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New Flooring – lots of pics

September 8, 2009

This Labor Day weekend, Mike and I laboured!   We pulled the 15 year old carpeting up and put down new flooring.  What I anticipated to be a one-day job, and Mike anticipated to be a two-day job, actually took us four days; and we’re still not done.  Of course, neither of us took into consideration that 8 doorways, a fireplace hearth and a bay window would require so much extra time to get the cuts right. (or that whoever put the padding down loved their staple gun as much as they did!)

The flooring is down, and like most home remodeling projects, it has snowballed into needing new baseboards.  But that’s a project for another time.

Below is the project, over the course of 4 days.  Would I do it again….in a heartbeat and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the carpeting in the house pulled and replaced.  Although it took more work than I anticipated, I have been breathing so much easier, have had almost no congestion, and haven’t had one asthma attack since we got the carpet out of the house.  I’d say it was one of those long overdue projects!

The pics:

This is the old rug, 15 years which spanned five dogs and three cats and three humans.

This is the old rug, 15 years which spanned five dogs and three cats and three humans.

Starting to pull up the carpeting in the hallway

Starting to pull up the carpeting in the hallway

The mess underneath the carpet.

The mess underneath the carpet.

The carpet in the living room is almost all pulled

The carpet in the living room is almost all pulled

Sweeping up staples and bits for the umpteenth millionth time.

Sweeping up staples and bits for the umpteenth millionth time.

End of the day and time to take a well deserved break

End of the day and time to take a well deserved break

Finally starting to lay the new flooring

Finally starting to lay the new flooring

Kneepads were a very worthwhile investment!

Kneepads were a very worthwhile investment!

Have I mentioned I don't do chaos well?

Have I mentioned I don't do chaos well?

Neither one of us wanted to move the aquarium, so we waited until we were almost up to it to drain it.  It now resides in the kitchen, on the vinyl where sloshing on the floor won't do any damage.

Neither one of us wanted to move the aquarium, so we waited until we were almost up to it to drain it. It now resides in the kitchen, on the vinyl where sloshing on the floor won't do any damage.

Starting to feel more normal and Little Bear has reclaimed the couch as his perch.

Starting to feel more normal and Little Bear has reclaimed the couch as his perch.

Looking more like home!

Looking more like home!

Even my laptop desk is back in place and accessible!

Even my laptop desk is back in place and accessible!

And if you’ve made it through all these pics, here’s a closeup of the actual flooring.  Swiftlock25, in Fireside Oak.  (mom this pics for you)

Swiftlock 25, Fireside Oak

Swiftlock 25, Fireside Oak

Now I’m off to the studio, my mind is overflowing with ideas and projects and I feel a need to touch textiles, not more flooring!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan D-L permalink
    September 8, 2009 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh, it looks so awesome.. for some reason, I did not realize that you were putting wood flooring down, but when you said Boxes, it made me understand it was probably wood… Yeah.. so much easier to vacuum, keep furry..fuzzies at bay!!! You are going to love it… I am glad for you that it is over..
    We had a minor accident last night on our way home from my daughter’s.. The bike rack collapsed and the bike and the rack fell in the road.. We were in not so nice a neighborhood, but fortunately not much traffic.. Lou was able to get the locks off, but because we had James in the car in his crate, we could not put the bike in the car.. so he rode it back to my daughter’s..which was not far away.. I am sore today… so am going to “cool it”.. but we are going for our flu shots in a short while..
    Susan

  2. September 8, 2009 10:37 am

    It looks amazing Judy!! But it also looks like a lot of work!! You all did a great job!!

  3. September 8, 2009 11:29 am

    We keep talking about pulling the carpet up in our living/dining/back hallway areas. I know there is hardwood under it…. just not sure what kind of condition it is in. I know that pulling it up would help my husband’s allergies…. and be easier to clean should the cat give us a hairball. Oh my, so many decision to make!

    Your’s looks lovely…. I love the rich, deep brown of the wood you chose.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. CarolK permalink
    September 8, 2009 11:37 am

    Love it! Do you hire out? Now I must do mine. LOL

  5. September 8, 2009 1:48 pm

    Congratulations! I need to replace the carpeting in the upstairs rooms. I’ve though about wood flooring but I have more trouble with the off-gassing from the composite and treated wood than I do from carpet plus I really like my feet on a soft surface. But then again I love the look of wood floors……and that’s why I haven’t replaced the upstairs carpet! Regardless I will hire someone to do it when it happens!

  6. September 8, 2009 6:58 pm

    We love our wood floors and it was a lot of work but well worth it. Yours look great.

  7. September 9, 2009 6:19 am

    Judy,
    We did the same thing a couple of years ago and our carpet wasn’t as old as yours. Even DD has it in her bedroom-she’s got bad allergies.

  8. Jean F permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:40 am

    Michael did a great job! It looks wonderful. It’s a lot darker than what we’re working with. Can’t wait to get our living room, dining room, hallway done! What inspiration yours is!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Jean

  9. Rain permalink
    September 12, 2009 10:39 pm

    Gorgeous work, and Mr. Sodypop must have been ready to go back to work just to get a break! Love the color, it is so you!

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