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:




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.




DIY Home plans for 2012

Happy 2012!

I’m just a few days late but better late than never, right??

So every year I have tons of DIY and decorating ideas just bursting to come forth.  This year is no exception.

I have put together a list of everything I would like hubby and I to accomplish this year.  Some of these things will cost lots of $$$ and others will be as simple as buying a can of spray paint.

  These are in no particular order.  We will do each project as the mood strikes.  That’s just the way we roll around here.

I would like to strip all the wallpaper off the dining room walls and paint it a nice neutral tan.  I’m thinking tan right now but that could change as time goes on.  This was the first room I did when we moved here and it’s been almost 11 years.

The wallpaper isn’t in bad shape save for a few tears but it’s just time for a change.

Once I get the walls finished, I would like to make some curtains for the windows.  I think curtains would warm the room up a bit.

Directly across from the dining room is the formal living room.  This room doesn’t have any permanent light fixtures so the only lighting we have in this room are 2 small lamps.  Add that in with the dark walls and it’s a very dark space.  I would like to do board and batten in here about 3/4 of the way up and then paint the top a very light blue/green color.  I think it would really brighten up the room a lot.

I would also like to see some nice floor length curtains to this room.  Sorry for the darkness of this picture.  I tried to lighten it up as best I could.  This gives you a good idea of how dark the room is.

I would also like to reupholster the loveseat and sofa.  Both pieces are still in great shape they just need a little change.  I was thinking maybe white or a light cream color.  I also need to get new end tables and lamps.

This is the family room, which is pretty much done.  I only want to add some curtains or valances to the windows.

Moving on to the kitchen.  We would actually like to gut most of it and replace everything.  We redid the floors about 4 years ago and the lights about 2 years ago so those things could stay but everything else would have to go.  We are so tired of the white counter tops and the white cabinets.  I believe the plan is to replace the counter tops then maybe paint the cabinets.  We go back and forth so tomorrow it could be something entirely different.

This bar area needs some major rehaul.  We honestly don’t know what to do with it.  Of course, the counter top will be changed to something but what to do with all that white space underneath?

When we first bought this house the pantry was in what was actually a coat closet.  We had this laundry room right next to it that had a ton of empty space to the left and above the washer/dryer.  We decided to turn the original pantry back into the coat closet it was meant to be and turn the laundry room into a huge pantry.  The laundry would then be put into the basement.

This project goes on my to-do list every year.  It hasn’t gotten done and I’m not sure of the probability of it getting done this year.  The whole issue lies in the basement.  Even though we are finishing it slowly, the room where the washer and dryer would be doesn’t even have sheet rock on the walls yet.  It’s been a slow process but I still wanted to add this project.  You just never know.

We just finished the floors in the master bedroom and upstairs hallway.  We now need to do something with the stairs leading up to the bedrooms. The carpet will be going we just can’t agree on whether to replace it with stained hardwoods or more carpet.  Hubby wants the carpet and I want the stained hardwoods.  I love the look of the wood stairs and feel it would be much cleaner.  This project is on hold until we can agree.  So far, neither of us have budged.

This is my youngest son’s room and the only thing we need to do in here is add some curtains.  His room is towards the street so he gets some light from the street lamps.

I would like to spray paint all these picture frames black.  I already have the spray paint but am waiting for it to quit raining so I can get this project done.

Another big project is our master bathroom.  If we had the choice, we would just blow this whole room off the house and start again.  It’s just horrible.  Everything about it is horrible.  I guess I shouldn’t be so ungrateful, we’re lucky we have an inside bathroom, right????

Since we aren’t able to remove it and start again, I want to do some minor changes.  You can see from this picture that I started to paint that wall brown.  I did it several years ago just to see if I liked it.  I didn’t like it, it made the room to dark, but I hadn’t taken the time or change it.

That huge mirror needs to go and the gold light fixture needs replaced.

The sad part is, I already have the paint.  I remember buying it and then I put it in the bedroom under a stand and never painted the bathroom.  I need to get my motivation on and get this project done.

We would also like to replace the floors.  We will most likely do tile in here and extend it to the closet.

This is the kids bathroom.  We would like to also add tile to their floor and get rid of this gosh awful linoleum.  We also want to add the glass sliding doors to the shower and get rid of the curtain.  I think it would keep water off the floor better than the curtain.

I have already started on this project.  I’m changing the frames to white, light blue and red.  I have all the paint and again am just waiting for the rain to stop.

These are the stairs going back down to the main floor.  Those triangle parts of the stairs is where the dogs like to lay.  They then scratch the wall and leave their dirt all over the carpet.  I think if we make it hardwood, they won’t be doing that anymore.  They have their beds to lay on, they just choose to lay on the stairs.  We have already had to patch that wall and need to sand it and paint.

So that’s about it, the home reno projects that I would like to see completed this year.  Maybe if we can get all these things done we can focus all our attention on the basement and get that done.  I’m sure other projects will pop up as we go along but this is a good start.

Now I just need to get hubby on board and get him busy.

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.


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

A free cupboard upgrade

I love a FREE cupboard.  This is the 2nd one that I have gotten and been able to redo.

I got one at a garage sale that we redid.  You can read about it here.

About a month ago, a good friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was getting rid of a tv cabinet.  She showed a picture of it and said it was free to the taker.  It looked like it was in perfect condition and since I needed a new stand for my tv in my office, I said that I would take it.  All I had to do was move it.

No problem.

Hubby and I went and got it and put it down in my office.  I have my tv on top, it’s a little tall for a tv stand with it on top, but it’s doable.

This is what it looks like with my tv on top.  It had a few scratches on the bottom but not that bad.  The black top fits in perfectly because I’m doing black accents in the basement.

This is what it looks like inside.  I think the tv is actually meant to go inside but I have other plans for it.

I decided that I was going to add additional shelves inside and use it as storage space for all my crafting supplies.

I measured the current shelf and then went to Home Depot and picked out some cupboard plywood.  I had them cut it for me, picked out some black paint and then came home eager to make over my new cupboard.

I thought I had taken some pictures of the wood when I was painting it but somehow they are missing.  Anyway, I painted the wood black and after I let it dry for a couple of days, I put a clear polyurethane on it.  I wanted the new shelves to feel like the rest of the cupboard.

I applied 2 coats of the poly on both sides and the edges.  I let the shelves dry for 24 hours in between coats.

I then inserted the new shelves into my cabinets and filled it with my stuff that had been taking up space on the air hockey table.

I love how it turned out and all the storage space it gives me.  I especially love that I can shut the doors and all the stuff will be hidden.

I have a 3rd shelf that I could paint black and replace the natural one with.  I’m not sure that I’m going to do that as I like it with natural on the top and bottom and the black ones in the middle.

Here is a before and after:


















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Master Bedroom Updates


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


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?

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