Remodeling: truly living life on the edge!

finger-up.JPGIvy says:

Those of you who have ever remodeled your home can totally relate to the title of this post. It’s living life on the edge of sanity, a strange half-life where you have entire useless rooms that you have to keep the kids out of and attempt to find time to work on the rooms.

The worst remodeling is one that affects your kitchen. Even if you are the sort of person who eats take-out for every meal (and believe me, yo, if I could afford to, I would be that sort of person), having the kitchen be out of commission is  still the worst. When I was a kid my parents remodeled our kitchen and we ate out for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two solid weeks. By the time it was all over, I was actually looking forward to some of Mystery Lady X’s burnt offerings.

Today, we put down laminate flooring in our living room, dining area, and hall. It’s nearly finished, but I don’t think we are going to be able to work on the floor tomorrow, so it appears that we are going to have two more days of the disruption. Normally, our kitchen would not be affected, but all the furniture from the dining area had to go into the kitchen, as the other areas of the house were filled with living room furniture.

So, what do you do, how to deal with this? First of all, this is a good time to pull out some crock pot recipes. I also have this fab steamer, which is super handy for steaming rice and chicken at the same time. Clean-up is a snap, and  you don’t have to deal with the oven at all.

Take the kids out of the house if at all possible to get work finished when they are not underfoot. While Mr. Ivy worked on the floors,  I took Nate shopping and to the playground. Nate had a far better day than he would have if I had stayed behind to help.

Recruit friends to help whenever possible. Mr. Ivy has friends who work for beer and burgers. The price is absolutely right! Don’t work your friends to death, though, and remember, the day will come when they need help from you as well. Be sure to reciprocate.

The biggest thing is to keep your humor about the situation. I know, this is sometimes easier said than done, but find the amusing moments in the situation, like when Nate let the cats out of the room they had been shut into, and they came dashing out only to find they couldn’t get any traction on the new wood flooring!


Nate wanted to have his picture taken to prove he was a good helper. I obliged. 


  1. floor remodel on December 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    replacing flooring by yourself is really hard and i wouldnt want to do it again…esp bc i have a couple friends in the remodeling business…but if you want to save a little money and use some elbow grease i saw go for it! btw your lil man is ADORABLE 🙂

  2. Angela on June 7, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Yes!!! any tips on floor replacement would be great!

  3. bramble on May 3, 2007 at 7:50 am

    btw- i would love tips on how to replace flooring yourself. it looks like we have a good sub floor, and are interested in ceramic tile for the bathroom and vinyl for the kitchen.

  4. themomhalf on May 2, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for this post, I need to talk hubby into replacing the bathroom, kitchen, living room floors, I think we could do the tear out ourselves, but if we did the instaliation we would end up in divorce court – lol.

    found your blog from ‘menu plan monday’
    it’s been fun reading

  5. bramble on May 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

    urgh we’re starting to remodel a bit in case we sell our house we’d like a better return on it and what a PITA. I feel for you!

  6. knitaddict on May 2, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Nate’s such a hip little dude! I feel REALLY bad for you guys having to put those floors down…it seems that NOTHING is as easy as everyone says it is!!! Take heart, it’ll be over soon!

  7. sonia on May 2, 2007 at 6:35 am

    awww, look at Nate Dawg. He’s so cute. Such a funny lil guy. I’m very jealous of your new floors. Email me, and let me know where you got your flooring.