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Be careful what you ask for [Sep. 21st, 2010|11:40 am]
Zoethe
Ferrett was right; I needed to get in touch with the painter, and soon. We'd been playing phone tag for a while. Finally, I reached him on Friday and arranged for him to come out, take a look around, and give us prices this weekend.

"I can start on Wednesday," he said.

For those of you playing along at home, note that Wednesday is less than a week after Ferrett had oral surgery. And that I had surgery yesterday.

Also note that having the interior of your house painted is a bit like moving house, since you have to get all the small stuff stowed away and move the furniture away from the walls. And we have a LOT of small stuff.

I can't do any heavy lifting for a couple days. We haven't actually settled on colors. We both still have work.

This is insanity. This is also just how we do stuff.

We lured friends over last night with the promise of wine and kibitzing, and with their help settled pretty closely the color issues. And Ferrett hauled the DVDs and some of the books to the basement. But there is still lots and lots to do.

And it's funny how you don't really notice how messy and cluttered and dusty your house is until you start thinking about things like painting it. I'm alarmed at the condition of this place. And I'm alarmed at the sheer volume of crap that we own. After I finish this post, I'm throwing myself into the daunting task of prepping for the painter, which for me also includes cleaning up stuff so that when we're finished painting the place isn't "all dressed up with a dirty neck."

The other thing that is really brought home to me is how appalling our carpet is. When we moved in here we said, "and that carpet will have to go." It's still here almost 10 years on. The problem, though, is that if we recarpet then we have to be careful of the carpet. And with the number of people regularly trooping through here for parties, Rock Band, etc., it's so much easier not to have to be paranoid about a floor treatment.

But there comes a time....

We are still planning on opening up the kitchen wall, though not for another year because of the assorted medical expenses we've undergone this year. So I look around and see lots of "not finished" and get a little impatient.

But we can't do everything at once. So this year, the highest priority is paint.

Gotta go. Lots to do.
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[User Picture]From: lea724
2010-09-21 03:49 pm (UTC)
I hated that my carpet was all ratty when I lived in an apartment (for 7 years), so when I moved to a house this past April, the new rule became no walking with shoes on on the carpet; granted, I don't have *that* many visitors, but it hasn't really been an issue and if it means I get some extra time before I have to replace the carpet, then it's worth it to me.

Good luck with the painting and cleaning and organizing, etc.! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 04:27 pm (UTC)
If we recarpet, we will have to go with the no shoes rule. Problem is we lack any real foyer on which to remove shoes, so it's a bit awkward. And I *have* to wear shoes because of my plantar fasciitis.

And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2010-09-21 03:50 pm (UTC)
I recommend hardwood/pergo. Properly sealed, spilling things or tracking in dirt are an easy fix, there's nothing to get stained.

Of course, I say that, but we still haven't ponied up the $700 to rip the carpet out of the TV room and put pergo in. But I love the hardwood in the rest of the house. Sure, it needs to be dustmopped a lot, but it won't get stained or dingy.
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2010-09-21 03:57 pm (UTC)
This.

But for all that I love the feel of carpet, I'm not a fan of wall to wall. Might be the allergies. Might be the history of living with cats. Might be the OMG hideous state of the carpets in the apartment right now. (Okay the Woodinville house had hardwood entryway and kitchen, but I put up with carpet in the dining room fer crying out loud. The put in new carpet right before we bought the place...)

There are a lot of interesting floor treatments on the market (bamboo and cork are another couple of favorites). To which rugs can be added for coziness. Preferably, if you're me, rugs that can be stuff in the washer.
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2010-09-21 03:52 pm (UTC)
A good wood flooring or a thick berber carpet will stand up to high traffic pretty well. Most home improvement stores will have someone willing to sit down with you and work out the best flooring for your living style. And hey, maybe they'll come up with a new and fancy type of floor covering between now and the time you're ready to redo the carpets. Self cleaning carpets with solar powered nanobots!

Apparently, I'm in a weird mood today...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 04:33 pm (UTC)
I like that last idea!

Alas, we have berber in the basement and Ferrett hates it. Since we have people sitting on our floor regularly, I can't disagree with him - it's not comfy for sitting, and neither is hardwood.
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[User Picture]From: jenk
2010-09-21 04:18 pm (UTC)
Pergo or other laminate flooring? Hard surface, so it can be kept cleaner than carpet, but classier than vinyl.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hardwood floor already under the carpet. Ferrett doesn't like hard floors.
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[User Picture]From: walkertxkitty
2010-09-21 05:46 pm (UTC)
I do understand that.

We're in the process of slowly remodeling to accommodate my wheelchair. That means all the carpeting eventually has to go...which called attention to the fact that the baseboards were dirty and coming apart...which called attention to the fact that the walls needed washed...which called attention to the...

You get the point. We're now in the process of a massive throw-away. If we don't like it, don't love it, or haven't used it within a year then out it goes.

I'm just sorry the two of you have to do all of this so soon after surgeries. At least here there are enough of us that we can work around our gimpy ones :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 06:35 pm (UTC)
That's exactly it. Everything in the house just looks dingy to me right now.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-09-21 05:52 pm (UTC)
We painted the nursery in the rental place we were living in when impboy was born. And the best thing I could tell you is how to get rid of paint smell in the room. Cut an onion in half, set it in a small bowl, then pour a good teaspoonful (or a bit more) of good vanilla extract on it, and let it sit overnight in the newly painted room. I don't know *how* it works, I just know it does. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 06:36 pm (UTC)
I will have to give that a try.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-09-21 06:13 pm (UTC)
all dressed up with a dirty neck

I've never heard that phrase before, but I love it!

As for carpeting... I put in Berber in my first house, and it didn't suck. If I had to do it again, I would put down bamboo.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-09-21 06:14 pm (UTC)
(Er -- bamboo hardwood floors, rather. Lumber Liquidators advertises 'em.)
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[User Picture]From: polymorphism
2010-09-21 06:15 pm (UTC)
Adding my voice to the call for pergo. Sad to hear you have unwanted wood floors, since I deeply desire them, but laminate needs less in the way of upkeep.

I favor putting down futon cushions for group seating. Done it myself for a party, seen it done in a whole room as a permanent arrangement.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
*I* want them, and we have them in the bedroom and my office.
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2010-09-21 07:25 pm (UTC)
A good BCF (Bulked Continuous Filament) carpet might be what you're looking for, when the time comes. It's a good choice for high traffic and accidents.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
Is it soft and comfortable to sit on? This is important.
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[User Picture]From: katranna
2010-09-22 12:03 am (UTC)
Why not wood paneling? It's expensive but it's beauuuuutiful, not dusty, and does well with a) spills, b) easy clean-up, c) people trooping all over it.
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[User Picture]From: katranna
2010-09-22 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh oops, just read that Ferrett is weirdly against wood flooring. I have to second the suggestion for floor pillows though--they often add so much character and color to a room anyway, and are in fact more comfortable to sit on than simply carpet.
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[User Picture]From: alumiere
2010-09-22 02:48 am (UTC)
Since I see a bunch of comments about the hard wood and ferrett's dislike for it, may I suggest carpet tiles?

They're easy to install, easy to replace when stained, and not terribly expensive. I looked into them before I found the room size (10'x13') rug I now have in my living room (over the awful tan carpet that's in every rental unit in the world).

You can use them as area rugs or cut them for wall-to wall applications.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-22 12:59 pm (UTC)
I will look into that, thanks.
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