Sunday, April 10, 2011

Biggest Undertaking

Still trying to catch up on all the back blogging of the house renovations! Ripping up the carpet and installing hardwood floors was the largest task we took on and it was definitely the most rewarding! It took us about two months of working every Saturday and Sunday for about 10 hours a day to complete this endeavor. My husband is talented, SUPER talented!

This was our living room before, in all its carpet glory! Also, before the house was painted. Pretty much this is how it looked when we closed on the house, before anything was done.

Babe cutting all the carpet and getting ready to roll it out! Bub had already painted the walls, and we're making progress!!!

All the carpet is gone!

This was my job to rip up all the glue/carpet remnants!

So, initially when we bought the house I wanted Todd to rip up all the tile in the house and then we'd replace with the wood floors. I just don't like the look of rooms divided by different flooring. The foyer tile and the kitchen tile had to go! Todd broke-up about a row of the tile before deciding that he needed some more tools from Lowes. . .
Todd returned from Lowes about 3 1/2 hours later and this is what he was greeted with! An exhausted wife, who took out all her aggressions with a hammer and some gloves! Needless to say we didn't need the 'tools' babe HAD to go get at Lowes! He was very proud of me. I was sore for about two weeks, it was even hard for me to write and type at work. And there was NO way we were ripping up ALL the tile in the kitchen! After completing the foyer I swore I would never bust up tile again in my life! The clay dust is still falling in our house and this was done over 3 months ago! It was a messy job! :)

After doing about half of the house, Todd discovered that taping the floors together with paint tape would help keep them together better.

We had lots of helpers! Seriously, without Todd's dad being there almost every weekend that we worked on floors I think it might have taken an extra 2 months! So special thank you to Todd's parents, Aunt Boo & Uncle Bob, our cousin Brady & my parents! You guys rock!
Our master room First piece of floor going down! AHHHHHH :)
TG & BC working on the floors in the office! This was the first room we started in so at this point we were only about 10 rows in. If we had only known . . .
The process went something like - MEASUREMARK



Repeat ninety million times!

Todd laying the last piece of floor! You can't see his face but he was as happy as a 5 year-old Christmas morning! Finally, after what seemed like an endless project we had reached the END!

The finished project was worth everything! Todd and I would just lay on the bare floors and make pretend snow angels! That's how excited we were to have our floors completed!
In this side view you can see the hand scraped textured of the floors. They are BEAUTIFUL! They look black, but truly they are just a dark brown. They're distressed and hand scraped and exactly what I had envisioned when set out on this mission.

1 comment:

  1. I know I've told you already but yall did an amazing job and the house looks great!!