Monday, July 18, 2011

Around the House: Family Room Progress

Well, hellllooo! I've had quite the weekend. Remember I told you we were going to rip up the family room carpet? We did it! And the hardwood underneath the carpet looks brand new.


We initially put in carpet in the family room {adjacent to kitchen} for when my brother and I were little and when we first got my puppy.  Silly girl was sliding all over the place. We're all older now and thankfully can all handle walking on hardwood floor (;  It's not that we didn't enjoy the carpet, it's just that it was getting old and dirty and I'm pretty sure no Stanley Steamer could make our carpet any cleaner.  {You're welcome for making you sing that commercial in your head while you read that(: }
My fam figured it was time for the update.  


Here's the room before...with carpet:




Here's during the process...my dad and brother hard at work:



And here's me- yep, gettin' down and dirty.  
I spent 2 hours in this position using a wrench to pull out over 100 staples from the hardwood.  Then we went around filling each nail/staple hole with wood putty {found at Home Depot...works wonders!} 


The hardest part was ripping up the metal piece that fused the hardwood to the carpet at the entrance to the kitchen.  Another toughie was getting those 2 inch wood strips with lots of nails sticking up outta there!  You may be thinking, wow Michaela, you must have broken a sweat doing that! Don't let me fool you: I was at the kitchen table drinking a Snapple watching my dad do those parts. That's how it's done, ladies.


Want to see the end result? Well, you're going to have to stay tuned! I just ordered this rug from Pottery Barn and we're anxiously awaiting it's arrival:
After it's in, it'll be nice and cozy and I'll do the final reveal. 


PS. I'm also painting the family room this weekend.  Probably going with a nice carmel color to bring out the richness in the curtains.  Busy me!


Have you been working on any DIY projects around your home lately?  If not, what's your favorite project you've seen around Blogland recently? Do share(:


Come on back tomorrow for some hilarious little treasures I found from when I was younger!
Have a wonderful Monday
Love,
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22 comments:

  1. The hardwoods are in such great condition! I can't wait to see the finished results, I know it will be gorgeous!

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  2. do cupcakes count as a DIY?! haha

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  3. Looks like hard work... I'm glad you sat out for the really tough parts. That's what dads/brothers/friends/husbands are for. ;)

    Can't wait to see the space newly painted. Sounds like a fun time! (seriously.) I'm about to reveal some photos of the gallery wall I put together in our office space. Yay for DIY.

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  4. Looks great! I can't wait to see the final reveal! :)

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  5. I bet it will look great with it's all completed! Can't wait to see pictures!

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  6. The hardwood looks great! Can't wait to see it all come together! :)

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  7. This looks great! How fabulous to have this already installed!

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  8. It's looks great! Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  9. Looks amazing so far, Michaela! I love seeing your before and afters so I can imagine how awesome the final reveal will be :) Yay! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start gorgeous xo

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  10. I wish our home had hardwood underneath our carpet..I realllyyy want to make the switch to hardwood! It looks beautiful and you are so sweet to help your fam out!

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  11. Ahhh, it looks so gorgeous!! That wood floor is fabulous! Can't wait to see it all done!

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  12. Wow those wood floors look exceptional already- I can't wait to see what it looks like in the end. We pulled up the carpet on our stairs so we could repaint the side wood before the carpet installers came in- I know how tough those little staples can be to get out. I can't imagine doing an entire room. Good job!

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  13. Looks like you having fun making the room all new! Love PB rugs!

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  14. soooo cool!!! Can't wait to see the end results!!!

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  15. I'm looking forward to see the result, I'm sure it will be amazing! :)
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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  16. Looks like it's going to be beautiful! I like your way of working. Snapple and observation, that's the way to do it!

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  17. After wallpaper removal, one of the next projects is carpet removal. If you hear a girl crying for help from the other side of the Bay, you'll know it's me!!

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  18. Wow, those beautiful floors were under the carpet? Lucky!

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  19. I can't believe that gorgeous floor was hiding under there!

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  20. Can't wait to see what you do! It's lucky such lovely floors were just waiting to be discovered.

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