Friday, July 10, 2009

It all started out with a weird smell...

Oh, Snap!

Sooo, I had a little accident. Well, I have to admit, it was kinda sorta an accident. Here is my story and I am sticking to it until I die:

I noticed that there was a weird malodorous smell coming from my laundry room (actually, you can call it a closet because I don't think a 6 x 6 area actually should count as a full-fledged "room", but that is neither here nor there...). So, industrious and burly as I am, I decided to move things around in my laundry nook. Although I found a couple of socks that had apparently jumped ship and hid behind the washer, and an entire colony of fuzz bunnies, I could not figure out that darn smell. In fact, now that I think about it, as soon as I started moving things around, it was gone. Weird...anywho, as I was moving back the washer, I heard a sound. I thought, "Houston, we have a problem." Although we had a couple of smallish tears in our ever-so-lovely 1994 vinyl floor, they were manageable, and didn't make me too crazy. Now, we had a gaping frisbee-sized window to our concrete. Oops! I can't say that I was sad really. In fact, I had to restrain myself from jumping for joy that I actually had a reason, a legitimate reason, to flex my handyman, um, handylady muscles! So, I bit the bullet. I decided to just start a rippin'. I popped up the quarter round and tore that sonofagun out of there. It felt so liberating! Once the demo was done, I looked around at my handiness and exclaimed, "Oh, crap (excuse the French), T is going to kill me...that or he will think I am the goddess of home repairs!"

Off to Lowe's I went and picked up this:

Vinyl, peel & stick wood flooring

I had been eyeballing it for months, and thought that it looked pretty nice (for the 98 cent per s/f price tag), and wanted to see it in an actual room. Well, here was my chance! I wasn't about to even attempt tile work on my own, and I was determined to get it done TODAY! So, off I went with 1 box of vinyl wood, 10 extra "planks", a scraper (to get all of that darn stubborn glue off of the tile) and a smile on my face. I am woman, hear me roar!

So, for the next 2 hours, I scraped, cut, peeled and stuck my way into pure bliss.

In progress...

Voila'! Ain't she puuuuurdy! Cost me less than $40!

By the way, totally random, but over at WalMart (Yes, I said WalMart. Where else could I have gone in Podunkville at 9:30 PM?), in the garden section, they have these amazing little lanterns in both black and COPPER! Yes, COPPER. Be still my heart! They look like these that you can find at Pottery Barn. They are $10 each. You read it right, $10 EACH for the small or the large, and the large is, well, pretty large!

They also had a big hurricane candle holder that had a black metal or COPPER base with a matching rim around the top. Again, $10! As my mama use to say, "You can't beat that with a stick!"

2 brilliant things my peeps said about this:

stephanie said...

I LOVE what you did. I 'm also glad I found your blog. How are you? I also "blog stalked" you & looked at what you did in Miss C's room.......ADORABLE (the room & her!!!). Have a great day.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh my goodness! It looks amazing! Now you are brave AND talented! I love how it turned out. :) I also love those lanterns; and you're right~ they do look every bit as good as something from Pottery Barn! :) I can think of a friend who would LOVE those for Christmas! :)

I hope you are having a good week!