Do you ever have one of those projects that just NEVER ends? The flooring is that for us. So far, we bought the wood and underlayment in November, and now we’re in February. I really have no explanation other than I had a very busy winter break, the weekends are too short, and I’m pregnant and it takes me a long time to get up and down. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve asked Aaron to get the measuring tape for me from the other room because I was just too tired (and huge!) to get up. Bless him and everything about his wonderful soul! Anyway, let’s see what has happened in the last few months…
When we left you in our previous post, we had just begun laying the first few rows of flooring. You can see the wall we started on on the right of the above photograph, and once we got past the corners, it was smooth sailing. I’d say it took us about an hour to lay everything you see here. Square rooms in a flooring project are the best thing since sliced bread. I should know! According to my kiddos at school, I’m old enough to remember it 😉 *yes I’m fully aware that 24 is NOT old, but it cracks me up that the 14 year olds think I’m ancient.
Our next job was to finish installing everything up underneath where the cabinets were. After installing them and seeing them there for so many months, it was really weird to move them! Anyway, thanks to IKEA’s super neat installation methods of hanging the cabinets, it was super easy to take them out. Basically you just unscrew a little plastic anchor about a quarter turn, and you’re good to go! We just scooted them over to the middle of the room to temporarily get them out of the way, and finished putting in the wood underneath. We opted to put the wood all the way to the wall underneath since we don’t really know what will be in this room in 10-15 years. This way, neither us nor the next homeowners will ever have to worry about patching missing flooring.
At this point, I was SO excited about the floors, but the room was looking pretty rough. I hadn’t had a functioning desk in days, there was sawdust everywhere, and we couldn’t walk more than three steps without either tripping on something or knocking something over. It was time to clean. So clean we did! Re-installing the cabinets, putting the drawers back in, cable managing, and cleaning took the better part of an afternoon. If I remember right, that’s all we really got accomplished that day, and that’s ok. It meant we both had a place to sit again and we could get back to somewhat normal lives.
Ya’ll. The dust. It was intense. We actually got the cabinets put back before the desk top, so that’s why you see it here. You can also see a bit of the trim that we went ahead and installed behind the desk to help everything stay level. There’s still a bit of finishing down by our feet that needs to be done, but that’ll be another post. BUT THE DUST. Guys. Even though we had a vacuum attachment for our saw, it still blows dust everywhere. I think I swept and swiffered this room 5 times in a row.
Aaron is the king of cable management, and helps me stay sane with his love of cables and my love of everything wireless. It’s the key to a happy marriage, I tell you. This is the morning after I swiffered everything, and there was still dust everywhere, so I just went ahead and cleaned again while Aaron was shoving cables in all the places.
And the desk top is finally back on! Yay! You can also see in a few of these pictures that we tied up the curtains, but didn’t actually take them off. There was so much stuff around during this part of the renovation that I didn’t want to have to find a place to store one. more. thing. so up they stayed. I think it worked out pretty well. After everything was said and done, I just shook them out a little bit and they were as good as new.
Next was working down the hallway. We started with the longest run of flooring (from the office wall to the hallway wall), and then just put in planks in front of and behind that. I stopped them at the top of the steps, since we haven’t tackled the stairs quite yet. (AHHH! How many more months until the baby is here?)
We quickly moved down the hallway and around the corner. I have to say, I don’t like doing cut outs when a board hits a corner or something like that, but doing diagonal cuts is so much fun! We’re lucky pretty much all the angles in our house are 45 degrees (or close enough). PS: don’t you just love that METALLIC GOLD insert? Aaron couldn’t stand it any more the other day and painted it white. Still have no idea what I’m going to do with it.
Around the corner we went, and were greeted with the biggest challenge of the renovation so far: the kid’s ‘lobby’. It’s just the weird hallway between all the upstairs bedrooms, but that’s still what I’m calling it. Tabby was really interested in helping (aka: eating wood scraps off the floor because she’s a dingus) so we put up the puppy gate that convinces her she can’t get through. Seriously, she could jump right over that thing, but it turns any space into an impenetrable fortress. Dog parent win.
I’m super happy with how the transition to the bathroom came out. The carpet that was installed there was basically glued in, and it took both Aaron and I working on removing all the little fuzzies the better part of an afternoon to get it clean. There’s still a step up, but for now it’s better. We want to retile it someday anyway, so maybe we’ll fix the height issue then.
We finally made it into the guest bedroom, and were greeted with another square room! I was so excited to not have to think about door jambs or corners that I think I did this room in about 30 mins. The only thing left undone for a few days were the last strip (which required some interesting cuts since the walls aren’t square), and the closet. My parents were coming to visit the next day though, so it needed to get done.
And ta-da! Very late that night, it was finished. We moved the mattress in, threw some sheets on, and called it a day. I wanted to get the other room finished for my sister as well, but time was not on our side. I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out. It looks so much better than the carpet! We swept, swiffered, and then welcomed my parents and my sister the following day.
It sat like that for awhile. We had pushed pretty hard to get things done before my parents came, and I was pooped. We’d been washing our paint brushes out in the shower in the guest bath which left it pretty dirty, so I had to hardcore scrub it before they arrived. Needless to say, not much happened on the project for the next few weeks. So far, Aaron has been door jamb man, tack strip puller, and prepper. I’ve laid every piece of flooring, and have been responsible for cutting everything. It’s been a great team effort for sure! I love working with him!
We finished up the hall closet (that was not a fun afternoon) and then worked our way up to where we need to do some pretty complicated cuts for the first long run into both the nursery and baby #2’s room. We’re in the home stretch, and I can’t wait till it’s done! We’ve come a long way from everything just being piled up in our garage!