It’s too cold outside and it’s snowing and blowing?
We rip out carpeting!
This is our hallway upstairs which had disgusting blue wall-to-wall carpeting covering random plank pine floors. *sigh*
We touched base with our contractor last Friday and he told us that he would be here in two weeks to start working on the preliminary renos and then the painting of our house. Mr. Painted Quilt and I decided that we’d better get a move on and get our work done in anticipation of his arrival.
We were both anxious to get rid of the rest of the existing carpeting and there was no better time than yesterday to start because we were virtually housebound because of the weather. By the time I remembered to take photos, we had already removed the carpeting and underpadding.
We have lived in century homes before and know to expect the unexpected so we weren’t surprised when we found a layer of linoleum on top of the pine floors. Thankfully, it wasn’t glued down but was laid on top of brown paper, then at some time was painted the red color that you see in the photos. In places it was doubled and you can see the pattern on the linoleum in the photo below.
The same yukky carpeting was on the stairs, held in place with a gazillion carpet staples. Mr. PQ does the ripping out and then removes the thin wooden strips with nails that holds the carpeting in place. I remove all the staples and nails and of course, take care of the cleaning up.
Under the carpeting we found painted stairs that have a strip of painted rubber treading nailed down the center. It was my intention to paint the stairs in any event, so I wasn’t too disappointed. I’m going to stencil the stair risers with a colonial design but not until the contracting work in completed.
All the carpeting and underpadding has been removed, bagged and bundled, ready to be taken to the dump. Today we will finish removing the rubber treading and then I will wash and scrub the floors and stairs. Tomorrow we will do the priming, then apply the first coat of paint. With any luck, by Thursday we’ll be able to strike another job from our “To Do” list.
Stay tuned for more photos of our ‘work in progress’.