Room Formerly Known As Rick’s Room: Floored by the effort

Painting is done.  I have visions of a nice floor that isn’t carpet.  I have to consider Ms. Sascha when I pick a floor though.  Rich likes to say she has diamond tipped nails.  That’s pretty close to the truth.  They are almost harder than diamonds.

After shopping around, I found a hickory laminate floor that I could afford.  Now I was hoping it was easy to install.  Rich would be making the cuts on the saw for me, but I was planning to put this floor in by myself.  Good luck to me!

I made the order on the floor right before I started to pain.  It should only take a couple of weeks to get the floor into the store.  Unfortunately, it took a little bit longer than that.  I waited and called the store periodically.  In the meantime, I was getting emails that said my floor was in.  It wasn’t.  Finally, a message on the machine said it had arrived.

I made an appointment to pick the floor up.  I arranged with Rich to borrow the truck so I could get it to the house.  At the appointed time, I parked in front of the big rollup door.  The sales guy loaded the nine boxes from the pallet into the back of the truck.

Back at the house, I had to unload the nine boxes myself.  I picked one up and lugged it from the garage through the house to the Room Formerly Known as.  It weighed a little more than I thought I could carry, but it felt good to get it into the house.  It was exactly what I had planned on putting into that room.

Rich came home and I was proud to show it off.  I even recounted making the trip from the garage to the Room Formerly Known as for the nine boxes.  They were all lined up and resting comfortable as they get acclimated to their new home.

The timing wasn’t good for this though.  This was Thursday and my Derby party was on Saturday.  The floor had to acclimate for three days before I could start the installation.  At this point, it was going to be several more days than that before I could think about getting started.

It was a couple of weeks later before I got Rich started to think about the floor.  We planned out how we would start the work and work toward completing the install.  We got the first row in place.  After making the first cuts for the next row, we snapped the planks together and attempted to snap the row into the first row.  It just didn’t want to fit.  The directions said you only had to snap the tongue and groove together.  It just didn’t want to fit.

After some struggle, Rich tapped the row into place.  This was going to take more than I could for the install.  Unfortunately, it was going take a lot out of Rich to do also.  We did three rows and called it quit for the day.  Rich’s tennis elbow was acting up from the stress of pushing and pulling on the floor.

Slowly, but surely, we kept working at the floor three rows at a time.  But the time we reached the middle, Rich figured out that the tapping block needed a line cut down the middle to accept the tongue from the first row.  This made it a little easier, but the locking action didn’t always come easily.  It was taking a lot of strong arm tactics to get it in place.

We were about three-quarters of the way through the install before we finally started to figure out some little things to help.  We were down to just about the last three rows.  We got the last long rows into place.  I figured out on the last row how to use the tapping bar to lift the plank in place.  Doesn’t that figure?

That just left the smaller sections going into the doorway.  It was simpler from here since it was shorter lengths.  Rich made the cuts to get around the wall and across the doorway.  With that done, we did a fist bump and congratulated ourselves on surviving.  We hurt from the pressure and crawling around.

However, the floor looked great.  It shines and the color is great.  I love it!  Thanks, dear, for helping I put in such a great floor.  Now I need to install the floor in the closet and it’s all done.

This morning, we shopped for a new door and the trim going back into the room.  I have a plan.  The rehab continues.

Starting the floor from the left.
Starting the floor from the left.
First rows from the right side of the room.
First rows from the right side of the room.
Halfway from the left side of the room.
Halfway from the left side of the room.
Halfway from the right side of the room.
Halfway from the right side of the room.
Almost done from the left side of the room.
Almost done from the left side of the room.
Almost done from the right side of the room.
Almost done from the right side of the room.
Done from the doorway.
Done from the doorway.
Don from the left side of the room.
Don from the left side of the room.
Done from the right side of the room.
Done from the right side of the room.

Room Formerly Known as Rick’s Room: Rehab Begins

I’m winding down on the rehabilitation of the Room Formerly Known as Rick’s Room.  I was planning to do one long blog, but have decided that I really should do a blog of each task that I have performed.   Then I can do one blog for the finish.

First step was to take out the decrepit carpet.  Its integrity was still good, so I had to find a very sharp carpet knife to get through it.  I managed to slice it into sections that could be folded into construction bags for disposal.  This left a lot of sand, dirt, and other things I could not identify, and maybe I didn’t want to.  At least the under floor was in good shape.

