New Flooring – lots of pics

This Labor Day weekend, Mike and I laboured!   We pulled the 15 year old carpeting up and put down new flooring.  What I anticipated to be a one-day job, and Mike anticipated to be a two-day job, actually took us four days; and we’re still not done.  Of course, neither of us took into consideration that 8 doorways, a fireplace hearth and a bay window would require so much extra time to get the cuts right. (or that whoever put the padding down loved their staple gun as much as they did!)

The flooring is down, and like most home remodeling projects, it has snowballed into needing new baseboards.  But that’s a project for another time.

Below is the project, over the course of 4 days.  Would I do it again….in a heartbeat and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the carpeting in the house pulled and replaced.  Although it took more work than I anticipated, I have been breathing so much easier, have had almost no congestion, and haven’t had one asthma attack since we got the carpet out of the house.  I’d say it was one of those long overdue projects!

The pics:

This is the old rug, 15 years which spanned five dogs and three cats and three humans.
This is the old rug, 15 years which spanned five dogs and three cats and three humans.
Starting to pull up the carpeting in the hallway
Starting to pull up the carpeting in the hallway
The mess underneath the carpet.
The mess underneath the carpet.
The carpet in the living room is almost all pulled
The carpet in the living room is almost all pulled
Sweeping up staples and bits for the umpteenth millionth time.
Sweeping up staples and bits for the umpteenth millionth time.
End of the day and time to take a well deserved break
End of the day and time to take a well deserved break
Finally starting to lay the new flooring
Finally starting to lay the new flooring
Kneepads were a very worthwhile investment!
Kneepads were a very worthwhile investment!
Have I mentioned I don't do chaos well?
Have I mentioned I don't do chaos well?
Neither one of us wanted to move the aquarium, so we waited until we were almost up to it to drain it.  It now resides in the kitchen, on the vinyl where sloshing on the floor won't do any damage.
Neither one of us wanted to move the aquarium, so we waited until we were almost up to it to drain it. It now resides in the kitchen, on the vinyl where sloshing on the floor won't do any damage.
Starting to feel more normal and Little Bear has reclaimed the couch as his perch.
Starting to feel more normal and Little Bear has reclaimed the couch as his perch.
Looking more like home!
Looking more like home!
Even my laptop desk is back in place and accessible!
Even my laptop desk is back in place and accessible!

And if you’ve made it through all these pics, here’s a closeup of the actual flooring.  Swiftlock25, in Fireside Oak.  (mom this pics for you)

Swiftlock 25, Fireside Oak
Swiftlock 25, Fireside Oak

Now I’m off to the studio, my mind is overflowing with ideas and projects and I feel a need to touch textiles, not more flooring!