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Someday I'll arrange somehow to post pictures of all of the things I've done over the past couple of years...until then..I'll just have to describe my happy dance.

We've lived in this house for 8.5 years. We were the first owners of the home. All of the carpeted areas have that wonderful beige carpet that is in every new home you've ever seen. To say the carpet in the den has been disgusting would be a huge understatement. After two kids with no "keep food out of the den" rule the carpet has really taken a beating. A couple of years ago I decided that, instead of having it professionally steam cleaned, I would save the money I would have spent on that...and eventually have it replaced. So, I just vacuumed alot and apologized to visitors.

For the past 5 days my DH and kiddos have been out of town at the in laws...I finally had enough money saved up so I took off for Lowes and purchased Bruce Hardwood Easy Elegance gunstock oak flooring. I would say it took me about 15 hours to do the 225 square foot room...all by myself. It would have gone faster with help...but I enjoyed every minute of it.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL!! The past two nights I just lay on my sofa and stare at my floor....I'm so proud I could burst. DH is on his way home, so we'll see if he's as impressed as I am. I also painted the room while the carpet was out and before I put the hardwoods in. I rag rolled a faux finish. It's just beautiful.

Happy New Year to All!

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