Change is Happening

3.29.2016

So I told y'all yesterday that my house is a wreck because something new is getting installed this week. Well, it isn't hardwood flooring, but finally after begging, pleading, and nagging asking nicely for the past five or so years Mr. Savvy has agreed to getting new carpet and I am okay with that. Hardwoods upstairs would be nice except for the fact that it would cost two to three times as much as the carpet.

The stairs will also get new carpet, but we are leaving the bottom step uncovered as it is a solid oak step and he has been working on sanding and staining it. He still has to trim it and finish it.

The main reason he tore the carpet off before the installers get here is because this bottom section of stairs have been squeaking for 20 years and now they don't! He had to get under the stairs and screw in the side that runs up the wall. They were barely attached and that is why it has been squeaking.

I have been unloading the guest rooms and more squeaks were fixed in this room. You can see a peek at the armoire that is no longer red. I will share that soon, too.

The floor where the red armoire was was popping badly. All fixed now. I also painted this room White Dove over the Linen White that was looking to yellow to me.

I still need to finish taking this bed apart and clean out what's under it.

Tomorrow is the installation day and I can't wait to put everything back in it's place.

Hope y'all will come back tonight and share any projects going on at your house and of course any other crafts, recipes, makeovers, etc.  at Wow Us Wednesdays.

See y'all there!

54 comments:

  1. If I had wood stairs like yours I would not put carpet on them. I hate our stairs and they were dirty almost the a week after having new carpet put on and I hate to vacuum them.

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    1. Angela, only the bottom step is a good piece of wood. The others are pieced and have big screws shot in them. I actually prefer carpet on stairs to feel safer. I fear slipping on them and we are aging in this house.

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  2. Whenever there is a new project it seems the house becomes a mess. But it is SO worth it. You really are eliminating alot of your reds in the house! Looking forward to the big reveal!

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    1. Yes, Pinky always a mess first. Yes, I want lighter and calmer colors.

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  3. I thought it might be hardwood. :( I wonder why only the bottom step is oak? I feel your pain. I am about to become a landlord! I inherited my grandmother's house. We pulled up carpet in every room. Not only did she have carpet in the bathrooms and kitchen (!!!) but she covered wood floors with carpet! It has been an experience LOL.

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    1. When we built our home this was a normal way to cut costs since we knew carpet was going down. There was no need to spend extra money on hardwood when it wouldn't be seen. Them bottom curved step is one piece.

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  4. How exciting! Fresh new carpet is so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your armoire soon. So nice that your hubby was able to eliminate the floor squeaks ... And the oak bottom stair step is going to be gorgeous! So happy for you!

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    1. I can't believe those pesky squeaks are finally gone. Thanks!

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  5. Well that Mr. Savvy is truly a handy guy!....glad your squeaks are fixed....now I can sneak downstairs to the kitchen in the middle of the night and grab a snack!...Can't wait to see the new carpet and the refreshed rooms!

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    1. Yes, he definitely is. Saves us lots of money!

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  6. It's going to be beautiful. I know you'll be happy to have your house back together. I look forward to seeing the results!

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  7. Oh, gosh, Kim, this is something we desperately need to have done in our upstairs (and two front rooms downstairs). I so dread the work involved in moving all the furniture! Give us a blow-by-blow account, please, of do's/dont's when it's all said and done.
    Rita

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    1. Rita, we actually only had to remove the stuff off the closet floors and they were covered. Then he said just removed the trinkets on top of the furniture and then they would move the big pieces. We had to fix some squeaks because my husband was afraid they would miss those squeaking spots. He screwed the floors down where they would have only used nails.

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    2. That's good to know!

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  8. I know you are excited to get new carpet! When everything is back in place, it will look and feel great!
    Have a great Tuesday, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  9. How exciting, I love when I replace flooring! I can't wait to see your new carpet! Good luck with the installation and enjoy!!

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  10. Oh my...changing carpet is a job. You will be worn out but happy! When we bought our downsize it had carpet in 2/3 of the house and we pulled it out and replaced with hardwood. Expensive...but I did not want to have to ever replace it. It is our old age ranch and the idea of having to pull out everything ten years from now as an old lady worried me. Ha! Planning for old age. Ha! Sheila

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    1. Yes, I was thrilled when we replaced the carpet on the first floor, but am fine with carpet upstairs. I'm no up there anyway. :)

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  11. So excited for you. New flooring {even carpet} can really help freshen up a home. I think you made a great choice to leave your bottom step uncarpeted - I love that!! Enjoy your new carpet :)

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  12. It's so much work getting new carpets but at least your house will be all spring cleaned when you are done! What a workout! Your stairs are so pretty.

