

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