Author’s note: This post takes many detours please follow the signs. Also, last week when I said I’d tell you all about this on Friday. I totally meant this Friday. Ya. Really.
A few months ago, R and I went to the KW Home Show because we’ve been thinking about doing a few updates to the house, and it didn’t hurt that we also had free tickets courtesy of our friend and real estate agent, Krista. We met lots of landscaping companies, a handful of garage door companies and contractors, and saw an uncanny number of vendors who had nothing to do with home renovation. Jewelry? Really?
While we were there we met a “flooring guy” who had a stranded bamboo floor on display that we both liked. I figured that since we both liked this particular flooring the price would be prohibitively high and we’d have to keep searching but, SURPRISE OF SURPRISES! the price was also well within our range. So a few weeks ago we set a meeting and went down to the DIY Hardwood showroom and talked bamboo, oak, maple and finishes and took home a few samples.
After laying out the 4 samples we brought home, we agreed there was a clear winner – not the stranded bamboo we had both agreed on at the home show – but a medium tone oak.
We really needed to choose wisely because there was already a lot of wood in the adjacent room, our kitchen. We needed to choose something that wouldn’t be too dark, because of our light-stained oak kitchen (that we are not ready to change) and we couldn’t choose anything too close to the wood that’s already in the room/kitchen for fear of it looking like we tried to match the two but failed.
We’re working with this kitchen:
We enlisted the help of our friend Dan for the weekend, but before the boys could get to work, the room needed to be emptied and the carpet needed to be taken up. (So THIS is what married couples do on Friday nights.) This caused much disruption in the house. This is where we eat:
Took up the underpad, the nails, the tack strip, and the baseboards.
Ready for a clean start on Saturday.
On Saturday morning the reinforcements arrived with many tools in hand. It took a little while to get started, get the tools set up, the boxes open etc. but the boys made great progress on day one.
They couldn’t use the big nailer until 3 rows had been put down and nailed with the hand-nailer, so getting to the point in the photo above took about 4 or 5 hours of actual work (plus a run to the Home Depot, Tim Horton’s and a lunch break). It’s at about this point where R suggested, “Okay, so now we just ‘copy and paste’, right?”
While the boys were inside working hard, I was working hard too, you know. The Eastbridge community yard sale was happening and I wasn’t going to miss that opportunity to get rid of R’s stuff, clear out some clutter.
And now for a brief post detour:
Megan brought some of her stuff over to put out for the yard sale as well and we chatted outside in between “customers”. I made $54! Except that R spent 10 of that (in our own driveway) buying Megan’s original GameBoy. So much for getting rid of stuff we don’t need.
By the end of the day the floor was starting to take shape, and organization ruled.
On Sunday, the boys got an early start and were ready to roll from the progress they’d made on Saturday. I thought it best that I leave them alone, so naturally, I went to brunch and a movie with Elysia. (We also stopped at Bulk Barn for movie snacks and OH. MY. GOD! Have you been? I had no idea such awesomeness existed. My excitement could not be contained. You guys, you have no idea. It was like Elysia was showing me around Atlantis. A whole post about my new-found love for Bulk Barn is certainly in order.) Anywho, by the time I got back, LOOK!
That photo was taken at about 5:30 pm. By the time the next photo was taken it was about 10 pm. Those last little bits are tricky, aren’t they?
Final Before and After (with new baseboards) coming tomorrow.
So… what weekend projects are you guys up to? Anything that you’re doing yourself? Doesn’t it feel good to know you’ve made a big difference in your home? I had very little to do with installing the wood, but I know how proud the hubs was that they were only out 1/32 of an inch. Pretty impressive, I think. A job well done.