Our first room on the second floor is complete! When we moved in I wanted to do our master right away, even before anything on the first floor. The blue carpet was so dated and well, blue.
I was won over to reason and came around to see working on the main floor first would be better, but that does not mean the blue carpet was any less, well blue. Delight is mine to be able to finally work on removing it.
I was ready to “k bye” it so hard.
The installation for this room took about 36 hours across two weeks. It was a little slower than our living room pace, partly because the room is narrower which means more frequently you have to measure and make a cut to finish a row. Also, we are now on the second floor so that means more stairs to get down to our saw in the basement each time.
As always, David is in charge of operating the pneumatic floor nailer and I do the “racking.” That is laying out which boards will go next in front of him. There is actually a lot to consider in choosing boards. I have to have a right mix in lengths while avoiding seams ending in the same spot or h-joints.
I am picky about color and grain too, so I arrange things to have a nice mix. Or, in the case of our bedroom, I hide bad boards in areas where big furniture will be. In the picture above you can tell that I clustered the lighter boards I do not like as much in the under the bed region.
The other parts of my job are sorting wood as we make progress through the room and refilling the compressed air tank after each row. I am moving around and carrying things a lot, so that makes my job tiring. David’s job is even more grueling as you have to be kneeling the whole time (!) to operate the floor nailer.
…into the landing we go.
Having the landing complete is huge for making the upstairs more livable. When just the other bedrooms are left, I do not think we will have as much sense of urgency to finish rooms – although we would still love to be done by August.