We live in a quad-level house. It's like you took a ranch house with a basement and cut it in half from the roof to the basement floor, then moved one of the pieces so they were off-centered. When you first look at the house from the street, it looks like a tri-level house. The basement is hidden! The house is A LOT bigger than it looks from the street. (it has 6 NICE sized bedrooms!! On the lower level, 2 of the bedroom are 14' x 11.5' - the third smaller room is 10 x 11 or so. Our master bedroom is 14' x 16'!!)
When we bought the house, the main level (kitchen, living room & dining room level) and the upstairs (master bedroom, big bath, and 2 other bedrooms) had all been remodeled. The house was originally built in the lat 60's or early 70's and when they finished it, I believe EVERY wall in the house was PANELING. It was the good HEAVY stuff, but it was that wonderful 1970's DARK stuff... So, when I say remodeled, I mean, paneling removed, hollow-core doors replaced with pine 6-panel (solid) doors, new carpet, new linoleum... drywall hung...... the works. However............ the bottom 2 levels have not been updated. Paneling...... everywhere........... And do you remember the low-pile loop, office kind of carpet with the BLACK foam on the back? In dark brown and rust 'tweed'?? Everywhere........ There is a bar in the basement. It's made out of brick.......... and 'weeping' BLACK mortar.... it's beautimous.......... Dark brown formica countertop on the top.......... totally awesome.
Ok........ sorry........... I digressed.
Anyway, the most recent project was actually started probably 2 years ago... Sometimes we just don't get into a hurry with things........... The bottom level is what we've been working on, not the basement.... We removed the paneling..... like over a year ago.......... got some drywall up, about a year ago..... got some more up this past spring...... then started hitting it a little harder about 2 or 3 months ago. When Mr. Inspiring went out of town last month, Ms. C and I totally overhauled the bathroom (did I mention those LOVELY 1970 BLUE toilets and sinks???) When he came home, it was a huge shocker for him. That's when he vowed to get the bottom level DONE.....
Because this 'project' was started over 2 years ago, IF I took pictures of the 'Before', I haven't a clue where they are..... and I took 'during' photos, but they were AFTER all the drywall was up.....
These pictures were taken in what will soon be my new craft room!! The drywall is up, and it's texturized here. We pulled the carpet up, then had to scrape the black foam off of the concrete. And then vaccuum. And vacuum again.... And then.... vacuum some more! And did I mention we had to vacuum after that? Everything in the whole house was covered in drywall dust from sanding the mud before the texturizing. I think these pictures were taken Saturday morning (yes, this past Saturday). After this, we painted. And painted. And painted.........
(sorry for the blurriness! I guess I moved too quickly!!)
(My future craft room!!! Yay, me!!)
We have really spent a lot of money on all of this (well... not like a ton, but more than what we would have if we had left well enough alone.... and we couldn't do that!!). The individual purchases don't seem so bad, until you add them all up.............. *ick* And we just were not sure what we wanted to do with the flooring. We really don't have the money for carpeting and the padding and the installation.... It would definitely have to be a DIY kind of project.......... but what?? Laminate? May as well go with the carpet....
Then I remembered reading about (sound the trumpets now!!) PAPERBAG FLOORING
If you don't know what this is, do a search on it....... Your jaw just might drop to the floor......... It's a very nice, temporary solution. Heck, it's a very nice permanent solution.
So... I ordered a roll of kraft paper from Uline............and Oh my gosh - - they are crazy fast with thier delivery. And they sent one of their catalogs in the box, too, and I'll tell you what, it was better than getting the Sears Wishbook......... Crazy cool ideas started creeping into my head while I was looking at it.... I bought the roll of paper cuz I just DIDN'T have enough paper sacks stored up....
Some brown craft paint
The first room is the room Ms. C will be relocating to. (Mr. Inspiring snores something FIERCE!! he's so going in for a sleep study this month!!!)
I mixed equal amounts of the glue and water, and then added some brown craft paint to the mixture until it looked like chocolate milk....
At this point, I was way excited!! I love this. And the best part - - if we, or the new owners (if we sell the house) decide to put carpet in these rooms? It can be laid right on top of this treatment. It's kind of a step up from painting concrete.
While this was drying, I was contemplating on the next room (my new craft room). I wanted to do something unusual. All the paper bag flooring pictures I've found on the internet all pretty much look like the above photo..... Random pieces covering the floor or wall.... kinda looking like shiney leather.
I thought and thought.......... and finally decided on a weave or a checkerboard look.... and OMG!!! I FA-REAKING LOVE IT!!!
I tore (using a straight edge, of course) squares of the kraft paper that were approximately 24" x 24". The first night, I used the craft paint in the glue mixture, and had brown squares. Like so:
My kraft paper squares!!
Here they are, all glued down on the floor Tuesday night. I had to think this one through a bit as there were a couple of big spots of paint on the concrete that I'd rather have the dark squares cover, as opposed to the light ones. I wasn't sure if they'd show up or not.
Then last night (Wednesday night) I laid the lighter squares. Same technique and all, I just did not add any craft paint to the glue mixture.
Cool??? They're FA-REAKING Awesome!!!!
Of course, I will show you everything when it's done - - you might even get to see some pictures sooner if they turn out cool, too!!! I still have the closets that I want to build shelves in, and I have this huge room that I need to set up for my crafty space............ and I want it to totally rock!!
I'm telling you - - Paperbag Flooring - - go look it up!!! Who knew???
Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my LLOONNGG post!! You guys rock!!
Hugs ~~ Suz
I'm linking up to these parties!!