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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, primary 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.
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.
Hey there! I'm Sarah. My favorite things: 1) tearing my house apart and 2) putting it back together again. I occasionally talk about other things, like life and food and travel, but it's mostly my obsession with DIY and power tools that you'll find here!