Today’s post is sponsored by Flooring America and My Floor Style. All opinions are my own. #DownsH20 #familyfriendlyflooring #flooringamerica
Remember how I talked about this space being shut down a bit ago and how it was a terrible, horrible, no good time? Well, that ended up being almost the entire month of January for me. I am really praying February goes much more smoothly and we have zero down time at all because that was such a headache. I am happy to be hanging out in a brand new month though!
If you’ve been around since the beginning of the year though, I shared a little bit about where we are at as a family. Since moving home from Florida, we are living with family until we are comfortable enough to buy a run-down-farm-home-fixer-upper here on our own. So while we’ve been here at my grandmothers, we’ve been doing little updates here and there for her. I am a Fixer Upper addict. That show is my life. I want Joanna Gaines to adopt me and make me her protege. Alas, that will never happen, so I will settle with learning on my own. Since we’ve been here, we have learned a few things, and I’m sharing those with you today.
Number 1: Start small.
By small, I mean small. Especially since this is not our home, we are doing little things that we know my grandmother will appreciate and things that will also make her life easier. One thing she’s wanted done for a really long time is new hardware in her kitchen. So a few of us got together and made that happen for her. It’s small, but it makes a big difference!
Number 2: Do what is necessary first.
It may not make the house look like a million bucks over night, but it might save you a million bucks. A couple months after moving in here, and during a particularly rainy couple weeks we noticed we were getting a lot of water in the basement. Like a lot. It was bad news. So after a bit of research, we discovered a crack in the basement wall that was letting in a lot of ground water. It ran the length of the basement wall along the backyard. Jake and I were able to fix this on our own, pretty easily with a little bit of concrete, some elbow grease, and not too much money at all. Fixes like this can save you a lot in the long run.
Number 3: Do your research.
When it comes to making any home decisions, doing your research is absolutely necessary. My grandmother had new linoleum wood floors laid down through her dining room and kitchen quite some time ago. I was a kid, so it’s been a while. Since then, her refrigerator has started to leak and you can see where the linoleum is bowing from the water damage. We have talked about replacing the flooring eventually (and the fridge, of course). So this app came in really handy. It’s kind of hard to picture what new flooring is going to look like in an entire room.
My Floor Style allows you to take a photo of a room, trace the floor, remove the existing floor and replace it with whatever you’re going for. Even though this isn’t something we are doing right this second, it was really cool to be able to show my grandmother what her options were. Gone are the days of picking something and just crossing your fingers it goes well with your existing furniture and cabinets. This apps is awesome, and it’s free to download on iPhone and Android devices.
What about you? Have you used this app or would you? Do you have a tip for making home updates easier?