Sunday, May 27, 2012

5 short years ago...

...we began work on my first house (that became OUR house and then, towards the end, a multi-generational house, right mom and dad?). And we all sat with amazement, eating our happy meals on slate tiles stacked up on the screened-in porch that still had grass carpet (think astro-turf), as we watched the pickers come around at bulky item pickup time (conveniently two weeks after I closed on the house) and throw my house trash in their trucks. Ah, good memories.

Well, folks, they did not cease to amaze us this year. I pulled up 300 sq ft of 5 year old carpet squares Saturday morning, recently, uh, christened by a dog and a 9 year old boy. To be nice about it, they were gross. See?  Be glad you don't have smell-a-blog capabilities.

We were on a mission to replace the floor, which I will get to in a minute. Meanwhile, overnight last night, 300 sq ft of gross carpet squares at the curb went from a huge stack to this!!!!  Talk about recycling?

Ok, so back to the house... we decided on a floating vinyl teak look floor. It just sticks to itself. It was very reasonable (approximately $1.70/sq ft versus the $7/sq ft quoted for the cheapest floating floor the flooring guys had - psh, whatever), and we could put it down ourselves. So, we got it last weekend (it has to acclimate to the house) and decided to lay it this weekend (tenant offered to be gone all weekend). Thank God neither one of us has to move Monday! =). We had to rent a big roller and I had to buy some different square measure thingies, but it went down pretty easily.  As in, with minimal cursing =)

Well until the last 2 rows. We were tired and hurt (not like cut - just everything ached!) and the cuts just seemed impossible (two vents, two door thresholds, and cable coming through the floor). So, we left it for the night and groaned ourselves out of bed this morning for more fun. After we got all the floor down, we headed out for quarter round and a break. Hubby loaded the chop saw into the truck and that was where we decided it should stay...

So we got the shoe molding down and think it looks fabulous!!!!!  We are wishing we had discovered this stuff about 5 years ago... although its cost is about double my original budget for the carpet squares... but at least found it like a year or two ago.  Actually, Jeff Lewis just put it down in a super-expensive house he did, so we feel like that qualifies it for whatever use.  We'll see how it wears, but it looks really good right now =) (disclaimer: that is not my choice of color on the wall.)

Of course, we are gonna collapse ourselves into an exhausted heap now!!!  Or, do laundry and clean the house.  Ya know, whatevs.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Get ready for a lengthy update!

My BABY brother is officially 26 years and 1 week today!  He got to share his birthday celebration on Sunday with the Moms =)  I don't think he minded too much.  It involved both funfetti cake AND Grandma's famous chocolate cake.  I have to say, I think he's pretty fabulous.  He has thrown in his braun on any project requested on this house, tolerates all my aches and pains questions (again, usually as a result of this house!), and is cute to boot!  Don't you agree?

We have been busy around here... Sunday, after dinner, we had the moms give their input on a color for behind the shelves.  You can't really see them, but we had the paint chips up there, and within minutes had things narrowed down!  They also re-arranged our chairs in that nook.  We really like them that way!  Sold!
This week, we got a special treat in the mail!  A Vermont housewarming from my aunt Martha!  

It is bea-u-ti-ful!

It is currently hanging out on our mantle... which may become its permanent home.  In all the switcheroo-ing this weekend, I was also inspired to begin putting more "stuff" on the mantle...  OK, so I added the star, but it's a start.  

So, Friday night we got started on the shelves.  And by we, I mean that I helped clear them off and tape off the shelves, and he painted while I wrote technical and lay abstracts =)

Saturday, while I spread pine needles at our first house, hubby helped bro move... which meant he had a few things to go in Mom and Dad's attic.  SO, we headed over... and after resting on the screened in porch for a little while, we asked if we could "temporarily store" their sofa table.  We strapped it into the truck and were off!

I think it looks pretty nice!  The space feels a lot more open, and there's more room to walk by the piano now.  

The shelves are getting painted and are looking pretty good!

Saturday, while I went with Mom to do some Mother's Day gift returns, hubby was busy!

What is it, you ask?  Why, that, my friends, is the start to a king-sized headboard.  We don't have the bed to go with it quite yet... but writing about bed is making me wish I were there right now!  What you don't see is the 14 boxes of laminate flooring that we purchased and delivered to our old house... I'll post pictures of the adventure next weekend...  Meanwhile, our arms need to recover - that stuff is heavy, and our new headboard is ridiculously heavy!  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person who makes leaning unnecessary." - Dorothy Fisher
Happy Mother's Day to our moms... without them, we certainly wouldn't be where we are in life.  We are lucky to have great, supportive moms... and we are both lucky to have fabulously supportive mothers-in-law.  

Today, we will be remembering all four of our grandmothers, wishing we had just one more Mother's Day to tell them how much we love them, too... but they already know.
"Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a while but our hearts forever." - anon.

And, of course, a special shout-out to my God-Mothers, who are awesome (and awesomely supportive) women, too!

Monday, May 7, 2012