Archive for January, 2010

We’re Moving!!!

January 10th, 2010

Well, to the Basement that is.

Mr. vB and I spent the day yesterday ripping up the remaining tiles in the kitchen and hallway to fully expose our hidden gem.

Here is Before and After…

We’ve also started to pack up the entire first floor as come Thursday, that’s going bye bye too.

Why you might ask??  Well we are getting our hardwood floors refinished! HOORAH, or more like OMG- what am I thinking?!

I’m the kinda girl who loves a clean, organized house.  This is not what we currently live in and I am starting to freak out a bit. The stove and the refrigerator are going to live in the pantry area for a week.  All of the dining room furniture (ie. our new table/chairs and china hutch) and all of the living room furniture (L-shaped sofa, console tables, coffee table, and TV stand) already has or soon will be shoved stored in the sitting room off our master bedroom or down in the basement.  Then we are relocating the guest bed, a full length mirror, and any and all clothes, food, and gadgets that we might need, down to the basement for a week.

{See why I am freaking out?!?!}

Our hope is that it won’t be too dusty from the sanding or too stinky from the stain fumes.  It is really hard to find a place to relocate for a week that will allow 2 90lbs black labs to join you. {No offense Marty or Adrienne- I appreciate the offer to crash at your pad’s sans the pooch’s.  We might have to bite the bullet and pay for the dogs to be boarded if the dust and smell is too overwhelming!  So please don’t turn us away if you see us on your front porch one day!} And for those cat-lover readers of mine, Milo isn’t going to be left home alone.  He has his bags packed to stay a week at my Mums house.  I like to think it will be a mini vacation for him.  No big dogs to chase him around and tons of new rooms for him to explore.

Here’s what our living room and dining room looked like by the time we called it quits tonight.

I feel like Thursday morning is going to be here before we know it and we still have so much to do. {insert deep breath here} I will definitely keep you guys updated as this is going to be QUITE the adventure!

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing, Home Improvement, Kitchen Makeover

The Basement Breakdown- Part I

January 9th, 2010

Sounds like a dance move doesn’t it??

Anyways, here’s the breakdown on the basement floor project Mr. vB and I completed last weekend.

First we decided to split the room in half and tackle each side one at a time. We started at the back of the basement and everything that was located on that side got moved to the opposite end. (Make sense? This photo is obviously out of order, but I was trying to illustrate how we had to pack everything to one side of the room. See the pile of stuff hiding behind Mr.vB and the vacuum?)

Next we pulled up all the carpet tile in that area and prepped it for the resin waterproof sealer by vacuuming and sweeping.

Then we slapped on some coats of the resin with a simple paint roller.

Each coat of resin took about 2 hours to dry, and we wanted to apply at least 2 coats, so we timed it just right.  Each night at 8pm and then 10pm we applied the resin.  That way by the next morning it would be nice and dry!

Now the fun part- laying the floor panels.  We picked up an inexpensive laminate floor at Lowe’s as well as a vapor barrier to lay between the cement floor and the laminate panels.  We chose a laminate floor for two reasons.  One was that our budget was super tight and two because we knew it would be super easy to install.  We definitely wanted to go with a floating floor vs one you had to nail/glue down, as our cement floor was not exactly level.  Once we got the hang of locking each plank into place it was SUPER easy.  Mr vB was in charge of making the needed cuts with the Table Saw and I was in charge of laying down the strips of vapor barrier.

The hardest part was making sure we laid it in a straight line!  That’s why we started at the corner of the new wall that Mr. vB had just built.

And of course Boots had to get in on the action.

That’s it for the first side!

Mr. vB and I had just enough energy left to move everything back to this side of the room and repeat the resin process on the other half of the floor before we called it quits for the night.

The next morning we were off and running again!

Bailey came down once or twice to see what the noise was all about.

Here Mr. vB is installing the last plank! YEAH!



See- that wasn’t so hard was it? {ha-ha}

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Basement Makeover, Home Improvement

Shoe of the Month- January

January 7th, 2010

These are a definite splurge but I AM IN LOVE!

