Deb @ Confessions Of An Ugly Mom has beautiful new hardwood floors.
Then we tore out the carpet and vinyl. Just looking at pictures of the subfloor hurts my teeth. Like cutting aluminum foil with scissors or touching chalk. So it was with walking on subfloors in socks or scooching out a chair. Shiver.
The first row took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. But the final row depends on the first, so forever is just the right amount of time for a first row. Is it pathetic to decorate your first seven rows at the end of Day 1?
I wouldn’t be entirely truthful if I didn’t fess up that we had a little help…
This was truly one of the best days of my life. On this day, the wood we installed in the hallway and office, which started at the front of the house with the infamous First Row, met up with the kitchen and dining room and actually formed a straight line from one side of the house to the other. There were doubters among us that we amateurs could make it happen (we amateurs included), but voila! Beginners’ luck.
One of the most tedious steps was “racking,” which became my job since Matt had little patience for it. To rack the room, you lay out the rows before you install them so that you can mix in wood from different boxes (necessary because each box varies significantly in color) and make sure each piece ends a proper distance from all other pieces around it — at least 6 inches. Harder than it seems. Sometimes a few rows would take hours; some nights I’d stay up all night so we could hit the ground running when we started after work the next day. Racking was definitely my least favorite part. It was much more fun to cut and whack.
My mind has blocked out how long we actually spent on our hands and knees installing this floor, but my blog indicates it took us about a month of late nights and weekends. Sometimes I still can’t believe we actually did it — except that it’s still not exactly finished, so that’s how I know it was us as opposed to someone who knows what they’re doing.