Tuesday, April 07, 2009

About those carpets

In 28 years, terrible things can happen to textiles. Even very formerly-expensive textiles. Ask any museum curator.

Especially bad things happen to your carpet if you never move your table in 28 years.

Or your (empty) plant stand.


Apparently, this carpet once was all a uniform color of eighties "dusty rose". Now it's a chameleon carpet.


We alternate between laughing hysterically at it and agonizing over how much it's going to cost to rip out and replace every stitch of carpet throughout the house. Which is fully wall-to-wall carpeted in every room except the kitchen and bathrooms.

7 comments:

Shannon said...

Wow, that IS bad. You should of seen the hardwood floors when we pulled up the 20 year old carpet in our home. YIKES...

Nancy Toby said...

Jeez, I'd **LOVE** to see hardwood floors under these, in any condition!! Unfortunately I'm pretty sure all we will see is creepy nasty rug padding and plywood.

Fe-lady said...

Ooohh! Rip up those nasty carpets! I can't wait to see what you are going to put down...natural hardwood probably?

21stCenturyMom said...

Rip it out yourselves. It isn't hard.

You might find hardwood under there. Just pull up a corner and peek. you never know! If that house is pre-60s there's a good chance you are in for a surprise - a good one.

Nancy Toby said...

Nah, the house was built in 1981 and the carpet (and everything else) dates from then. It's definitely going to be all ripped out, but probably piecewise as we can afford to put down new flooring. After we get a dumpster in the driveway, that is!

Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

Ahhh, dusty rose. I remember dusty rose. And french blue, remember french blue? GAWD, how could men stand living in our pastel houses? How could we???

MamaMaven said...

We had that rose carpet in our house when we moved on and laughed about the fact the bed had never been moved, there was a perfect rectangle in the middle of the room with icky, grimminess all around. I don't know which was worse that carpet or the mauve, navy and forest green striped wall paper with the floral border--oh the 80s!