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    1. Yes, Lisa, it will certainly be clean once it's all done. Thanks!

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  13. How exciting Kim! Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together!

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  14. We plan on re=carpeting 3 bedrooms soon and I dread moving all the furniture and stuff under the beds, not to mention to closet floors! What a job but it will be worth it in the end.

    I love what you've done in your den, I went with all neutrals a year or so ago and love how calming it all is, plus you can add accents in pillows, throws, etc. and it all works!

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    1. Judy, I got a workout. My closets were full!!

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  15. I know I'm in the minority, but for low-traffic areas like bedrooms I love wall to wall carpet. It muffles sound, it's soft underfoot, and it's easy to keep clean, unlike a lot of area rugs.

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    1. Glad to hear you prefer carpeting. We do too in the bedrooms. Yes, when the grands visit it won't sound like its thundering upstairs.

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  16. Wow, those wooden stairs are gorgeous! And you're covering them? Well, I'm sure you know best about what you need. But oh, they're pretty.
    Brenda

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  17. I know it is a lot of mess, but it will be so worth it!

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  18. Wow! When you said you were eliminating red from your home, you really meant it. Cant'wait to see the blue cabinet sitting on your pretty new carpet.

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    1. Yes, I sure did. It may show up in the bonus room with the guest bed in there if I ever clean that room out and paint it. Oh, the work never ends!

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  19. Kim! It's going to be so so good!! I love the new paint of the armoire! It is such a fresh and soothing color. Your changes are beautiful. I appreciate how you share the way your home evolves over the years through design. Thank you! xox, Emily

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  20. Can't wait to see it, thanks for sharing the color of the bedroom, I have a linen white bedroom and it is getting too "yellow" for me. My house also has just the bottom step uncovered, I have thought about taking up the carpet but as you said wood treads get expensive and quite honestly I like the carpet, the fur babies like lying on the little landing so the carpet works out for their comfort!

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    1. Yes, I loved the Linen White at first, but then after seeing White Dove in my sunroom I knew I needed to paint that guest room, too. It looks cleaner.

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  21. I understand wanting carpet on the stairs. Many years ago I was going down stairs with no carpet and I had on socks. Well let me tell you I fell flat on my behind and it wasn't fun. Carpet is much safer and I like the look of carpet against the wood.

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    1. Oh, no Janet! Yes, I had a great grandparent fall down a flight of wood stairs when I was a child and it killed him.

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  22. You must be so excited !! I love carpet in my bedrooms (especially for warmth in the winter months) and I have wood floors in the rest of my villa. I hope you love your new 'white' look in your family room - can't wait to really see some more views of it !! I tried white but found it too sterile-looking. Everyone who visited was afraid to sit! Who knew? But it sure looks lovely in everyone else's homes!!

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  23. Oh you're going to love the new carpet! We did this last summer and couldn't be happier. We were dismayed with the cost of installing hardwood flooring too but we actually like the feeling of the soft carpeting in the bedrooms so we don't mind it. We take our shoes off when we enter the house so the dirt doesn't travel in and our carpet stay nice. Our stairs were just plain wood and we added these oak pieces that only cover the edges of the stair tread and the carpet went down the center and nobody knows any better. It was just an inexpensive way to get the look that our contractor came up with. Ours doesn't have a banister because it's between two walls. We had to tighten our floors up to the floor joists when we put in our hardwood flooring in the dining room many years ago so I know what you are talking about. I just realized how little red there is in my home anymore. I went through the Tuscan phase and now I like the lighter colors. I like the new wall color- it really shows how much yellow was in the old color. I still have a guest bedroom that needs paint. Have fun tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks Liz. Yes, hardwood, especially like what we have on the first floor is super expensive and they charge extra for stairs. Plus we would have to take the spindles out and put them back. Carpet is easier and safer.

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  24. I've gone back and forth on re-carpeting the stairs or having them finished. You have convinced me to re-carpet. I'm not getting any younger either. sb

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  25. Oh Kim, it makes me tired just reading this post! Mercy! Y'all are working so hard, but in the end you're gonna love it! It will all be worth it in the end! Hang in there honey!

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  26. Well that's exciting! I love the new color that you chose as it's been one of my favorite Benny Moore colors forever! I'm anxious to see that new color on the Armoir...it almost looks like a blue? Can't wait to see the end results, Kim:)

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  27. My hubby and I just finished removing all the carpet, pad and tack strips from every room in our house. We still aren't sure what we want to do so we are living with beautiful plywood sub floors. We are classy! Yes, we are!

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  28. You must be thrilled that Mr. Savvy finally agreed on changing the carpet! That first step of your stairway looks wonderful, I think it'll make a nice statement to let that one uncovered.

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