Tearing up my heart … and carpet

Okay, mostly just carpet, but I wanted to throw a little N’SYNC reference in there and I sure hope you got it.

Kyle and I have been in this house for about 2 ½ years now, and since Day 1, we’ve been wanting to replace the carpet. It wasn’t in the greatest of shapes when we had moved in: a little dingy, snagged in a couple spots, and there were three different kinds of carpet throughout the house. Yep, three. The bedrooms were all the same colour & pile (horrible loop carpet that snagged easily), the stairs were a pile carpet, and the basement is a grey/brown loop carpet. Here’s the proof:

1. Basement carpet. 2. Stairway carpet. 3. Bedroom carpet.

Yep, it was a mess. We have a feeling that the basement and stairway carpet were original to the house and that the stuff in the bedrooms was changed out at some point by the previous owners. Anyway, after we moved in, things only got worse since we have two big dogs. Daphne and Campbell puked on the carpet a few times, leaving gross stains behind no matter how hard I scrubbed the carpet, and their nails got caught in the loops on the bedroom carpet, leaving behind little snags that just got out of control:

The worst case though? When Campbell was fairly new to the household we would crate him while we were out running errands or while I was at work. On day, he must’ve eaten something that didn’t agree with him, because when I returned home I walked into his “room” to find that he had somehow managed to push the bottom tray out of his crate, chewed a HOLE in the carpet while still trapped in his crate, and then pooped all over the place. The hole was mighty impressive, other than obviously frustrating:

That’s my foot for size comparison.

That was two years ago. Kyle and I strategically placed a nightstand over the hole and called it a win for the time being.

Finally, about a month ago, we decided to put our grown-up pants on and bite the bullet in buying new carpet. There isn’t anything wrong with the basement carpet, but we thought for better continuity we should replace both the stairs and the bedroom carpet. After shopping around, we finally decided on a pile and shade we liked, and went ahead and ordered the carpet. That’s where the frustration kind of began.

Kyle was going to tear up the old stuff himself because having the contractor do it was going to cost somewhere around $500. He did it on the weekend I was in Vancouver and Isla was having a sleepover at my mom’s, and while we had to live with bare floors and stairs of doom (see photo over there –>) for a week, it wasn’t so bad. We had to explain to Isla that the stairs were dangerous and that Mommy or Daddy had to carry her down the stairs. (She has become independent in that she insists on going down the stairs with no help.) We also told her to be careful in her room so she didn’t step on a tack strip. We managed to survive the week without having to rush to the hospital for a tetanus shot.

This past weekend, the installers (who are contractors) were supposed to come and install the new stuff. We were told by the company we bought the carpet from that the contractors would be there around 9:30-1o a.m. on Friday to start installing. They showed up around 9:45 a.m., but instead of starting on our carpet, they dropped off some of the materials and said that they had to first go finish a job just outside of town, and that it shouldn’t take to long. Okaaaaay …. So Kyle and I sat around almost all of Friday morning wondering when they’d show back up, and finally by 2 p.m. when they had yet to show up, I gave the guy a call. He said they’d be there by 4 p.m. WTH??? So 4:30 p.m. comes along and they finally show up. They managed to get one bedroom done (Isla’s new room) and said they’d be back Saturday morning around 9. They didn’t get here until 9:40 a.m. and they didn’t leave until around 8:30 p.m., and took a sweet 1 ½ hour lunch break. AND THEY STILL HADN’T FINISHED THE CARPET. Our stairs had nothing but underlay on them, so they said they’d be back Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. to finish the stairs. FML. (Why so late? Well the guy also runs sound at his church and apparently that’s more important.)

Sunday they got here around 3 p.m. (I’m more than certain he dicked around at his parent’s house before deciding to show up for work on time.) It was about 6 o’clock by the time they were all done. FINALLY. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see someone leave my house and never have to return.

Don’t get me wrong – the carpet looks great. Other than a couple of dings they put in my walls (which will be brought up with the company who hired the contractors, as well as their tardiness), Kyle and I are super happy with the actual installation. And our house is back to normal!! The new carpet has brightened up the bedrooms SO much, and it feels so wonderful on my feet. Kyle even added some end tables that we never use to our bedroom as nightstands, so now we don’t have to use old cardboard boxes anymore ;)

The master bedroom before we brought the furniture back in.

The master bedroom all put back together.

Like I said before, we also moved Isla over to what was the spare room and is now her “big girl” room. We were eventually going to move her there whenever we decide to have baby #2, but since the furniture was already out of there, we moved it over now. I plan to paint it a bit more “girly” in the future, but she seems to be liking her new space so far! It’s a little big bigger than her old room and the layout is a little better too, so she has more room to actually play in there!

