Thursday, January 29, 2009
The linoleum experience
This summer Mike and I made the decision to cover the floor of the dining room and the kitchen with linoleum. We are not overly fond of the stuff, but we were even less fond of the slivers we kept getting from the painted plywood that resided there at the time. We contemplated putting bamboo in the dining room section, but because we really want to move the kitchen to the further end of where the dining room is now, and we really don't want wood in the kitchen, not after seeing what a leaky dishwasher can do to a wood floor...we decided to just lay cheap linoleum until the kitchen is moved. So, off we went to the Depot to buy two rolls of linoleum, one for the dining room and one for the kitchen. We settled on one and got it all cut to the right dimensions so we wouldn't have to piece it together, tied it to the top of our van and brought it home. And there it sat for 5 months, in the garage....until yesterday.
Mike has never laid linoleum. He's also the type of person who, if he doesn't know how to do something needs a decade to research how it's done, what way is the best to do it, what tools are needed....ect. I am a hands on learner. I research things for about a 1/2 hour then I want to jump in and get it done. Yes, projects here with both of us working on things is hell...to put it mildly.
Yesterday I was feeling really good, I had slept well the night before and woken up almost completely pain free, so when he came home at 1 because of the snow storm, I thought I would suggest laying the floor so that it would be in for Tryphons birthday party on Saturday. All that had to be done was to tear out the pantry walls and then lay the linoleum. Easy!
I am so naive.
The pantry was put up about 4 years ago and had been serving as a space for things to collect ever since. Once it was emptied it took about 4 hours to dismantle..of course my husband had to take every single nail out of every single board as soon as he took it down. Safe? yes. Practical? no. During the destruction process I managed to get him to agree to bring in the linoleum roll to warm up. It was huge. 12'+ long, and somewhere between 16' and 20' long. It was very very heavy..and very very big. We put it just inside the front door and it ran into the kitchen. I was moving things as he was dismantling and one trip took me over the roll. On my way back, Mike said "what was that?" and I looked up to see what he was talking about (it turned out that something in the "computer stuff" box that was going overhead was sliding and making a noise) and completely forgot about the ginormous linoleum roll. My nickname was "grace" as a child for a reason. I tripped, came down on both knees, my side crashed into the table and I landed face down on the rug. After I could breath again, I asked for two aleve because I knew my pain free day was over, got up and continued moving as best I could. Which wasn't very fast.
Mike managed to get the walls all down, and he cleaned up all the wood while I made dinner. After dinner I pushed him into laying the linoleum. I knew he was getting tired and he didn't want to do it, but I also knew if we didn't do it last night, we wouldn't do it at all, we just didn't have time this weekend. And there was no way in hell I was dragging that roll back out to the garage.
Once we moved everything in the dining room we had to figure out the best way to unroll that much linoleum...we finally figured out that if he lifted the roll in an up right position and i pulled the sheet in the opposite direction..and swore..a lot...it worked pretty easily. Then it was just a matter of trimming it. By that time it was 8 and we just kind of put everything back where it went and plan on letting it sit for a few days then on Monday we'll pull it and push it and get out all of the humps and then tack down all the edges.
It might not be completely finished, but at least the hard parts are done and you can walk on it. It looks so much brighter in here. The kids came down this morning and said " I didn't even have to turn on the light this morning Mom!" Yay! maybe I'll save some money on my electricity bill too! :-P lol
It's not the perfect floor, but it's in , and it's mostly done and it's not giving me any slivers. Now if I could just walk without hobbling......