We have stripped carpet, prepped slab and put in beautiful, eco-friendly, renewable source bamboo flooring in our own home before, so we knew what we were getting into,...mostly. There were a few hiccups in the slab prep, but it worked out. I'm gonna upload some photos of the progress, I'll warn ya, it ain't pretty haha! I have so many lovely props, wardrobe and textures it's overwhelming, but with this renovation, I want to get back to clean design and getting rid of some items. I love the Edward Hopper feeling of the first photo, that empty mid-century chair spotlighted, it new things were changing, lol.
Yay! The rein of the horrible carpet is over! If only it could talk, the stories told in this room, oh my! Next was creating our "Dexter kill room" This was fun.
By the end of the project I was losing my mind, I can't stand the hoarders look! Even if it's nicely stacked and a beautiful mix of antiques, vintage and just plain fun dress up! It was EVERYWHERE! Here's just one shot of the guest bed and a huge <neatly> piled wardrobe mound. I cannot express the amount of frustration I was having passing by this daily. You don't think you're obsessive compulsive,..until you just are, lol.
On to the slab prep, now if you notice there is a strip of white at the left side. THAT was the hiccup we were not planning on. The old man and original home owner who lived in the adjoining house (our house) to the studio and built this room was notorious for is short cuts, you have no idea how many close calls and how many times we've cursed his name. He's on the other side now I'm sure laughing his ass off at us trying to un-do his "handy work" (Thanks a lot, Ken! And we'd appreciate it if you'd stop messing with the lights and knocking on things too!)
So, this little short cut for leveling the new and old slabs? WALL PLASTER! 20 year old hardened and mean wall plaster that no amount of sanding, scrapping or grinding would get rid of, and it just wasn't a large enough project to warrant renting equipment. We are putting in a permanent half wall at the edge of the slab at a later point, removing a lot of trouble trying to make the two level. Thank God that was the plan all along or I would have overwhelmed, I can't always handle big change in plans like this. We went all old ancient Greek classic sculpture style and hand chiseled a 2x16 foot strip of hell off the slab. We're gonna need a bigger chisel,...Are we done yet?
And it's gone at last!
I did my Cinderella routine of scrubbing the rest with a heavy bristle brush, mopped and it was ready for the next step! That step was taking a break with Velzy in the yard (Biiiiiiiiiig Yaaaaaaaawn!)
And so it begins! The awesome thing with this bamboo and the slab is that it doesn't need sub-flooring, Just some awesomely industrial and messy glue made for the flooring.
Ok, maybe one more break before I get back to it ;) My mask matches the wall! Once I luxuriated, on to the next! I won't lie, I was burning out. I had reached critical mass with all the labor on my ever enlarging "alien" bump on my wrist and the disaster of having "work" life <wardrobe, props etc> everywhere in my home.
It took 3 days to get in all the new floors, with cutting and gluing. This was the last day of installation of the floors. It took another day and a half to do the baseboards, but I don't have any photos of the base board, do ya really need it anyway? ;)
Look at those purdy floors and tall, noble base boards! I'm in heaven! Now to move the familiar hell of wardrobe and props in, haha, I'll miss seeing you floors and boards! I actually still haven't put everything back in because I'm hellbent on getting rid of somethings, they absolutely MUST NOT ENTER the studio, or they might try and stay. Maybe I should do a "Barter Kings" style adventure with some of my loot and document it!
Getting mighty full in there, but still looks so incredibly beautiful and different, I am so happy. When all was said and done, this undertaking was right at about $600, amazing isn't it? A HUGE change without breaking the bank. Now to find reasonable roman shades and we'll really be in business ;)
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