::fir flooring::

The most exciting thing about having the walls painted... is knowing that it's time to pull up the carpet! When we looked at the house originally, we pulled up a little piece of carpet in the corner and I almost died over the floors. (Seriously. I die.) There's old fir floors throughout the main floor of the house, but they're covered almost everywhere.

We used a little trick I saw on HGTV a looong time ago. One of the designers recommended cutting the carpet into a width that's more manageable to carry. In our last house, my folks were helping us on that day, and my little Mom made lots of trips carrying 18 inch wide carpet jelly rolls out of the house to the trash. Obvi, with Chad we cut them into much larger pieces.

We saw the most potential under the carpets in my project room and Chad's MANland - they definitely looked easy enough to refinish... I mean, aside from a major old-time-carpet stain, some water damage, rotting wood, and duct tape.

So what do you think?
When I look at this picture, I'm equally giddy... and horrified.
(pictures from my project room)


::bedroom 3:: a darker grey

So this is our third and final bedroom on the main level. Since we're losing a garage when we move over to the new house, this will become Chad's MAN-land. He's planning on using it as an office while he's still in school, and then we'll see what happens with it. No matter what he decides, though, my opinion is not welcome as far as decorating (or especially organizing!).

When it was time to paint, I pointed out a spot near the outlet where the paint was peeling. Chad picked a little bit, and then picked it a lot. The texture was completely separated from the wall, so Chad kept scraping it with a putty knife until he got to the edges where it was no longer loose. From the color, we assume it was some sort of water damage (the toilet is on the other side of the wall). We weren't too worried about it since we'd be working on that wall anyway, and knew we could replace any pipe that we needed to.

After it was all scraped off, we had to built the wall back up. Since the house is so old, there's years and years of paint and texture built up, so when we scraped it off, there was a significent difference in the level. Chad just smeared on some drywall mud until he got it to a decent thickness and then we use texture-in-a-can to match the texture.

Are you getting a sense of the color scheme in this house? It's a little bit... grey.
Dude was originally thinking about a dark denim blue, or possibly a grey green, but hadn't chosen a definite color when it was time to paint. Instead, he walked into the front room where my color swatches were still painted and pointed at the color on the far left and said, "just do that one." It was a color I had kind of loved for the front room, but was afraid it would be too dark. Turns out, it's pretty much my favorite color in the house. The dark is just perfect. We color matched it to Sherwin Williams Pewter Tankard (SW0023) in Olympic Low VOC Flat paint.

Isn't it gorgeous? I was having some serious paint envy when I saw it on his walls.
Somehow, he has a knack at picking the perfect paint color in a very offhand way. Argh.

ps. What do you think of those floors????


::bedroom 2: more about paint::

Our new house has three bedrooms upstairs and one down in the basement.
We've tried to figure as best as we can what the rooms will be used for,
and the middle one, shown below... well, it's mine!

This is the new craft room/bill pay/scrapbook (maybe?)/quiet/reading room.
I'm pretty excited about it in general, but I most especially love the closet.
I've got big plans...
If you were going to have a closet office, what color would you paint it?
I've debated about turquoise, orange, green, and would you believe pink?
I keep visiting this one in my mind...
Does the wall color look familiar? Well, just be quiet - it's not the same!
It's much lighter than either color that was put in the front room,
though it looks eerily similar on my computer screen.
This was actually a custom color - I went in to Lowe's and had the color in this room mixed,
brought it home and it just looked white. So I took it back, had them add a little more
color to it, and then kept it.
It's now in my room, the hallway upstairs, the dog/mud room, the stairs down, and all the basement rooms. It looks pretty and clean in my room, but looks
really great downstairs on the flat no-texture walls.
I wasn't completely sold on the color at first (surprised? no. i didn't think so.),
but after the living room fiasco, I wasn't going to change my mind. It's grown on me a lot
and now I couldn't be happier about my calm, clean, carpet-free room.
Yep, the yucky, smelly carpet bit the dust soon after the paint was done.
Sorry if I keep casually mentioning the new floors, but I JUST LOVE THEM!


Is anybody still out there?
If I'm talking to myself, that's okay - I don't blame you for leaving.

BUT exciting things have been happening over at the house and
I can't wait to have time to share!

We did take some time off for a family reunion last week out in Wisconsin.
Pure bliss - total relaxation for a full four days - I just
had my pictures developed and will share more from Cherry Lake soon!
In the meantime, our house is getting close -
we actually moved a table over there and all of my sewing things.
Updates soon, I promise!
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