Eric came today to set down the laminate floor. This is what was original to the house--sort of a faux stone stuff with pecan-colored panelling--sort of Flintstones Meets Mad Men aesthetic, which is not mine. The first step was to level the floor so that there would be no bowing pressure on the laminate as we walked on it. It was so humid (it actually rained for an hour) the the grout stuff did not want to set up. Here are the two spots it was used:
All the vents had to come off and Eric pulled up the thresholds, which had I been thinking, I would have bought new nicer wooden ones. Since they are on top, I may be able to do this later.
The poor couch. I was planning on getting it reupholstered anyway, structurally it is in good shape.
Here's the view across the dining room:
Stripey thinks this is all a bad idea:
Finally by 5 o'clock it's quiet again and she can go see what on earth is in the living room, and sniff the couch.
It's looking very good so far--unfortunately it means that it is making the old vents look even shabbier and the lack of moldings is really noticable. Once the curtains are back up, that will help.