The hubby and I aren’t really DIY type of people. I am pretty sure we would both like to be and maybe even masquerade as such types from time to time. That being said, I am not really sure what possessed us to decide we were going to take on the remodeling of our sun porch, but we thought it would be a good weekend project.
So, here is the before…
Old dingy gray carpet that I have hated since we moved in. I also detest those strips of fabric attempting to be blinds and a fairly drab paint color on the wall. I thought it would be super cool if we ripped up the carpet and stained the concrete so that it would look gorgeous like this…
So we rip up the carpet and go to Home Depot to rent a power sander to get up all of the carpet glue. Apparently every last spec must be gone to get the concrete stained. No problem. After 3 hours of sanding the floor looks like this….
You might quickly notice that there is still a whole heck of a lot of carpet glue left. And the hubby who is allergic to dust is getting quite sniffly not to mention a bit numb from using a vibrating power sander for 3 hours. Never fear, I come to his rescue. I plug in the IPod and start a-sanding. I am queen of the power sander. I wish I had video cause I was shaking my booty to some Dancing Queen (Lily’s favorite) with the power sander as my unwitting partner. Sadly, all that dancing tired me out after 30 minutes and the hubby had to take over.
So after nearly 9 hours, this is where we are at…
A lot of progress, but not so much for NINE HOURS WORTH of sanding. This project has made me realize 3 things.
- Maybe that carpet wasn’t so bad
- A power sander and an IPod make for some good dancing
- There is a reason people hire other people to do home improvement projects
We returned the power sander and now have a dusty, concrete room and all the furniture formerly in that room is in other rooms that have no room. Pity me not though, we will triumph over this floor. Look for the final project picture sometime in January of ’08.