I am ripping up the (godawful) laminate floors that cover my entire house (there’s hardwood underneath, but it’s…troubled). As soon as the laminate comes up, the smell is just unbelievably bad. It smells like an unholy mixture of cat urine and feet. Anyone have any suggestions? I ‘d steam mop it but the floors are so rough that the fabric cover of the steam mop just balls up and catches on everything.
As soon as I get all the floors ripped up (I just have the living room left to go) I’m going to get an estimate on refinishing. Cross your fingers that it comes in somewhere like $1500 dollars. That’s the price where I’d whip out my checkbook without a moment’s hesitation. What do you think? 9oo ish square feet? No where close to that? Sounds about right? I’ve lost my mind? Your cousin will do it for me for $1000?
If it’s much more than that I’m going to do it myself. You can rent a drum sander from Home Depot for only $35 ish dollars a day, and then I just have to figure out what to do with these pesky children and all my furniture. The nice part about my doing it myself is that I get to use large pieces of equipment, which I am always a fan of. Also I can probably do it one room at a time, so I won’t have to move my entire house into the backyard.
I have no idea why I am embarking on this project right now. It starts raining and I get bored, which is pretty much the history of every project I’ve ever done in this house. Mr. E just comes home and finds half the fireplace on the living room floor and I say “I got bored. Sorry.”
The good news is that even as terrible as the floors smell, and even though they are totally screwed up, I am SO happy to have that (godawful) laminate flooring out of my house. If you ever want to see a showpiece of the most questionable choices one can make at Home Depot I’d be glad to show you the pictures of our house when we moved in.
The other good news is that after the floors are done, I really think we’re on the home stretch when it comes to fixing up this house. There are always things I COULD spend money on, like adding the windows back into the living room that were removed and tiling a kitchen backsplash, but in terms of things that MUST be done, I think we’re pretty much down to some landscaping and replacing the (godawful) front doors.
Oh, and replacing the final two boob fixtures, in the bedrooms. Some day I’m going to make 450 post it notes that read “Just say no to boobs” and post them all over the display lamps in Home Depot.
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