I have something to confess… I have been doing a really poor job at managing my time as far as the blog goes. I have no doubt that I’ve lost some readers because of it. But I’m not in this for numbers. I’m all about the benjamins, people……. Just kidding. Any blogger will tell you NOT to get into blogging if you want to make loads of moolah. I write for myself. And for all you wonderful friends who have stuck around and wait for word of my crazy antics. You guys rock. I have another confession… I’m really sick and tired of apologizing for not posting. So I’m going to do it once and for all now. And this apology is going to cover all past lack of posting and any future lack of posting. So you better enjoy it…………………..
I’M SOOOO SORRY I KEPT YOU WAITING TO READ THE MAJESTIC WORDS THAT CONSTANTLY FLOW FROM MY BRILLIANT MIND. I’LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN! (I’ll totally do it again… Sorry.)
Ok. Now that that is done, let’s get on to the meat and potatoes of this post… the hardwood floors!! Are you guys sick of them yet? I swear I’m almost done sharing about them. They’ve been installed for about 3 months now. HA! I think it’s time I wrap these suckers up.
Installing hardwoods is a really intimidating prospect if you have never done it before. But it really isn’t hard at all! Time consuming? Yes. Hard? No. Like I told you in a previous post, we decided to do a floating installation. And in my last post, I showed you how we prepped for the floors and left you with a picture of our very own in-home highway. So now we are up to the biggie… installation.
Installation began pretty early one morning. All in all, we laid roughly 800 square feet of hardwood in 6 spaces of our home (master bedroom, hallway, kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry closet). And we did it all in about 8 days. And that was going at a somewhat leisurely pace. I’m absolutely sure the professionals could have it done in 2-3 days… tops. But being novice floor layers, it took us a bit longer.
You know when you’ve been sitting on a plane for a really long flight and then you land and all you want to do is walk around? That has been me for the past 2 weeks. But instead of being on a really long flight, I was sick in bed for almost a full 4 weeks. It was awful. So all I’ve been wanting to do the past 2 weeks is MOVE! And DO! And DIY! And all the time. You’ve seen sneak peeks of that on Instagram.
So this week all my moving, doing, and diy-ing have caught up with me. So now I’m sitting a little more amidst the doing. Hence getting one post up today. I had a goal of getting 2 posts done this week but then it was Thursday so it didn’t happen. Oops. But at least I’m getting one post up, right!? Today I’m continuing with sharing about our brand new hardwood floors! So far I’ve shared hardwood floors 101 and all about the demo. Today I’m going to show you all the prep work that was required before we could lay our new floors.
Guys. I’m dying. At least I feel like I’m dying. Can someone come over and scoop out my throat. I don’t think I need it anymore. It’s all full of gunk and won’t let me talk. Stupid throat. Oh. And while you are at it. Take my right eye too. Apparently I have viral pinkeye. I had no clue there was such a thing, but according to my doctor… there is. And all I can do with this bloodshot zombie-lookin eye is wait it out. Foowie. But seriously, one of the benefits of being sick is that I am forced to sit down and rest. And what’s a better way to spend my day resting than to work on blog stuff, watch some reruns of Fresh Prince, and drink giant cups of coffee.
About 10 freakin’ years ago I started telling you guys about how we were demoing for our new hardwood floors. Ok. Maybe not 10 years. But sometimes, when you are sick, 3 weeks feels like 10 years. Plus, I had every intention to post again about 3 days later, but then life happened. Anywho. I’ve spent about 6 months researching all things hardwood floors so we could make the best decision. And I’ve learned a lot. Like, A LOT. So I figured I would teach a class today on all that I learned. Call it Hardwood Floors 101. And I’m Professor Talitha.
Our new DIY Tufted Wingback Headboard may be my all-time favorite project. I think I say that once a month, but seriously, it may take the cake for at least the next couple of months. And that is really saying something because I am still hardcore in love with Penelope, my stenciled dining room wall. And, if Penelope got a name, I think Heady should get a name. Partly because Heady is a really sucky name for something I love so much. Ooo! Oooo! Regina. Oh wait… now I’m thinking of Mean Girls. And now I’m thinking of people getting hit by buses. And failed trust falls. HA! (Back on track, Talitha!) …………… GOT IT! Arthur. Nailed it. Everyone… meet Arthur, the current inanimate love of my life. Arthur is tall, dignified, and oh so classy. He’s got a thing for buttons and gold. He has just the right bit of padding so snuggling up to him is great for both of us. He’s perfect.
The thrifty girl in me loves that all the ones I found online were around $800+ and we made ours for around $115. The DIY-er in me loves that we built it ourselves. The decorator in me loves that our room isn’t just a blank slate anymore. We are finally making progress on our master! I mean, come on, I showed you my inspiration board 6 months ago. Sheesh. The dirty girl in me likes that I can make “married people” type headboard jokes. If you get what I mean… nudge nudge, wink wink.
Anywho, let’s get on the the lotsa pictures/tutorial part of this post. Hold on, because it’s a doozy.
Okay. Before I get started I have to say a huge thank you to all of you wonderful, fat-hearted people who really encouraged me after I shared about my change of heart. It really is because of all of you awesomesauce peeps that I want to share more of myself. And by myself I mean my heart. Not my body. Do NOT picture me running naked through the streets screaming “I JUST WANT TO SHARE ALL OF THIS!!” That would just be gross. (I apologize for that visual. Also, I mentioned sharing more of my dirty mind. Apparently that has started as well.)
Today’s post on curb appeal is about house numbers. But before I get into the how-to of my new house numbers, I have to ask that you pretty pretty please don’t stalk me. I’ve always blurred out my house number on pictures of our home, but I can’t really do that when my whole post is about said house numbers. Go figure. So if you are the friendly kind of stalker who will send me presents (of the chocolate, flowers, and power tool kind) by all means, stalk away! But if you are the other variety (the locks of hair, poisoned chocolate, and pictures of myself sleeping kind of “presents”) please know that those aren’t my real house numbers! he… he… *boldfacelie*… he.