We moved into our house nineteen years ago this week. (It's hard to believe that we've been here that long! ) The carpet that was here nineteen years ago (green shag - need I say more) is still here. But not for long! This Saturday we're ripping up the carpet in the living and dining rooms! YAY!!!
Don't get me wrong - it's been a good carpet. Obviously it was a good quality one since it was probably 10 years old when we moved in. But it's waaaaay past it's prime. Years of animals and kids have taken its toll and it is literally falling apart.
So when Della and I painted the living room trim over Mother's Day, we "accidentally" pulled up a piece over by the bay window. Just to, you know, see what was under it. Imagine our surprise when we saw that the floor was Southern Yellow Pine (according to the local lumber yard guy) cut into wide boards. And in pretty good condition. According to Greg (local lumber yard guy), Southern Yellow Pine is harder than oak and more expensive to replace. Of course, this was just a small part of the floor we were looking at, but if the rest of the room looks this good then we're going to sand and refinish it and I'm going to have a "new" wood floor! NO MORE CARPET!
Another thing we found (ahem) was mold. Lots of mold on the back of the carpet from all the years of scrubbing the carpet to try and keep it clean. It's no wonder DH and I have been sick with respiratory problems all winter long. Our house is killing us!
DH is not one to jump into any life-altering (expensive) decisions and he has been dragging his feet about this whole "let's rip up the carpet" thing. But when I showed him the mold I think he understands how important it is to get this out of here.
So, Saturday's the day. Don't worry - there will be plenty of pictures. Do you want to see what it looks like now? OK:
That's Elvis sitting in the living room. And that's our carpet. Pretty yucky, huh? Not for long, baby. Not for long!