28 January 2013

It's been a while -- and some home DIY

Every weekend since July I have been meaning to update this blog. Before I knew it, it was January! I left my previous job for another in June of last year, and I've been consumed with work. Now that I feel more acclimated to my new workplace, I hope to revive the blog.  Although I'd love to commit to posting at least once a week, I'm definitely not promising it.

I'm still gardening and cooking (although less than I'd like), and now I (and my husband) have added DIY home renovation to the mix. We bought our home in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in May 2011, and it's been long enough that we now know what changes we want to make. And there are a lot of them! Among the biggest is refinishing the original wide-plank heart pine subfloor on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Currently, both floors are carpeted. I hate carpet, and the hideous brown color doesn't help matters any.  Here's what the floor underneath looks like.

As you can see, the floors are in desperate need of refinishing. So, we're in the painstaking process of ripping out the carpet and pulling out countless staples, all of which will take us many, many weeks. We will then attempt to sand and finish the floors ourselves. I am not looking forward to the process, but I also really want to learn how to do as much myself as possible.

While the 2nd and 3rd floors can be refinished, our 1st floor is a whole other issue. That's because the previous owner decided to tile the entire floor. That's right - ceramic tile in our living room, dining room, hallways, kitchen, and half-bath. While we'll likely keep the flooring in the bathroom and kitchen, I can no longer stand living with the rest of it. The floors are ugly and freezing cold in the winter (although, they are a godsend in the summer). Since tearing out the tile is a bigger task than either of us are prepared for, we've decided to cover it with a floating wood floor. The biggest issue is that it's not perfectly even, so we'll have to tackle that as well.

Here's a snapshot of the floor in the living room (complete with a cheap, temporary rug). Isn't it awful??