Old farmhouses are a challenge to fix up. After 3 layers of indoor/outdoor carpet (various shades and textures) was ripped out of the 9-ft x 20-ft entryway and laundry room, we reached the final layer of green covering. It had been glued down. It took a lot of scraping and elbow grease to strip it off.
Hubby and I went back to college during one of the economic crashes when jobs disappeared like ice cream on a hot day. We renovated old houses in exchange for free rent and utilities. We both had a lot of on-the-job training to fall back on and learned even more over the years.
The adventure never ended. It seemed like we always found a fixer-upper to buy and improve. My sense of humor has hung around at what I hope is my final home (even though it's not a showcase, I like it here).
The self-stick tile floor is almost completed. One incredible pattern would have cost $600 or more. This is what we ended up getting for less than $60; the design is similar to the first choice. I love finding bargains at Home Depot and other home, ranch, and hardware supply stores.
The difference is amazing. It's still a happy shock to open the door from the kitchen to the entryway and see how the sunshine from the windows hits the floor and reflects upwards.
I was going to wait until it was all done to show it off. The rain, wind, and clouds this summer are gloomy. I wanted to share my joy about this project and how grateful I am to still be able to tackle and complete "beautification."
We did manage to get one beautiful sunset this month. It looks like the rain is going to hang around over the weekend. Outdoor task time will be an easy swap so we can work inside and get closer to completing the job.
What projects do you have started or planned for 2015?