Thursday, July 29, 2010

The floor saga...

Well, there is an awful lot of prep work for stripping concrete to get it ready for stain and looks like next step would be a big floor sander to get the dang glue line out of the middle.  I thought about paint but that would take a lot of work applying varied colors so it didn't look so flat.  So, now I'm looking at bamboo flooring.  After searching high and low for really good prices I've settled on iFloor.  They seem to have good customer service although the drawback is not being able to see any bigger samples.  I have a few more samples coming in the mail but I've narrowed it down to these three colors.  The first two are very close but the first one has a touch more red to it.  My dilemma now is do I go with the more brown tone (middle) that I like the best or do I go with redder one that almost matches the wood of my furniture.  Seems like that would be a bit much.  What do you think?  The third one's sample is on the way but seems like it might work better for not being so close to the color of the furniture and give me me brown tones.  We shall see.  It will arrive any day now.  I'm going to go ahead and try to do the entire first floor and hopefully the stairs and upstairs hallway.  Bedrooms will have to wait.  So more fun to look forward to of ripping up carpeting and the existing wood in the foyer.  Yay!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Scrapbook class...

I keep forgetting to mention that my awesome friend Rebecca is going to be teaching some scrapbooking classes at a couple local Michael's.

Starting July 27th, she's going to be teaching the core classes of "Scrapbook Design & You" at two local Michael's stores. Here's a little blurb from her blog about the classes:

SDU is a four week curriculum designed to teach the basics of scrapbooking including tools, photo organization, color theory, line, shape, writing techniques, and page enhancements.

Go check out her post about the classes and, if you're local... SIGN UP! You won't regret it!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

We have a winner!

My lovely assistant, Dwayne, pulled NatashaMay's name from the pile. Check out her lovely artwork on her blog.  NatashaMay, I'll mail it as soon as I have your address.

Honorable mentions go to the other lovely ladies who replied:


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Friday, July 16, 2010


I've gone and purchased a magazine twice (not the first time this has happened) and didn't make it back to the store in time to return it. Guess I'll just have to give it away. It's the spring issue of Somerset Memories. Just leave a comment that you'd like it and Friday, July 23rd I'll draw a name and mail it out.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

The floor saga

I must be the slowest renovator ever! That being said it does take a while when you have this huge table that has to be rolled back and forth and you have to wait for one side of the room to dry so you can roll it out of the way. I have the floors looking pretty good now except for this annoying glue squiggle going down the middle.

Yesterday I pulled out my little sander and determined I didn't have the right grit for the Jon so this morning hit it again. Working better but so slow. I may have to resort to renting a floor sander. Something to research this week. Anyone have experience sanding concrete?

Here are some pics of the progress.

This is called girlie sanding. My arm was getting sore and found I could more easily use the weight of my leg. And yes, I do my best work in my pajamas. ;-)

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