The other day I bought a jigsaw for under $30 at Sears. I wasn’t sure if it was something I needed but after reading some fantastic reviews about it here I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it to cut some moulding that I want to install in various places. I thought *maybe* I could also use it for cutting the laminate floor I’m trying to install in our upstairs, but I wasn’t sure if it would be the right tool for that seemingly massive job.
So, Saturday night I busted it out to try it on the moulding for the bathroom. That went pretty well but I realized that I need to get another type of moulding because the stuff I used has a curve to it so the light switch doesn’t sit on it very well and I don’t think I have the skills to make it work and look acceptable. I also didn’t do a great job of cutting out the area for the switch even though I tried to practice on another piece first. Well, sad to say that whole project ended up just being a practice run for learning how to cut, since it’s been at least a decade since I’ve really used a power tool like that. I was ok with that though. Of course I wish it had gone perfectly on my first attempt and I didn’t have to trash that wood but at least it was inexpensive and I’m willing to make that small sacrifice for a learning situation. You know, when life gives you lemons…I think I have a bit of practice making lemonade;)
I believe I stated it the other day…my progress has been sloooowwww but I’ve been realizing that’s ok. I’m not ignoring stuff, I spend a lot of time looking at things and trying to process the best approach for me and my budget. Our house is small but we’re lucky that it has 4 bedrooms…I feel really lucky about that because it gives me the time needed to take in the scope of what needs to happen to our upstairs rooms. There’s no panic to get it all done even though I can’t wait to get it done so we can start using the downstairs rooms for an office/guestroom and playroom. I mean, it will be amazing when we get to that point. It can be a challenge to try to work on projects at the dining room table when the dining room is 2 feet from the living room with no separation. There’s no quiet place to work or think, but someday there will be.
So, though I’ve not worked on the upstairs in at least a month I decided to revisit it with my new jigsaw buddy. I still wasn’t sure if it would be the right tool but before I new it I was cutting and click-locking away. It was awesome! Before I bought the jigsaw I was really freaking out about how to lay the flooring in the doorway.
My biggest worry was “Should I lay the flooring in the doorway or should I just stop at the doorway and worry about the rest later?” i.e. not go into the hallway yet. My initial idea was just to get Stella’s room done and then see if I wanted to do the rest myself or wait until I could hire someone. Well, thanks to that lovely little jigsaw I realized I COULD do it all myself!! At least, so it seems…I think I just need to continue to take my time and think about the best approach for each situation. I do find myself spending a lot of time trying to figure out things like room transitions and should I add quarter-round to the baseboard or can I find think enough baseboard so I don’t have to cut my floor boards down the middle…I really don’t want to cut them lengthwise!
So I made some good progress over the weekend and I’m feeling pretty confident about getting this job done. Check back to see the final results.