Sunday, August 24, 2008

Show and Tell: Carpet

When we bought our house three years ago one of the things we were sure we would be doing was pulling up the carpet in the dining room. We weren't sure why it was there in the first place: there were hardwoods underneath, it's pretty much the same room as the living room so the divider of carpet is weird, the carpet was (WAS) cream which is stupid for eating over.
Of course, for the past three years every time we spilled something we wouldn't be terribly worried about staining. After all, the carpet was temporary, right?
When Charlie was a wee puppy who liked to wee wee, well, clean it up and thank goodness we're pulling the carpet up soon.
When we tromped snow and mud and dust through the house because the dining room is what you have to walk through to get to the rest of the rooms, well, the carpet was not long for this world.

Needless to say, our carpet was disgusting. And today I couldn't take it anymore.
So after a fantastic breakfast with a friend who was in town from California, we came home and I cut a little tiny piece of the carpet. And then put it back. And sat down. And casually mentioned to A that I had cut it. Just a little bit. Just to check the wood underneath.

So of course A realized I wanted us to spend the rest of the day pulling up the carpet. Because he is smart enough to understand my rug cutting as a cry for help.

So we started pulling it up (oh god, please don't judge me for these nasty stains)
We uncovered some lovely green cheap ass carpet padding.We also pulled out the quarter-round and then I went through and did the tack strips and staples, which took forever, but thankfully not as long as it could have. In some areas there were hardly any staples/nails and in others there would be a whole clusterfuck of the buggers.

This is what is left:
It is sticky and tarred and there is crap from where apparently it was once tiled (wtf?!).
So now we need to scrape, sand and varnish.
Shit.

33 comments:

  1. Don't you hate when you start something and it turns into a lot more work then you had planned?

    I can't wait to see the finished floors!

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  2. I did that too in a room in my house... except I still haven't got to the sanding/varnishing part... and seriously doubt I ever will.

    I'll probably move before that happens.

    Kudos for starting the project though!

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  3. I will never understand why people carpet or tile over hardwood. It makes no sense to me. In our last house, we pulled up a corner of the carpet in one of the bedrooms (the bedrooms were the only rooms carpeted and the rest of the house was hardwood including the hallway leading to the bedrooms) and thought there was white linoleum underneath (eeeew).

    Turns out it was paint. Someone painted white paint over hardwoods! It was actually a blessing in disguise because it protected the wood from the carpeting and a simple sanding took care of it.

    It's a lot of work, but you will be so happy that you did it once it's done!

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  4. Oooh, hard wood floors. Gotta love 'em, right? Sounds like you have your next project lined up.

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  5. Oh shit...least its gone now though!!!

    bluergh!

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  6. They really are so worth all the crap you have to go through to fix other people's mistakes! I don't know why the people who had my house painted the ceiling in the third bedroom without covering the beautiful hardwood floor & then just carpeted over the whole mess rather thn cleaning up the fucking paint!!! After doing the first floor though we will just be carpeting the bedrooms... I know, I know- but it took us almost a year & now with little feet to trample through the poly it's just easier...
    So- do it now!!! & good luck to you!

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  7. Old carpet has to be one of the most disgusting things on the planet.

    Even with tar and tile crap the floor looks 100% better!

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  8. I hope you're renting a sander? It will make fast work of that job, let me tell you. I remember when we pulled up the linoleum from our kitchen - I got blisters from pulling out staples. I'm glad it wasn't THAT bad for you.
    Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  9. Well, when you get a break from all that scraping, sanding, and varnishing, you can head over and pick up the award I gave ya!!!

    Rebel

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  10. Oh goddess I have done this. I am so sorry. My ex and I did this in my first house-- hmm this is funny. Why is there carpet over hardwoods in the dining room. OH-- b/c there's linoleum under that glued to the hardwoods. Shit. Definitely rent the sander.

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  11. Ugh, sounds like a lot of work, but definitley will be worth it.
    I also always start these projects with gusto and then wonder why the hell I'm doing this to myself half way through
    Hope it looks stunning when its all done!
    Here from ICLW...

