We're chugging away at a few house projects before we decide to let it be for a while. Most notably, we've started re-"tiling" the entry area and kitchen/bathroom with the vinyl tile I wrote about in our Frugal Bathroom Refresh post. And wow what a difference it has made to our main level!
First? The entry. We had to remove the old slab of vinyl flooring that was already down in the area. It was raised quite a bit from the wood floors surrounding, so we weren't quite sure how many layers we'd uncover. Turns out, it was only one with a thick cardboard-like backing.
After scrubbing the area with warm water + vinegar and letting dry, we could begin laying the self-stick tiles. I laid most of the ones that didn't need major cuts while Stephen and his dad figured out the tricky pieces. (I did the whole floor myself in the basement bathroom and wanted a break from all the measuring!)
PS: Is there anything vinegar can't do? Here's my post on 15 ways we use it in/around the home for a nontoxic, wonderful clean.
After some grout and letting set, the floor in the entry was complete -- and gorgeous. All for the low price of $1.79/sq foot (minus a 10% off discount coupon). For those of you who are curious, we went with TrafficMASTER Ceramica 12x24 tiles in Coastal Grey and the premixed grout that's made for vinyl tiles.
I plan to paint the back of the front door the same red to bring a pop of color indoors. We also removed the old, stained carpet that led up the stairs and would love to get a runner on there sometime after making a few repairs to the wood itself.
We're almost done tiling the kitchen floor. The bathroom comes next. We didn't initially think we'd be re-flooring these spaces, but the old vinyl that was already down is stained (can't clean the marks off) and even scratched from when we moved in.
Hopefully we'll get some after photos soon!
Remember our gigantic and awesome Craigslist Couch?
We're in love with it, and I'm so glad we searched around online before heading to the furniture store to buy something new. We get a mix of reactions when we explain it's a used couch, but it's in wonderful, solid condition and seems like it will stay that way for years and years.
The only issue? Some dry spots, a little "normal use" staining (from things like dark wash jeans, food, etc.), and a little wear + tear.
The folks at Leather Honey were kind enough to send me a couple of their products to help revive the leather. What I like most about this product (and I researched MANY options, including full re-dying kits) is that it's 100% all-natural and non-toxic, non-solvent, and -- bonus -- made in the USA since 1968.
- There's Leather Cleaner where the small bottle makes 32 fluid ounces of cleaner suitable for apparel, furniture, auto interior, and more.
- After you complete that process and let dry, you use the Leather Conditioner which smooths and shines, leaving a water repellent finish without oily residue.
- You use these Lint-Free Application Cloths that are soft and won't scratch or otherwise harm the leather.
I've cleaned our couch and let it dry. Now I just need the time to do the conditioning, and I can't wait to share the results with you guys.
Disclaimer: Leather Honey sent me their products to try. I wasn't compensated in any other way. My opinions are my own, and honestly -- I was so happy to find an all-natural product to use versus the other stuff I was uncovering in my search.
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