Floors and Healthy Heart Weekend!

Thank you for all the pictures and reports from the Healthy Heart Weekend! Keep ‘em coming!

My mother joined me for Bagel Day this morning since John is out of town and I saw this ad in the paper. Perfect for the HHW!


Paging Dr. Coffee

I dropped John off on Friday at the airport. He is in Las Vegas. I thought about going as well, but I am not all that interested in Vegas and I would just be wandering by myself since John and his friend were going for poker.  Not worth it for me to go. Plus I had rehab to do!  John’s friend invited him and paid his way there – so how cool is that?

So, while that cat is away, so to speak, I roared my way through rehab. Apologies for the ton of photos. On this week’s installment of This Old House, I got the new Tile Transformations up.  Now my tub is white again!


I looks so much better than blue!  I also put the stone finish coating on.  This was the step I didn’t do when I got a blue shower.


You mix these together and then roll it on.


It’s a very thin coat. I will have to get a close up of a tile to show the finish.  I am quite pleased with how the shower came out.  I did smudge a small spot when I stumbled in the bathroom and hit my knuckle on the wall. You can barely tell, but I know where it is. :D   I am so happy to have the shower finished!  Go Lori!!


Sorry, unshowered here (obviously).

Saturday afternoon brought the flooring.  This is the vinyl plank flooring.  It was pretty easy to install. It’s a floating floor like laminate, but easier to use.  The pieces have adhesive on them and they overlap by an inch on all 4 sides.  You just use a straight edge to cut the planks:


(The gray is the adhesive strip). Then bend until it snaps.


To install, you just butt the edge up to the previous plank and roll the plank down. This is the easiest way to get a tight seal.


The only annoying thing is the sticky. I kept kneeling on it, or bits would get stuck to my feet or hands. Here I was about halfway through last night.


Note the coffee cup! Can’t work without it :D  The installation went fast and by the time I stopped last night, I only had the last 3 planks to lay down, but those involved a lot of cutting, so I left it for this morning.  I tell you – I burned a lot of calories this weekend. Not to mention not snacking much. I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop.

After breakfast with my mom, I finished the last 3 planks. The nice thing about this product is that you can cut it with tin snips and get nice tight-fitting cuts.  Like around the water inlet:


The floor is fairly seamless. You can see just a few seams here and there, kind of like with laminate. I do like the look of it, though.




So happy to get the floor in without any huge mistakes!  I made a couple cutting errors, but I had enough extra to make up for that.


We will have to see how it holds up.  I don’t know if I would trust this flooring in a high traffic area with lots of furniture moving around and such.  The bathroom is fine since we aren’t shifting anything around in there (or I hope we don’t!).

I won’t even get into the rest of the day.  Since John was gone, my dad came over to help me move the vanity into the bathroom and put the sink top on.  (Thanks dad!!!) I’ll save that for another day.  I *love* the vanity, although putting in the drain is giving me a bit of vexation and I think I need a trip to the hardware store. But, the toilet and shower are functional again.  Two out of three for now.

I have to say that I am really beat.  I can’t believe tomorrow is Monday already.

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11 thoughts on “Floors and Healthy Heart Weekend!

  1. Kathy W.

    Looks like a totally different room! (and that floor looks like natural cork.) Can’t wait ’til the next installment. You’re inspiring me to work on my old house!

  2. Lori's Better Half

    You rock! (Yes, I am keeping an eye on you from afar.) Make sure that toilet tank is back on…

  3. Fran

    I’m so sorry but I totally forgot about the Healthy Heart weekend, besides that I didn’t do anything active (except for walking) this weekend either. I need to get over my Winter blues soon because I forget things and don’t want to do things.

    You made huge progress this weekend on the bathroom. Great job.

    And I need to find me a friend that invites me to Vegas, so cool for John.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Thursday February 14, 2013: More jubilee at work photos

  4. Linda Kuil

    Did you roll the floor out when you were done? It’s a weighted roller that helps the pieces form a better seal. We have our floor in the dining room and it’s holding up well, considering it’s where the front door is!
    Linda Kuil´s last blog post ..Half Way There

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