OT.....Midst of a MESS...
Hi Gang. Sorry to be missing so long, and am behind in seeing posts and commenting. I'll try to catch up soon.
After procrastinating for over a YEAR, I finally did something about the carpet and laminate wood in my house!!
It was 13 yrs old, so carpet pretty worn, and I hated the color of the laminate too. The main reason I've been so reluctant to do this is ALL my STUFF. Lots and lots of it, as most of you know from photos. I have 12 china cabinets and well over 300 statues of whippets/greyhounds, and rabbits. Then there's my 130 Painted Pony figurines. Not to mention lots of misc other things. It was overwhelming to think of moving it ALL. And physically I'm not really able to tackle something like this with the Fibromyalgia being so crippling these days. My DH wouldn't help, he's sort of a "its your idea, your problem" guy...do what I want but leave him out of it. Big Sigh from me about this. Also most flooring companies won't move furniture, or contract it out and you have to pay extra for it. Neither DH nor I can move it ourselves any more, thanks to bad backs. But I finally made the call to get an estimate and information. Express Flooring, I LOVE you guys!!
Not only did I hit a fantastic sale and saved several thousand dollars, I got free installion and free furniture moving! PLUS because of my problems with clearing out all my little stuff, they offered to do the flooring in THREE installments at no extra charge. So two weeks ago they did the laminate wood in the entry and hall. Last Thurs they did living-room and 2 back bedrooms. (300 statues in china cabinets in those rooms!) Today they did the carpet in the master bedroom and family-room, where the Painted Pony huge china cabinet resides along with 3 other curios. They were fanatastic to work with and I couldn't be happier.(I could hurt a LOT less but I couldn't be happier, LOL) Tomorrow I'll have all the stuff back in place in these last 2 rooms and can sit back and enjoy my new carpet and flooring! The ONLY reason I was able to get thru all this is because my dear, wonderful BF helped me with everything!! She did so much packing, walking to and from garage, lifting 'n toting, and kept us both laughing and having a good time while we were doing all this work. I still managed to overdo, as I can't sit back and not pitch in, tho she tried to make me a few times. LOL.
Anyway, here's a few photos to start with...will get more soon. And get back to regular posting soon!!
NANA, thank you for the post thinking of me. Sending you a big ol' heart-hug!
hugs to all, Karen
The entry way Before and After. The old flooring in it, and down the hall, was a golden oak color which I've hated the entire 8 yrs we've lived here. I like darker wood. And the boards on the old were the skinny 3" wide ones. The new flooring boards are 7" wide, and its a rich ash shade. The front door is directly across from the sideboard, the old blah-beige carpet you see is what was thru-out the house. (That is the step down into the living-room it is on in the photo.)
Close-up of old vs new laminate flooring just before they started the switch.