Last week was a dfficult and wonderful time. It was the first step in muliple stages of changing the flooring in my home. When I purchased my home, it had like new wall to wall carpet which I hate. The first time I walked in the house I thought how nice it would look with wood-look tile. Tile is a cool surface in the hot climate of Florida and easy to maintain. Unfortunately, I only had 6 days from closing to move from my rented condo to the house. I was doing good to have the interior painted before the move. You may not have noticed that I rarely show a photo of my floors. Nope, I like to imagine how prettier it all will be without the carpet. Besides not liking the color (blue), I know carpet is not a good option for someone with allergies. Mike, my lawn guy and handyman, estimates I have about 10 pounds of sand in the rugs. Central Florida’s soil is mostly sand. No matter how much you vacuum or even steam clean, you can’t get it out. I choose a light wood look tile which reminds me of driftwood. The tile is lighter than the photos. I tried multiple times but cannot capture a more realistic photo.
Mike pulled up the carpet in the small guest bedroom and scrapped and scrubbed the floor clean to prepare for tile. There can’t be the slightest spot of old glue or dirt or the tile won’t lay flat and adhere to the floor. I did not remember to take a photo, but the walls of the room were lined with a pile of sandy dirt on the floor going around the room. It was unbelievable.
He laid the tile. He returned and grouted the tile. Then Vickie and I spent several days cleaning the floor, walls, and closet. There was a fine gritty residue from his scrapping the floor clean. Then we moved the guest bed back into the room with the two dressers. I’m taking my time deciding what goes on the walls, and I’m enjoying redoing the closet too. What I’m not enjoying is my asthma that was set off by the dust despite wearing a mask. I’m staying in the master bedroom with a closed door for the next week as I continue to clean wearing a mask to eliminate any more dust.
Originally we planned to redo the living room and dining/kitchen area at the end of July. Now we’ve agreed to do it November. This gives me 4 months to re-evaluate lots of possessions for give-away and throw-away. Redoing the floor is like a move but your address doesn’t change. I have to totally empty the main living area of my home including closets and pantry for Mike to remove carpet and the current kitchen tile. I plan to leave my home for a week while the work is done. I’ll share more on that later. Just wanted to give you a sneak peek at the little bedroom.
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