I am very excited because my wonderful husband is going to re-do my kitchen floor this weekend, starting tonight! My old kitchen floor is this awful linoleum that is completely falling apart. I’ve really disliked it since we bought our house almost 6 years ago, but in the past year or so, it’s gotten much worse and started peeling up in places – probably due to my Steam Shark. The floor is the kind of color where no matter how clean it actually is, it just looks dirty. And drives me nuts in the meantime.
Re-doing this floor has been on our list of home improvement projects for awhile. Well with a new baby coming this winter and not actually having to do a nursery this time, (more on that shortly) we decided it was time to do the kitchen floor. It really needs to be done during the summer, because it will require taking off the kitchen door. So Nate & I sat down, budgeted it out, and he is doing it this weekend. He already bought all the materials so he can get right to it first thing tomorrow morning.
I picked out some linoleum stick-on squares from Lowes last weekend. Ideally, I would prefer something nicer than linoleum, but the reality is, we are probably going to move in a couple of years, and we are on a budget (thanks again Dave Ramsey!) and we didn’t want to spend a lot. Plus, anything will be better than the current floor!
The plan is for Nate to put new sub-flooring over the current linoleum and go from there. When my dad was visiting in June (he’s pretty experienced with things like this, having practically re-done his entire house in the last few years, including flooring), he recommended Nate do that, as it would probably be the easiest option, versus ripping up the old floor, and getting into who knows what underneath it. Old houses have a way of throwing all kinds of new projects at you, so hopefully by just going on top of the old floor, we’ll minimize that. I’m sure something will come up – it always does – but we’re going to hope for the best.
So… again I am super excited about my new kitchen floor!
Oh and our nursery?
Nate completely gutted and redid our 3rd bedroom when I was pregnant with Emily. It’s purple and so cute and girly, yet not over-done pink. I love the theme we picked out, because it’s still perfectly cute and acceptable for her, now that she’s getting bigger.
However, as nice as it turned out, it was quite a project, where I turned into a raving maniac many times. Usually when I reach 30 weeks pregnant, I have this uncontrollable nesting urge to have everything perfect and ready THEN for the baby. Nate doesn’t generally see it the way I do and when I hit 30 weeks pregnant with Emily, the room was still gutted with a long ways to go. I went crazy, when he showed no desire to step up the very slow pace. I recall myself standing on a ladder, royally angry (using nicer words here!), and trying to work on the room myself!
Needless to say, I was worried about a repeat when I was pregnant with Joshua, and we decided to re-do Nathan’s room, which Joshua would share. I think I toned it down a bit, and Nate sped it up a tad, so it was a little better. Plus, we didn’t completely gut the room – we painted, Nate did completely tear out the old plaster in the closet, and re-do that with new sheet-rock, etc., we worked on a few cosmetic issues, but it wasn’t as much.
This time around, we don’t have a nursery to do! If this baby is a girl, she’ll share Emily’s room (something Emily is very excited about and talks about on a daily basis, again with me reminding her rather unsuccessfully, that this baby could be another brother.) If it’s another boy, he’ll go in with the boys. So no ‘nursery’ projects this time. I am very relieved about that!
Are you doing any home improvement projects lately?