I’ve blogged before about how much I hate our carpeted floors. Between the diabetic human sized Mastiff and the toilet training toddler, this floor has soaked in it’s fair share of urine. We’ve steamed and scrubbed and cleaned, but there is no getting rid of the vile smell. I have actually had meltdowns over the state of our disgusting floors. And the STARK WHITE kitchen tile? Don’t even get me started.
I am sooooo over all of it.
Why hardwood and not laminate?
Because my husband is convinced that hardwood is better for the value of our home, he likes that he can sand and re-finish them if they get scratched, and because people told him he couldn’t.
Why unfinished UTILITY GRADE?
Because our budget is teeny tiny. We can’t afford finished hardwoods, this is basically the only way we can afford any sort of hardwoods throughout this much square footage (the whole house except bathrooms and bedrooms and the laundry room). In fact, this ends up being about as inexpensive as some of the lower end laminates.
The price we pay? OUR SANITY.
I present to your our playroom/office.
That is all the wood we need for our project PLUS the plywood for the subfloor. Oh yes, that’s right. This project isn’t simply putting a wood floor down, sanding and finishing it. It’s pulling up all the carpet and tile and installing a subfloor, too.
We’ve taken on small home renovation projects this last year, and they’ve turned out beautifully. We are finishing a master bath mini-renovation that has cost us less than $600 and makes the place looks completely different (hopefully I can share the result with you all soon- I’m bringing brass back… because I have no choice). The kids’ bath and laundry have new tile. I have faith in my husband’s ability to get it all done right. I do not, however, have faith in it getting done in a timely matter.
The reality, I’m thinking, is that I will be living in a construction zone for a long while with a 3 year old who likes to find ways to make my heart stop every day by making me think he’s going to kill himself, a BABY, 2 dogs, a cat, and an over-worked husband.
WheeeeeEEEEEeeeeee!!! This is going to be so much fun!
Stay tuned to watch me slowly loose my mind.
Kendall is just a couple weeks shy of 3, Leyna is a couple weeks shy of 4 months old, and I’m a couple marbles short.