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June 1, 2007

Well, I finally did it. Three renditions of the flooring quote later, and it’s all paid for. The Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is now on order as well as 289 linear feet of new baseboard. Oh, and enough porcelain tile for the kitchen. When all is done there will not be one scrap of wall-to-wall carpet in this home. If I never see carpet again in my life, it will be too soon.

I’ve got about two weeks now to get stuff cleaned up and out of here. I’m saving a bit of money by having family help me remove and replace the kitchen appliances, and also replacing the baseboard in the kitchen only. It’s a small kitchen. But for the rest of the house, I’ll be replacing all the baseboard. The builders cheaped out and used casing for the base throughout the house. That means that what frames the doors also frames the walls and the base is quite short. I’ve chosen a taller base board. My plan is to rent a paint sprayer, lay out some paint tarps on the driveway and go to town.

I’ll also have to clear out the whole downstairs essentially to make room for the hardwood, which needs to sit in the house for three days to acclimate (expand and contract.) When the flooring guy at Home Depot described it to me, it sounded like three pallets full of hardwood boxes.

I had to do some negotiation with them over a couple things, but I have to say, Home Depot gave me a great deal. One of the designers did some detective work and found the hardwood at a competitors for $1.50 a sq ft cheaper than they had advertised. When you’re ordering just over 1400 sq ft of hardwood, that adds up to a nice little savings.

I’m still pinching myself. It was hard to spend that much money at one time. In fact, I had to call the bank and have the manager – and the security staff – override the transaction limit and verify that my purchases weren’t fraud, since the amount was so large.

Plus, I’ve been dreaming of this improvement to my house for at least five years. Now it’s going to be reality. I guess I’ll have to find a new dream to fill up the empty space. Hmmm. Beautiful cabinets to house the sewing stuff on the gorgeous floors? Yeah…

  1. June 2, 2007 5:19 am

    Good for you! It’s something you’ll enjoy everyday.

  2. June 2, 2007 6:28 am

    It will be so nice when it’s done! Take lots of pictures — before, during and after. Have you used a paint sprayer before? They are kind of finicky. My advice is to think about renting/buying 3-4 sawhorses instead, laying the trim on them so they are waist level and brush painting. If you buy the pre-primed trim and are painting them white, you’ll only need 1-2 coats of paint.

    To get an idea of how much space you’ll need to acclimate the wood planks in the boxes, look at the box it comes in, figure out the sq. footage per box and thus how many boxes you’ll have. I bet it will be less area than you’re thinking. Our “stack” took up a space of about 4′ x 4′ x 4′, all in one stack, which was about 80 boxes.

  3. June 2, 2007 8:47 am

    I originally thought about sawhorses and brush painting. I haven’t used a sprayer before, but I’m always fearless. Maybe a bit of fear is a good thing. There are going to be a TON of baseboards to paint. I want to clear out the house, pretty much, anyway, like getting rid of the sofa and chair and ottoman. What little furniture there is downstairs is old and shabby and needs to be either redone or sold or tossed. Except for the bookshelves. I’ll take TONS of pictures. I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Using up my next 10 years allocation of exclamation marks. LOL)

  4. June 3, 2007 7:38 am

    Fearless is good, especially for home renovation projects. Save some cardboard or other big, flat surfaces, so you can practice your technique with the sprayer. A light touch, an arm always in motion, and keeping the spray head about a foot away are the keys to success. I wish you were closer. I’d let you borrow our sprayer. And our nailgun. Rent one of those too so you can just zip along when installing all the trim. We’ve replaced all of the baseboards in the Money Pit and DH and I have brush painted them all. But we were only doing a room or two at a time. With all this new stuff happening, I think you still have a good reserve of exclamation points. 😉

  5. June 3, 2007 7:51 am

    DSO is a flooring specialist at Lowes and I was reading to him what you had posted about your flooring. He told me to tell you that ideally the hardwood would be in the room its going in with the boxes opened so it can adjust to the humidity in the said room. I promised him I would pass it on so I have done my duty…lol. I love your blog btw.

  6. June 3, 2007 9:14 am

    Wendy, Tell your SO thanks! I would have purchased from Lowes but they were at least double the price. Tell him also that my favorite store besides a fabric store is Lowes. There’s a really lovely one only about three miles from my home. I hope to have most of the rooms cleared out except for major furniture, so we should be able to put the boxes directly in the rooms.

    Debbie – I wish I lived closer too – especially when I hear about the steady nice weather you typically have. I have a sister that lives in the panhandle of Florida, but that’s not near you, is it?

  7. June 3, 2007 11:54 am

    ooooh….so excited for you! the floors will be well worth any hassle during installation. definitely let that wood acclimate to the house. as anxious as you are to have it done, the installation of wood floors is not a process to rush. it will be gorgeous.


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