This blog is a great motivator for me to stop living in construction dust/debris and to actually get things DONE and CLEAN so thank you for that, I guess.
I even made some snazzy “before and after” photo collages in honor of the occasion. Look out, world!
Let’s start in the mudroom. Under the old laminate flooring was: underlayment, linoleum, and a quarter-inch subfloor held down to the main subfloor with 1 million staples.
And then: the kitchen.
I love this room SO MUCH. Just gotta get rid of that yellow-y light and the unibrow florescent above the sink.
LOVE. New floors adorned with new rug. And Detroit Tigers tickets on the fridge.
And then, the dining room. We finally moved in our nice dining chairs but a new table will happen eventually.
I styled the mantle nicely for these photos (#opposite).
The bullnose on the step up into the hallway in the picture below was one of the hardest parts of this flooring installation. But now that we got it done, it looks BALLER.
We haven’t finished where the flooring meets the fireplace tile, in part because the fireplace is going to get a makeover. Hopefully in the next decade.
Furniture is sporadic and placement is far from permanent. Also, in the picture below you can see that the laminate we choose is textured and has a beveled edge. It makes everything feel a little more glamorous/real.
We upgraded the baseboard as well. <–(so easy to type that sentence…SUCH a long process/ordeal in actuality). I may elaborate someday, once I become emotionally stable once again.
COST BREAKDOWN…approximate, since I can’t bear to actually add it all up:
Flooring: $850 (using discounted Home Depot giftcards from Raise.com AND a Lowe’s 10% off moving coupon for an approximate savings of 20%)
Baseboards: $250 ($1.25/sq foot)
Self-leveling underlayment, drill mixer thing, bucket, mold inhibitor spray stuff, new wax ring for toilet, coping saw: $80
Other: $blood, $sweat, $tears
Now that this big project is done, we’re excited to work on some smaller projects. And move in a little. About 75% of our stuff is still in boxes, and I guess that should change sometime.
SO: THERE. Biggest house project of our lives thus far, summed up in a tidy little blog post! I can now rest easy.