Moving forward to 2012, 7 years later, and the carpet is still here. Talk about not making a decision! Well, 2012 is the year I go for it. I follow my gut, I have confidence in my decisions and my thoughts need to turn into action.
Actually, as great as that sounds, what really happened was one of my lovely old lady cats decided that a corner of my dining room was her litter box. I shampooed. I used vinegar. I used spray that was supposed to dissuade pets from that area. Nothing was working. I thought about taking that section out. Then came the epiphany mentioned earlier. It is my house and it is time to take it back from the carpet I loathed!
|My Uncle, the carpet and the cat that caused this whole thing to come to fruition.|
|Gross carpet that was pulled from my house.|
|Brazilian Cherry laminate Flooring for my flooring.|
|My dining room with carpeting. Those who came to play that day have been hidden with stars. Because? It seems like the right idea? I have no idea.|
|A good test to determine if maybe you should purge: move one small room worth of furniture into another room. That is a lot of stuff!|
One day later and the flooring was done. This is not a how-to on laying flooring. I have no idea. This is a how-to make a decision and make it happen. A how-to on following and believing in your gut. Now that the flooring was done, I also decided to re-arrange. Finally, I also decided that replacing the baseboard was a good move. I truly believe replacing baseboards in a house is like a cheap facelift. It makes a HUGE difference!
|Dining Room with Brazilian Cherrylaminate wood flooring.|
|Be prepared for a little inconvenience.|
|Living and Dining Room Pre-Laminate flooring and replanning of funiture placement.|
|Living and Dining Room after the Laminante flooring and furniture placement. The drapes still need work in this picture. No worries, they come out great!|
The staircase is another story all its own as well. That will be saved for another blog. I love my wood flooring. It is very rich and durable. I love that I went with my decision and find that I smile when I walk in my house when I look at it. I also went ahead and asked my uncle to complete the small hallway upstairs, as well. New flooring, new baseboards and new furniture placement changed the enitre efficiency and beauty of my house.
I have kept a spreadsheet going identifying my spend as it happens. The laminate flooring, underlay, baseboards, kit, wood glue, and labor (some cash and feeding, etc) came to about $1000 with $690 being allocated to supplies.
Well worth it, I think. No, let me restate that. Well worth it, I know.