I mentioned in this post, that JEGs and I talked about switching out the carpet in the living room because, well, it smelled. Horrible. We had a guy from Lowes come out to the house on Saturday to measure, and we decided we weren't going to do anything about it until we got a quote on Monday or Tuesday.
But that didn't last.
Before I go any further, I am making a declaration about how this blog is going to run. I know lots of 'home improvement' and 'decor' blogs don't tell you about any projects until they are finished-- giving you that sense of instant gratification. Well that's not gonna happen here. This blog is called Lizzie In Progress, and this house is going to be a work in progress. I'm going to show you when we start a project, and it might be another couple months till we work on it more. JEGs and I are real people with full time jobs, credit card bills and school loans. We can't always afford to finish something as soon as we start it. We are going to have to pay for things little by little. Because that's how our life is. Plus, I want you coming back for more (ohh, baby baby.)
That being said, during Easter dinner- while I was with my family and he was with his- I get a text from JEGs that says "... Gonna cut that carpet out tonight. I'm sick of it."
And so we did.
After we flipped it over, this is what we found: Mold. Lots of mold and pet stains. :::gag:::
We knew there was hardwood floor underneath, but we didn't know what kind of shape it was in. We played around with the idea of sanding it just putting in a cozy area rug if it was salvageable.
However, it wasn't. It was busted. up.
There was clearly water damage to the floors, possibly a flood in the house at some point. We might be able to refinish the steps, but we will have to replace the one side completely:
The most damage is right by the kitchen doorway. It almost has a 'spongey' feeling to the wood. There are section of the floor that we feel like with enough pressure, someone will fall right through to the basement.
The worst part is, it still stinks. We think the floor itself has mold in it. Rock and roll.
So what's next? Even though it kills me to rip up the original flooring of this house (any decor blogger knows that is a crime against nature) I think it's the only choice we have. JEGs plans to install a new sub floor and then we will have Lowes come out and install new carpeting when we can afford it-- hopefully within the next couple months.
Until then, we are living with some pieced together area rugs and some carpet remnants.
It's very... eclectic. Right?
Always & Forever,