Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
~Winston Churchill

After the hiatus of July, Handi-man and I returned to our previously scheduled progress by laying the flooring in the Center Hall.  We have deemed it the Center Hall (or the “Great Hall” (ha!) as Handi-man says), because every wall has a door. It is the room that will be most “entered”. Always has been.  We have worked ourselves “out” by working in every other room in the old house and “backing” into this last room.  Kind of like mopping oneself out the back door.

We have utilized a Pinterest inspiration for the flooring throughout The Farmhouse – plywood boards cut into 6″ strips, laying them in a staggered pattern for stability and aesthetics.

We have Lowe’s cut the 16/32″ plywood for us, then we sand EACH board with a palm sander and cut each board to length.

An adhesive is applied to the back of each board and then it is screwed into place in a somewhat repeating pattern so that the heads of the screws form uniform lines.

The cut boards, with their beautiful wood grain and knots and imperfections, give the impression of an old wood floor.

Handi-man has made thresholds for each of the interior doorways out of a 1×10 shelving board.  Now for stain, poly and baseboards and this, the very last room, will be complete.

It almost makes me a bit anxious.  After almost three years and we have come to the end of our restoration of the old house.

The end, except for all the little touch ups – mantel to paint, another mantel to build, touch up paint here and there…  And then, there’s ALL of the outside!

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
~T. S. Eliot