Floors are Installed

I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted.

I’ve been meaning to, but have been busy kicking off a new business.

I launched my Longaberger Basket business the end of January and have been trying to learn all the ropes.

Everything here at the house and on the blog have been at a standstill while I figure out what I’m doing and try to get off to a good start.

For those of you who don’t know, I will be selling baskets and pottery, like these:

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I was first introduced to Longaberger in 1993.  My soon to be sister-in-law was selling and I fell in love with the baskets.  I started collecting all I could get my hands on and my in-laws were great about getting me a basket for my birthday and Christmas.  It only seemed right that after 18 years, I would start selling them.

So, before my new business adventure, we did manage to get our hardwood floors installed in the master bedroom and hallway.  We looked and looked for what kind of floors we were going to put upstairs.  We wanted something to kinda match the floors downstairs but weren’t certain that we wanted to go with 3/4 inch hardwoods.  Our kids bedrooms have a laminate on them, because kids spill stuff, we didn’t want to go with anything too expensive.  We were not planning on replacing the floors in the kids rooms so we wanted something that wouldn’t be too much thicker than what was in their bedrooms.

We decided to go with a locking laminate (which looks like real hardwoods) and we put a nice padding under it.

We started by clearing all the furniture out of our bedroom that we could.  Of course, we couldn’t take down the bed, we still needed a place to sleep at night, so we just had to work around it.

We then put down all the padding.  It had a sticky strip that held the pieces together so it wouldn’t move as we walked on it.

Once the padding was down, hubby took some time to measure and lay out the part that would flow from the hallway into the master bedroom.  We wanted a clean line looking from the hallway into the bedroom and vice versa.

We’re pretty sure you would have been able to tell had it ended up even just a little bit crooked.

We started in the hallway right at the top of the stairs.  This part took some time with all the cuts that were needed.

We then extended it straight into the master bedroom.  We pushed the bed and my big dresser to one side and worked the wood toward the other direction until that side was finished.

Once all the corner cuts were finished, the process actually moved fairly quickly.  Each row, we only had to make 1 or 2 cuts.

After that side was finished, we moved the dresser and bed to the other side of the room and put down that padding.

That side really went fast.  We had become sorta pros at this point and luckily we didn’t have anymore of those crazy corner cuts like in the hallway.

I was so excited to get them done and I love the way my curtains look with the new floors.  We still have to put down the quarter round and get the furniture put back but this is a huge improvement.

I’ll be sure to share the finished room very soon.

 

 

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Photo of the Day: Starting out the new year with new floors.

We have been shopping for new floors for the master bedroom and hallway for a couple months.

We finally found one both hubby and I liked so we ordered it right before Christmas.

Hubby is getting a good start to getting them layed down today.

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I can’t wait until it is complete. I’m always so impatient when it comes to these projects. I want it done yesterday.

Anyway, Happy New Year from The Turner Five

Master Bedroom Updates

2001

This is the year we bought our house and this is what our master bedroom looked like.

At this time we had a 2 month old baby and so putting our bed on the frame was most likely last thing on our list of to-do’s.

At least the frame was out-of-the-way, tucked off in the corner.

This picture was taken a few years later.  We did manage to get the mattress and box springs off the floor and onto their frame.

The bassinet is gone, which tells me the baby is sleeping in his own room; much to our relief, I’m sure.

We did add curtains, a treadmill and the black chair.

We still haven’t added any paint at this point.

Our room stayed like this until 2009.  We had just gotten back from the beach and I was completely inspired to finally paint our bedroom.  Hubby always takes two weeks off in July.  One of those weeks we spend at the beach the other we spend at home trying to do some type of home improvement project.  This year, it was going to be our bedroom.

So off to Home Depot to pick out some paint colors.  Since we had been at the beach, I was all into a beach theme.  I wanted pale blue walls and some beachy touches.

Can you see that little patch of blue?  That’s what we ended up going with.

As we got started moving furniture and wiping down walls, we noticed how gross and disgusting our carpet was.  It was especially bad under the bed.  We have a Siberian Husky and she would lay under the bed and it was so gross under there.

Note: We hate carpet for this very reason.

So then we had the bright idea to go ahead and pull up the carpet.  Our plan was to rearrange the bedroom furniture and the bed wouldn’t be over the dirt spot the dog left anymore.  Pulling up the carpet seemed like the logical choice.  We would just go out and get the hardwoods that we want up there anyway.

So, that’s what we did.  We pulled up the carpet.

And we threw it out the window.

That was so much fun!!

The padding underneath it was equally disgusting and the floor under the padding had this very fine sand type stuff all over it.  That would be our dirt that we live in.  I don’t care what kind of vacuum you have, you will never get that gritty sandy pieces of dirt out of your carpets.  Don’t fool yourselves into thinking you are.  We have a Rainbow vacuum cleaner and still had the fine dirt under our carpets.

So that all came up and got thrown away and we got to painting the baseboards to make them nice and shiny and new looking.

Actually, the kids love to help paint so we put them to work.

This is how the room looked after we finished painting.

Hubby suggested we add an accent wall and I couldn’t agree more.  I love how it turned out.

Since then we have changed the bedding, gotten new curtains and lamps and added some more pillows.

I didn’t like the maroon pillows so I changed them.  You can read about the new pillows I made here.

I’ve also added a few accessories.

