One step back

Y’all can just ix-nay most of that last post about the playroom remodel – we had to backtrack to the flooring stores today (sigh) because it turns out we can’t put down hardwood planks after all.

See, the contractor came and checked under the carpet**, and our subfloor is not actually plywood, but some ghetto-grade particleboard – just glued-together sawdust – that won’t hold a nail. We could of course rip out the particleboard and build the subfloor with fresh plywood – for triple the price I’m sure. Instead we chose to go find a flooring product that would not require rebuilding the entire subfloor, which meant either click-together or glue-down.

We got it down to these two by late this morning. They are both actual hardwoods.

Since I am not generally a fan of oak (too busy looking) I was rooting for the maple on the right. I love maple floors… so simple, clean, bright and soft looking.

But by this evening I had to admit the oak would be better in the long run. It matches the character of our wood floors very well, so once we strip the orange off the existing floors the rooms will all match. And that would be really nice because right now, with its flooring completely different from everything else, the playroom feels cut off, separate from the rest of the house, like a random addition (which, well, it is). I think the oak has the potential to tie the house together nicely.

So we chose the oak, which made Josh happy.

Sofía seemed to like it too.

And we put down a deposit, which made the contractor happy. And now we are a few days closer to having that carpet gone, which makes me very, very, very happy.

** Ready for another icky fact about the carpet? The contractor said they used a sort of carpet padding that he hasn’t seen for ages since they stopped making it 25 years ago. That’s right, this carpet is over 25 years old – probably 29 if they did it at the same time as they updated the kitchen. Which is a lot when you consider that the lifespan of good-quality high-traffic carpet is supposed to max out around 10 years. No wonder my eyeballs start itching and puffing the minute I kneel down in there.

5 Responses to “One step back”

  1. Darcy Says:

    EWWWWWWW! I have to admit that I can actually feel your pain on this one, as I was unable to afford getting new carpet in the large room at the back of my house when I bought it – I promise you it has not been changed since before the city of Marina was incorporated….in 1963 – I had to put the money into getting a new stove (the house had a RADAR RANGE in it! That hasn’t been around since the beginning 70’s). It’s old, nasty and though it seems “clean”, I’m sure it’s not (I’ve put all sorts of rugs all over the place so the baby can crawl on nice things). Hurrah for your new floor – maybe I’ll follow you one of these days!

  2. Jenny Says:

    Ugh, I totally hear you. I think that the oak will look nice.

    What a weekend for you! Take care of yourself my dear.

  3. Diana Guillermo Says:

    Darcy: I know! I wish we’d done it sooner. Did I tell you the first few weeks in the house I would nap in that room, and I got a blister on my eyeball not once but twice!? Because of all the dust and my allergies! Now I vacuum in there all the freaking time, but when we put together Sofía’s new Ikea organizers I was in there for 1 hour or so and my eyes were puffy and itchy for like two days. In spite of taking an allergy pill in advance. I can’t wait for it to be gone – I can’t wait for you to get rid of yours too! :)

    Jen: thanks for the kind thoughts. It’s been quite a tough weekend. Josh thinks I am so down because of the anemia and he’s going to buy me pate tomorrow. :)

  4. Deb Says:

    Ref. carpet padding That’s because they put the carpet down over 25 years ago!

  5. Diana Guillermo Says:

    Well at least no one will miss it when we get it replaced… :)

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