Carpet Express!- House Project Day 8

I have no pictures to share today. I brought my camera but forgot to bring a card and by the time we were ready to take pics it was too dark to use my cell phone. By the time we were finished with Day 8 we were well into day 9! It was 4am! So at the beginning of the day we had an appointment with Designer Floor Coverings to look at carpet samples. We saw a few different styles and learned that for our $2000 budget we could only get polyester carpet which meant it won’t last as long as nylon. The problem is that he didn’t have the color I liked in stock. That meant a week for him to order it in. 🙁 He quoted us $17.50/yard installed with 1/2″, 8lb pad with moisture barrier. I don’t know anything about carpet so I told him I wanted to think about it first. After we left he called us and told us he found someone with a roll of the color I like (shaw floors- vapor) that he could get! He told us his first opening was Saturday for installation. I was unsure so I went online and researched it a bit. I discovered that what we were getting (continuous weave, PET polyester frieze) was the best cheap carpet there was so that was good but I still wanted to know if we were getting a good deal. We went to another carpet place around noon and the best they could do for us with the exact same carpet was $19.00/yard installed with 7/16″, 7 lb pad and the soonest they could get it was next week! We realized that Designer Floor Coverings was giving us a great deal and we decided to go with them. They came highly recommended. So we called them back to give the OK and they said they had a cancellation for TOMORROW and asked if we wanted it! We said YES! Thinking we didn’t have that much we needed to do!

Oh my goodness were we wrong! Dave still had to install baseboards in one bedroom, install moulding around the new master bedroom door, rip out the carpet and pad in the hall and master bedroom, rip out the carpet on the stairs, repair the banister and paint the entryway ceiling. I had to paint four doors, paint wood trim, paint baseboards and paint the stairway base boards and sweep up/vacuum all the sand off the subfloors. I couldn’t do a lot of that until the carpet was out. So I started with the stairs. After about 30 seconds I realized this was going to be no easy task! After about 15 minutes I was practically in tears! I started the stairs at 9:00 pm and at 10:30 Dianne showed up with Oliver and Sullivan to help. I had stripped 4 stairs at that point and my hands were killing me! Dianne, Sully and Ollie took over the stairs job at that point. I swear there were at least 150 staples in every stair and we had to remove them all! I wish I had a picture. It was crazy. The sand and dust was awful and our fingers were bleeding from the staples and the tack strips. Crazy! I started painting doors trim and baseboards. It took me until after 1am to finish the painting. Then I was just waiting on the stairs so I could paint those. Dave sprayed the entry ceiling and removed the wrapped sides of the stairs which were the worst part! At that point Dianne was in a lot of pain from bending over so at 1:30 we forced her to go home! She was loathe to go but she needed to be done. After that we kept working on the stairs, the master bedroom carpet and sweeping up the subfloor. I think we finally finished the stairs up around 3:30 am. At that point the boys crashed out and I hauled out all the rest of the carpet scraps to the dump truck, swept the stairs, painted the stairs and mopped the entry floor while Dave repaired the banister! I left at 4:00 and Dave left around 4:30 am. WOW! If I had known how much work it was to do the stairs I never would have done it. The carpet guys would do the stairs for $65!!! sigh But oh well. It’s done and this afternoon they come with the new CARPET!!!!! So so so so so excited about that! Moving in this weekend is starting to look like a real possibility after all!

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