I’m working on refinishing a bigger bookshelf for her as well, which will replace the one that’s in there and will match her new furniture whenever I decide to get that. (Probably not until we have another munchkin.)

So there you have it. We are SO glad the weekend is over with and the carpet is installed. I love the look of my floors now and couldn’t be happier! While the price of the carpet wasn’t the lowest, it was definitely worth every penny, IMHO ;) No more mis-matched carpets, no more snags, no more holes in the floor! (And if either one of the dogs ruins that for us in less than a month, they’ll be in deeeeeeep trouble.) We did decide to leave the basement carpet as-is since it was in decent shape, and I’m glad we did considering how long it took to install just the bedrooms and the stairs …

What’s the most hellish house reno you’ve endured? Was it worth it in the end?



Bedroom Makeover

When we bought our house back in 2011, we knew that we’d eventually have to do some painting. Isla’s room was the worst, followed by the spare bedroom, and then our laundry room (wallpaper nightmare). But our whole house, with the exception of Isla’s room, is the same beigey-brown throughout. Okay, so it was built as a spec. house and the developers probably got a sweet deal on brown paint, and it’s a neutral colour to appeal to all potential buyers. BUT STILL. So much brown!

Kyle and I have been wanting to paint our master bedroom for a while now, but we’ve never had time to actually get it done. Since we’ve since found out that I’m pretty handy at painting, I finally decided we should go buy paint and I’ll make it a project to work on while Kyle’s at work. We knew we wanted to go green, but it took forever to choose a shade (I picked out swatches before Christmas). It was finally settled in a bet after Christmas between Kyle and I. (He won), and we went down to Home Depot and bought 2 cans of Behr paint in Spring Hill.  So, a couple weeks ago on a random Friday, Kyle and I got started, and this past Saturday, I got the room finished!

Here’s a before photo:

Before: Don't mind the sleeping dogs ;)

Don’t mind the sleeping dogs ;)

And here’s the after:


Taken almost at the same time of day as the before photo!

The green turned out to be a little “mintier” than we had hoped for, but we’re still loving the change from all the brown. There’s a few finishing touches I’d like to add, such as getting rid of that Ikea mirror and hanging a wooden framed one, hanging some kind of art above the bed and perhaps installing a floating shelf. And of course, actual furniture, which will happen whenever we decide to bite the bullet and  get new carpet.

Funny thing: The green on the ceiling is the same green as what’s on the walls, but because the brown on the ceiling was darker than what was on the walls, it looks darker. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t prime the space you want to paint first. I’ll definitely be buying the slightly more expensive “primer included” paint next time.

We still have to paint the closet and the ensuite, but still … SO happy that this project has been tackled :)

Chair UpCycling

I would never classify or call myself a thrifty person whatsoever. I like things new and knowing that there’s no possibility that someone has urinated on them. Basically, you’d never catch me at a yard sale or thrift store hauling a “funky” old/dated couch into the back of my truck. Nope, not me. I digress …

After randomly stumbling upon a few pins of funky coloured wooden chairs, and after witnessing in person the wonders of how a simple coat of brightly coloured spray paint can give something a major facelift, I decided that I was going to tackle a bit of an “upcycling” project myself. See, I have this old (uncomfortable) wooden chair that really has no purpose other than being a spare chair in the computer room. It’s probably about 30 years old and used to go along with a desk/hutch unit that I’ve since taken to the dump. Very rarely do I sit it in for extended periods of time (and when I do, I whine at its uncomfortableness until Kyle gives up the computer chair).

Chair - Before

The chair – before – after starting the sanding process.

ANYWAY – I mentioned giving the chair a makeover to Kyle and he was all on board for my project. He showed me how to used the hand sander, bought me some sand paper, helped me pick out the spray paint, and gave me a quick “how to” for spray painting. After that, I was on my own. Really, I think I did OK.

The spray paint I used I bought at Home Depot and is just a glossy purple. I really wanted some kind of teal/turquoise blue colour, but they didn’t really have anything like that, so I went with purple.

Rust-oleum Gloss Grape

Rust-Oleum in Gloss Grape

What’s nice about this brand/spray paint is that the nozzle was a multi-directional one, so I could tip the can anyway I pleased to paint the chair. A bonus for a novice spray-bomber like myself.

After a couple coats, I don’t think it turned out too badly! There’s a few spots where I got too close and the paint ran, but I’m thinking I’ll just sand those spots out and re-spray. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my project, despite the headache the paint gave me. (Yes, I was in a well-ventilated area.)


You can kind of see the runs in the paint on the back of the chair …

Pretty, no? I’m not sure what the future holds for this chair now, but at least I know I can always repaint it in the future if I get sick of the colour! Maybe I’ll use it for a time out chair when Isla misbehaves ;)

Have you ever upcycled something? Would you do it again?