Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Hello again, and our Family Room is getting a make over!

Hello! It has been so, so long since we have posted here, for a multitude of reasons really, not the least of which was Ian's retirement and the lead up to it.  Which meant a bit of a hiatus from home renos here, partly because well hey he is retiring so we will have more time for all of our projects once he has more time at home, and partly because he was working on his "bachelor pad" and getting it ready to sell. We say bachelor pad sort of tongue in cheek, as when we were looking for a place for him to stay after we made the move to our new home for the months he had left of work before retiring, we ended up buying a smallish town-home because it was more economical than the rent on anywhere "decent".  And while it was costly, as in very, to own two homes at the time, it ended up worth our while when we were able to sell it at a profit thanks to all of the work Ian and our older sons did on the place and an amazing real estate agent!

Ian started his retirement mid-December, with six weeks vacation before his official retirement date, and wow was it ever nice to finally have him home with our youngest and I!  Ian and I quickly fell into a new routine of being super lazy!  We headed for the hot tub every morning after getting our son off to school, and then we puttered around the house before stopping for coffee once or twice during the day.  Once the Christmas break started, we got even lazier and enjoyed all of our down time, between our sons many hockey games that is.  The new year and return to school for our son brought on a new routine and we are trying to be more purposeful with our time.  But not so much that we do not take time for Ian to catch up on his reading and me to do things that I enjoy.  After all, balance is important, right?

However, in the days between the start of his retirement and Christmas, Ian did manage to replace the flooring in our family room!   I love that he is able to save us so much money by being so handy, and he loves being busy!

We opted for this product, partly because even though it is a laminate, it has great texture and feels very realistic, and partly because it is waterproof.  We found it at our local Benjamin Moore store, the owner there is so helpful and accommodating. He let us bring all of the samples home!

 It came in several colours, which was nice.

  Options are always a good thing!

Although, if you are indecisive like me, you turn to your online friend to help you make decisions.

But then you go with your gut and choose the warm grey brown. Something that is mid tone which helps hide the dirt and dog hair and something that will coordinate with the decor direction we have planned for this room.

You can check out this post for more information on the ideas we have for this room, although admittedly some of these ideas have changed already.

Of course once you choose the new flooring, you have to do the grunt work of pulling out the old flooring.

Although the carpet and underpad are not usually the hard part. That woudl be the glue! Which entitled much scraping!

Thankfully there wasn't a lot of glue.

Once he had the old carpet stripped, he began the install of the new flooring.

He was really pleased with how easy this product was to work with.

He managed to make good progress, as you can see we had our Christmas tree up already, so we just kept moving it around the room!  Thankfully, it moved easily in this old tin tub.

Before you know it, he was halfway done!

Although, there were some scary moments, like this shot of pre-Christmas chaos.  You know decorated and trashed all at the same time! But before our grown boys, our daughter in law and our grandson came home for the New Years weekend, he had all of the flooring done!

We will share more photos of the floor and the finished room at a later date as we pull it more together.  There is still so much to do!

In the meantime, we also needed to address the floor area around the woodstove.  It was carpeted before and we felt it should be tiled, in keeping with a more traditional look. So we headed back to our local Benjamin Moore store to look at tile.

We talked to the owner about our needs and the direction we were heading as far as looks were concerned.  And of course we talked kids league hockey for a while, too!

Anyway, he had some leftovers of this tile in his storage area which was perfect since we only needed a few pieces and he sold them to us for a great deal!  They are light muted grey and look like marble.

And even though Ian had never tried tiling before, he bought himself a tile cutter and set to work!  Of course he did a great job, the man never ceases to amaze me! Although, if truth be told I have way more faith in him than he does! And of course, you know I now have a new set of to do's for him and his new skills! Ha!

Since we cannot show you our after pictures just yet, we thought we would leave you with the before photo!

Next on this list for this room is paint, baseboard and trim around the ceiling (not crown moulding but maybe something like the trim we used in the kitchen).  Oh, and a feature wall, we have big plans for a feature wall, as well as dolling up the fireplace!  We can't wait to start that project and share it with you!

So glad you visited today!
Ian and Laura

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