Remember that little “Under Construction” .gif that was used on websites back in the mid-90s?
I need one of those for the front door of our house!
Kris and I are of the “do it yourself” ilk, but I must admit when we started planning some home renovations – new hard wood flooring, specifically – I got a bit nervous. However, with a little bit of research, we decided that we were capable to handling the task of ripping up old carpet and padding, removing baseboards, sanding floors, painting, and then installing new wood floors in approximately 1000 square feet of space. The first and second floors of our house are truly under construction!
The party started in Kris’s office two weekends ago. He and his dad – who has installed flooring before – began the process and worked out some of the initial kinks.
Phase one was successful, and the bamboo wood planks that we chose couldn’t be prettier. We are thrilled with the quality and the engineering. After all the trim was installed (not done in the photo above), we moved on to my office. The initial phase was cleaning out my office/yarn room (surprise! I have a lot of yarn!) and then ripping up the carpet. While I was in Rhinebeck, Kris and a friend painted my office (I know – isn’t that sweet?) in ivory and a lovely pink-orange-red and then I got back in time to help with the big floor install.
Kris’s main tool was the pneumatic nailer and stapler. And surprisingly, I really took to the loud and powerful table saw. (This surprises even me, but I have to say… table saws are A LOT like sewing machines! just much noisier… and deadlier!) My office doorway is at an angle, which provided an opportunity to try my hand at freehanding the table saw instead of the plain ol’ 90-degree cuts for the planks. This was pretty darn fun!
In the big clean out, I got rid of some furniture and dozens of books, freeing up a lot more space. I foresee a small work table for the swift and my ball winder, and possibly the sewing machine. All the yarn is currently bagged up in my bedroom closet (oh my goodness… I have so much… it’s embarrassing) and will be pulled out and arranged on the shelving soon. This purge mode is still pretty strong, so it’s very possible that I have some big de-stashes in the future…
So, two rooms done and … lots more to go! Next up is the bedroom with the large(ish) walk-in closet. From there, we will move onto the stairs, which will most likely be the biggest challenge yet. Then we move to the first floor where we will be pulling up the existing wood floor that has multiple damages. We have our work cut out for us!