A few weeks back my Aunt, Uncle, and Mom came to visit me in Baltimore. Like their last visit we ate and drank our way through the city, but also tackled a HUGE item on my house to-do list. This time it was the carpet. The house was remodeled in 1970’s-1980’s and per the style at the time the whole house was the recipient of blue high-low carpet throughout. If you remember my family’s last visit, I came home from work one day and found a section of the carpet gone and a beautiful wood staircase in its place. This time the rest of the house was up for grabs. To ignore the carpet I’d previously invested in rugs for each room of the house, leaving very little of the carpet showing. Removing the furniture and these rugs I was reminded of the state of my carpet. And of the stain a friend affectionately called the body stain…. And apparently I loved the old carpet so much that I didn’t take hardly any  (good) photos of it.

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Downstairs with carpet

Better picture of downstairs carpet

Better picture of downstairs carpet

Office with carpet

Office with carpet

Bedroom with carpet.. you get the idea

Bedroom with carpet.. you get the idea

Needless to say it was time for it to go. Thanks to the City of Baltimore and their Bulk pick up service, I was able to schedule a pickup for the Tuesday after this project, eliminating my need to find a way to haul all of this carpet to the dump. Yay.

Pulling up the first bit

Pulling up the first bit

Fun story, pulling up the carpet we found the plywood underneath to be stained, as in stained to be a darker color. It appears that the homeowners may have lived with the plywood for a while before installing the carpet. Or at least, that is my current hypothesis.

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Ignore the hole in the floor from the previous vent.

The stained plywood

The stained plywood

Finally here are the after pictures! We ended up pulling up the carpet and pad then pulling up the staples (what a hamstring work out!) and mopping the floor a couple of times. Since I need to get the walls and ceilings finished before I lay the final flooring, I decided to keep the plywood for a while. It doesn’t look terrible and I’m sure it’ll grow on me. After we got the rugs back down and the furniture into its final layout you can really see the vision for the house starting to come together.

2nd bedroom

2nd bedroom

The office

The office

First floor view

First floor view

The Living Room confirguration

The Living Room configuration

And a huge shout out to my family for the help with this!