Since we've moved into the new place, I've made it no secret that while I think vintage wallpaper is the shiz, vintage carpet ain't.
So when my washing machine hose burst out of the confines of the laundry trough and sent water gushing onto our sunroom carpet, it was a confusing mix of "Oh no! We'll have to replace the carpet!" with "Oh yes! We'll have to replace the carpet!"
Sometimes a blessing is a thing in disguise.
I called my landlord to confess to my tenanting sin but then ran the idea past him about possibly restoring the floorboads underneath. We were happy to give the job a go if he as happy for us to give it a go.
Being the best landlord in the known universe, he told us to go for it. I mentioned possibly doing the whole house, room by room, over time. He said sweet.
But as DIY renovators will know, when you start trawling through the web for info about sanding and sealing floorboards you run into a whole lot of confusion. Many people say, "Yeah! Do it! It's not so hard" but just as many say, "DON'T DO IT. Hire a professional. Worst job ever. Wanted to kill myself" – so, like I said, confusing.
I was thinking we'd do the small sunroom ourselves but maybe look into hiring someone to do the bigger rooms later down the track. Sure, we'd be spending money on a property we didn't own but the thought of being rid of all the old carpet (not to mention the old lino) is so, so worth it to me. Plus, I like the landlord and don't begrudge spending money to help improve his home while we are living in it.
I worried that it was a huge undetaking but room by room, I thought we could manage it.
Then this morning, while reading a magazine, I came across a picture of a woman who had the most amaze-balls bedroom in which she had painted the floorboards white. It was very rustic looking and I immediately thought that it could totally suit the vibe of our little place.
So. White floorboards. Possibly less work because the shabby chic finish would require less sanding and something that might just breathe some light and freshness into this lovely old place which has a tendency to feel a bit dark.
And also, pretty new floors for a pretty new baby? Norshun would LOVE it.
Dust mask and sander, ahoy! I am feeling it, baby!