Ripping out carpet is somehow so very therapeutic.
Even after a bad day, if I get to come home and rip out the ugly brown carpet (which in my opinion is still in far too many rooms of the house), all my stress melts away. Maybe it’s got something to do with wielding a heavy crowbar. Or maybe it’s that I’m removing something I hate, which makes room for something better. At any rate, I get a great deal of satisfaction from turning this:
It even sometimes involves discovering the history of the house, such as the previous owner’s smoking habit. She liked cigarettes so much, she even hid them on the stairs:
Thankfully though, no fingernails this time! Although I wouldn’t really be surprised, considering I’ve found almost two full sets in the house by now (fridge, living room, bedroom, master closet, garage). FYI, the disgusting factor doesn’t dissipate… I’m just as grossed out when I find a new one as I was the first time.
So, as you can see, I have begun working my way down the stairs and removing carpet in anticipation of new improvements on the staircase. Scott has been working on installing the laminate flooring on the upper staircase “landing” area, and I will be working on painting our stairs. We have agreed that we don’t want to try to install the laminate flooring on the stairs themselves, which still leaves us with several alternatives.
Option 1: I’m leaning toward the option that seems the easiest to do, which is painting the stairs white and adding a runner in the middle for traffic.
Image: Red Chair Blog
Option 2: Staining the treads is also an attractive alternative, but would require that we find a stain to match the laminate color, which could be difficult.
Image: Extreme How To
Option 3: Instead of staining the stair treads, Scott and I could paint the tread a different color than the risers. But which color? Perhaps a dark brown would look OK, especially if it’s close to the laminate stain color.
Option 4: Instead of the stair treads getting the special treatment, a new trend I’ve seen is dressing up the risers with tile, paint treatments, or wallpaper. Very unique!
Image: Apartment Therapy
Oh, decisions, decisions… again! At least I’m learning some new home lingo (“treads”, “stairnose”, “riser”, etc.).
Which trend do you like best? I’m looking forward to reading your comments!