Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Busy, ruining my kitchen...

Firstly I must apologise for the photo quality of this post - still no camera...

Chris went to the States recently and he'd been gone less than 24 hours when I got itchy fingers and wanted to do something 'big' something that would make a difference and have him in awe at what a fabulous wife and homemaker I am...

Even though we've now been in Pear Tree Cottage for a year and a half, we haven't even got upstairs to work on the bedrooms, but the downstairs is getting there - gradually. Our house was built in 1840, but I feel that the previous owners stripped it of it's history and I'm trying to get that 'cottagey' feel back. The one thing that has been bugging me since we moved in is the flooring in the kitchen. Although perfectly laid and probably brand new, the orange laminate drove me NUTS!


Although looking at it now in this picture it doesn't look too bad! I was convinced I could make a difference and decided to rip it up. I actually started at the opposite  end of the room from this picture as I wasn't sure if it was an extension and so had a peek under the and was very happy to find gorgeous floorboards! So, before you know it I'm up to my neck in dust and pieces of wood...

Ruining my new slippers in the process! And cutting my leg...So, all was going swimmingly until I got 2 thirds of the way through and found a piece of hardboard where they had previously joined two rooms to make the kitchen bigger. Hmmm, I looked behind me and realised it was too late to go back. I kept pulling up the flooring only to realise these boards were running horizontal to the the rest of the room. I am now left with a room like this...


See the lovely floorboards at the bottom of the picture? And the patchy floorboards at the top?

Not a good look.

I don't want perfect floorboards, I'm happy for the kitchen to be 'rustic' but this is a bit too rustic, even for me! So, now I am aching all over and trying to come up with a way to fix this mess before my darling husband sees it.

Wish me luck!
B x

5 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Oh, we have been there, done that !!!! We used to live in a 16th century cottage, so I know what that's like. Now we are in a Victorian house and my husband sanded all of the floorboards upstairs....there were lots of missing or filled in bits that he had to repair.....don't worry.....it's all part of having an old house !!
Am loving the bin liner footwear !!
Keep warm. XXXX

MelMel said...

Yikes!
I'd be tempted to whack a pot of white floor paint on it...it won't be so obvious that the boards are running different ways, and I'd pop a rug over the hard board bit....best of luck.....been there done similar....the "wish I'd never started" jobs....xxxx

koralee said...

You are soooo cute...that is something totally what I would do...everytime my husband is gone I take on a project. Good luck with this one my friend...I know it will be lovely when all is done...by the way your slippers are still adorable even when covered in dust.

Hugs for a great day...xoxoxoxo

Brown Paper & String said...

Hi B!
Loving your work! We encountered the same problem in our 100 year old cottage in NZ. We ended up painting the floor off white, it kind of unified all the odd bits of flooring and looked great. Hope you find a solution.
Love Jo

Brown Paper & String said...

Merry Christmas B!
Hope it's a beautiful one for you and your family.
Jo xxx

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