We are putting down hardwood floors in the master bedroom and my husband, Frank, wanted it to be a DIY project. He expended a large effort in locating the flooring (distressed hickory - same as in the hallway), purchasing a sufficient supply of the expendables (paper, staples, tape), and assembling the tools (Father's Day gift compressor, nail gun, staple gun, table saw). Although, interestingly enough, despite the extent of my husband's arsenal of tools, we discovered that my large rotary cutter was the best choice for slicing through the foam underlayment of the carpeting. You can see the big yellow Olfa cutter on my husband's surgical table of tools near the foreground of the following photo. I have donated it to the cause. Like formerly dedicated fabric scissors, it will not grace the walls of my sewing room again, even with a fresh blade.
There is not much glory in doing the demo but somebody's got to do it. The HGTV design shows make it look like fun. Not! This is the quilter's equivalent of picking out free motion quilting gone awry. It is time consuming and there is little to show for it. But Frank forged ahead. Note the drop cloth on the bed. It makes for a very dull, rumpled quilt.
I have been drawn in to this new flooring undertaking with the role as the official "placer of planks person" so that the hickory boards look balanced and random in color and pattern. Joint placement is important too, since each wooden "seam" must be staggered at least six inches from an adjacent one. My husband called these my quilting talents. That is why I am tongue-in-cheek claiming that we are making a wooden quilt! I have moved or repositioned these planks pretty much as I would quilt blocks on a design wall. The guys then pounded them in and stapled them down. The photo below shows the status of this week's Work In Progress.
Color selection is another quilter's skill. This week I picked paint color for the walls. The bright aqua there now is just a tinted primer. We will probably go with a softer blue with a bit of a violet undertone like one of these samples. We will start with the lower down, bolder, darker one, and paint the wall behind the bed. But my husband agrees that if I think it is too strong to paint all over, we can go paler on the remaining walls. I just want to assure myself that there is sufficient contrast with the pale furniture to avoid a washed out feeling.
Enough of this room. Even if I did not quilt this week, I am sure others did and I can share vicariously in their progress. Setting aside the wooden quilt work and color selection, I am now linking up to view other works in progress at this week's Freshly Pieced.