It's Gonna Get Dusty!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's about to get dusty!

This is our great room.
There used to be a pool table in here with stools for resting while playing a game of pool, a few chairs for TV viewing, and also a desk with a computer.  This room has been my YUCK room, really ugly with popcorn ceilings and dark paneling, you can see the before here.

Once the kids moved out on their own the pool table and stools were given away, the room was painted and it has evolved into this...

It looks much better now than it did.
When we have all the family over to eat the glass top table is used for extra seating.
There are lounge chairs for Mr. Heart when he wants to watch a ball game if I'm watching something else in the den, but we still don't use this room very often.

Our den is where we gather when guests come to visit and the place we spent most of our leisure time.  It is located up a couple of stairs from the great room and on the other side of the kitchen.

We don't need a den and a great room so we've decided that our current den and small kitchen will soon become our NEW farmhouse style kitchen (yippee!) and the great room will be the main room we gather in for visiting, relaxing, and watching TV.

To get things rolling we first need to clear out the great room so new hardwood flooring can be installed and then we can begin the demo of the old den and kitchen areas for the new kitchen!

This is what the great room looked like a few months ago...

This is how it looks now.
The closet shelving has been torn out and Mr. Heart is sizing up the sub-floor situation...

All the furniture has been removed and is stacked up in the living room.
The current sub-floor is MDF so it has to be removed and replaced with the proper sub-flooring so the hardwoods can be installed, a back breaking job for Mr. Heart.

All the wiring for the computers and television had to be relocated.  Mr. Heart is under the house waiting on me, but I had to snap a picture of Ellie-Mae!  She goes crazy when she hears Mr. Heart's voice coming from underneath the house but cannot see's so funny to watch her!

The furniture is gone,
the curtains are down,
the wiring relocated,
the sub-floor has been removed,
and today the wood is being delivered.
The wood will have a few days to acclimate to the temperature of our home before Thursday's installation, then there will be several days of sanding and sealing.

(we pulled the carpeting back up to help keep as much warmth in the room as possible),

Guess what we found in the process of tearing up the carpet?
Remnants of the earlier carpet in our 1973 home, can you guess what it looked like?

It was built in 1973 so just one guess!

Yes, it was orange shag carpet!

I am so thankful to be getting this done, but I do wish I could leave and come back once it's all finished!

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  1. Oh Cindy, what a HUGE undertaking! It's mind-blowing how one remodel dominoes into SO much more. I hope you have plastic sheets hanging and taped to keep that dust down to a minimum! I just know it's going to be fabulous in the end, and that alone keeps a heart light. Bet you can't wait until Friday, when the floor is finished (hopefully) being installed there!

  2. I love hardwood floors, so I can't wait to see your room all finished. I laughed out loud when I saw the orange shag! When I was growing up my parents bought a new house that had wall to wall orange shag all over the beautiful wood floors. The owner was so proud she had them professionally cleaned right before the closing and my parents didn't have the heart to tell her, there first project was to rip all that carpeting out. ;)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  3. WOW it is going to be awesome Cindy! Happy New Year. Stay warm my friend. XO

  4. Oh wow, what a huge undertaking, but it is going to be fabulous. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party - - - Hugs, Marty

  5. So excited for you Cindy!!!!! tear downs are the ugliest and most difficult! Good luck ! Will follow along your progress for sure!

  6. Hi Cindy! Oh, this is exciting and I'm so glad for you. Sounds like you're really on your way now. How nice Mr. Heart can do some of the work himself! Can't wait to see it all. Take three deep breaths and cover your nose to protect it from dust and you'll be fine! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Hmmm...those orange remnants sure look like shag to me! Gotta love those 70's! It's going to be beautiful, I have no doubt :)

  8. We've been living in dust for 4 months now and things are finally starting to come together. Woo-hoo for Mr. Heart. At our house Charlie is my demolition man but we hired pros for the install. Can't wait to see your new floor. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  9. It's a huge job but gonna look AWESOME...:)
    Here from Cozy Little House

  10. I know it is a lot of work....but you are going to love it!!

  11. All the best on your project. I'm sure when the dust has settled it will be worth it.

  12. What a wonderful undertaking and I am so looking forward to the After. Loved the Orange shag find.

  13. We did a similar project when we had a baby crawling on the floor! I was chasing that kid around for weeks!

  14. How exciting!! Can't wait to see the transformation...I know is going to be beautiful!!

  15. Cindy,

    I love that you are so positive and keeping your sense of humor during this major overhaul. What I truly love is how HUGE this room is!! So much potential and so I can't wait to see what you do! Hang in there. In a few months it will be just a memory!


  16. I know your remodels will be so pretty. How excited you must be! I love home improvement projects, and I look forward to your posts about your projects, Cindy.

  17. I think your great room is bigger than my house!

  18. You are so organized and on schedule, Cindy! It's going to look lovely and I can't wait to see the transformation and what you finally went with regarding the design and colours of your new kitchen! Very exciting!!


  19. It's going to be so exciting to get a new space and totally worth the dust and mess. I am looking forward to your update posts.

  20. Good luck and I can't wait to see all your hard work pay off!

  21. Hi Cindy- Third time trying to get this out- it keeps popping off into nowhere! Anyway, it is a big job but it will be so nice when you are done. I can't wait to see it and hope you post pictures of the process. Love the one of the dog looking for the "master" Have a great day- xo Diana

  22. Hi Cindy - Good luck with the reno. Look forward to seeing the end result.
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  23. How exciting and I can't wait t o see the progress. The dog and your daughter with the cat and her nose on the window, priceless!!!


  24. I've been living in a house under renovation for four years, so I feel your pain, but it'll all be worth it, even the dust!

  25. Wow! You have been doing some hard work. I am very impressed with how handy you two are. It's going to be an amazing transformation!

  26. So tomorrow is the big day! How exciting. I've been through that myself a few years ago and it was a mess, but the outcome is well worth it. I know you are happy the big day is finally here.

  27. I'm excited to see your room when it is complete. The picture of your little girl and the cat literally made me laugh out loud! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Oh demo!! I love demo!! ;) And LOL the orange carpet. Soo funny, we have done so much remodeling in our home, I have an entire little baggy filled with remnants (old flooring, vinyl, shag carpeting etc) ...that looks just like that! ;)

  29. that room has
    some beautiful bones
    and i can't wait to see what
    it will look like finished

    and orange!

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!

  30. Oh, how well I remember going through all of this in our previous home. You just have to grit your teeth and muddle through, Cindy. The "pain" will be worth it when it's all finished! I really thought the old carpet color was going to be green -- also very popular in the 70's, but no less horrible!

  31. You two are amazing at all the work you are doing. So nice your hubby is on board with it. Can't wait to see it all done!


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