Removing 30 Year Old Carpet

Yesterday afternoon, as my workday was winding down, I was browsing Pinterest.  Sometimes while I browse, a spark of inspiration hits and I search around for similar ideas.  So, as it often does, inspiration struck and I decided to find out exactly what I could do about the disgusting carpet that covers the floors in most of my home.  I have seen a few people laying plywood down and staining it like you would hardwoods.  Why put plywood down over plywood? So I searched for “stained plywood subfloors” and saw that there are quite a few people out there who have tried it, but none ever put together a clear, concise, and well documented tutorial of it.  So maybe I will. Later.

The whole reason I was browsing Pinterest was because I could not stand the carpet on the first floor for another day.  There is just nothing you can do about decades of poorly trained pets and hoarders.  The carpet could not be helped by any amount of shampooing (despite the denial I had closeted myself in the last 2 years).  When my sister came in to pick me up from work, I ran the idea of staining the subfloors past her.  She was in.

We went home, changed, and moved out all the furniture.  We went from this:

wpid-wp-1399043199317.jpeg

To this:

wpid-wp-1399043204632.jpeg

wpid-wp-1399043215175.jpeg

wpid-wp-1399043223779.jpeg

The dogs had no idea what to do.  Where did all our comfy couches go?  I left to go to the hardware store for supplies, and my sister got to ripping up the carpet.  An hour later, I came home to find all the carpet rolled up in the garage.  Our house has never looked better. Amiright?

wpid-wp-1399043231237.jpeg

wpid-wp-1399043237701.jpeg

 

Under the carpet we found a little set of instructions (which you can see in the background of the photo above) for the carpet from when it was originally installed – in 1984.  Officially making our carpet 30 years old. That is older than I am. That is too old for carpet. So. Disgusting.  I called my bfff, Liz, and her husband, Bryan, to see if they wanted to sacrifice their Thursday night to come and rip up staples with me.  They agreed. It took 4 of us about 2 hours to rip up all the tack strips, staples, and nails.  Note to everyone considering this project: wear safety gloves and work in a well ventilated area. This is a rusty nails and dust kind of job.

Once everything had been pulled up,  we swept as much as we could.  So much dust and dirt under those carpets. For reals, they just aren’t sanitary.  As you can probably see, there was also a ton of staining. The line of dark stains just behind the trashcan are thanks to this adorable pup:

wpid-imag2233.jpg

Those stains line up with the back of the couch, her favorite indoor pee spot.  To get rid of the stains and accompanying odor, I poured some of this all over the stains, let it sit for a few minutes and dabbed it up with some paper towels.  In the morning it had all dried and the stains were much lighter.  Hopefully after some sanding, they’ll be gone.  If not, I got a really dark stain to go over the floors.

OUT! PetCare Oxy-Fast Stain & Odor Remover 32 oz

 

I know this might sound insane, but the carpet could not stay any longer and I do not have the budget to put down new flooring right now.   We have guests coming to stay with us next week right before we go on a trip, so this needs to get done this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Have you ever started a project impulsively?

 

Advertisements

A Modern Scrapbook

There is not a day that goes by that I am not involved with Pinterest in some fashion.   I tend to browse for at least 30 minutes a day and even on days off, my friends send me pins they think I’ll like or I’ll be doing a project for Pintertesting. In the course of a year, it has become a major part of my online life, my entertainment and it’s influence is all over my house.  It all started with my Craftiness board…and has exploded into 29 more boards (3 of them are secret boards).  I have boards for crafts, food, fashion, exercise, funny stuff, stuff that restores my faith in humanity and obviously many more. I have a secret wedding board because having one that’s visible is just asking for bad juju.

In the beginning, all my boards were just like everyone else’s.  Then I made boards for specific rooms in my house and what I’d like to do to them ;).  Which then turned into me making a board for Alex’s birthday.  I needed to keep track of all the things I wanted to do for his party in one place. I created a board for an event. Not for food or make up or things to do with Mod Podge. Now I can look back on that board and remember how hilarious Shot Roulette was or how much fun everyone thought the “Roof Pizza” was.  I don’t need that board anymore and I could delete it. What fun would that be, though?  Now I have what is basically a digital scrapbook reminding me how much fun we had with the added bonus that there are no pictures of me in it.

Alex Board

I’ve recently created boards for my upcoming trip to New Orleans for my sister’s birthday and one for my brother and sister-in-law’s kind of second wedding.  They are group boards so my sister and sister-in-law, respectively, can pin into them.  These aren’t just so that we can plan, but we’ll also be able to look back on these boards and remember the fun we had not only at these events, but also the fun we had putting them together.  In these cases, we can remember our sisterly bonding.

