Her Luck’s a Changing
Today is my lucky day.
I’ve been trying to get contractors to give me bids on reflooring and repainting the interior of my house, and for some reason, they must not need the work. Or maybe my job’s too small. Or maybe they are just losers.
The first paint guy came back with an estimate that was clearly exorbitant and ridiculous. The contractor for the floors never responded. (Dang, and I really liked him.) The second painter said he’d email me a bid by last night – haven’t seen it.
So, on Debbie Cook’s suggestion, I checked out my local Lowes hardware store. I walked out of there disgusted at this store’s lack of customer service. (They used to be so good when they first opened about five years ago.) I was also starting to think that I might not have enough funds to support my outrageously expensive taste. I also wonder if I have unrealistically high expectations.
See, I want new hardwood floors. Not laminate, not Pergo, not engineered hardwood, not bamboo. Hardwood. Three-quarter – not three-eighths – inch hardwood. The old fashioned kind that can be refinished several times and stands up to generations of kids and pets running across it. So far, all I’d been seeing is stuff at around $9 a square foot and up for the color and look that I want, plus installation.
So, since I am both tenacious and stubborn, I proceeded on to Home Depot. I was directed to their special order section, and son-of-a-gun, there it was.
This is a very pretty Brazillian Cherry hardwood, 3/4″ solid wood, and today’s special was free measuring. That means, their guys come out and measure how much hardwood I need for free. Usually it’s $50 and then if you purchase, they apply that to your order. (Lowes is $38, but they didn’t have what I wanted anyway, and what was close to it was $9 a sq. ft.) To top it off, they had a sign up that there was a 15% off sale on hardwoods, and the salesguy noted on my form that I get that as well. WOOHOOO.
I’m feeling better now.
Oh, and this sample is $4.99 a square foot. Double WOOHOOO.