The Great Floorscapades: Fast Forward

Now that the weather is not frozen and it is possible to stand out in the garage without freezing our tushies off, it is project season at my house!!

In order for the next post on our home renovations to make sense, I need to do a little (or a lot) bit of a catch up with you.

Oh my how time flies. I left off a year ago finishing up with the shopping, and was heading into stories of installation…

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2014 Favorites for the Home

Happy New Year!

I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it is 2015 and that 2014 is done. Gone. O-v-e-r.

So much happens in 365 days, and while I could wax poetic all day about the ups and downs that came with 2014, I will limit myself here to the items that were reached for over and over.

2014’s favorites will also be split into two posts (the second will be posted on the 2nd) featuring ‘home’ and ‘beauty’ products respectively as to not have a ridiculously long post.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the products/items that were well used in my home and that they may inspire you in 2015!

Without further ado…2014 Favorites for the Home

Home Favorites

Only a few things, to keep it simple.

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This Not That- Cruelty Free Versions of every day products

I often get asked by friends and family, “what is a good CF version of ____?”.

I will often have an answer, and if not, the internet usually helps me find a suggestion for their question!

Recently, my husband and I have purchased quite a few ‘replacements’ ourselves.
Please keep in mind that after I decided to go completely CF, I wasn’t going to throw money down the drain and get rid of everything I had in my house, but decided to slowly replace things as they ran out.

Fortunately I kept a lot of the bottles or we have just a tiny bit left, so I decided to post and show you some Cruelty Free options for common, ‘every day’, products!

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The Great Floor-scapade! Pt. 2: Shopping Time!

After deciding what we wanted to do for our first major update to our home, we had to do some shopping! And who doesn’t love shopping! Even my husband James likes shopping at Lowe’s!!!

Our first step was to find out what we would be shopping for.

Maybe we had hardwood floors under our carpet and we would have to get materials to restore them…

Maybe we just had sub flooring and would have to shop for new floors and all that entailed…

We pulled up some carpet from a corner vent space and found that it was sub flooring.

James was a tad disappointed, thinking that restoring would be easier and cheaper than putting in all new.

I was pleased. I had a feeling it was sub floor under the dingy carpet and this way we could pick whatever we wanted and not deal with whatever color or width of board was underneath.

What we (or maybe it was just me, probably just me) thought would be an easy trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot turned out being a confusing and longer process than we expected…

I had seen grey floors on an episode of one of the HGTV and thought they looked fabulous. Unfortunately, having all grey floors would make our house more and more like a house of “fifty shades“. We already had two shades of grey on the walls, both with undertones of blue which made choosing a type of floor even harder.

The blue made the walls a cooler tone and I wanted to continue that theme with our floors. James liked a mid tone brown, but I finally convinced him something cooler toned would look better with the color of the walls.

We looked at the available flooring from Lowes, Home Depot and Lumber Liquidators.

Have you done this!? There are SO many types of flooring!

Hardwood, Laminate, Bamboo, TONS OF STAINS, varying widths and depths, with or without a pad, hand scraped, flat (EW…it feels weird to me) and the options go on and on and on.

I was a bit overwhelmed.

We finally found a look that we both agreed on! Driftwood oak! It has a touch of grey to it and goes perfectly with what we want the house to look like! After comparing driftwood looks available, we decided to go with the Allen + Roth style from Lowes.

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Nice, huh??

Bonus! Even though it’s not pure hardwood, it’s actually really nice! Durable, nice width (I don’t like skinny boards), and had a pad attached to it!

We ordered it and the transition strips and stair noses we needed and bought flooring glue, those blocks that you hammer on instead of the floor itself, some random tools that I don’t remember what they were for, and a table saw thing so we could cut and install ourselves!

Lowe’s offers installation, but this was something we could do ourselves!

What really made the shopping difficult and result in multiple trips was the baseboards. OH THE FREAKING BASEBOARDS.

After looking at baseboards and the expense it might be, we decided to save some money and just repaint what was currently in our home. You can see the baseboards in the picture above! Skinny and nothing fancy, but painted white, they would look just fine and we could replace them later!

Or so we thought….

Check back in for Pt. 3: The Baseboard Debacle

 

The Great Floor-scapade! Pt. 1: Time for an Update

First home related post! Whoop whoop!

My husband and I bought a house last June, a cute split entry in a great location! Yeah it needed some updating; the appliances are cream colored…whyyy? But besides the flooding in the ground floor that was fixed before we bought it, the changes needed were cosmetic and personal style choices.

So we went to work! Painting was our first item on the list…and we went from yellowy cream walls and a brick orange-red accent:Image

To a calming blue tinted grey that would look fabulous with the eclectic style choice we get when we combine my husband’s preferences with mine. Here is a picture from early on in the process!

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Seriously…SOOOO much better. The red literally made my head hurt.

So we painted, and added new white plug and light switch plates, worked on the faucet and shower handles in the bathroom, put in a new dining room light instead of that brassy chandelier, purchased and put together some new furniture, but we kind of just stopped there.

**Validation time! We got married in September, and had so many things going on. My last year of graduate school started in August, etc…but really, we got so far and then put it on the back burner.**

But then spring time came again and BAM! HGTV fueled home improvement energy came surging back! So what would we do? The bathroom? Updating that would be wonderful! Getting rid of the textured walls, the peeling paint from the moisture, putting in new and trendy shelves, vanity and mirror! It would be a lot of work, but I wanted to do that so badly!

But we also wanted new floors…Our carpet was a dingy cream with stains everywhere. Stains from the old owners, stains from spilling a bit of paint, stains from our two beloved pets who don’t understand the “THROW UP ON THE TILE” requests. New floors would look so good! Make cleaning pet oopsies even easier!

So after doing some number crunching and deciding what we would get the most use out of right now, we went with the floors!

So began the Great Floor-scapades as I am calling it!

Check back in for more updates on how our flooring process has gone!

I’d love to hear about your home improvement escapades! Let me know what DIY projects you’ve attempted to spruce up your living space!