Scrapbook Boards

If I post about these things later, I can also pin those to the boards and share them with the people who follow.  I’m not the best about printing out photos or making those cool shutterfly yearbooks all the cool bloggers make (maybe when I’m married), but having these boards is a way for me to look back on all the fun I’ve had.  I don’t know if this was ever an intention of the people who developed Pinterest, but it certainly a fringe benefit that I’ll enjoy for years to come (perhaps it will help with Pinterest’s longevity if more people start doing this).

My Pinterest account is slowly becoming a giant collaborative scrapbook and I am really digging it. Has anyone else been doing this? Please tell me having 30 boards is normal.

Neglected

That’s a feeling I don’t want you to feel! I know I’ve been away from Suburban Fervor for far too long (a month!) and I’m super sorry. However, I have some news. It’s a long story but it ends with my friend and I starting a collaborative blog together. I was telling her about my newfound obsession with Pinterest so she had the idea to make that obsession work for us. Let me present to you:

Pintertesting

I’m pretty proud of the header, I made it in Adobe Illustrator and it actually looks like real things in the real world! Please enjoy our DAILY posts and our weekly contributors. So far, it’s been pretty fun and I hope you enjoy it. I will still be updating SF now that we’ve gotten Pintertesting up and running.

It’s a Date!

Here’s another installment of Katie-got-things-accomplished-this-Christmas! I have to admit that I’ve succumbed to the time-suck that is Pinterest. I had to work the days between Christmas and New Years and quite frankly there just wasn’t a lot for this old receptionist to do. So I just browsed Pinterest for a while. Then I saw something I liked and I wanted to pin it…so I joined. 6 boards later and I can’t stop. It doesn’t help that I just got a slow cooker and recipes are rampant on there, but I digress.

I pinned this calendar project.  It jumped out at me because I have been spending an inordinate amount of time looking at paint chips at Home Depot (convenient!).  I decided since the year was ending I would need a new calendar anyway so I got shopping.  I picked up the huge frame at Goodwill for $7 (you can still see the sticker in the upper left corner), hardware for about $4 and used some silver metallic spray paint I had on hand from another project so the total cost for this project for me was $13. 

I took what was already in the frame and just flipped it over.  You could cover it with paper or fabric too to change it up, but I was going for simple so I stuck with plain white.  I cut all my paint chips in half to make them closer to squares and spaced them out in an arrangement that looked pretty even.  I decided to go with a gradient, but my Pinterest mentor did hers with a coordinating color palette. I stuck the squares on with my glue gun and BAM! Calendar.

After having disassembled the frame, I took the wood out to the garage and spray painted it as evenly as possible. I let that cure during the glueing process.

Hanging it was another matter. The art that was originally in the frame hung portrait so all the hardware on it was going against me.  I picked up about $4 worth of hanging hardware from Home Depot (same trip I helped myself to the paint chips). I used painters tape as a template so I knew how far apart to nail the hooks. Pretty simple.

image

So far, we all love it. I think it turned out pretty great especially since it was a little haphazardly planned. I like the dry erase aspect of it and it’s size. Hopefully it will help with my forgetfullness.

Pretty Lacy

After my long family overloaded weekend, I stopped by a friends house to just chill out.  Between the two of us, we are pretty obsessed with blogs like Young House Love, Apartment Therapy, and Bower Power Blog.  She is obsessed with Pinterest. I am not. Was not. So when I got there she suggested we make something crafty and I love something crafty so I was in. Then she breaks out her laptop and starts perusing her boards for some pinspiration. She pulls up this pin.

I was instantly smitten so off to Goodwill we went to get some jars/votives/glass containers. Admission time: I’m obsessed with Goodwill.  It’s like a garage sale that’s open everyday and that’s what I call fun. Finding a gem among crap, and gems I did find. Aside from my glass objectives, I got a lamp, a dress, some flower dipping bowls, and a few vases.  It was a smart $40.  We stopped off at a few more stores to get lace and flameless candles.  After seeing the price of Modge Podge, we decided to make our own.

1 part Elmer’s glue + 1 part water = homemade Modge Podge

The steps were pretty simple:

01. Wrap lace around jar and cut to size.

image

02. Secure lace with little peice of tape.

03. Cover all areas of lace with Modge Podge mixture.

image

04. Let dry. Depending on the lace you chose you might want to consider reinforcing it while it dries. I did this by wrapping newspaper around the jar and securing that with tape.

image

05. Take tape off. Put a bird on candle in it.

image

We were pretty (nerdily) excited about the result. She spent the entire night trying to convince me to join Pinterest, but I know that if I did I would never get any work done.

Do you Pinterest? Do you get peer pressured into crafts?