apple Our Fifth House: The Funk of Forty Thousand Years (& Girl's Room Progress)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Funk of Forty Thousand Years (& Girl's Room Progress)

It's a weird blog post title, I know.  You'll understand very soon.

Many of you already know that when we moved in to this house there was WHITE CARPET in the dining room, the formal living room (that we use as an office), the family room, and all four bedrooms.  Last spring we had the carpet in all of our living spaces replaced with bamboo flooring and oh. my. word. what a difference that made!  I mean, really, why on Earth anyone would think WHITE carpet is a good idea in a dining room is beyond me.  Maybe it was an 80's thing?  Two things that should never come back in style - white, plush wall to wall carpet and parachute pants - the end.

We chose to leave the carpet in the bedrooms until we could decide whether or not to replace it with more bamboo or new carpet.  After lots of thought, we decided we like having carpet in our bedrooms, and new carpet would be easier on the wallet.  We gathered lots of samples and estimates.



We checked them in the rooms the same way we check paint samples - in the morning, the afternoon and at night.  I'm really happy with what we ended up going with, but to be totally honest, I'm mainly just glad to get rid of that old nasty 20 plus year old carpet with the funk of forty thousand years.  It. was. gross!


Believe me when I say it looked nastier in person than it looks in pictures.  The carpet we ended up going with isn't either of the above samples that we had originally narrowed it down to; we went with (in all 4 bedrooms) nylon berber made by Mohawk (Jamboree II in exotic gold).  We used a local carpet installer (Rodgers Decor & More in Versailles) rather than a big box store because they had the best price for what we wanted, and a friend we trust recommended them.  This was not a job I would ever want to DIY.  Mainly because what took them 7 hours would have taken me and my hub probably 7 months!  The cost of labor was worth it to have it over and done so quickly.


I wanted something that looked like a natural fiber (which was also something we looked into) but was also very soft underfoot.  In addition I also wanted something with color variation to help hide any dirt. Personally I prefer a low pile so that helped to narrow down the selection.


We chose nylon over wool for price reasons.  Wool is the best, but it can be very expensive.  Our bedrooms are pretty low traffic areas.  We've had berber before (in our 3rd house) and been very happy.  My best advice for choosing new carpet is to do your homework and get lots of estimates.  There are pros and cons to all carpet materials and styles, so you really just have to decide what will work for your family and your budget.  The one major con most people have against berber is that is can snag.  For us, this wasn't a huge concern because our dogs stay out of the bedrooms and again these are low traffic areas.

Having new carpet installed made such a huge difference in all of the bedrooms.  It just looks so CLEAN!  Here's a picture of my girl's room (looking like a hot mess) with the old carpet.  I realize it's not the carpets fault that it looks like her bedroom imploded but for before and after purposes let's just roll with this.


Here's how it looks now.


Her walls finally got painted too!  (Olympic - Moonstone)  Our painter friend did it when he painted our master bathroom and bedroom.  It was just a little extra, and I'm so glad to finally have that done.  Now I can get on to the fun parts of this room design, like giving this thrifted chair a makeover.


Can't wait to get started on that this summer.  In case you haven't noticed, my horse obsession is starting to rub off on my girl.  I picked up this watercolor at a local thrift shop (Street Scene), and had a matte cut for it at Hobby Lobby.  


I'm not going to lie, I kind of wish it was hanging over my bed!  The colors in this painting are just so perfect for her room.  


It's fun and whimsical, perfect for a little horse-loving girl's room, and yet would be perfect in a teenager's room as well.  

When I say horse-loving, I'm not kidding around.  She BEGGED me to get her these sheets at Target.  Okay maybe she just asked and I immediately caved- whatever - it sounds better to say she begged me.  ;) 


Cutest sheets ever!  Even my friend Cassie's daughter has these - all the cool kids have them!  

And the little black-and-white-cherry-on-top-of-her-cupcake-of-a-bed is this Kate Spade pillow from BB&B - snagged with a 20% off coup.  Never buy anything from that store without one of those. They don't expire - you know that right?! 


I want to eat that pillow it's so dang cute!  I'm weird - I already know this.  

So to wrap up a post that is all over the place - we got new carpet - it rocks because it doesn't have the funk of forty thousand years, and my girl's room is slowly but surely in a very I think I can kind of way chugging right along.  Who knows it could be completely decorated by the time she heads off to college!  

What's going on in your world?  Anyone else getting some nasty, funky stuff out of their house?  You should be thankful I didn't show you a picture of the disgusting stuff that was underneath the old carpet pad.  Oh my - I'm scarred for life.  