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  12. IO I think you and my husband were on the same wave length this weekend. You must read my post that will be up in a little while. The Title will be "Don't pick at it!". Does that tell you anything??

    I wish you the best on the floor.

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  13. IO I think you and my husband were on the same wave length this weekend. You must read my post that will be up in a little while. The Title will be "Don't pick at it!". Does that tell you anything??

    I wish you the best on the floor.

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  14. Oops. I worry about that. I would love to pull up my carpet throughout my house as I know there are wood floors but worry they will be in horrible condition.

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  15. LOL...love how you tricked A into the project...I'l have to remember that one.
    Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  16. Okay, you are a much better woman than I am for ripping up the carpet and pulling out all the staples on your own. Yikes! As far as the sanding and varnishing part is concerned, let's hope that's a cakewalk compared to the rip-out. I'm so impressed with you!

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  17. Didn't it feel great to finally rip that carpet up?! We've been in our house around the same time as you and I can't wait to do the same thing with our bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration to just do it!

    from ICLW

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  18. But it is going to be SO beautiful when it's done!! I love, love, LOVE hardwood floors.

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  19. LMAO I HATE that feeling when you're like "WHAT DID I JUST DO!!!" It'll look great though :)

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  20. Looks familiar (we're also beginning a carpet/flooring overhaul). : P Good luck!

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  21. yay for already-there hardwood floors! we, too, have cream carpet in the dining room and i hate hate hate it. it's ridiculous. i'm always afraid i'll spill something irreversable.

    i love house projects!

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  22. I hope you share pictures of the lovely finished product!

    I have a guilty dirty carpet story too...

    Back in the apartment, we had carpet... in the KITCHEN. It was installed in the 70s and an elderly woman had kept it spotless. DH and I? Not so much... It was tan and brown when we moved in. Eeee gads was it black when we left. The bathroom was carpeted too.

    I do not envy whomever had to pull up that carpet. They may well have to dispose of it as toxic waste.

    An ICLW Wanderer

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  23. DH and I have done this in almost every room in our house. The previous brainiacs got sheetrock mud all over the floors. It's hard work, but it's definitely worth it. Good luck finishing the project!

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  24. Wow, the floors should be awesome when you clean em up. I have never had to brave pulling up carpet. When we sold our house, before moving to Cairo, a brave man from a tile company pulled up all our carpets and tiled the entire house. I left the house and he got busy, i can only imagine.....

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  25. we lifted the carpet in an old house once oh Joy !!
    Once we sanded it )professionally and have it polyurethaned it came up very well.
    Good luck !

    Here from IComLeavWe... (adoption,pregnancy loss, IVF twins)
    My Little Drummer Boys

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  26. I did the same thing in my bathroom (there was horrible vinyl, and someone had one applied tile underneath). There is a really nasty product you can buy that takes that tar stuff off beautifully. I hated using it, but it worked great. And the floor is now gorgeous.

    Good luck!

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  27. You can get mastick remover, etc. that should make the job easier. I'd also recommend getting someone who's done it before to do the actual sanding (because even with a steady hand and an orbital sander, it's really hard to do without nicking the wood). The dust goes everywhere! Even with plastic up, etc., I had dust from the project all over the place for months.

    But it will be SO worth it, Io!

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  28. I'll never understand why people carpet over hard wood floors...

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  29. The process sucks, but the floor will be sooooooo freakin pretty when you are done with it!!!

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  30. The finished floors should look beautiful! Good luck with the rest of the project. I see other people's home renovations (what they did that we're tearing out) and wonder what they were thinking!

    ICLW

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  31. oh no! house renos, you think this will be easy and then you are hit with a nice little surprise!

    have fun sanding!

    here from ICLW

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  32. WOW. Looks like a lot of work, but it will be beautiful!

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  33. Oohhhh...YIKES. Home projects always seem to turn out so much BIGGER than how they were planned out...but it does usually feel pretty good to finally start them! (moreso to finish them).

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