We did it!

Of course not what we were supposed to do which was to finish our beautiful chevron flooring. That would have been wonderful to report, instead what we accomplished was to rip the entire thing up... Wasting all of that wood, time and money and we are now living on subfloor for the time being.

There is no happy ending for this project. Normally we can squeak by when things get tough but this one really caught us.

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Let's address some questions first:

  1. Is it possible to lay Chevron flooring yourself. Yes, but I want to emphasize the word "lay".  I would order hardwood that was manufactured to be installed in a chevron pattern 
  2. Would I do it again. No
  3. Would I suggest DIYing chevron floor; proceed at your own risk. Haha I'll tell you how we messed it up and hopefully you can avoid our mistakes.

Scope of our D.I.Y Chevron project:

We tried to take regular hardwood boards and cut the into a chevron pattern. Then nail down as per usual.


Why we thought we could do it:

We had payed hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl successfully.


What went wrong:

  • We went with a 40 degree cut and when changing the saw there were slight angle changes. This accumulated into big issues.
  • Tiny problems in the beginning that we thought weren't bad got worse with every row
  • We layed the flooring in rows like typical hardwood. We think going in complete columns would have been better
  • #1 reason is we were not skilled enough for the task. Simple as that. 
diy chevron floor
diy chevron floor
diy chevron floor
diy chevron floor

Things I wish we had known before, and tips for the brave. 

  1. Choose the angle on the saw that has a lock in place. 31.6 (feature on most compound miter saws)
  2. Ever so slightly angle your blade so the bottom of the wood is cut more than the top.
  3. Layed the flooring in columns instead of rows. 

Total wasted cost $900........ 

Costly risk but we love taking on big projects. Ordered the new floor hopefully it will be in soon!!! 

We are trying to pull this room together for the 2017 One Room Challenge. If you haven't heard of it Definitely check it out by clicking on the image below.



ORC Week 4- Renovation Limbo

This week can be described with one word:


Week 4 has to be the most patience testing week ever. It's a waiting week for us, waiting for things to come in, and waiting for a few days off work to finish our DIYs. 

So I was stumped on what to post!

BUT!! It was also a buying week!!  I'm quickly running out of time and need to buy a coffee table and lighting. My husband has a lot of input and he keeps vetoing my options! Doesn't he know I'm on a deadline lol!

Lighting decisions! My husband doesn't want any wall lights that have cords. He believes it'll look "tacky". Although I personally like the look of hardwired lighting better, we have no intentions of doing that so a little cord doesn't bother me. It's been a huge debate in our house because I really want 2 sconces beside my art and he's not getting on board.


What's your opinion on lights with visible cords?

Here are the two I'm thinking of:


I also love this floor lamp but I'm not going to have 3 of them! I'm thinking this one will go nicely in the corner with my black chair. 

Furniture update:

Our chairs came in and some pillows cases and I'm equal parts excited and terrified that all our IKEA stuff came in for our tv built in hack.

The plan was to take Friday off and keep Tuck in daycare. That way we can get the floor finished. Turns out though Tuck wasn't feeling well Wednesday and if he's not back to normal Thursday there's no chance we can work on the floors. My fingers are crossed that we can get this done because it's the hardest part and really needs to be done to have a finished room. 

Fingers crossed! 

The floors are 1 of 3 DIYs that I'm making up as I go. I've always followed someone else's tutorial and decided it's about time I start my own. 

Turns out, that it's a bit terrifying. Especially with how the floors are causing us so much trouble. 

The second DIY is the tv built-ins. I didn't find anyone else's tutorial on using Ikea kitchen cabinets for built ins, which is super scary since I always followed another bloggers advice.

We are using kitchen IKEA Veddinge cabinets for the bulk of the unit but we still need to build it in. The hope is that it'll look like a professionally built unit. We had it quoted out for a custom build and it came back at a whopping 10-16k so if this works it'll be a HUGE cost savings for us.

I'm hoping to have a positive update on both the floors and the built in for you next thursday.

Thank you for following along with our renovation. You can see all of the participants in the fall 2017 ORC by clicking the logo below.

Wish us luck!,






OOOoooh Nooo! We are in Chevron flooring hell! It's a pretty complicated task and I can't say we are loving it. Definitely the hardest flooring project I've ever taken on. 


Tuck did his best to help:

diy chevron floors

But even he gave up:

diy chevron floors

Also, why do toddlers want to sit on the scariest things?

Soooo we are getting weird gaps, I'm not a perfectionist at all. Actually one of my biggest flaws is I love getting lots of stuff finished but don't enjoy the process. I can accept some level of un-perfectness with DIY projects, it comes with the territory. This is always the biggest fight between my husband and me, he wants perfection and I'm good so long as it looks good when I look at it. Even I don't think this is going well.

Which means:

Re-work... Ughhhh.... 

I hate re-work... nothing feels worse than having to go backward in your reno but it happens to the best of us. We even asked our contractor to finish the floors but he's too busy and gently laughed at us for taking on such a technical project.

Good Things That Happened!

We got our rug and leather chair and absolutely love them!



Reality is sometimes you get tired during your reno and you have to stop for a bit. So we are taking a break this weekend from doing the floors and we moved our couch and rug back in and living in our half finished space.

Oh well.. life's not perfect but this sweet monster sleeping sure makes it worth it. 

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Thank you for following along with our renovation. You can see all of the participants in the fall 2017 ORC by clicking the logo below.

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