A couple of weeks ago, a stack of hardwood flooring was delivered to our house to acclimate before it’s installed in our living room!
I have been wanting to replace this carpet with hardwood floors from the time we moved in, but I was in the minority. Jeff and the boys like that it’s comfy underfoot and good for wrestling. I have always disliked carpet simply because it’s difficult to keep clean. And a cream carpet in a major traffic path is even harder to keep clean. It doesn’t look bad in the pictures, but I’m not focusing on the carpet…
We do take our shoes off and we clean it with a carpet cleaner a few times a year, but there are still stains and a discolored path from over 15 years of use. The staining is much more evident when I focus the camera on it…
Oh, I just hate grubby carpet!
So, this week is the week that it will be installed and I can’t wait to see it! We are having it installed by the same company that did the hardwood floors in the dining room and my office, Wagner’s Wood Floors. Jeff is still having some issues with his back, so the boys and I moved all of the furniture out of the room yesterday. We just took it one piece at a time and slid the heavier pieces on towels to a temporary spot out of the way.
It’s funny how people and animals react to an empty room. Everyone was laying down on the floor, sprawled and stretched out to take up as much area as possible, at one point during the day. The animals were also enjoying the wide, open space.
Jeff and the boys made fun of me because I vacuumed. Calvin asked, “Isn’t this carpet going to be ripped up tomorrow?”
“Yes, but I don’t want it to be gross!”
This morning, Jeff deliberately spilled his coffee on the rug, just because he could! He asked me to look and then sloshed it out of his cup, laughing.
I enjoyed seeing the empty room with fresh eyes. I started wondering if I would put all of the furniture back the same way or try something different.
While we’re having them install the hardwood floors in the living room, we’ll also have the floors in the kitchen and eating area refinished. There is a spot by the sliding door that is damaged from moisture and it’ll be nice to have that repaired and protected.
It’ll also mean that the floor will flow seamlessly from one space to the next, since it’s all being finished at the same time.
The house is going to be in upheaval this week, but it’ll all be worth it!
I will be putting down an area rug. I looked into getting an antique rug, but I didn’t find any I loved that were the right size and not too pricey. Given that we have teenage boys, two cats, and a dog, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a rug that’s going to take some abuse. I ended up ordering THIS cream, flat-woven 8×10 jute rug for about $350. (It’s folded up in the plastic in the bottom right of the picture below.) It’s a quiet rug that will work nicely with the bold checked sectional.
We are in a season when we’re working on some big house projects again. We try to do one or two each year and then we’ll work on smaller projects we can do ourselves in between. That spreads out the budget and helps me make careful and deliberate decorating decisions. I realized last year that I was experiencing some decision fatigue and just needed to take a break from home projects until I was feeling more confident in my decisions.
Well, I’m hearing the sweet sound of the crowbar riping out the carpet pad and they said the floor should be fully installed today. Exciting stuff…
You can find the posts about replacing the carpet with hardwood floors in the Dining Room and Office HERE and HERE. If you’re prepping to lay down hardwood floors, HERE is a tutorial on removing carpet.