Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day

Some celebrate labor day by enjoying this last holiday of summer by swimming, grilling out or just taking a break trying to hang onto the "lazy days of summer". Our vacation did involve some time with family- a wedding and two cookouts, but all the other hours were packed full of work.

Our dishwasher had been sporadically leaking out onto the kitchen floor. In the past few weeks, I've just been shoving a towel under it and trying to ignore the fact that I could ring out that towel in the morning. I thought that this would be a good time for us to pull it out and see what was going on.

There had been a lot of bad things going on behind there. Very, very bad things. It's likely that it has been leaking for much longer than a few weeks and the moisture had resulted in mold which had eaten it's way down the nearby cabinets. Who knew. Ugh. It's a good thing that we looked. I can just imagine the cabinets crumbling in the middle of the night and awaking to the sound of dishes broken all over the floor.

So up came the well worn, thorn-in-my-flesh white vinyl floor. (Can't say I was too sad about that.) Out went the old rusty dishwasher. On went the scrubbing and the chemical treatments and new lumber. Then came the scraping, sweeping, priming, choosing a new floor and then returning those floor tiles at 6:30 in the morning due to the changing of the mind, cutting, shopping for the new dishwasher, and installing the thing after another trip back to the hardware store. Whew!! Enough of this Labor Day stuff. I'm ready to get back to my regular work.

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12 comments:

Heather L. said...

Your floor is gorgeous!!! i'm so happy for you!

jennie said...

You finally got your new floor and it only took 4.5 years! It is beautiful! I love the color.

Catherine said...

Looks great!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

YEAH! :) Looks good! You'll be sooooo happy to be rid of white floors! What is it that you ended up getting?

Denise said...

Looks awesome! Hopefully you won't have to clean them as often as the white floor!

Saralyn said...

Beautious!
I take it your husband's handy? If so, be very, VERY thankful. My poor husband had no handyman training--grew up in a house full of women--and is quite nervous about tackling these things without knowledgeable backup. We're still working on a small bathroom we started last Christmas.

MommaofMany said...

That's a lovely floor! I have the exact same one, as a matter of fact! We even pulled out nearly white linoleum, too. We put ours in a couple of years ago, and it is still beautiful, unscratched, banged, dented, etc. and still needs cleaned only once in a while! I love it!

With 8 little Lambies and all their friends running around, we need durable and easy-care!

Tara said...

OOOHHH! Pretty! Now thats a color that you need with a whole passel o' young'uns. :) The color of dirt. Perfect!

mom24 said...

Wow - that looks nice! And it'll sure cover up dirt better than white, huh?
Andrea

Missy said...

Why is it that labor day often ends up being so incredibly busy? I hope you guys can rest up this weekend! Your floor looks awesome!

Tisha said...

PERFECT!! I would never even attempt to have Monte do something like that... he is not very handy and he will happily admit it! :)

eally said...

That looks beautiful! Wow, how gorgeous!!