Hunter Boots

I spied the Silver ones at Nordstrom over Christmas and I was head over heels… Then I checked out the price tag…

$115 buck-a-roos! GULP!

Wonder if I can find them anywhere for under $75.

Then I could also afford the Fleece Socks to tuck into my new silver boots.

I think I could justify this purchase if I lived in Seattle, but here in Richmond it just doesn’t rain enough.  So we are either going to have to move, or I’m just going to have to keep dreaming.


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Shoe of the Month Club

House Update..

January 6th, 2010

Wanted to give you guys the update on my parent’s house.

{for any new readers, my parent’s experienced a terrible house fire back in June.  No one was hurt, thankfully, but the entire house was destroyed.  You can check out the progress of the house here.}

Things are coming along slowly but surely.  They are currently working on replacing the roof section by section… hence all the tarps.

Here’s a close up of the windows in one of the front bedrooms.

Look closely through them and you can see blue sky on the other side!  They must have been working on that section the day my mums took the photos.

And the Garage has also being rebuilt.

I think the best part is that my Mums still hung a xmas wreath on the front door.  That makes me smile.  You can burn their house down, but you can’t take away their spirit!

My parents are doing well and are trucking right along with making final decisions on things like the new interior finishes, the kitchen cabinets, and the sound-system.  I asked my dad if he was going to get one of those big remotes that controlled everything in the house, from the lights, to the speakers, to the toilet flushing. {Just like that remote Ozzy Osbourne used on his horrible reality show Meet the Osbournes. He never could figure out which button did what.  And Yes, I am admitting that I use to watch that show.} But the house still has quite a ways to go.  New electircal, HVAC, plumbing, windows, you get my drift.  I think at this point they are just hoping to get back in the house before the start of summer!

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Being Thankful, Family

Wrong Side of the Bed

January 5th, 2010

So I woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday morning. 

{Thanks to a little intestinal bug that Boots had- ‘nough said}

I couldn’t shake the bad mood all day.  Thankfully this morning I had no surprises waiting for me.

Except for this..

Take that Mr. vB for saying I don’t have a green thumb!

I received this orchid from my buddy Adrienne back in September.  It was in full bloom for about 2 months and then lost all its flowers.  BUT, with a little TLC from MOI, it is flowering again!

I’m feeling better already…

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Mrs.vB, Orchids

Starting the New Year off on the Right Foot

January 4th, 2010

Mr. vB and I rang in the New Year with our good buddies, the Bashams, down in Raleigh. {You can check out Joettte’s own blog here.} Prior to us leaving town, you might remember me mentioning that Mr.vB had been on vacation and he was up to some renovations in the basement.

His allergies have been going haywire lately and we thought it might have something to do with him spending so much time down in the unfinished basement. {His office and music studio are down there.}  We originally used carpet tiles to hide the ugly cement floor because we could get them all for FREE!  4 years later, the tiles have accumulated tons of dust and pet hair, but more importantly condensation is starting to collect underneath them. It’s not their fault {the carpet tiles}, it’s ours, as we apparently did not seal the concrete floor properly the first time!  I had a mold and moisture guy stop in a few weeks ago and luckily we had no mold, but he did recommend removing the tiles and resealing the floor with a resin based product.  We also thought this would be a good time to ditch the carpet tiles and see if it helped Mr. vB’s allergies.

So last week our Basement looked a little something like this.. {I’m totally embarrassed showing this to you guys.  Our Basement had turned into a total catastrophe!!}

As of last night it looked like this..

Pretty Amazing Transformation, eh?

I am currently working on a post with the full step by step details on how we accomplished it all.

Our next step down here will be to drywall the ceiling and the remaining cinder-block walls.  But that will be after we finish dealing with the floors upstairs.  Remember me mentioning that little project too?  Our entire first floor is about to get a little face lift of it’s own!!

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Basement Makeover, Mr.vB, Mrs.vB