Thursday, July 29, 2010

Screamin' Pumpkin and More Floor....

The Screamin' Pumpkin VCT flooring arrived at the distributor down on the Mass/RI line Tuesday morning. My brother-in-law David gave his daughter Celia the task of driving down there from Jaffrey, picking up the tiles, and then driving them all the way out here to Aunt Kristin. She arrived, 65 lb. box in hand of Screamin' Pumpkin tiles. We opened the box up and they were indeed worth the wait -- a beautiful color.

Yesterday Kevin, Rory and I spent the day installing the Armstrong VCT tiles on the studio floor. Kevin had never installed this type of tile before but he is always game to learn something new. I love that about him. Nothing is ever impossible. The first time he ever installed tile was on my mudroom floor eleven years ago. To tell you the truth, I think he looks forward to the things I throw at him. We read the directions on the "glue" and went at it.

Here's my palette - 9 shades of bright and zingy Armstrong VCT tiles.


They troweled the glue on and I handed them the colors.


It went surprisingly fast.


We did have a good time - especially me. I love to orchestrate this kind of project and it was so much fun watching the floor grow before me. I shared my color theory with Kevin and Rory because they were trying to figure out what kind of pattern I was using. It was kind of cute that by half way through the day, they were suggesting colors and double-checking that I wanted a certain color next to that color. "Are you sure Kristin?"

We worked our way out the door, ate some lunch halfway through the day. (If I was a perfect hostess I would have made them lunch but I couldn't get that together.)


Then Kevin put on the primed baseboard and finished up his punch list. They packed up the truck, the ladders, the saws, the tools and left.


They are finished and just in time for the upcoming weekend. The bottom of my legs are covered with tile glue and I'm wondering how the heck I will get it off. We had to be careful because it was really easy to get your shoes stuck in the glue. I felt like I was in some kind of movie with tricks (like Home Alone).


I just love the floor and can't wait to get the studio up and going and organized. I'll let you know how it holds up. It will be getting a lot of traffic on it including lots of in and out to the garden.

28 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Love the floor, but I really love the chartreuse door. I have a skein of Julia that matches!

Kar said...

OMG!!! That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to see everything put back in the studio. The orange was definitely worth the wait. It really makes the floor. I'm doing a little dance in my chair for you. :)

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I love your floor! And, for anything titled Screamin' Pumpkin, I would have waited too :)

Bonnie said...

I LOVE THIS FLOORING! Sorry for the caps, but it can't be helped. It's gorgeous!

Amy Lagerquist said...

It's so happy in there! I can't wait to see the final, all-furniture-and-knitting-supplies-in, product!

Barbara said...

The flooring is so colorful and beautiful. You are going to have the perfect room when you get everything moved in. I can't wait to see it.

Hugs XX
Barbara

Manise said...

The Screaming Pumpkin totally pulls the colors together on your new floor! Brava!

marit said...

Wow, what a fun floor! Love it!

Have fun this weekend, and good luck:-)

Sara said...

The floor looks great!!! What a fun, creative room you are designing. Love it!

Angela said...

I love that floor. It is going on my dream house list.

Kekumukula said...

What invigorating colors!

Anonymous said...

Try Goo Gone to get the glue off your legs. It should work and won't hurt your skin.
The room looks fabulous!
Leslie

Candied Fabrics said...

THis looks fantastic! And how brave of you to start handing tiles to guys with glue already on the floor! Such a glorious base for a glorious room!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I love your floor! It's so you!

Turtle said...

how fun and cool!

Kimberly said...

I love those tiles. We put the same kind (not those colors) in a rental in the mountains and the floor is holding up very well.

Kim in Chicago said...

Does the manufacturer know what colors you choose and how you installed them? You might have a photo op for them and cost savings for you. (I worked in the design industry and this looks like something they would love)

evie said...

I so love that floor!

Anonymous said...

Wow! It looks great -- I would be interested to know "what exactly WAS your color theory?" because it looks spontaneous without looking sloppy.
[BlondiKnits in Colorado]

Christine said...

Yep, the pumpkin mellows the transition between the yellow and red.....flows for the eyes.

Pumpkin! got to have that color..you're out in the country! and will soon be seeing this color all over the place in the fall.

Anonymous said...

I knew you were right to wait for the Screaming Pumpkin. That floor looks FABULOUS.
-- Gretchen

Kelley Hart said...

OH. WOW. I just feel giddy looking at that patchwork! SOOOO fun. I wish I could come to one of your workshops and enjoy it in person. Someday! L.A. is a long way from Leyden Glen Farm.

Strange little girl said...

The floor is so crazily wonderful!

mascanlon said...

Its so wonderful, I am hoping you'll take sometime to explain the color theory for us when things settle down a bit. I just know it works beautifully but I don't know why!

Colleen said...

Your floor is wonderful!! I love the colors!!

Holli Yeoh said...

The Screamin' Pumpkin was so worth the wait! I've really enjoyed watching your studio addition grow and I'm looking forward to seeing it furnished too.

Anonymous said...

I love the new floors; colors are so vibrant!

Penny said...

beautiful!