Since I was off for Spring Break last week, my dad and I agreed that it would be the perfect time to do the floors. My dad took the week off and came down to Calgary to visit and work.
After a bit of investigating, I decided that laminate was not for me. Maybe I'm a snob, but I can't handle the cheap look of laminate. So we soon decided to look at hardwood and engineered hardwood. The style that I liked was the sort of rustic handscraped look. We finally found one in my dad's price range that was a solid hardwood, handscraped, and very rich looking! Yay! It's called black locust wood, which is apparently a bit like acacia and is one of the hardest woods there is. Cool!
So, the work began.
First of all, I painted my wall. I love the colour. It's a very dark green, but appears black in some lighting. Then my dad, who's in contracting, decided he wasn't happy with it (snob!) and painted it again.
Then we cleared everything out of the room and ripped up the carpets. There was a bit of mold on the floor, which dad (who knows these things) painted over. Apparently, he says, doing so locks it in. He said it was harmless anyway, but that's why the floor is speckled.
Then we got to work. My job was to hammer in the flooring. Dad worked on using a mallet to knock the hardwood loosely into place, and cutting the ends to fit the edges.
It took an entire day to do the 250 square foot room, and it really wasn't a terrible job. The backs of my legs ached (and are still sore, days later!) from the bending motion of hammering in the boards, but other than that, that was about all the damage done. It took another day to put the baseboard back on and get everything moved back into the room.
Here's some photos of the room today!
(I experimented with the brightness settings in Photoshop for this one.
Do you think that's what they do in Ikea catalogues?)
I got this idea somewhere in the blogsphere to glue feathers to a lampshade.
And a couple of extras:
Trotsky sitting near some really interesting flowers my dear friend Sarah brought me for Easter dinner.
And my all time favourite flowers, ranunculus.
My sister and I went to the Calgary Farmer's Market on Friday,
and I couldn't resist making a bouquet from the offerings
at the flower stall.
I love anemones, too.
All in all, I'm SUPER happy with my room. It feels like a brand new space! It feels great.
And I'm a billion million times thankful for an amazing dad who helped make it happen! I know I couldn't have done it without him!