And what, you may ask, does this positively beautiful machine allow us to do, aside from my abundant furniture aspirations?? Why, install hardwood floors, of course!
SO, since my papa and brother were nice enough to come up and help us all day Saturday (and my mum and sis-in-law were nice enough to Jack wrangle), we were able to finish the kitchen (living room achievement yet to be unlocked).
At a few points we had all three saws going: miter saw, table saw, and scroll saw. And I don't mind telling you that I was the designated Saw Safety Nazi. Maybe it's because having a baby makes you reevaluate mortality as well as how great it is to have hands, but good heavens, men sometimes need a refresher. S'alls'I'm'Sayin.
So here are some before shots of our kitchen and living room. Oooh that linoleum was niiiiice and all, I know. I was actually really sad to pull the carpet up, though (so much so that I made a man do it). I just can't stomach ruining things that are in decent shape.
And the beauty of this hardwood is that it's the kind that's super easy (relatively) to install, i.e., we could just lay it on top of the linoleum and didn't need glue or nails to keep it in place. So step one was to lay the underlayment. And boyo, the guy who sells that stuff must wake up laughing. I would say it's essentially the foamy cellophane that stuff comes wrapped in, you know, the stuff you throw away, except this stuff cost us $150 bones. And to this, I say:
And be sure to get baby approval. This floor is 100% Jack Approved. Ps, there were other people helping, too, of course. Christian's camera just always seems to gravitate towards me. Me and fine meats...
And then BAM. One Saturday down and kitchen done. But living room is a mess... which I can't stand... So part two will have to happen quickly.