After cleaning up my mess, I moved on to pulling the trim from the walls and around the windows and doors.  This is tricky work.  It can be difficult to pull the trim without breaking through the walls.  Luckily, I only had a couple of issues with poking holes into the drywall.  This would mean some patching, taping, and spackling to repair.

Rich wanted to take the opportunity to add grounding wires to the outlets in the room.  We knew the outlets were the original wiring and didn’t have the correct grounding.  Since I was tearing things up anyway, it would be a good time to fix the issues with the room.  Rich cut holes in the drywall and ran the extra wires to tie the outlets to ground.

Rich then worked on getting the squares of new drywall into place.  This would be the first time I’ve tried my hand at taping and mudding.  It’s not that I did a good job at it, but it was a fairly decent job for a first time.  I was proud of it.

Sanding wasn’t too difficult.  You need a fine touch to do the sanding without destroying the layers underneath.  After three layers of mud and smoothing out the layers, I had the walls ready for the first layers of paint.

The last time I painted the room, I had added glow in the dark pain to create stars sparkling in the midnight sky on the ceiling and upper part of the walls.  I had to sand these multiple spots over the surface to ensure they were smooth.  After this was done, the walls were washed down and dried well.

I decided to go to Ace Hardware and try their Valspar paint for this project.  The personnel at the Paint Desk assisted me with picking out the paint and then making up samplers of the two colors.  I wanted to be sure that it was going to cover the midnight blue on the ceiling first.

Back home, I got my painting utensils together.  We keep all of our painting tools together in one drawer out in the workshop.  This makes it easy to find things and to keep up with the supplies when I need to buy more.  I had purchased extra rollers and pan liners.  I was ready to rock and roll on the next phase of this project.

My first test was to check the light blue that would be covering the ceiling.  My paintbrush dipped into the can and my first swipe went onto the wall.  The first coat covered beautifully.  The color was very nice also.  I made a couple of swipes with the colonial blue that would be on the walls.  I was glad to see that my colors would work over the existing colors.

The next day, I was on my way back to Ace to pick up a gallon of each color.  It was time to getting painting on the room.  I talked to the guy at the desk about tips while waiting for the paint to mix.  He had a lot of good ideas to make the project go smoothly and minimize the amount of time I needed to put into it.

Taping is not my favorite part of a paint job.  I had a couple of rolls of tape.  That should allow me to tape off the ceiling for the first part of this job.  The tape was applied and I started cutting in the edges.  The first coat went on and looked really good.  I didn’t see any signs of the midnight blue or the sparkling stars.  A couple of hours later, I put on the second coat.

The job went pretty well.  The only problem was that I could hardly walk afterwards.  How did that happen?  It think was all the up and down on the ladder.  I didn’t know if I was going to get the walls done.  This was going to hurt a little, I think.

The next day, I stretched out to get limber.  Man, my muscles still hurt.  Well, this thing wasn’t going to get done by itself.  First, I needed to tape off the room.  Then it was time to open the new gallon of paint and get the brush working.

By the end of the first day, I had the first coat of colonial blue up on the walls all around me.  Luckily, I didn’t feel as beat up as the first day.  I might actually survive this.  I left the windows open to help with the drying.

Unfortunately, I needed to work the next day.  Finishing up the painting would be work done in the evenings for a while.  After dinner, I changed into my painting clothes and collected my brushes.  After a couple of nights, I was able to get the wall completed.  Yes, and I could still walk.

The color turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head.  This was going to be a great room.  I can’t wait for the other parts to come together and add to the character of the room.

After working so hard, I slept really well for several nights.

Looking at the doorway from the south wall.
Looking at the doorway from the south wall.
From the southeast corner to the northwest corner
From the southeast corner to the northwest corner
From the southwest corner to the northeast corner
From the southwest corner to the northeast corner
From the northeast corner to the southwest corner
From the northeast corner to the southwest corner
One of my taping and mudding efforts for the outlet repairs.
One of my taping and mudding efforts for the outlet repairs.
Another of my taping and mudding efforts.
Another of my taping and mudding efforts.
Ceiling is done and first coat is on the walls.
Ceiling is done and first coat is on the walls.
Looking into the room from the door.
Looking into the room from the door.
From northeast corner to southwest corner
From northeast corner to southwest corner
From southeast corner to northwest corner
From southeast corner to northwest corner
From southwest corner to northeast corner
From southwest corner to northeast corner