This morning I woke up when jimmyredhed's alarm went off. He got up, got dressed, ready to go to his dad's shop for the morning. I lazily rolled out of bed, kissed him good bye, and caught up on my blogs. After Killer awoke from the nap she was taking on my lap, I turned up Sugarland which instantly boosted my cleaning spirits and set to work.
The first order of business was making our bed, but once I got into it, I decided it was time to change the sheets and wash them. In If You Give a Mouse a Cookie-fashion, once I stripped the bedsheets and duvet cover and put fresh ones on, I took a look around the room and decided that I could not go one more day with this stinky old carpet on our bedroom floor (it had come from the previous owners).
Now we had decided that we would not TOUCH the upstairs until the downstairs was complete, but it smells I argue on a daily basis. I made the executive decision that it was coming out!
I started in the corners and began pulling the carpet off of the tack strips. Once released from one wall, I used an utility knife to slice the carpet into strips. I just piled up the foam as it tore extremely easily.
I moved all the furniture around by myself -- luckily we only have a bed, one dresser, and a lamp in there right now. I swept all the floors and used our Shop Vac [best tool ever] to get all the debris and little nails.
This is how it will look until we decide what we want to do with the floors. There are a few stains, but it's in pretty good shape. I know most people don't usually just live on the floorboards as they're normally covered with hardwood or carpet, but I love the rustic look and feel of it.
I called my father-in-law and he took some of the carpet pieces to use at his garage (to kneel on when he's working under a car and to put his feet on so he doesn't get grease in the cars). I was able to give the rest of the carpet away for free on Craigslist so I didn't have to throw ANY away!
Now I just need to pry up all those tack strips before someone gets hurt.