Let the Home Improvements Begin

Have you ever gone looking at a model home and thought, “this looks amazing in here!”, “I love these floors!”, “I want that table…” etc…  I have!  All the time.  So what do you do about it?  Well, I take pictures of it all.  I have an entire folder of over a dozen different communities of model homes that I have found inspiring over the years.  Not that I want my house to look like a model home, because, let’s be honest, with people actually living in it that’s not very realistic, BUT, I do want it to be something I enjoy coming home to everyday.

When my husband and I bought our house two years ago, we knew there were several things we wanted to change in the near future.  Some of them are little, like cosmetic updates, whiles others are pretty involved (like the kitchen and master bathroom).  We never thought we’d be able to get started on changing out nearly all of our flooring as soon as we have, but we are!  We can’t wait to have new carpet put in next week.  For now, we are keeping the current tile we have, which thankfully goes well with my new paint color, Sherwin William’s Mindful Gray (I wanted to go ‘greige’ throughout the entire house).

One of my least favorite things in my house is the carpet in the dining room.  It’s always building up crumbs (for me, more play-dough than food), and the chairs get stuck on it when you try to scoot yourself out.  It’s completely annoying.  Knowing we were replacing the carpet everywhere but this room, I had to change it out somehow.  I was fortunate enough to find this awesome wood flooring at Home Depot while we were carpet shopping http://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-Lakeshore-Pecan-7-mm-Thick-x-7-2-3-in-Wide-x-50-5-8-in-Length-Laminate-Flooring-24-17-sq-ft-case-35947/205349795.  At 79¢ a square foot it was a total steal!  I wanted to go for a ‘French Oak’ kind of look; something light enough to blend the gray walls and beige tile.  Perfect!  I love it.

When it comes to projects I get very impatient.  I had to get started on this as soon as possible.  After I got home from work last Thursday I had some time to myself.  Once dinner was cleaned up and the kids were in bed I got started taking off the baseboards.

Then that went so smoothly I continued taking the carpet out…

Then the padding.  And then I scraped all the glue off the floor.

The best part was next: putting the actual wood down.  Of course I couldn’t wait so I kept going.  I got the underlayment down fairly quickly and was able to get about 1/3 of the flooring down before my sweet husband made me stop and get ready for bed.

The next day I continued on.  I put the remaining padding down and was able to finish with the wood in just a few hours (while trying to keep a fussy baby and toddler happy).  I had to trim down the baseboards about half an inch because the tile next to it was slightly higher.  This is when we (my mom came to help me with this part) found the wall texture where the baseboards used to be needed to be smoothed down.  Then we painted the wall an extra inch lower than where it was before.

Next I had to put the baseboards back on before putting the t-molds down between the wood and the tile.  I used my nail gun to reattach them, filled the holes with spackling and sanded it down.

It’s finished!  Finally I love the floors in my front room.  It was around $300 for materials and took about 11 hours to completely finish.  This was a super impactful and fairly inexpensive update to my house.  I am so glad it turned out so good.

Next week we will be getting new carpeting, which means before that goes in I need to paint my master bedroom in preparation for it’s makeover!  I am so excited for it.  Stay tuned for more home improvement projects coming VERY soon!








2 thoughts on “Let the Home Improvements Begin

    • ecoleman22 says:

      Thanks! They turned out pretty good. I didn’t go into too much detail on how I did everything but feel free to ask questions if you have any.

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