We had just arrived home from a week of vacation at my parents earlier that evening. So rested and relaxed after a week of very few if any stresses. Good to be home however, and back in my bed…then I heard the sound…that sound that after four kids, I knew was not a good sound. It woke me from a dead sleep but even still I knew it wasn’t good. And sure enough, I was right. It was not good!! My princess had become violently ill…ALL OVER THE PLACE!! I have never in my fourteen years of motherhood seen such a mess!!! It was all over her bedroom and all I could think to do was grab the camera!! What is my problem??!
After the photo shoot I decided to begin the dreaded cleaning up task. My Better Half called dibs on cleaning the Princess, I worked on the rest. I won’t go into details but it was bad! So bad that the carpet would NOT come clean. I scrubbed by hand and then with the carpet cleaner but it was not coming clean. I decided in my half awake state to bleach the carpet to get the smell and stains out. Let me just say for future reference…bleach, me, and the middle of the night do not go well together.
This picture doesn’t do it justice. I bleached white splotches here and there and everywhere on her cream but now clean carpet. It looked horrible.
After getting it “clean”, I went to bed. I knew when I woke up that my creative juices would flow again and I would find some way to salvage this carpet. I was wrong. I got online and started searching blogs for painting carpet and realized that that was not my best bet or my most frugal one either. So I got the “brilliant” idea to try RIT on the carpet and dye it.
Once again, not my best idea. Looked terrible…somewhat like a mangy Barney. After this failure, my Better Half reminded me of what might still be in the carpet padding and I decided I needed to tear up the carpet. So with extreme optimism, I began to dream of what may be under the carpet. The rest of this old house had hardwood floors when we moved in (old and worn hardwood floors I might add). Maybe this room’s floors were beautiful under the carpet and I would be uncovering this great treasure!! OK, third strike…wrong AGAIN!!
Isn’t this a beauty??!! I was partially right. The floors are hardwood (old and worn) but they are under this lovely peel and stick from decades ago!!
OK, enough is enough!! I marched myself out to Home Depot, bit the bullet and decided to lay laminate flooring in her room and be done with it. I couldn’t decide between the carpet and laminate and then reminisced to that “sound” and knew laminate flooring would be best!
|I’m so glad I did. My Better Half and I worked together and got it all laid in about 4 hours and the results are faboo!|