My way

Isn't it always, but really, I'm getting my way on basement floor dibacle!

Hubby and I had a very vivid discussion about the floors in the basement during the reorganization. Yes, he actually talked back and I let him have an opinion on this. I mean, it practically is his man cave, so he should have some say in what happens down there - some, not all!

Ok, so we have an unfinished and finished side. Unfinished holds laundry, dog food area, crafts and tool bench = concrete floors! Finished side holds couches, tv, desk, play area for LH = old worn out berber carpet. NOW, after this incident, the carpet is in worse shape than before. My conclusion is that dogs + berber = mess! Not only did they dog poo on it, the other dog has marked the back of my chaise lounge!!!!! YES, actually hiked his leg and claimed it for himself. We have cleaned it and the carpet around it, but its just so damn irritating! My blood pressure rises everytime I see the spot on the back of the chair. It's microfiber so when it gets wet or stained, it shows a darker area! Thanks - and to clarify, that is HIS dog! MY dog has the poo problem. I mean, its not rank down there, but its just annoying!

Well, obviously we want new carpet, but we aren't stupid, so we aren't going to get new carpet until we are ready to sell the house or have no dogs. We'll sell the house before we don't have dogs, so we are in a pickle. What to do with the basement floors?

Well, I came up with the idea of painting/staining the concrete under the carpet. I know its a basement and it will be cooler down there, but a few area rugs or remnents will take care of that. This is where our discussion got a little heated. My mom was there through the whole thing and laughing at us hysterically. We tried to get her opinion, but she stayed far out of this one! Hubby was trying to fight to the end about keeping the carpet and he said my solution to everything was just rip it up and throw it away. He may have gotten that idea from the unfinished side where there was a small reminent that I may of may not have cut piece by piece. What else are you going to do with the poo dog poos all over it? It was nasty indoor/outdoor carpet for the laundry area. The concrete looks much better and is a lot easier to clean - just bleach it! He agrees with this by the way! However, he wasn't sure if he'd love a cold concrete floor to walk on as he settles in for his lounging and football game watching!

Well, I won him over. He must have been doing a little diy researching and he sent me an email of a video of concrete flooring! And then we found a diy step by step on how to paint your concrete floors! I'm very excited about this project. It will have to wait until we get back from the cruise (which is in 12 days in case I didn't mention that) and have a few good days to work on it, but it's going to happen!!!!!! The only bad thing is that we just moved all that stuff down in the basement! Now, I'm going to have to take it all out again! Oh well, it'll be worth it!

Mission (almost) Complete

The basement and "spare" room cleanout/reorganization project is almost complete. LH's toys, notsomuch!
Hubby got the desk down from attic on Friday morning and I assembled it and got the computer and printer set up. I had to wait on the heavy filing cabinet, but that is finally down there now to bring it all together!
Mom and I cleaned out the basement - I think the last time I've seen it that empty was when we moved in 3 1/2 years ago. We purged lots of stuff!!! I love that feeling of getting rid of crap that you don't need. I ended up moving the craft corner into the unfished part because there is a section with an old countertop and more room. I can get messy in there too and not worry about anyone seeing it!
Sunday Hubby "helped" me with the rest of stuff. I say help loosely because it really means, he just followed orders all day. I mean he helped, but didn't have a say so in any part of the entire process. He told me from the beginning he was the muscle only....he wasn't making any decisions! NOW, you might think this is just the sweetest, but really he's just saving his own arse from any future ramifications. See, he's a smart cookie that one. He knows that inevitably I will whine or complain about something that isn't quite right or exactly how I want it or want to change something. So, this way, he doesn't take any blame for it since I made all decisions the first time around. Basically, he's saying it's no ones fault buy my own! I'm okay with it as long as he moves, pushes, lifts, and sets up things how I want them - over and over and over until it's just right!
He didn't once complain or ask to stop for something like a football game. He did everything I asked (ok, told) him to do without any hesitation! Love him for it!
Now, I still have some work to do. I need to clean out the dresser drawers and closet in the spare room since most of that stuff is office supply related or soemthing that will find a new happy home on our new shelves in the basement! I also need to put up the rest of the pictures, books and other nick nacks in the finished basement! Thank goodness this week is pretty light with stuff going on in the evenings and I can get it all done!
I'm very happy that things are working out the way I want them to. I have a few other decorative/cosmetic things I would like to get done too, but that might just have to wait for after the cruise - which is in 12 days!!!!! More to plan....Yay!!!!