Monday, September 27, 2010

When in doubt, rip it out?

I don't like  hate our carpet.  This is a very strong statement coming from me considering the fact that "hate" is a bad word in my house.  I repeat, I hate our carpet.  There I said it, a four letter word!  Gasp!

It's not the carpet itself I hate.  I mean it's not the carpet's fault that I hate it so much.  It's how the carpet just doesn't work well for my family.  Or rather we don't work well with the carpet.  With 2 dogs that shed like it's their job and 2 kids, it's just impossible to keep it looking clean.  Now, I would have less of a problem with it if it wasn't white of all colors!  That's right WHITE!  Sorry to yell, but really, white carpet?!  I guess 20+ years ago that was the "in" thing to do, but I just can't believe anyone would put down white carpet especially in a dining room!  I mean really?!   

I have been hating this carpet since we moved in this past March.  I would have preferred to have all hardwood floors - I dream about that - but I gave up the hardwoods to get a walk-out finished basement.  I know I made the right choice for our family, but I still dream of being surrounded by beautiful hardwood floors.    

While the hubs and I rarely agree on decor/design ideas we did have a mutual hate for the carpet in our dining room.  Since you already know that our dining room is currently under construction, I'll go ahead and tell you what we did this weekend.  You. won't. believe it.  

You know (or at least you should know) that I peaked underneath a corner of the carpet to see what was underneath it the day we first toured the house.  Sadly, it wasn't hardwood.  Unfortunately, I don't have the moola to spend on a hardwood floor in the dining room right now.  However, after hating the carpet for 6 months now, I decided to put an end to all the hatred.  So when in doubt, rip it out! 

That's right we ripped the carpet out!  It's just the plywood sub floor.  No we aren't putting in new carpet.  No we aren't financing a new hardwood floor.  We are going to stain the sub floor.  I've scared you - haven't I?  You think we've been taking crazy pills - huh?!  It's ok if you do, most of our own family does too.

Does this look like the face of a crazy person?  Wait, don't answer that. 

We just don't want to live with the "hate" any longer.  Plus, my own mom has painted sub floors throughout her home and they are gorgeous.  She bought an old house in California a fews years back and it was shag carpet heaven.  So she did what we just did, and ripped all of that old shag out.  

So, here's to hoping it turns out ok!  Wish us luck!  Or pray that we regain our sanity!  Either way at least that white carpet is gone 4eva!  BUH-BYE! 

To the 20+ year old white wall-to-wall carpet that we just kicked to the curb, we're sorry; but the time came for us to go our separate ways.  


  1. Hi Carmel! I saw your blog name on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, and I had to come check you out because we are on our fourth house, 6th move in 11 years!! :) Your house is amazing, you've really done some nice work. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

  2. Hi Denise! Thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear I'm not the only mover and shaker out there! Not all who wander are lost :)

  3. OMG! You really give your floor new life!


Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C


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