This past weekend we started the first major repair/upgrade/HolyCrapThisAnnoysMeLetsKillIt project since we bought the house almost 4 years ago. At the time we were the gung-ho new owner “LETS RIP THIS PLACE APART AND MAKE IT OUR HIPSTER HAVEN! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” and then the day after closing we found out kiddo #2 was on the way and we turned into “Oh crud, we need to build a nursery!” people.
The carpeting in our house has been an issue since day one. We could deal with the color but the previous owner had a cat that peed everywhere. It’s a funk that you can cover up when showing the property but once that summer heat hits we’d get the aromatic reminder of why we don’t own pets. A couple of weeks ago my wife, with tax return in hand, got the bug up her rear that this needs to happen and now. Went to Remnant City, picked out the area rug we wanted and made the commitment.
When it comes to handyman work I’m a total n00b. My father passed away years ago so I never got to tap into that homeowner wisdom of his plus when I helped him around the house I didn’t pay attention. Seriously, I’d zone out and think of Andrea on 90210 or wish I was listening to the radio. I could call others in my family for advice but it’ll end in “Don’t you have the internet, Mr. web guy?”. It was tearing up carpet so how hard could this be? Yeah, famous last words.
With the kids spending the day with their Uncle Bob we had a limited window to get the job done and I’m glad to say everything went as planned. Well, sort of.
It’s no secret the frustration we’ve had discovering the numerous half assed things that were done to our house before we moved in. We prepared for the worse and ended up with a nice surprise. When we ripped the carpet up we discovered hardwood floors that can be restored with a little work. Immediately I texted a pic to the father in law who said the splattered paint can be cleaned up and we can sand the floor down to start restoring it. The biggest pain in the butt was pulling up the boards and staples and getting the actual carpet out of the house. I pity the garbage men this week when they have to toss that thing.
I’m excited. I haven’t looked forward to doing much to this house because we were installing baby gates instead of molding and flooring and that was a motivation slayer. Now I see the potential in our property that my wife apparently always did and I get the shakes wanting to make a major Home Depot run. I don’t want to stop! I want to keep on working but thankfully my wife is there to remind me I kinda need a job to buy the supplies.
*pshhhaw* minor details I say!