August 27, 2015

New walls, new floors

I had this amazing idea. 

We were already scheduled to have our carpets pulled and new floors installed on Monday and so why not paint the rest of the house - except our kitchen and bathrooms - beforehand? I had painted our living room and entry way several months back and it only took a day to do 2 coats. So I figured between me and Yangkyu, doing the entire upstairs, the stairway area and also 13 risers {for our new stairs} would be a cinch. We would dedicate Saturday to paint and Sunday we will load all our stuff in the U-haul truck and then Monday the contractors will come and work on our floors. We would get everything done and still have time leftover in the evening to relax.  

I wish I can tell you that it worked out this way!

We were definitely still painting on Sunday into the late evening and we were done with everything - paining, loading and cleaning up - by 9 pm. Afterwards we felt like we ran the Olympic marathon, twice, and couldn't really feel our legs, arms and back. 

The flooring work was all complete by Tuesday afternoon and we began to clean and move things back into the house. We spent most of yesterday trying to finish up and we are about 80% done. 

We used the same paint as we had with the living room and entry way -- Brilliant White by Ralph Lauren in Flat. For the entire upstairs, stairway and risers we went through 7 cans {gallon size}. 

As for the floors, we really weren't planning on re-doing them until a year or two later. We were saving up for a floor renovation but after starting Piri's Place, our carpet began to stain more with accidents, more so in the past couple of months. And so when we saw that The Home Depot had a promotion with laminate flooring and also a financing option that worked for us we decided to take the plunge. 

Our first obstacle though was when we learned that laminate is not recommended for the stairs and instead we needed to go with hardwood. It ended up hiking up our expense but we decided to move forward with it anyway. Still, we needed to find a laminate and hardwood combination that came the closest in color to ensure smooth flow from the floor to the steps. 

At first I had wanted to go with either a really dark flooring color or almost a whitish grey color but had trouble finding a hardwood counterpart. But I did find something that caught my instantly and quickly settled on the color. 

For our floors {laminate}, we went with the Distressed Brown Hickory and for the hardwood for our stairs, we went with American Vintage Bear Creek Oak by Bruce

 // Bye bye carpet!! Although part of the reason we did embrace carpet was for Piri. We had lived with hardwood floors in New York and while Piri was much younger and didn't have arthritis then, he was still slipping and sliding whenever he jumped off from our bed. By the time we moved to our Maryland apartment, which also had hardwood floors, he was having a much harder time as he was older and had developed arthritis. We then moved to a carpeted condo in Virginia where he jumped off and trotted about without any problem and so by the time we bought our home and moved in we were thankful for the carpet. Right now, Piri is getting adjusted. We do see him sliding at random places and hesitates when he needs to jump off the sofa. We hope to get some area rugs soon and maybe also look into doggy socks that has traction at the soles. //

Yangkyu is back at work today {but thankfully he is working from home} and I will spend it doing the last of the dusting and spraying and wiping {so much dust and sawdust everywhere!}. We also can't wait to go grocery shopping and actually start cooking our meals again. We've been eating out for the past few days and it's just doing a number to our stomachs. It feels a little weird to get back to our routine but slowly but surely {and with a lot of salon pas plastered to our backs - or my back since Yangkyu thinks that's only for old people} it won't feel as off. 

Yay to new walls and flooring! 

 // Psst! If you have any fun renovation stories, tell us! I love reading about other people's experiences! 

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