Floors and dust and more dust and OMG did I mention the dust?
So yeah… about those floors. I wrote last month about pulling up our carpet and putting down laminate. And then all hell broke loose.
But the floors are done! (YAY).
Here was our living room before.
Beautiful beige carpet.
But then we did this.
For the record, I hate ripping up carpet almost as much as I hate painting. Carpet staples are the debbil.
Vista didn’t react well to all the dust stirred up and so went to stay with my parents for a few days while the actual flooring installation was being done. And it’s a good thing, because despite the effort to poly everything and keep things as clean as possible, laying down new floors creates a dust storm in your house (ie. don’t install new floors if you have any OCD cleaning issues).
This was our first glimpse of the new floors. Notice the lovely layer of dust on top. But I was still thrilled with how they came out. Even though it’s laminate, it has a hardwood look. And I’m so glad we went with the wider planks.
So after they were done the floors we washed and scrubbed and vacuumed the best we could before bringing Vista back home.
We managed her asthma and the effect the dust was having on it OK until the guys came over that next Monday to finish the stairs. The little bit of dust it created was just enough to send V over the edge and necessitate a nice little ambulance ride to the hospital.
We knew we couldn’t bring her back to the house after that until all the dust had died down and we had thoroughly cleaned everything. My parents were gracious enough to let Vista and I stay at their place for the week. Let me tell you, being back in my childhood room and sleeping in there with my daughter was weird.
We were contemplating going home Thursday morning when Vista informed us her ear was bugging her. V’s not ever the type of kid to complain that something hurts, so when she does we tend to take it pretty seriously. She complained just enough to get me to take her into the clinic and after that she never said a word about her ear hurting at all. But the doc at the clinic confirmed a bad ear infection. But then he listed to her chest and gave me one of those ‘doctor’ looks. Apparently she had one heck of a wheeze still going on.
So we ended up a my parents a few extra days while Bil did some extra cleaning and V got a few more days of antibiotics and steroids on board.
Since we’ve been home, she seems to be OK. But the floors are a bit of an adjustment.
Vista’s done a few slip and slides while trying to lean on the couch.
Our border collie is fine with the laminate (although he was very happy to have V home again).
My shepherd, however, hates the new floors, preferring now to reside in the front entryway or V’s play tent when she brings it out.
(I think the pink brings out his eyes).
So, yeah. It’s been an adventure. Nothing could ever be simple, not even putting in new floors.
But I am so glad we had them done (and SO glad we didn’t attempt to do them ourselves).
I’m thrilled with how they look. Now, I just have to get those walls painted… and redo the tile on the fireplace… and paint the kitchen…and… win the lottery evidently.