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Bargain Find

In every House Beautiful, Traditional Home, or interior design blog I read these appear:

Pottery Barn $159.00

Ceramic garden stools. They can be used (as I demonstrated for Alex) in the garden, as extra seating inside or outside, or even a small table.The possibilities are endless, but at $159.00 this was not a possibility for mi casa. But guess what I found at Big Lots:

Big Lots $20.00

Yep $20.00! Ceramic AND better details. This baby is currently serving as a foot stool in my office and is perfect when I’m spending time working on my online class. Bargain find of the summer……so far.

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The Great Floor Debate

If you follow trends in interior design, or just observe what buyers are looking for in the housing market, you probably know that hardwood flooring is the most desirable type of flooring around. When Alex and I began our house search we were hoping to find something with hardwood or at the very least at least hardwood in a portion of the house. We lucked out though when we found our house on Lynnwood. The entire house (with the exception of the addition) had hardwood flooring. The only room that hard carpet was the “side room”. The carpet was in awful shape, so we knew right away flooring would be an investment.

Of course, hardwood flooring comes with a price tag and in most cases a hefty price tag. I wanted hardwood. Alex wanted something economical. Thankfully, we live in the 21st century and laminate is here to make us both happy! We shopped around at Lowe’s and Home depot and they did have some good deals, but Alex still wasn’t willing to “splurge”. He got on Lumber Liquidators website and found out that there is in fact a store in Lexington and they had some crazy deals!!

Not only did they have great prices but they had a very wide variety to choose from. Everything from laminate to bamboo flooring (one day my friend, one  day.). In the end we settled on a very light laminate from Utopia.

Is it the highest quality? Probably not, but it did come with a 10 year warranty. Is it exactly what we’ve always dreamed of having in our home? No, we actually are more cherry or mahogany people. But did it fit into our budget and look great. YES and YES! Including the padding (which helps control moisture) and 330 sq. feet of laminate, we spent a whopping $300.oo for our new floor! Alex was beyond thrilled with the savings and I was happy as a lark because I got what I wanted. 😉

They offered professional insulation, which I would recommend if you haven’t laid laminate before or don’t have an amazing father-in-law to do it. Thankfully, I have the latter. Of course as my grandfather would say “you get what you pay for.” And we paid $300 for new flooring, meaning it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park to lay. The first four rows posed a problem. Because this room used to be a carport the floor is not exactly level, making it very difficult to get each piece in correctly. We also found on the Google people who had used Utopia also had problems getting the floor started, but after the first few rows things went very smoothly. It took Mitch and Alex about 6 hours to get the first four rows laid . Alex made me stay at my parents house because he thought I would flip out, so I don’t know a ton of details about the problems that occurred. After a good night’s rest, the next day was much more successful.

Because the fireplace sits at an angle Alex had to cut several of the pieces in order for them to fit just right.

It took us three days to purchase and lay the floor. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to walk to the shower on something else besides worn 1960’s linoleum. Not mention, along with the paint color (details to follow), the room is much lighter.

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FINALLY!

First of all, thanks to all of you who are still checking the blog even though there hasn’t been an update in forever and a day! You guys are awesome! Second, school is out! YAY!!!!! And I am slowly starting to get back into doing things around the house. To be honest, I was suffering from a little burnout. Between school and the sloooowwwww progress of the side room, for the last month and half I haven’t wanted to touch anything even slightly related to the house. BUT over the last week we have made major progress with the room (which I will detail later).

Right now we’re dealing with an unbelievable amount of drywall dust. I don’t, but for some reason I just didn’t think people were serious when they said dust would be everywhere once we got done sanding. I was right. They lied. It’s EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE in this place! So, tomorrow will devoted to cleaning the entire house (since I also gave up on that about a month ago) and maybe a little painting.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN! Updates are on the way!!! 🙂

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Side Room/Living Room/Den Update

Since we last blogged there has been a massive amount of work done on our side room that is beginning to look like an actual living room or, for us, a den. Alex and Mitch have been busting it out over the last couple of days (Especially Mitch. He’s working on getting himself a sweet father’s day gift.)

All of the drywall is up, with the exception of the fireplace area, but that’s a special project so we’re saving that for last. I attempted to help Mitch out with drywall but I just ended up creating more work for him with the mess I made.  So far there are two coats of mud up. We’re hoping that we’ll be ready to paint by this weekend or at the beginning of next week! 🙂

Before

Demo

Drywall

Mud Time!

Looks like June 5th may be possible after all! 🙂

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The Reason Why Teachers Get Summer Vacation

I am the perfect example of why teachers get a summer vacation. We have a mere 22 school days left (thanks to our surprise flood day yesterday) and I’m not sure I’ll make it.  With end of the year comes the all important “standardized testing” that tells the world whether or not  I’m doing my job the kids have learned anything in the past 12 years.  I’m so exhausted when I get home these days that I barely have any energy to figure out what to eat for supper. But I’m hoping that by the end of next week (testing week) a huge amount of pressure will be lifted and I can get back into the many projects that need to be finished around here. Until then, chances are it’ll be hit or miss with updates. But starting June 5th I’ll have eight weeks to do whatever my heart pleases! 🙂

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A Drenched Derby Day

Sheeeewww what a weekend! You always expect Derby Weekend to be little more crazy than the average weekend, but this year was just insane.

Of course it rained. Alex and his dads decided they would still brave Keenland (our yearly tradition), but I on the other hand did not feel like spending the day crammed inside with old handicappers watching simulcast. So, I hosted a little impromptu Derby Party at Lynnwood where the roses were blooming and the Bourbon was flowing. I can’t even tell you how many years I’ve bet on The Derby (horse betting in Kentucky starts at an early age), but I can tell you that I NEVER, EVER win. Except this year!! I took Mitch’s advice and placed $2 across on Super-Saver and FINALLY won some cash on the big race!!!

But then it kept raining. Between Derby night and Sunday afternoon we got over “5 of rain. We are so fortunate that we don’t live on a flood zone, but that didn’t mean we were exempt from flooding. Alex ventured out at about 4:00 to check our crawl space and this is what he found:

Yes, that’s our water heater and our furnace unit. And yes that is at least 6 inches of water. And you’re right, this does mean that we didn’t have any hot water or cool air. Thank goodness Mitch had a pump and thank goodness the flooding was bad enough to trap our best friends Matt and Sarah at our house. Matt jumped right in and helped Mitch and Alex get the pump going and even climbed the roof to find a leak.

Sarah did what she does best and kept me calmed down; along with enjoying our new lakefront property and reminding me I wouldn’t have school Monday.

But this morning the sun was shining bright!  It stopped raining. The water was out of the crawl space.The air condition man was over first thing this morning and got everything up and running again.   But our prayers are still going up for everyone that is still fighting the water. Especially in Nashville.

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Better Before or After?

I love, love, love when I hit up my favorite blogs and they have posted ‘Before and After’ pictures of  projects! I get all giddy! So imagine how excited I was when I found a WHOLE blog devoted to only ‘Before and After’ pictures! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!

You should check it out because not only are some of the transformations amazing, but there is always something inspiring to see!

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