Soooooo I’m not sure what to say after such a long and awkward silence. There is some coughing and clearing of the throat. Some eye shifting, wondering who should go next. That nervous laugh…
…lets just dive right in shall we?
LAST TIME ON THE SMITHOCRACY (radio show announcer voice)
I left you with the knowledge that we completed the Art Studio. How fun! I promised to share all the wonderful projects that came out of that. And share I shall! Let’s first start with the floor.
Ahhhhhhhh the beautiful, beautiful floor.
I LOVE this floor. I L-O-V-E this FLOOR! I even LURVE it. I wish you could reach in and touch it. Anyone that comes to the Smithocracy in Real Life, I make touch the floor. It is so silky soft. Seriously get down and rub your face on it. Ahhhhhh Smoooooooth.
So how did this floor get here. Well it came from the big Orange Box.
It is Tiger Striped Engineered Bamboo. We chose to get the click and lock for easy install. Once it was home, we had to let it get climatized for a few days. So we introduced it to it’s future home and left it to itself. Once Mr. Tiger was acquainted, it was time to do something about the carpet.
This was really easy. Just pull it back and roll, roll, roll. Easy enough that we recruited the best helpers.
A little tougher was removing the rug. But not as tough as we expected.
And when I say we, I mean Dan. I actually did not do a single thing on this project. I was the supervisor. Which means I took pictures and said “good job,” “looks great,” “your amazing.” All those supportive things that helps ensure future project help.
Here the pad is removed and Dan celebrates with an awkward pose.
We (again, by we I mean Dan) did have to do a little scraping to remove the old carpet pad remnants. However, I don’t know if it is because of the newness of the house, or if the installation was poor, but the pad came off a lot easier than we supposed. Huzzah!
Next it was time for the new pad. This is a layer that you put between the wood floors and the cement. It helps with squeaks and protects it from moisture from coming up. So don’t skip this step. There are a lot of options, so pick the one you think works best for your situation.
Once that was done it was time to start installing.
This is where I learned a new kind of math. I have been suspicious of this math for a while, but this project confirmed it.
New Project = New Tool
Using this math, Dan drove to Orange Box and got himself the perfect table saw. This actually is necessary for all the cutting that needs to be done. But you, dear reader can borrow one, or rent one for a much better price. Unless you too are married to a Dan. A Dan will insist it must live permanently at your house or else he will pout for a very long time. And no one wants that.
For the most part, the install went rather quickly. If I remember right, it was about 2 days.There are so many sites that explain how to do it, that it seems silly to repeat it. So just know it involves cutting, fitting, snapping, snapping, snapping, snapping, snapping, cutting, fitting, snapping, snapping…you get the picture.
And here is a picture to get!
Soon it was complete!
While I was gone one day, Dan installed the quarter-rounds and finished up the trim. So sorry, no pictures of that part of the process.
Phew! I never worked so hard in my life! ;-)
Here is a close-up for Mr. DeMille.
It’s so pretty!! I can’t even get it in picture form correctly! Just lay on it and love it, and pet it and tell it it’s pretty.
So there you have it, the story of the floor. I am not sure if you picked up one that fact that we are fans. Do you have a project you love so much you want to name it?
P.S. If you follow me on facebook than you know exactly why it has been so quiet. Just one of the benefits of being a fully fledged Smithocrat. :-)