Just over 4 years ago (it was 4 years last month) we moved into our house. I was about 25 weeks pregnant with the boys at the time and this is what the front of our cute little house looked like.
Pretty cute, but honestly it needed some work to make the outside look a bit more inviting. So we planted some plants in the really bare spots and put down some mulch.
Yikes! I honestly had forgotten just how bad that area looked…
This was a couple of weeks after we moved in, so I was about 27 weeks pregnant. This is also the last picture I took of myself during my pregnancy with the boys. I’d say I was about the same size here that I was when I had Lily. Notice the tiny little plants? This is what that area looks like now (minus the pregnant woman, of course!).
Much nicer to look at!
You might also notice the windows look different. We replaced all the windows in the house over two springs. So much nicer to look at and so much more energy efficient!
That crew of kids is a new addition too!
Considering we have 4 kids under 4 (and I can’t say that for much longer!) we’ve actually done pretty well in the “home improvement” department. I feel like the outside of our house is much more inviting now than it was 4 years ago. Now it’s time to make the inside more inviting!
Our carpet is gross. Cheap carpet and a bunch of children don’t mix well for the long term. I’ll put it this way – in addition to the occasional Sonic slush being spilled on it, other various uh, liquids, have landed on it… we did potty train three boys after all, and the stomach flu has made it’s way through our home a couple of times. A fellow triplet mom may have put it best when she called her old carpet “a petri dish”. Yep. That’s a good description.
For months and months Nick and I have discussed ripping up the carpet and putting down wood or fake wood. About a month ago, Nick got inspired and peeled back a corner of the carpet to make sure we didn’t already have wood underneath. Guess what? We did! We checked in the living room, dining area and way back in our bedroom – wood all around! Hooray!
On Friday night, Nick enjoyed our carpet in the dining area (who puts carpet there?! Silliest place ever.) one last time and we started ripping.
90 minutes, 2 blisters (on me) and 1 cut (on Nick) later, we had all of the carpet, staples and nail strips off the floor in the dining area. Wow. Rough shape!
Some of the marks are a result of lazy contractors who figured the floor would be covered anyway, so just let the paint and putty drip wherever. Some of it is from who knows what. We’re now pricing out what it would cost/take to fix ourselves and what it would cost to have someone come in and do it for us. After we figure that all out, we’ll decide if we can do the dining area, living room and hallways (We plan to leave carpet in the bedrooms) or if we should just tackle the dining area for now.
In a couple of spots, we can see what great potential this floor has and we’re excited about it! I’ll definitely post the finished product.
What about you? Have you refinished a floor before?