Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paint... The Floors

If you follow me on Pinterest, you have no doubt 
been inundated with a plethora of floor painting pins.

Thus, the next step in Eva's room makeover...
Painting the Floors.

Which, as any project around here does, has taken over my every waking moment, while the rest of the house goes to shambles.

Case in point, here's a convo I had with my oldest son, Greyson,
 This morning about 15 minutes before the bus was due:

"Mom, where are the shorts that were in the wash?"

Me:  "Did you have shorts in the wash?"

Him:  "Yes."

Me:  "Then they're in the dryer."

He goes, looks, comes back:  "No, they're not."

Me:  "Well, are they still in the dirty clothes?"

Him:  "No."  And I get the age-old teenage look of "Why do you have to be my mother?"

Me:  "Are you sure they're not in the dryer?"

Him (Exasperated):  "Yes, mother."

I go look in the dryer...  No shorts, but I did find a basketball practice jersey.

Me:  "Then you probably didn't put them in the dirty clothes."  

Him:  "Yes I did, Mother." (Long suffering tone of a teenager.)

Me:  "Well, obviously you didn't because they're not in the dirty clothes, they're not in the washing machine, and they're not in the dryer."

Him:  Exasperated sigh and look of sheer disgust that he's stuck with such an unorganized person as his mother.

Me:  "What did you need them for?"

Him:  "They're my game shorts."

Me:  "Oh.  Well, can you use another pair?"

Him:  Another look that he seems to have perfected since turning 13 last year.

Me (Completely unbothered):  "Well,  I don't know what to tell you.  You're going to have to do something, if you can't find them."

Five minutes later....

Me:  "Did you find another pair of shorts that will work?"

Him:  "Oh, yeah.  I remembered I didn't bring them home.  They're in my gym locker."

Me:  "Hmmm...  Imagine that.  Well, that's good then."

Him:  "Yep."

Me:  "Apology?"

Him:  "What?"

Me:  "Apology for thinking you have the most stupid mom on the planet?"

Him:  "Oh.  Yeah.  Sorry, Mom."

Slight smile of victory... "Have a great day at school. See you at the game."

And off he went.

Just another morning at Our Prairie Home.

At least when there's a project in the making.


That's proof that I am not organized and 
when I do work on something big like a room makeover, 
everything else goes to pot.

Keeping It Real #8.

If I hadn't had a ginormous mound of clothes to fold in the living room, 
I would have been able to say definitely that 
I hadn't done something with his shorts. 

But it was very possible that the growing mountain 
of wrinkled cotton could have taken his shorts as hostage 
and then eaten them.

Story of my life.

Can't do it all - and do it well.

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Yesterday, Scott rolled on the 2nd coat of wall paint, 
while I started with the first coat of trim paint.

I admit I was moving slow and 
didn't accomplish as much as I had intended.

Today, I'll finished up painting the trim and doors.

Tomorrow, I'll begin prepping the floors for paint.

Can't say I'm looking forward to it.

I see sore knees in my future.

One thing you won't hear people talk about with 
old hardwood floors, is they trap dirt.

All those wonderful gaps that show they were cut and laid by hand,
 trap every bit of dirt you can imagine...  
along with small beads and God knows what else.

So, we talked about caulking the gaps.

But I really, really like the looks of the gaps in a painted floor.


We haven't decided what we're going to do yet.

Does that surprise you?

Probably not.

And while I would love to be artistic and patient enough 
to recreate some of the wonderful floors I've pictured above, 
I know I am not...

Patient enough, that is.

I think I'll just be satisfied with the fact that her floors 
no longer look like someone was violently ill on them.

Or who knows?

Maybe I'll surprise myself and do something fun.

The thing about me is, I never know what I'm going to do!


I can always...


  1. And with that..... I'll go fold my laundry.... that's been heaped in a pile for 4 days.... HAHA! Love you!

  2. That conversation with your son made me LOL!!!! And hang in're amazing and you'll get it done :) Can't wait to see photos of the finished space!


  3. haaa...thanks for the hand stuck to my kitchen table this morning and I thought...huh...maybe I should wipe the table down instead of painting a piece of furniture...LOL!!!
    The live of a bloggy Wife and mother..LOL

  4. Real life always gets in the way of our decor goals, doesn't it?? Mom first, I guess, decor a close second!!

  5. Oh don't you love when they spring that on you at the last minute! My daughter will tell me that too but sometimes they just don't get washed.Why because it sat in her back pack all weekend and Monday rolls around and it's time for gym class.And yes my daughter is 13 :-)
    I love the idea of painting the floors! I would love to do that someday :-)

  6. Hahahahahaha!!! The life of a mother w/ teens. Been there done that. Now they are young men,but the conversations are pretty much the same.
    I too luv the gaps in the wood floor. Miss that with this 'new' hardwood flooring we put in when we built this home 7 years ago. Easier to maintain and beautiful, but no character.
    :-) Gee

  7. I have had that same "conversation" many times - and just for kicks, I'll say that I'm always right. LOL.

    I'm excited to see what you do with your floors. I am DYING to paint some floors, but I don't have any floors to paint. Now THAT is a conundrum.

    You could paint/stencil her monogram right smack in the middle. Just don't make it look "old." (you know I had to say that.)

    I have a ticket from the Fiesta Bowl. Does Ian want it?

  8. Why do I have the feeling you are going to wake up in the morning with a burst of floor painting energy?


  9. You always make me laugh!! Can't wait to see what u do.

  10. I've had similar conversations with both my boys. About those separated planks and dirt. If you have a really great vaccum and use it (hehe) you should be able to keep those pretty clean. maybe??

  11. I was just thinking about painting my home office floors. What kind of paint do you use on a floor? I have no idea.Thanks for any tips!!


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