So that brings us to today.  The room is pretty much finished save for one very important thing.  The floors.  I know we probably shouldn’t have pulled up our carpet until we had new floors to put down but we didn’t.  We went ahead and pulled those nasty things on up.  I know some people wouldn’t put up with living on plywood floors for very long, but that’s just how we do it over here.  It really didn’t bother me too much.  I was just glad to have the nasty carpet out of the house.

So this brings us up to

2011

We are finally ready to put down hardwoods in the master bedroom.  I couldn’t be more excited.  We went yesterday and picked up some samples so we could decided which color we liked best.  We also have to make the decision as to whether we are only going to put hardwoods in the bedroom and put carpet in the hallway, landing and stairs.  Or, do we extend the hardwoods into the hallway, landing and put the stainable wood on the stairs.  I love the idea of having all hardwoods in the house.  Right now, we still have carpet on the stairs and if we remove it and put down the stainable wood, we won’t have carpet anywhere.  We are still in the deciding phase on that.

Now, we need to pick out which color to put into the bedroom.  This is where I need your help.  Here are our choices.

Hubby doesn’t like any of them.  I don’t know which one I like yet.  What do you think?

I’m linking up to these parties……

Week 3; I’m exhausted and my kids are loving their clean bedrooms

My main focus for week 3 of the 40 bags in 40 days challenge was to tackle my daughter’s bedroom.  This beautiful child, who is 13.
I was very frustrated with this room because it was such a mess.  This is totally unlike my daughter.  Of all 3 children, her room is usually in pretty good shape.
She will sometimes lock herself in her bedroom and clean all day.  I guess all the evenings and weekends spent on the baseball and softball field has been keeping her from it.
I can understand that.
Or, she just hasn’t bothered because she knew I was doing the 40 bags in 40 days challenge and wanted me to do it for her?  No…. she wouldn’t think like that, right?!
Has anyone ever seen a chair that looks like this before?  No? Yes? I’m not the only one right?
Those clothes are ALL clean.  No wonder it takes her so long to get ready for school in the mornings – she can’t find her clothes.
Her room wasn’t super bad, like her brothers.  She just needed her dressers and desk cleaned off, dusted, trash thrown away and some things sorted to give away or sell.
This is her hutch.  She found this Christmas candle holder I forgot to put away with the Christmas decorations.  oops!!
Her desk.  I hope she isn’t upset that I got rid of all the old birthday and christmas cards she had displayed.  It was time!
Her dresser.  See the dusting wand?  She was actually trying to clean a little bit.  I like to think that I was just helping her out.
Her closet wasn’t bad.  Shes pretty good about not keeping clothes that don’t fit or she doesn’t like anymore.
I did find this pile of stuff shoved in the back.
Everything gets put on the bed.  It’s a great place for sorting.
The empty closet.  She actually had a pretty good sized closet.  My husband likes to paint the kids closets when we redo their rooms.  I think it’s fun and looks cool.  The kids love it.

Most of her clothes stayed.  I did find about 10 shirts that I hadn’t seen her wear in a few years so I put them in the giveaway pile. 
Her room didn’t take me near as long as her brothers.  I got finished in 1 day.
Her desk looks much better.  Maybe she can actually do her homework there now.
And 1 final finished picture.
She had been asking me all week if I had gotten to her room.  I hope she is happy with it when she gets home.
In the end I got 1 bag of trash and 1.5 bags of giveaway/garage sale items.
Not too bad for a slow start to the week.


Week 2 {40 bags in 40 days)

I’m still knee deep in my 40 bags in 40 days challenge over at whitehouse,blackshutters with Ann Marie. 
Week 2 seemed to be really rough for me.  I’m not sure if it was all the baseball and softball events or the fact that I was working on my 9 year olds room, which happened to be a total disaster area. 
I started out Monday with his closet.  The closets in our house are fairly small, so I figured it wouldn’t be too big a deal.  WRONG!  I could have sworn I had just cleaned out his closet.  I couldn’t believe the amount of clothes he had that he didn’t wear.
The floor of his closet had so much stuff on it that I was almost impossible to get his laundry basket out on laundry day.

So I started as usual and removed everything out of the closet.  I piled everything on his bed. 

The closet completely cleaned out.

Look who came to help!  He actually wanted to sleep in there that night.  I didn’t let him.  It’s amazing how much room we have when we don’t have all the clutter.

I even enlisted his help going through his clothes.  I let him dictate what fit, what didn’t fit, what he will wear and won’t wear.  He took everything off the hangers and help me bag it up for goodwill or a garage sale.

Look at all the extra clothes that were hanging in his closet.

Tuesday, wednesday and friday, I continued working on his room.  It had really gotten out of hand.  This corner right here drives me crazy.  He seems to just throw everything on the floor in this spot.

His desk is always a mess.  The kid is a genuine pack-rat and loves to hang onto stuff.

Look at this night stand.  Yes, that is a Christmas stocking! 

After finished the closet, we got the clothes he was keeping and promised to wear hung back up.  The floor is clean of stuff and I won’t hurt myself trying to get to the laundry basket.

Remember the white bookshelves I had removed from my master bathroom?  Well, they would work perfectly in his room.  He needed the extra storage space too.
It looks so much better and gets all that stuff off the floor.

Check out the night stand now. 
I just hope he can keep it this way.

And in the end, I think ‘Ted’ the turtle is much happier with a clean room.  Do you see that big smile on his face 🙂

I promised my daughter that her room was next.  She was totally envious of her brothers room.  I’m slow getting started again this week but I will get there.
One bag at a time!!
I’m linking up with whitehouse,blackshutters.