Thursday, February 24, 2011
Renovate Brooklyn! Channeling Our Next Project.
*In the photo at right, you can see where and how the living room and kitchen floors meet right now. Please ignore the tumble weed of dog hair in the living room portion of this photo. Seemingly house-keeping is also on the back-burner until my work load lightens up.
I went online and tracked down some examples of painted floors to bolster my enthusiasm and simultaneously convince any skeptical blog-readers, but I'd love to know what people think of this plan. Preferably before I take the time to tape the whole thing out in checker-board formation.
Sadly, it turned out that was the only corner with wood flooring and everything else was a mixture of vinyl self-adhesive floor tiles and bare plywood subfloor. We decided that was still preferable to the carpet and up it came and out it went. Good riddance!
I am embarrassed to say the floors pretty much stayed that way for the next 4 years. I tried to hide them below area rugs and runners, but there was no denying that we didn't really have a floor, just a surface that we were walking on. It wasn't until recently (about a year ago) that I declared that things had to change and boldly painted the floors white with a glossy white porch & deck paint that I hoped could contend with the constant running about of two quasi-adults and a very energetic pitbull. In its defense, it has actually held up reasonably well given the circumstances.
Point being, there is not much at stake except for my own time and energy (the former of which I seem to have too little of, the latter of which I seem to have an infinite amount of...) And if it looks like we're living in a psychadelic carnival tent when I finish, well I'll just roll another coat of white porch & deck over the whole affair and we're back where we started. Eventually, we really want to install a wood floor throughout the apartment, but that will be the coup-de-gras at the end of this renovation.
Oh the perils of over-ambition combined with under-funding!