Living Room Remodel Update
I wrote some time ago about the new floors going into the entire house. Well, we’re into week three of the update. Yes, week THREE.
No one really warns you that updating a house while living in it is difficult. Deciding to replace all the floors in the entire house (except the kitchen) is very difficult. Replacing the floors in a very very old house. Silent screams.
Discovery – It’s not good
We uncovered old tiles under the carpet. Think old 1950’s school room and those are the ugly tiles under my carpet. Gack!
Under the tiles? Old barn wood. Not nice wood that would make an amazing hardwood floor. No. Old fir, soft, worn, dirty, and icky. Under these boards? Nothing but dirt. Seriously. These board are all that separates us from the ground under the house. Great.
To carry out this job I moved 5 times. Seriously, it felt like that. As the crew finished the floor in one room, I had to move and clear out the next for them to work on. It was an amazingly difficult task to pack up each kid’s room, disassemble it, move it into a finished room, make a place for the child to sleep, move their stuff back into their finished rooms, and set them back up. I am fortunate I have a great crew and these guys helped me move beds and dressers from every room.
More Surprises — Not good ones
The job is down to its last room. Unfortunately, after removing the floors we found the walls were less than great. The walls, covered in 3 layers of wallpaper (ugly wallpaper), had a beadboard type sheeting underneath. And nothing else. No insulation. No drywall. Nothing but wallpaper and a sheet of board. No wonder it has been so difficult to keep the room warm in the winter!
So the walls had to come out. Under the walls? Oh, dear. Yup, we had to fix the framing. It’s an old house and we are the benefactors of some very old, farmer-type construction.
Today the drywall is up and ready for taping. Yea! We are so close to being done; I am overjoyed to possibly getting my house back together before Thanksgiving.
I am happy to report that we are making great progress despite these set backs. Here are the floors in the living room. I think they are amazing! We chose a distressed hickory laminate. I love the real wood look, the warmth of the brown with the different tones of light to dark throughout the boards. I really love the distressed touches giving the floors a very rustic feel. A perfect fit for my old farmhouse.
Of course, I just had to paint too. The furniture was already gone so I decided to change the paint from a mid-tone yellow to a fantastic blue. I love this color! I think it makes the wood floors pop and compliments the furniture. Of course, one bedroom remains in our living room while we finish up (that’s the furniture piled up in the back).
I found this beautiful area rug at a discount store and knew it fit the room perfectly.
So, this is what I’ve been up to for the past two weeks. This week I simply crashed from exhaustion. But I’m feeling rested and ready to get back to work. I cannot wait to share the finished rooms with you.