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Walking on sunshine

Mater was actually giddy as he was taken to doggie day care, otherwise known as Disney World for Dogs, while the floor was being finished.  And no, as a bonus, they wouldn’t take Jensen for the day.  Pity.

Late this afternoon, I arrived home to discover my beautiful new flooring:

The first thing the kids did was to throw on a pair of socks and take off across the room.  I fooled them.  I ordered the flooring with TEXTURE so as to avoid any broken bones.  Or heirlooms.

I am absolutely thrilled with the results and am already searching Fiddledaddy’s pockets for spare change so that I can save up for Phase 2, which will rid me of the cheap linoleum in the kitchen.

Our only issue is that we learned we can no longer scoot furniture across the room when it’s time to rearrange.  Even with those little discs that you place under the legs and feet of heavy pieces.  Our basic mode of furniture relocation in the past has been the fine art of shoving.

Our floor installer guy is set to come back in the morning with some sort of furniture moving contraption and help us lift everything into place.  But because the one gift that neither of us were blessed with is patience, Fiddledaddy set off to Lowes to procure furniture moving straps.

He brought them home and presented them to me.  Blink.  Blink.  “What the heck am I suppose to do with those?”

He read me the instructions which frankly, all I heard was blah, blah, blah, 45 degree angle, blah, blah, blah, knees bent, blah, blah, death may occur, blah, blah, blah.

Fiddledaddy opted first to move the entertainment center.  With the television still astride.  All I managed was a hernia.

Next we tried the smaller sofa.  We made it about 2 feet, and then discovered that the entertainment center impeding our progress and would have to be moved first.

This is when the furniture straps went back into the box to be returned to Lowes.

Now the only occupants of the family room is the dog crate, the dog, and one lonely artificial tree.  I’ll post pictures when I have the room all together again.  And I’m determined to make that crate look like it belongs in there.  It could end up adorned with a lava lamp and some picture frames.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

15 Responses to Walking on sunshine

  • Looks good! I was going to suggest the tree near the cage but that may confuse poor Mater. I’m waiting for the blog post of Jensen and Mater watering the same tree. All I can say is my boys better be glad I didn’t have access to blogs when they were younger.

  • Have you seen the crates that are end tables? Can’t recall where I saw the picture, but I love the idea.


  • We had one of those ginormous crates in our living room for awhile. You can’t make it blend in, but I will offer a couple of location tips. From experience. 1. Make sure any nearby curtains are out of the way. You’d hate for homeboy to get bored and start chewing on any fabric that happens to get too close. 2. Make sure there’s a clear path from the crate to the door, just in case you have to haul the under tray outside without tipping anything out on that new floor so you can hose it down in the yard.

    Another tip, if you need Mater to stay quietly in his crate while you’re busy or have guests, buy him a sterile, filled bone. It’ll keep him content for ages. You get them at the pet store for a few dollars and when the dog has managed to lick it clean, they love to chew on them and you can fill it with peanut butter for even more love. Best dog toy ever.

  • While you are returning the moving straps to Lowe’s, check their aisle with all the felt feet things. They carry a million different sizes. We put them on the bottom of all our furniture so we can just shove it around on our wood laminate floors. Just a thought.

    Also, buy a little stick vacuum. You are going to need it. We switched from carpet to wood laminate several years ago, but I was SHOCKED at the amount of dirt I was seeing. Apparently carpet hides it…

  • The floor looks beautiful!! 😉 Have a fantastic weekend. 🙂

  • Ooooh, wow – that really does look beautiful!! Could you use the thick felt pads on the bottom of the furniture? We use those and slide furnishings around w/out damaging the floors, but our floor isn’t textured – that may make a difference. I’ve also been known to ease heavy pieces onto old towels or quilts to slide them across the floor…

  • Have you ever looked through the “SkyMall” catalog they have on airplanes? They have “end table dog crates” that totally blend with the furniture. I tried to copy and paste a picture here, but I couldn’t. They have an online catalog (www.skymall.com). Of course, their items are a little pricey, but it would be totally worth it for me since I’m obsessive compulsive when it comes to decorating.

    • Susan,

      YES, I’ve seen those. In fact, Petco has an awesome wooden crate, but they don’t make one big enough for my industrial sized dog. We took him to visit it in the store, but he would not even TRY to cram himself inside. 🙂

  • Very pretty floors….won’t it be so nice when you get everything in place?! Picture of that too, please. : )

  • Nice floors! I agree with the other poster who mentioned the amount of dirt you get on the floors. My Pergo drives me crazy with the dirt and dust. You also need a swiffer for the latter.
    Now…..do you remember the color and brand of paint you used for your walls? We are planning to paint ours green and that is pretty much the color we are looking for.

    • Connie,

      We found the color (12 years ago) in a magazine featuring Martha Stewart paint colors. It was called Jasper G06, and was from the Martha Stewart’s Everyday Colors for KMart. We simply took a swatch to Lowes and had them match it using Behr paint. If you can’t find it that way, let me know and I’ll try scanning the magazine page that we originally found.

  • I second the Swiffer SweeperVac. When we rented year before last and had fake wood flooring, we used “that” Swiffer all the time. I loved it! (But w/ 4 kids, two that were 5 and under, it was absolutely necessary!) Great thing is it is easy to use and light enough the kids can use it themselves (and still do). 🙂 Coupon here http://www.swiffer.com/coupons-and-promotions?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=standardflash&utm_campaign=SweeperCompDef-h