Since we were planning such a big renovation, we had decided to save some money by keeping the carpet on the stairs, upstairs hallway and master bedroom. It was tan, which is what we wanted anyway.
But as we dug into the renovation and the house got dustier and dustier, we decided if we were going through the trouble of ripping almost everything else out during this renovation, we might as well take care of the carpet, too. With all the demo we’d been doing, we were on already on a roll.
Luckily, it wasn’t too much work. The carpet came up pretty easily. Pulling up the staples underneath the carpet padding took the most time – and our backs started to hurt after leaning over to pull up a few hundred staples!
In the master bedroom, the layer under the carpet wasn’t the usual carpet padding but rather a thin layer of a foam-like material. It did not come easily. In fact, it pretty much crumbled into tiny pieces anytime we tried to scrape it up. In the end, we left most of it, since we were getting new carpet anyway. Had we decided to go with hardwood floors, we would have had a bigger job on our hands.
The hardwood floors underneath the carpet were in good condition. However, we had hardwood floors on our stairs and in our bedrooms in our Cincinnati house, and we didn’t love them. It was always loud and creaky whenever anyone was going up and down the stairs.
I hadn’t been a huge fan of hardwood floors in our bedrooms either. The bedrooms just didn’t seem as warm and homey without carpet, especially in the winter when you’re already cold. What’s your preference for flooring in a bedroom?
The next task was picking out our new carpet. And, as you can see from the picture below, we’d be picking out new blinds at some point, too! The renovation was just getting started!
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