Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One Woman, One Weekend, One Wonderful Home Improvement Project



Well, two posts ago I shared some pictures from the ongoing project of turning our 1905-built house into the charmer which, by virtue of its age, it has every right to be. (Don't we all?) We left off with me systematically tearing out sections of filthy old carpet and revealing a very old, very ugly, non-hardwood wood floor. This project was designated as mine, first because it's a dirty job and Paul has asthma, secondly because I hate to pile Paul with projects on his days off, (He has a very demanding job.) and thirdly because it's right up my alley; I wanted to do it.


And so, Memorial weekend happened, and happened to be the first three consecutive days off I've had in recent memory. Also, Paul would be working most of the weekend. The planets had lined up.

Saturday evening. First two rows.
Not quite clear from this picture is how
crooked the floor is along the length of
those floor boards.

In case you can't tell, I'll admit it right up front: I am feeling ridiculously accomplished and excited about this! Of all the projects we've undertaken since purchasing this house four years ago (Yes, four years. Yes, we are upside-down. Yes, we are making the best of it!) I think this has been the most dramatic. It certainly was the most difficult, at least for me, since I did it all myself...

The crooked floor combined with that little partial wall
slowed me way down! It turns out that the left wall as it continues on the other side is slightly out of square!
In short, if I had thought it through I could have forseen the impending alignment problem.

So, after some frustration, I called it a night at about 1 AM.
(The paper is my attempt to prevent dust and pet hair
from sticking to the adhesive edges of the flooring material.)
Lil' Chompy seems pleased.
Sunday afternoon between lunch and evening worship offered me a couple more quiet hours, which yielded an adequate, though not perfect, solution to my
not-quite-square-wall problem
The crooked yellow wall.

So here's where I finished on Sunday.

The mess of emptying bookshelves in order to move them is a real motivator to get the job over and done with as quickly as possible.


And then came Monday, Memorial Day, the first day I've had no reason whatsoever to leave the house since I-can't-remember-when.  Paul and I slept in until 9 or so and had a lovely morning of conversation over french toast until the time came for him to head off for work. I would have until just about 9:30 pm to complete my job! I really, really wanted it to be all finished, like a gift waiting for him, when Paul came home, exhausted, from work.  So here's how it went:


All the stuff from inside the wardrobe


Down to the last section! Just two big shelves full of books stood between me and completion.
Cutting around the floor vent was easier than I expected!

And here it is!

(We had to cover our adorable new loveseat with packing tape to keep the cats from clawing it. Not so adorable now!)
And this is what Paul saw when he came through that front door that night! We are still so excited we can hardly get over it. Tony still comments every time he walks in. For about a dollar per square foot,+ tax, (about half of what we would have spent if we paid for professional installation) we got what feels like a whole new house!


Finally, if you're curious about this flooring that's so easy to install that one woman can do it by herself without the aid of any power tools, you can check it out here.

10 comments:

rainydaytoys said...

Afraid it looks like Chompy is about to chrisen that new floor (in the last picture)

Hydriotaphia said...

Looks like a long week-end of hard work shuffling and sliding, but what a sense of achievement when completed. Why pay something else to do it ? Nothing beats doing something new and learning how to do-it-yourself, the future for many in these economically straitened times.

The Roaming Boomers said...

Wow! I am most impressed!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wow! Your floor looks fantastic! Great job!

Laurie M. said...

Thanks All!

Kevin, I couldn't agree with you more! It is a great feeling and I can't imagine trading it for the extra $700 or so dollars it would have cost to pay someone else to do it.

David, thanks for poking your head in for a look-see. Happy travels!

Tammy, thanks for stopping by. Your site looks interesting. I'll have to check it out.

Dixie, nope, he was scratching and itch. We haven't had a single "christening" yet! He's sticking to his little towel in the bedroom, thankfully.

WhiteStone said...

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious. (I really don't know how to spell that, just sounded it out. lol)

You have every right to feel proud of yourself for this accomplishment! Woot! And, oh, my, isn't it lovely.

I love our hard surface flooring. A quick flip of the swifter and it's clean. Sooooo much easier than vacuuming.

Here's a heads up, though. Be careful of liquid spills...and while ironing do not drop the iron onto your floor. It'll put a nice chip in the surface. Dang!

WhiteStone said...

Ooooh! It's vinyl! I'll have to show that to my daughter!

Laurie M. said...

Thanks Judy! I used to have Pergo floors at my old house, and, yes, they do chip! However this is waterproof and also shouldn't chip.

Gina said...

you've trained chompy to use a towel to pee on!?!?!?
i like des sitting on the window sill. i miss my pets. why is gin not in any of them?

Laurie M. said...

Gina, I posted one with her on Facebook. Go check it out. And yes, Chompy now restricts his peeing (as far as I know) to a towel in my bedroom which I placed in the general area where he had been peeing on the carpet (the first section of carpet I removed). I put a plastic mat on the floor under the towel. This was my cheapskate method of avoiding having to purchase a new package of "pee pads". It worked. He still poos wherever he feels like it though.