Anyway, to make a long story short---we decided to just do it--put hardwood floors in the ENTIRE downstairs (except bathroom and laundry room). It has been THE project!! We started about a month ago. My husband has done a fantastic job at ripping all the old flooring out, sanding and leveling the floorboards, fixing all the squeaks (all after putting in 10-12 hour days at work). And now, after letting the hardwood cure in the house for a couple of weeks--we began installation! Of course I'm not in any pictures, but trust me--I've been yanking nails and flooring staples and chiseling glued-down linoleum and the like! If all else fails, at least I know I could handle construction as a career!
Barren living room--I was waiting to start from the ground up for its transformation.
My hubby rolling up the old carpet, after having fun tearing it into strips.
Cherry-colored laminate flooring in hallway.
Dad and the boys taking out the cherry-colored laminate.
Sanding, sanding, sanding. It's been a dust bowl at our house for the last three weeks.
Not fun, but I kept telling myself it will all be worth it!
Underneath the laminate in the kitchen we found....
Linoleum (which was glued on top of press board that had been
stapled AND glued down to the floorboards).
Curse you, stupid linoleum/press board compound!!
Took us almost 6 days to get it all chiseled out!!
Can I just say, crow bars, I love you!
I wasn't sad to see this pile go to the dump!!
Might as well take out a wall while you're at it.
That's right kids--hide in the bathroom as Dad unleashes his fury!
Even the family room would soon fall victim.
The kids didn't help much, but they looked
really cute rolling out the felt paper
(still the family room--yes the carpet is gone).
Seeing if he missed a spot with the hammer stapler--
now one of my new favorite tools!
After the felt paper goes on the foam sound barrier stuff
(I forget what it's called--but it helps muffle noises).
Laying the first pieces of wood.
All I can keep saying is, "You're so pretty!!!"
Yes, I'm talking to a floor.
I'm loving the new floors!!