When we first moved into the house, the bedroom looked like this
Not super attractive, huh? Dirty, gross, unsanitary, filthy, disgusting…any I’m missing in there? Needless to say, the thought of sleeping in here wasn’t that appealing to me.
Luckily our real estate agent is an awesome human being and gifted us a professional house scrubbing before we moved in, but we told them to just skip this room because the grossness was too much to deal with – and the #1 culprit was the disgusting blue carpet. So one night before we moved in Chris and I rolled up the carpet and got it out while we still had the dumpsters out front
It was gross. I held my breath. And prayed that it didn’t shed disgusting carpet particles all over me. I definitely took a shower as soon as I got home.
But after the carpet was gone, the concrete floors weren’t very inviting either
Neither was that toilet that was sitting in the middle of the floor at one point 🙂
A little explanantion: even with a HUGE scrubbing from the cleaners, the toilets were still BLACK at the bottom of the tank. So dirty looking still in fact that Zoe was literally afraid to go into the bathroom because she was convinced that there was perpetually poo in the bottom of them. So we did a quick replacement of the one in our bathroom and the main bathroom. The things you do for the kiddos 🙂
But back to the bedroom…
So we had concrete floors and carpets were coming. What was on the list before carpets? First off was that we needed to remove the baseboards. We didn’t NEED to, but it would make install easier, and they were ugly and gross, so we figured we might as well now. And once they were gone, things were looking even less inviting
It was dirty and pretty unappealing. Obviously it was cleaned up.
But there was one more GIANT to do list before the carpets went in: the concrete slab. The problem was that at some point there was a second pour – the center part of the flooring. And over time some parts of this became inches out of level. It was SO FUCKING out of level. We thought of a bunch of things we could do to fix it. #1 on the list was jacking it all out and repouring it – but that would be horrendously expensive. That was really just the dream, but entirely not possible at this point in our lives. So we talked about several other logical approaches – logical in terms of time and money spent. We didn’t want to spend a ton of cash, nor did we want the project to take a huge amount of time – we wanted carpet because we were tired of being so fucking cold. And we knew no solution other than jacking the whole thing out and starting over from scratch would result in a perfect outcome.
So what we decided to do was Chris took 8 bags of self leveler and used them on the seem from the original pour on the outside and the interior, second pour
It took him and a friend about 2 hours the night before the carpets went in (last Sunday). It wasn’t perfect, but it was A LOT better than it was before. And what was even better was that once the carpet went in, you couldn’t feel how uneven it was anymore. SUCCESS!
I cannot tell you how much I feel like my life has improved with carpet in here. It’s not cold and dirty. It no longer feels like an outdoor patio in my bedroom. It’s GLORIOUS!
Honestly, having carpet in here makes it really, actually feel like a bedroom. And it’s wonderful having our bed back in the room too. We had been sleeping with our bed in the big room from last Sunday night to this past Thursday (the carpets went in exactly a week ago). With the baseball season having started again, it’s meant I’ve been getting home pretty late (games usually end after 10, then we have to finish up and drive home). So it hasn’t really made us excited to move the 3 pieces of our bed back into the bedroom at 10:45pm. As a result we slept in the big room longer than we had planned. But now after sleeping in this comfy room for 4 nights, I can safely report that I am SO MUCH HAPPIER my bed is not sitting in THIS room anymore
It’s the little things in life 🙂