The rug that I hate

Today I did my interval jogging.  It was supposed to be rainy today and I thought I could squeak it in before the rain came.  Ooops.  Wrong.  I was about 1/3 of the way through when it started to sprinkle. I figured I would be sweating anyway, so I decided to just finish it out.  And what do you know? I didn’t melt! Today was 90 second jogs interspersed with 2 minute walks.

Felt like fall, so banana custard oats for breakfast it was when I got back!

Topped with maple cream (thanks mom and dad!!) and some toasted pecans.  Good stuff.

Today proceeded to be a dreary and rainy day.  I won’t bore you with my other rainy day eats today.

We are ready to do the downstairs floors now.  Some people were wondering what was wrong with the carpet.  Well, let me show you just a few of the 139 reasons I hate this carpet.

First off, I don’t care for carpet that much as it gets stained and dirty – even with a rug cleaner it never looks new.  When we bought this house, it had a cheap makeover done on it (and a pretty shabby job in a lot areas, too), so the carpet was fresh and new.  It was Berber carpet, which I really don’t like, but it was new, so I didn’t complain too much.  The upstairs carpet was a cheap gray industrial carpet (so, so, so ugly) and we got rid of that right away and put in laminate.  The downstairs we have lived with for 6 years.

First off, there were no tack strips put down and the carpet was not stretched to fit the room. So, you can see along the baseboards where is doesn’t fit and is unraveling.

Bonus? Cat toy!  Pixie loves these strings and makes them even longer.

There are also many spots in the carpet with cuts in them.  I think they just cut this carpet on a roll, so the knife went straight through multiple layers.

This is in the middle of the room – and it is not a seam.

Another one of those cuts. They are all starting to fray, too.

The padding was also poorly done.  Here is an example (with a poorly cut corner, I might add).

See the missing padding?  There are spots like this around the downstairs when the carpet dips down because of no padding.

Then there is where someone didn’t cut the size right and just cut a strip of carpet to fit and stapled it down.


Anyhoo, I could go on, but that’s quite enough.  Now we start the transformation! My only worry is moving the piano.

There actually are wood floors underneath the underlayment, but they are really widely spaced boards and not really a true hardwood floor, so not usable.

Guess this is turning into a rehab blog LOL!

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11 thoughts on “The rug that I hate

  1. Shelley B

    Wow. That is about the worst carpet job I’ve ever seen…no wonder you’re beyond ready to get rid of it! And while I liked Berber back in the day, yeah – one snag and the unraveling was unreal.
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Aggravated

  2. debby

    LOL. When I saw the carpet string, I thought, wow, and she doesn’t even have a dog. Forgot about the cat! I like this rehab blog. Maybe it’ll get me moving on some of the stuff I need to do.

    You are making me hungry for cool weather and oats!
    debby´s last blog post ..100. And Counting.

  3. Fran

    We only have carpet in our bedroom because we don’t like to get out of bed on a cold floor.

    I always have a hard time going out for a run when it’s already raining but when it starts when I’m already out there, I don’t mind. As you say: you’re already sweaty 🙂

    Look forward to the final result of the floors.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday September 17, 2012: Mishmash

  4. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Well, I pretty much am useless when it comes to home improvement projects but I think I can safely say I could manage to carpet a room WITHOUT piecing the corners or cutting large slices. Wow

    Definitely time for a new carpet. Can’t wait to see the after pictures!!!
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Computer Angst

  5. Helen

    I don’t blame you one bit for hating that rug. What a terrible job! I actually got caught in a bit of a sprinkle this morning but it would have been further to turn around and go home than keep on my planned route. At least it was warm enough that I didn’t care!
    Helen´s last blog post ..No Magic Pills

  6. Joanne

    Cats and seems carpets take a real beating with them around. It makes for easy picking when the rug is in bad shape to begin with. Pixie will miss it even if you don’t.

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