If you're still reading this - God bless you - you are awesome! 

25 comments:

  1. we have carpeting very similar to your before carpeting in all of our bedrooms.... and in the bath vanity areas... for real!?! it is definitely on our list... EEW.
    and wow her room is coming along beautifully! LOVE the watercolor!!! love the chandelier. and yeah, all the popular girls are wearing tube tops AND have horse sheets. ;)

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  2. Looks so much better! And seriously, ripping out carpet is the worst. Not to be done with anyone you know present because even though their under-carpet situation is probably identical, there's a certain shame factor for all the dirt and funk that accumulates. "I swear, I vacuum!" :)

    Also, are you reupholstering that bad boy? I'm in awe if you are -- I've passed a few sweet chairs up because I'm deathly afraid of it. Do I have to turn in my DIY card somewhere now? ;)

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  3. The carpet makes such a big difference. Good call! Oh and that chair is already adorable, I think. I know it could look totally different in person, but it looks great from here. Love the room, lady!

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  4. No idea that Bb&B had Kate Spade pillows. Carpet looks fab!

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  5. I love berber carpet. We had it in our last house and it held up really well and looked amazing. I love those horse sheets...I want them.

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  6. OK, BB&B coupons don't expire? I honestly didn't know this - why do they put an expiration date on them?

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    1. The ONLY BB&B coupons that expire are the ones you get on-line. No clue why there is an expiration date on them. Did you also know that if you don't have your coupon(s) with you you can go back with them and they will adjust the price? What a great policy!!
      Denise

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    2. Yes - they have the best coupon policy ever! I hoard mine and always ask my friends to save me theirs if they aren't going to use them. I use them mainly for k-cups for our keurig machine. I think they put an expiration date on them to make you come in the store more often. I've never been to a store that wouldn't take a coupon after the expiration date listed.

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  7. Those sheets are adorable! One of my friends has a 10 year old who just started "Pony Club", a riding/horse care thing, so I'm oing to send her over to Target right now to get those sheets, they are awesome.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  8. Great choice on the carpet. Can't wait to watch the progress in your girl's bedroom

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  9. Am I the only one who addressed the title? From Thriller, right?? What do I win>?!?!?!?!? Love this carpet. It looks like a sisal rug from wall to wall....gorgeous.

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  10. I love your carpet. But honestly, I would never never ever get carpet anywhere, ever!! Hate it, Gets dirty and gross so fast. Only wood for me. And pretty area rugs. I have that chandy, only its still brass. There are so many light bulbs.What wattage did you use? I have 25 and I unscrew half of them. Way to bright, Guess I need a dimmer.

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    1. I hear you - I'm usually more of a wood girl myself but I don't mind a low pile carpet in a bedroom. I use 15 - but all my other chandy's are on a dimmer and that makes such a HUGE difference!

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  11. Love your carpet choice and totally agree with hiding as much dirt as possible! We learned that the hard way when renovated our first house. Our new house has white berber in the playroom. Yes, playroom! So far we have neon yellow and purple stains...sigh. I'll come back to this post when we're ready to switch out the carpet so thanks!

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  12. That room looks amazing. I hope I can create something so fantastic for my little girl when she gets older.

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  13. I just love that horse picture! We are totally horse obsessed too!!

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  14. The new carpet looks so good!!! I can't handle living on other people's carpet either...ick. And both houses we've lived in had cat owners before us......ick. Not the cats, but the yuck left behind. Your daughter's room looks SO GOOD!!!

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  15. Love the room! Where o where did you get the beautiful bed skirt? I've been looking for something similar. autumnmcox@yahoo.com

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  16. What a fun room! I love it already. Can't wait to see what you do with the chair.

    Happy weekend,
    René

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  17. I love the room! It's looking so, so cute. The chair is just lovely!!

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  18. I am just not sure we can be friends...you actually get things done instead of thinking about getting things done. Have you always been like that???? Does the blog propel you forward so you will have material? The decision thing usually holds me up....:(

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  19. this article definitely proves that the carpet is the most important fashion statement in your home.

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  20. I am so happy to see a blogger that isn't all about hardwood floors. We just replaced all of the very old carpeting on our 2nd floor bedroom areas. We thought long and hard about hardwood floors (plan on getting them downstairs at some point), but in addition to the high price, I just love something soft underfoot in our bedrooms. I didn't want to get hardwood floors and then cover them up with big area rugs. What's the point?
    I also have an issue with hardwood on stairs. Sure, they look beautiful but I was concerned about someone slipping on them. Our new carpeting is installed and I just love how it looks! Thanks for your post.

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