Monday, May 25, 2009

Do It Yourself - No, You Do It Yourself!

Here is the result of our long weekend. Bill, who is a little hindered because of a hand injury (the stitches are healing just fine, thank you) was the instructor, task master, expounder on the project and a friend and I were the grunt labor. It turned out okay for amateurs. What should have been 3 coats of finish on the floor turned out to be much more. Now, we will try to put the house back together.

Yesterday was like an episode from the 3 Stooges. A first coat of finish was put on the dining room and we were cleaning up and leaving to go out to breakfast. We had several hours of waiting for the next coat and the fumes were making us all a little goofy. Disaster struck. Lizzie the cat escaped the basement and decided to explore. Bill let loose with language not suited for a Sunday morning. I turned and saw Lizzie making her way across the newly coated floor. Remember the old cartoons with Sylvester the Cat sneaking up on Tweety Bird? That's what Lizzie looked like - tiptoe-ing across the sticky stuff. I instinctively jumped up to go after her. I promptly slipped on the shiny mess and landed un-ladylike on my behind. There was a large smear (butt print) on the perfect finish and my jeans are just a memory. Many coats, and sandings later - you cannot see Lizzie's paw prints or my big smear. I told Bill we will laugh about it someday. He says "someday" will be a long time coming.

We have a few hours of work ahead of us today getting things back to some kind of normal. Then..... I hope to get back to some design work and stitching - something I seem to be more cut out for.

Laurie

16 comments:

from little acorns said...

Oh! . . . bless your heart! These 'DIY' projects seem so smart in the thinking about them stages. . . but are usually cause for big sighs of wonder in the midst. . . But, I am sure that you will be so happy when all is done. . . (as will hubby!) The floor looks wonderful!!!
xo, Bren

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Now that is funny. Butt print in the varnish and a good pair of jeans in the trash. So how is the cat?

Pat

pdudgeon said...

it looks really beautiful and the story was very funny. a good reminder to all of us that life happens right in the middle of our perfection. ROTFLOL

Gayle said...

It looks beautiful! So much nicer than the laminate that my hubby talked me in to!

Anonymous said...

What a funny story! Laurie, you write in the most real, delightful way. I'm still chuckling.

Amy R said...

You brave soul you! So, tell me? Did you sand and stain also? Or, are you smart and are doing this as a maintenance task? We were not as smart as you. . . we need to sand/stain/seal. You've given me inspiration to takle the task as maintenance in the future! It look beautiful, btw! Great job!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh my; those things happen to other people too? I thought it was just me.

Becky said...

Your floor looks fabulous. What an adventure! I think we'll hire someone to do the floors when it's time to refinish them.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh dear..but it looks soooo good.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Laurie, if there was a camera going I know you would of won the funnest video. Can just picture it.
Looks good all finished.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Quilt Pieces said...

My goodness you are one busy lady -from Quilt Market to finishing floors ( and refinishing floors!) Very versatile too! Your floors look beautiful- just waiting for some of your gorgeous rugs. I just wanted to thank you for your generosity at Quilt Market. You gave me a package containing 12 patterns because you "didn't want to have to take them home". So nice!!! Pam

Like Minds said...

HGTV always makes it look so easy and finished in 30 minutes! Reality kind of bites though! Good job!
Deb

Jacque. said...

ohmygosh...sorry, but I was laughing so hard I had to reread it all. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Carrie P. said...

Great job.

Marcia said...

Wish I could have been a fly on the wall!!! What a sight you must have been. I am glad the only injury was to your floor--you could have been seriously hurt.

But your floor looks beautiful so I guess the old saying is true-all's well that ends well.

lissa said...

The floors are beautiful. Thinking of 3 stooges and the idea of laying the floor certainly makes me laugh!

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