Monday, July 13, 2009

just do it

On Saturday, I was sweeping and mopping...the regular Saturday chores, and I got a crazy hair up my butt. I turned to Mark and asked if he wanted to rip up the linoleum right then. And what do ya know...its gone! Ever since we moved into our house (in May of 08) we have HATED the linoleum in the kitchen. I mean LOATHED it.

BEFORE

AFTER

We also ripped up the carpet in the family room to make both spaces feel more apart of each other. The separate flooring made for a choppiness, and now it will open both up. I like the idea of carpet, getting down on the ground, playing with the kids. Carpet makes rolling around on the floor friendly. So I'll have to be on the hunt for a very hip rug to fit the space and bring that comfort level back and soften up the stained concrete.

After the grinding


You have to grind the cement so when you go to put something on it like a stain, it will stick and not peel up. Grinding is very messy and leaves behind a nice layer of dust. But I'll take the dust alternative on our budget than the expense of wood floors (I wouldn't mind wood floors the day my budget wouldn't mind.) But I like the look of stained concrete, and with the finish Mark will put down, it will be really modern. We are very much the "do it yourself" kind of people. One day we will build our dream house and do most of it ourselves. I love watching HGTV, they have some awesome ideas, especially when it comes to "design on a dime"!

Mark will float the concrete tonight, then we can put the stain down next! I can't wait! I finally get a new kitchen floor! More pictures to come...

You know what they say...its dangerous to paint the hall!

5 comments:

Lindsay said...

Hey, I'm excited to see the finished product. Maybe that will be us soon..."sigh"...

Amy said...

How fun! Home improvement projects are so rewarding when they are finished. Can't wait to see pictures of the finished product :)

Chrissy said...

You guys are awesome!! Do you want to come to my house next?!! Can't wait to see the "after" pictures!

Sharlet said...

Wow! I can't wait to see how it turns out! Very ambitious!

Staying Young in Vegas said...

I got a crazy hair like that in our last house. I hated the carpet in our room and knew there were wood floors underneath. When Danny got home that day, there I was with rolled up carpet in the doorway...I couldn't really move it past that!

I have thought about doing our floors that way, too. I would love wood floors, but with the pool, it would be a constant hassle. We are pretty set on tile, but you never know!