There are some strange things about this little house that have me wondering. One thing is why the former owners covered almost every floor with carpet including the kitchen and bathroom. Come on, who does that? My mother tells me that the former lady of the house hated scrubbing floors so she loved carpet.
I, on the other hand, hate carpet. Part of that has to do with my work. It’s all threads and fibre and all that stuff gets stuck in carpet. It is far easier to sweep the floor and occasionally scrub than it is to fish out every thread, piece of yarn and dropped pin that seems to adhere to carpet. Also, I hate the sound of the vacuum cleaners. so when I’m done there will probably be very little carpet here.
I got the carpet off the entire top floor and down the stairs.
The “yellow” room is mostly cleaned out and is waiting for me to finish pulling out what must be hundreds of staples.
I’ll work on that a bit at a time. I also have to get the wallpaper border scraped off and a decision about the wiring has to be made. I may have to build a shelf or something to cover the wire.
I got all the carpet off the hallway as well as the linoleum and the plywood. There was an old newspaper in the vent hole so I know that the reno to place the carpet happened no earlier than 1971.
I pulled the carpet out of the bathroom. It was pretty much just laying there. The linoleum was there before the bathtub. You can tell that the bathtub sits on top of it. Why oh why? So, I think the lino stays. I think it’s neat that the original, and real linoleum is still there and in decent shape. I just wish it wasn’t covered in dried out contact cement and I really wish it wasn’t so ugly.
Dirt and old contact cement. Truth is this will probably all scrape off. I’m not looking forward to that. But, the bathroom is small.
I found out that there used to be a bit of a bannister at the top of the stairs. Now why would you take that down? Do you like taking a misstep and falling down the stairs?
Nice work on that. Thank goodness for wood putty and filler. I will keep my eye out for a bannistar or something to put there but that might take a while.
And then I looked at the stairs.
Why not go all in and take that carpet off too?
I do wish all the floors looked as nice as the wood on the stairs.
Not sure what the numbers are all about but there are signs that there was once a different location for the stairs and no bathroom, of course. This is no Victorian Mansion, so I’m sure the original bathroom was an outhouse. Anyway, my Dad thinks maybe these stairs came from somewhere else and were numbered to make it easier to put together. These stairs definitely don’t meet code. They are too narrow and they have a slight tip both forward and to one side. Everything else is rock solid and amazingly enough level in this house so his theory does makes sense. I’m hoping that some alcohol will take those numbers off.
After all that I took a break and wove.
It’s amazing how much progress you can make when you just sit down and do it.