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Sunday, July 30, 2006
Adventures in Adhesive
We're almost done removing the floor adhesive in the guest bedroom. Almost. Here's what we started with. Wet, mildewing, smelly carpet:

We pulled up the carpet and padding to find 30-year-old vinyl tile (you can't see the tile. I accidentally deleted a bunch of photos off my camera. Oooops.)

We were left with black adhesive:

Um, okay. Here's our after photo:

Not great, but not terrible. I think we're going to have to make a second pass at it before we can stain it and make it look like this:

As I type, my husband is pulling up the cat-pee carpet in the hallway. Praise Jeebus.

That's all I've got right now. I'll post more photos when we actually attempt the stain.

P.S. I'm up one pound since I started walking to try and get into shape for the naked photos. I'm so sad. I don't know what to do. Basically I changed nothing about my lifestyle other than adding exercise 3-5 times a week. Tell me how that makes one GAIN weight?


Anonymous wordgirl said...

When we bought our house (a pier-and-beamer built in 1948), the kitchen had an ugly layer of vinyl covering that was already stained and peeling. When we were ready to replace it, we decided to dig down and check out the wood flooring underneat. Two layers of vinyl and two layers of old linoleum later, we located the post-WWII-era wood floor which had never been finished out. The smell!

Instead of replacing the wood, we decided to go for the destressed look...threshold nailholes and all. We stained and polyeurethaned the floor and it looks great. If I had a slab floor, I'd definitely think about staining. And cat pee carpet? Yeah...that's gotta go.

Blogger Lazy Lightning said...

Muscles. They are heavy!!

Try adding some weight work to your routine. It speeds up your metabolism, which works wonders - trust me.

Blogger Weezie said...

Weight stinks. That month I worked out five days a week, I gained weight too. I'm agreeing with Lazy Lightning, muscles. You'll look great for those photos!

Blogger aka_Meritt said...

Wow, what a job you two have taken on. I saw that black adhesive and groaned inwardly for ya.

As for exercise... I've found over the past 15 years the SAME THING. When I exercise I actually tend to gain. I know your metabolism is supposed to burn more when you are active, but I seem to be backwards in that respect. LOL.

Girl, it's muscle. You look fab. Quit stressing.

Blogger TBG said...

I think the floor is going to look fabulous!

I dont know but when I trained for the 3 day I did not lose any frickin weight. I walked 60 miles damnit. And I trained walking hundreds of miles. I dont know I wish I had advise for you!

Blogger Bart said...

You lost me at "naked photos"

What naked photos?

Blogger Lori said...

Awww, one pound is nothing! That could be anything from that-time-of-the-month bloat, too much liquid consumed, or even muscle gain (which is a good thing!).

I'm sure your husband will love the photos regardless!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop looking at the scale...how do your pants fit?

When I walk I tend to build up leg muscle really quick and my weight goes up. But the seat of my pants will be DRAGGING and the waist will be a little loose. You're probably doing the same thing.

Blogger Lynilu said...

it isn't unusual to gain a little in the beginning, because you're building muscle before you start shedding fat. It's actually a good thing, because you need the muscles to strengthenand build to do the work! Don't give up!

Blogger Carrie said...


I feel your pain though, I have been busting ass with really hard workouts lately and Randy has been kicking my butt yet, the scale is crawling. I can see more muscle tone and my measurements are going down, so it is working - just keep at it and sooner or later the scale will catch up! Besides, you already look fabulous as it is! :)

Blogger Lucky Lum said...

what a load of work!
it's going to be so worth it though!

Blogger Lisa said...

know what you mean.... Muscles are heavy. I always gain weight when I start exercising.

Anonymous Jenny said...

I'm exhausted just looking at the pictures...but I bet it'll look amazing when you're done!

Blogger suburban mom said...

Wow! you guys are working hard. Good job :)

Blogger Tammy said...

Must be PMS. It's bloating, sister.

So, you are staining the concrete. How does that work? E-mail me.

Blogger Sarcomical said...

yes, it's muscle. muscle, baby.

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