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Friday, April 12, 2013

Four & Five Rooms Down!

We finally put in our flooring in the living room, halls, and Andrei's room over spring break.  We used laminate flooring, mainly because it's what our budget would afford and because it does better with water than engineered or real hardwood.  And when you have 3 children under the age of 8, that's a biggie!  Laminate floors have come a LONG, LONG way since the last time we installed them nearly 7 years ago. They actually look like real hand scraped wood!  I ordered these from Floors To Your Home and we LOVE them! They gave us free shipping since we ordered so much.  Whoo Hoo on that since it was over 2000 pounds! They already came with underlayment attachment, but noise reduction was a major for me, so we put down Floor Muffler as an additional underlayment. 

I don't like quarter round, so I pulled off every baseboard by my little bitty ole self.  We really needed to reuse the baseboard as it would be difficult to match the stain with everything else in the house.  The last time Doug pulled off baseboard, he had to buy a lot to replace all the damages (remember, he's a quicker and faster sort of guy), so I told him hands off this project.  With my trusty crow bar, hammer, and dry wall spatula and lots and lots of patience, I removed 54 pieces of baseboard with only one slight casualty that was easily glued.  I need a sticker on my sticker chart! (Of course, it was my handy dandy husband who nailed them back!!) By the way, in case this is on your own to do list in the future, it is IMPERATIVE that you number each piece of baseboard and number the wall where it came from.  Otherwise, you're going to have a frustrating puzzle ahead of you when you go to putting it all back. 

Yes! I have BEFORE pictures!
Living Room before.  Those are dusty, nasty lace curtains heaped on the carpet. (Our home had been vacant for nearly 3 years...) This picture was taken the day after the pest control guys came.  You can't see them, but there are about 100 dead spiders.  It was pure carnage...)

Andrei's room before.  You can see the reminant of hunter green window blinds I had already torn off the windows.

Living Room After

Andrei's Room after


Stacy, Pat and Aidan said...

Whoa!! Shelly! You wouldn't even think that was the same house. Beautiful job!

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