Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trashtastic Tuesday- Removing Carpeting

Look what I did today!


I have frequently complained about the flooring in my downstairs hallway/mudroom/laundry room.  And not long ago, I showed you my plans to replacing this linoleum and carpeting that has been here since 1996 here.  I am planning on laying Paper Bag Floors.  So today, I got busy tearing out this old carpeting.  I haven’t starting removing the linoleum yet, because LC couldn’t help me today.  So I am rushing to catch up on my laundry so that I can have him move the washer and dryer out for me.  It will probably be out for at least a week. 


This is what the carpet looked like. 


I started by prying it up from the linoleum in the laundry room area and the bathroom door.


Next I used a utility knife to cut a line in the doorways of the bedroom and family room.  The carpet is staying in those rooms for now, so I will just lay some kind of threshold down.  I cut the carpet across right here and removed that smaller piece first. 


This is the gross old carpet pad.


Next I just went around the edges and loosened all of the carpet, and it came right out!  Have you ever removed carpet before?  I had not, and it was very eye opening.  OMG, do you have any idea how disgusting it was under that carpet padding?  So gross!  It made my skin crawl, all of that dust and dirt.  And apparently whoever did the dry wall down here just spilled drywall mud all over the floor and left it.  I literally makes me want to never have carpet again in my house, ever.  But right now, that is not possible.  Maybe some day!



Once it was all out, I ran into an unexpected problem.  See this square below?  The sub floor right here was warped and raised.  Looked like water damage.  But it was not wet at all.  So it was old.  I did not want to lay a whole new piece of ply wood, because that is getting into territory that I cannot do myself.  So I called my dad, and asked him to come over.  He chiseled out this little square where the floor was damaged, and I am going to try to find some way to fill it and level it out.  Any suggestions?


Obviously, the baseboards are way too high now.  I wasn’t planning on that either, so now I am going to have to install quarter round.  I have never done that before.  Sounds like a job for my dad!  You can see here that the baseboards and walls are in desperate need of a paint job.



How do you like the mess in Miss 17 Year Old’s bathroom?  Yeah, this is basically the way it always looks.   


If removing old carpeting is not trashtastic, nothing is!  This carpet was in way worse shape in the hallway than it is in the family room or bedroom.  I am sure because it gets a ton of traffic.  So here in a few minutes I am off to Lowe’s to get what I need to start on my flooring.  And I will be showing you my progress every step of the way.  Wish me luck! 

I am linking up here:

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