Handy Manny Ain't got nothing on us

handy-manny.jpg The hubby and I aren’t really DIY type of people. I am pretty sure we would both like to be and maybe even masquerade as such types from time to time. That being said, I am not really sure what possessed us to decide we were going to take on the remodeling of our sun porch, but we thought it would be a good weekend project.

So, here is the before…


Old dingy gray carpet that I have hated since we moved in. I also detest those strips of fabric attempting to be blinds and a fairly drab paint color on the wall. I thought it would be super cool if we ripped up the carpet and stained the concrete so that it would look gorgeous like this…


So we rip up the carpet and go to Home Depot to rent a power sander to get up all of the carpet glue. Apparently every last spec must be gone to get the concrete stained. No problem. After 3 hours of sanding the floor looks like this….


You might quickly notice that there is still a whole heck of a lot of carpet glue left. And the hubby who is allergic to dust is getting quite sniffly not to mention a bit numb from using a vibrating power sander for 3 hours. Never fear, I come to his rescue. I plug in the IPod and start a-sanding. I am queen of the power sander. I wish I had video cause I was shaking my booty to some Dancing Queen (Lily’s favorite) with the power sander as my unwitting partner. Sadly, all that dancing tired me out after 30 minutes and the hubby had to take over.

So after nearly 9 hours, this is where we are at…


A lot of progress, but not so much for NINE HOURS WORTH of sanding. This project has made me realize 3 things.

  1. Maybe that carpet wasn’t so bad
  2. A power sander and an IPod make for some good dancing
  3. There is a reason people hire other people to do home improvement projects

We returned the power sander and now have a dusty, concrete room and all the furniture formerly in that room is in other rooms that have no room. Pity me not though, we will triumph over this floor. Look for the final project picture sometime in January of ’08.


  1. I hear you on the hiring someone part! We’re trying to redo our kitchen and since we don’t have thousands of dollars at our disposal and we don’t want to go into debt we have to do everything in phases. It’s driving me nuts. I should blog about it and put up pics because it’s so hideous. I feel your pain.

  2. It is going to be awesome when you get it done though. That stain is very cool and I think (relatively) kid proof.

  3. I am glad to see that someone else in the world uses our household project time tables.

  4. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done. Great idea. I will pray for your sanity and your marriage!

  5. sonnywalk says:

    My husband and I recently redid our floors and beleive me when you arre finished it is all worth it. We stained our concrete a cola and did 3 of the stain. It is awesome. I have never been so proud of something I did (except the kids) before.
    Just remember to let the stain dry completely before you mop and you must remop until there is no more stain in the water you are using. I would guess between my daughter, my husband and my self we mopped that floor about 40 times. Do not hold the sprayer nozzle too close to the floor. Trust me on that one. The pattern development is better when you hold it about 12 inches or so back. Then when you remop and the floor is dry completely start at the opposite spot from where you did the first coat and move in a different direction. Choose a different starting location each time. Then the floor must be dry so that the polyureathane coat won’t get milky. We put 2 fans at opposite ends and ran them on high over night.
    I have not posted a picture yet on my blog. My sister wants to see it. I am at blogspot.com and my blog is amomentintime@blogspot.com. I’ll try and put the picture up. Trust me though all of our allergies are better. I only have one room with carpet left and it is next. You will enjoy the end result.

  6. If the floor ends up looking like the georgeous one, all that sanding will be well worth it. My friend, Maria, has that kind of floor in her place. It looks great!

  7. Olivia says:

    Not to be a home improvement know it all, but they sell some sort of stinky solvent that would eat up the glue instead of all that sanding.
    Hope you’re doing well! Can’t wait to see the end result

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