Week 63: Don’t worry about it; I’m just going to buy some furniture!

Last week, I was all but begging to finish something…anything.

This week, we finish a whole room!

The bonus room over the garage wasn’t the most likely candidate for the fist room to finish. I would have said that was most likely the dining room, which pretty much just needs baseboard to be complete. However, this week Josh tasked me with laying the carpet square flooring in the bonus room, and after completing that task, I think we both realized that with some trim, that room would be finished AND we could close the door on it and feel like we had accomplished something big.

So that’s how it went down.

As for laying the carpet square floor, here’s how that worked.

First, Josh and I went to Menards where you better believe I went through EVERY carpet square cutoff they had an picked the 130 that I wanted.

Then, before laying the tiles, I had to prepared the floor, which I did by sanding 400 square feet with an orbital hand sander hooked up to the shop vac. I’m not sure this is the optimal way to sand 400 square feet of subfloor…but it’s what we had!

Next we carried all the carpet squares upstairs where I sorted them into piles based generally on color. Then I began laying them out to make sure that no two colors ended up on top of each other, and that patterns were equally distributed around the room.

After everything was laid out, I took an Exacto knife to all the edge squares that had to be trimmed, and then stacked the squares back into piles in the order they were to be installed by row. Using a paint roller, I spread lots of carpet glue down about 36 inches at a time, and lined up and laid the carpet squares back down in order.

After letting everything dry, Josh went back through and installed trim and baseboard, and VIOLA! Our first finished room in the house!!

Finishing rooms in the house is good one, because obviously DUH!, and two because this week I got very insistent that it was time to start buying furniture. Actually, what happened was having been scouring Craigslist and Facebook marketplace for weeks, this was the week when I started finding things I really wanted.

And you know how you’ve got to move on those things when you find them!

So it started on Monday when a kitchen table that I thought we’d missed out on getting became available again. Obviously we needed THIS table right THIS moment, so off I went to buy the table, and then realizing that we didn’t have a great place to store a glass top table until we actually move, into the new house it went!

And then because having a glass top table with suede seats in the middle of a construction zone isn’t the greatest idea…the whole thing immediately got covered with padded blankets.

Next on the list is a dining room table, which I got really excited about three or four times this week…but then nothing panned out. There’s a new option potentially available next week, so stay tuned. In the meantime I just keep blocking things out in spaces where furniture is going to go.

Josh finished trimming all the door and windows in the house this week, and has now moved onto the baseboards in the upper bedrooms so that they can be prepared for carpet. We did pick our carpet this week as well, so once the trim is all set, we can start to get those spaces ready for install.

And now…for the love of everything…if we could just get the landscaper to show up to grade the yard. I swear he has dropped off the face of the planet and left us with a yard full of Dr. Seuss style weeds.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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