Well... here goes my first attempt into the great blog-o-sphere (or whatever you blog savvy people call this place) :)  

I love to decorate and I love to bargain hunt. And I mean hunt. I never want to pay full price for anything. I'll look at racks and racks of stuff, just to find the best looking goodies for the lowest price.

Lots of my friends ask where I get my decorating ideas and how I do it, so I thought I'd tell the story of how we're decorating and remodeling the house we bought the summer of 2009 - and how we're doing it on a shoestring. And that's what this new blog is all about.

We bought our new home knowing it needed a little TLC.  It's just a few years old, but the last owners were pretty hard on it... and they had a cat.  Nothing against you cat lovers, but my sweet hubby is SUPER allergic to cats so all flooring had to go (it was ugly anyway). 

Literally minutes after we closed on the house, my dad and uncle came over and tore out every single piece of carpet in the place.  We found out the cat really didn't like it's litter box and went wherever it wanted to go (GROSS!).  My hubby and his dad put KILZ all over the floor boards to seal out any nasty stuff that the cat may have left.

We chose a lusiously dark bamboo hardwood flooring to go in our foyer, hall, kitchen and family room.  (This is one of the most expensive projects I will ever blog about.)  We got a great deal on it at Lumber Liquidators but I wouldn't consider it a "cheap" project.  I got a deal on the installation because I have a carpenter uncle so that helped with the budget a bit.

About the bamboo flooring...

I L-O-V-E love the looks of the floor!  They turned out exactly how I wanted them to look.  The downside is that bamboo is soft and the wood dents easily.  This is not so good when you have little kiddos running around throwing sippy cups and matchbox cars on the floor all the time.  These little dents drive the hubby nuts but I say it gives the floor character.  Wood floors are going to scratch and dent, it adds to their charm. :) 

My biggest pet peeve is that the dark floor shows spills and smears of little hands and feet (and big feet) like crazy!! I have to clean this floor way more than our old wood floors at our old house.  We had sort of honey colored wood floors before and I could go for literally a month or more (sshhhh, don't tell!) without giving that floor a good cleaning, just spot cleaning, and you couldn't really notice!  (I didn't know how good I had it!) Not on this dark stuff, now it's wipe-wipe-wipe, all day long.  Thank goodness they are just so dang pretty.

Here are a few before and after photos:

Foyer "before"

I like that my floor matches my table top. :)

Thanks for checking me out, please feel free to leave me a comment or suggestion, I really don't know what I'm doing just yet!  Follow me so you can come back soon to see how I glazed and antiqued my kitchen cabinets.

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