Friday, July 30, 2010

Dumpster Diving!

Happy Friday! David and I are laying our floors in the den, kitchen and hallway this weekend. Dave has a lot ahead of him the next few days and our little family want to pitch in as much as we can. So I've got my gloves on and ready to start working. Tux is even in on the action. Usually Tux just poses for the camera but Dave wanted him to help out a bit more! You think he has a new career opportunity as a paperweight?

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Demolition Days

So we've purchased the floors, now what? David and I have entered, yet again demolition days. We have been ripping, scraping, and sniffling our way through our layers of linoleum and carpet. First we were pretty excited and very eager to get it all we are taking the linoleum out in the den on demolition day 1.

Here I am on day 3. David said my expression said it all. I was now wondering why we were still doing this. We even had a slight injury, David cut himself on some wood that was sticking out around the refrigerator.

Nasty right? But as days of work set in, we ended up beaten, broken and sick. A word of warning, please make sure that you wear masks when you are doing the work. It took us a little longer to get our floors prepped because we got sick due to all of the dust, maybe some fiber-glass and a little bit of asbestos. I'm a lot better but Dave still has the sniffles and a slight cough. Now we are done with the first part of our floor prep. We still need to lay the felt, get some of other stuff in order and then begin laying the actual floor down. After this part of the house is done, we get to start the entire process over again with the living room. Luckily we don't have to deal with linoleum! Take a look at all of our hard work.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Living Room Pump Up

This is currently what our living room looks like. It needs a plan of some sort. The sofa and coffee table will stay in their location. The sofa is a little dated but its really comfortable and easy to keep clean. I think with the right coordinating pillows, it will look much better. The rocking chair will be moved to the office or the den. The wood side table (which Dave calls 'a stump') will go in the den. Once David and I get finished with the floor installation, I can really start getting our furniture where it needs to be. In the meantime, I've recently put together another mood board for our living room. Since we've lived here for a bit, I now know what I want each room to look like.

1. The living room and dining room are painted the same color, Lovely Buff by Valspar. The other colors will be accent colors throughout the room. 

2. I found this print at Z Gallerie and I thought, I can just paint this on a gallery canvas. I think adding some contemporary pieces to our home might add a little spunk but still keep it classy. Plus, if you know me and know my style, you know I love anything that has any circular design to it. I can blame my freshman design instructor, Professor Dunlap, for that obsession. This piece will be hung at the top of the stairs. (above tux in our current living room photo)

3. We are keeping our coffee table just as it is. I don't want to overload the room with multiple different types of wood stains so I want to add two glass side tables from Crate and Barrel on either side of the sofa. I hope by doing this, it will keep the room looking large and give it some airy-ness (believe I just made up that word). 

4. I found two lamps at TJ Taxx very similar to this one that was at Crate and Barrel last fall. Not bad for $30.00 a piece. The lamps will of course go on top of the glass side tables.

5. I love, love this rug from CSN Rugs! It reminds me of one that Pottery Barn use to have. This yellow rug will show nice contrast between our floors and our wooden coffee table. 

6. I have been eyeing this linen slipper chair at Target for almost a year now. I promised myself I wouldn't buy it until Dave and I were ready for our living room to become the living room. The chair will be in place of the rocking chair. The linen fabric will hopefully add some texture to this boring room!

7. Black console table. This console table once was David's mothers. She never liked the stain and didn't have room for it in her new home. So like a lot of our furniture, it was handed down which we are very grateful. I painted it black and it looks like a brand new table. A new table that was made well. This table will be at the top of the stairway, across from the slipper chair and sofa. I plan on hanging an arrangement of photographs and prints in white frames to create a balanced collage.

8. The Bar/hutch, another hand-me-down. I really like the shape and its the perfect size for a bar, but it needs something. I first thought about just painted to back bead board, but after thinking a bit more; that just isn't enough. Another thing that I had to consider now is that our floors and the hutch are pretty much the same color. If I don't do something to it, its gonna look like a big 'brown' blob extending from the floor. So I've decided to paint the entire piece a lovely blueish-teal and replace the knobs with clear glass knobs from Anthropologie. The official color is Lagoon from Martha Stewart. The teal color will really make the piece stand out. Some people might be hesitant about painting a piece of old furniture but I think paint gives some of those old pieces a second life. One good thing about the color I have chosen, lagoon, is that it can be inter-changeable throughout the seasons. The bar/hutch will be moved over to where the entertainment center is currently living. 

In the area where is bar is, I am gonna get David to hang a photo collage of David and I when we were kids. You'll see that update real soon! I'm really excited about seeing it all come together. Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Floors Galore!

Good afternoon! Its been a couple of weeks for me since I've said hello! But not much has been going on in the Simon house, until now. Dave and I went to Seagrove Beach for the 4th of July to see family and hang out with a few friends along the way. I am so thankful that we have family who get to live in paradise. It was a nice little getaway, we even got to bring the ol' dog down for some R and R. 


Here is our little king of the mountain. Tux absolutely loved the beach. This was much to our surprise but unfortunately he brought lots of friends back up to Auburn with him...fleas. I think Dave has given him a bath every other day now. But after Tux's baths/pills (etc., etc.) kick in and we share our most recent news with you, the fleas will have lost their rein over at the Simon house. Please don't think that we live like animals but when you have old carpet throughout the house, these critters have a slight advantage. Well, drum roll please...yup, thats it. We have floors! 

Today David went to Lumber Liquidators in Montgomery to purchase our new floors, new base boards & shoe molding, and stairs for the entry way! In the end, we decided to go with an engineered floor rather than getting solid flooring installed. This way we were able to cover more square-footage with the money we saved and we able to get the style and look we wanted. Once the manager at LL pointed out this hickory hand-scraped wood to us which was on sale at the time, we decided to go for it. David hauled 55 boxes from Montgomery with the generosity of a friend's trailer. In the next week with a little help hopefully from friends, we plan to install the floor ourselves. Once we rent the correct tools from Lowe's or Home Depot, it should be a no brainer. Dave found a link on This Old House that is gonna help out a bit. Easy-peesy, they say...but I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get this show on the road. We are pretty happy to finally move into the den when its all said and done.