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26 January 2016 @ 02:53 pm
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Today is Australia Day, meaning a day off work, and I planned to rip the old grotty carpet out of the spare bedroom as it always smells musty in there and I blame the carpet. I didn't dare hope to find polished floorboards beneath so was thrilled when I discovered them - will need to go over them again but at least I didn't find the bare untreated floor which I was expecting.

What I wasn't expecting, though, was to find that the built-in wardrobe was built some time after the carpet was laid and they just built right over the top of it. Now it looks like I will need to replace the skirting boards as there is a one centimetre gap between the bottom of the skirting board and the floor, all the way around the wardrobe, and tufts of carpet and underlay poking out. :-(

Also will need to wait until the weekend to get the carpet out of the house; I'd not realised how heavy it would be and now that it's all rolled up I simply can't lift it - can't even drag it, for that matter. Hopefully my son will have no plans for this Saturday. Am so looking forward to seeing the room once I've given the floor a polish, moved the furniture in and put down a rug.

I've decided to do away with the double bed in that room (another thing I'll need help with!) because it's only been used twice in the last year. Instead I'll buy a day bed - have my eye on one from Ikea which doubles as a storage unit, and pulls out to make a double bed. See? With my pink floral quilt doubled over on top it will look pretty, I think, along with pillows and cushions. It should make an inviting place to sit and read, as that room gets good light.

I still have to finish pulling up the timber strip that the carpet is nailed to around the edges (I'm sure it has a name but wouldn't have a clue what it is!) and also remove all the staples that held the underlay in place. Right now, though, I'm exhausted from tugging on carpet, my fingertips feel abraded from the rough underside, my shoulders and arms are sore from strain, so I am going to spend a bit of time reading before getting ready for this evening, when I'm off to my sister's for dinner. Sounds like a plan, yes?
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 26th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
I think the wood strip that carpet is attached to is called a 'tack strip'. Sounds right. ;^)
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on January 28th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
That does sound right, and as you're the queen of DIY renovation I will believe you! *g*
Trepkostrepkos on January 26th, 2016 09:16 am (UTC)
Carpet is horrible to manipulate. But replacing skirting board shouldn't be too hard.
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on January 28th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh I hope you're right. I have no skills whatsoever in the handyperson department and it always seems that one little job leads to a bigger one.
byslantedlight: TW ExuberantRomanSoldier (Evester)byslantedlight on January 26th, 2016 10:32 am (UTC)
Happy Australia Day! It's funny, even when I don't remember why, all the way over here, the 26th January niggles at me until I do! Maybe I should give in and start booking it as a holiday... *g*

What a fab reward for your hard work over the carpet (well, not the built-in-wardrobe thing) I was going to be amazed that someone would do that, but then I realised that actually my wardrobe is like that too, and that I quite like it having the carpet there cos it doesn't seem like it's getting as dusty as if it was bare floor (even though I know it is!)
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on January 28th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
After all these years, hey, there's still a bit of Aussie left in you. :-)

I've had built-in wardrobes before where they've been erected pre-carpet, and the carpet has been laid inside them. That was what I was expecting this time, so I was a bit dismayed to find that one job has, once again, led to another.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on January 26th, 2016 12:42 pm (UTC)
Have a nice holiday. Although it sounds like you are quite a hard worker and won't be taking much time to relax.
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on January 28th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
To tell you the truth, I'm often glad if it's raining on a weekend, because then I can sit with a book and only feel half-guilty about not Getting On With Things. There's always so much to do.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on January 28th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
Haha! Me too. I used to hate being snowed in. Now I love it! Unfortunately, we haven't had much snow this year. It's a little odd. Everyone is getting hit but us.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 26th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you're sore and tired but it sounds like the effort was well worth it, particularly finding out that it has a real floor under the carpet. \o/
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on January 28th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
The real floor was such a bonus. I knew I'd find floorboards, but the condition of said floorboards was unknown. So to find that at best they may need a polish is a huge relief.