Updating an outdated room

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Have you ever walked into a room in your house and thought “I hate this room the way it is.”? I felt that way about my living/dinning room from the day I moved into my house. A year and a half of living with a room that I never used because I hated was enough. My husband I finally renovated the living room, dining room and it looks amazing. It was a lot of hard work but totally worth it. Doing a big renovation like this isn’t for everyone but if you are interested in trying it for yourself here are some pictures of the process, places you can rent tools and books and DVD’s to help you make any room into your dream room.
20150208_174758The first thing we did was paint the whole room and put up the decorative trim. Even this alone made the room look 100% better. The book New decorating with architectural trimwork by Jay Silber helped us find the look we were going for and it helped us figure out how to get that look. Once you get the hang of how to do it, it’s really no that hard.




20150403_123148The next step was for us to take up the carpet. This was way more work then I had imagined, I thought you could just pull up the carpet and the underlay and go on your way. No you then have to pull out the million staples that hold the underlay to the subfloor. I do have to admit even the subfloor looked better than the carpet that was there.




20150405_165431Finally it was time to put the new floor down. We looked at Installing & finishing flooring by William Perkins Spence a DVD called How-to DVD guide to flooring and the book The complete guide to flooring to help us narrow down the type of flooring we wanted and how to install it.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all the tools to complete your renovation, Home Depot rents out tools. They even offer workshops if you want some hands on learning before you try something at home.

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