The smell of new carpet is in the air

The carpet guys left and we have brand-new carpet in our basement! After a month of living here and not using the basement, we can now move the furniture in. So exciting!

I left you guys yesterday on pins and needles with the room looking like this:

I’m sure the suspense was just killing you. “What carpet did they choose?” “What color?” “Is it long or short nap?”

Don’t fret, I am back today with the carpet details so you can breath a sigh of relief.

The carpet installers came in and ripped up all the old carpet and the pad. They swept the floor but it wasn’t up to my satisfaction (I’m a little bit of a neat freak) so I made them stop working while I vacuumed the entire subfloor. Yes, I used my Dyson on a plywood floor. I also used the hand held attachment and vacuumed the entire perimeter of the room between the drywall and the carpet tack strip. This place will feel brand new so help me.

Anyway, after they had a small break while I vacuumed, they got back to work. Obviously they laid the pad first.

Honestly, I don’t know much about the pad except for that it was an upgrade, it’s a middle of the road pad, and it’s great for basements and subfloors because it has a moisture barrier built into it. No damp basement smells here ThankYouVeryMuch.

We were able to get away with only one seam, hallelujah. The guy did a fab job on it with a heat machine of some sort. Don’t ask me, I’m not the professional. It does look great though.

Finally, the carpet! I could just roll around on it, hug it, and snuggle with it. I wish I could re-carpet my entire house with this carpet, but money.

We went with a very low pile textured carpet in as light a tan color as they had. We opted for a nylon carpet instead of polyester because it’s supposedly more durable, will last longer, and won’t flatten or crush as much.

When it came to picking out the carpet, I went with this one because honestly, I just liked it. I knew I wanted a low pile carpet for the basement and also I’ve really been digging the subtle patterns. I found one at a local carpet store in Boulder (Carpet Exchange in case you live in or near Boulder, CO) and they had a low pile, textured carpet for a reasonable price, so that was that.

The pictures are reading a tad pink but the carpet is really just a light tan. I took the pictures with my iPhone (still need to unpack my good camera!) so they aren’t the best picture quality.

Now we have a huge boring tan box and I love it. I love having a really neutral backdrop and then decorate with furniture, art, and decor to add color into the space. That way when you get sick of the look you can easily swap out accessories and voila, you have an entirely new room.

Now let’s talk about the stairs for a second. Here they are after we painted the walls (but we haven’t cut in around the edges yet).

The carpet guys pulled up the old carpet and pad.

Then they cut the pad to fit along each step.

And then they attached all the carpet being careful to keep the pattern lined up.

I am very happy with how they turned out. The previous carpet was not wrapped around each step, but we had this wrapped and I think it looks so much better. Here’s a good side by side comparison so you can see what I’m talking about.

Before and After:


Now we get to bring in all the furniture! I am really looking forward to this!


Ripping out the wet bar in the basement & prepping for carpet

We are mostly moved in now and finally have tackled our first DIY project in the new house!

The basement desperately needed new carpet, but before we can have carpet installed I wanted to remove the wet bar in the basement. Here are some “before” photos:

The wet bar wasn’t completely offensive or anything, I just didn’t like the placement of it. As you can see in the pictures, the basement main living area is long and narrow, yet the bar had been installed along the long wall making the room even more narrow and broken up into smaller less usable spaces.

I knew right away the bar would have to go. And honestly, I’m not too sad about it either. With brand new carpet getting installed, I don’t really want the kids and their friends to have full unrestricted and unsupervised access to snacks and sodas. The basement will be off limits to food and drinks!

We are going to keep the mini fridge but aren’t sure exactly where it will end up. Maybe we’ll stick it in Ben’s office stocked with water and soda. Who knows. I was surprised when I pulled the fridge out to discover it was plugged in on the outside of the bar. From what I can tell this is pretty par for the course with this house.

The removal went fairly smoothly except the cabinets got totally trashed when I pulled the countertop off. Oh well, they weren’t great anyway. I was hoping to donate them to Habitat for Humanity but the dump will get them instead.

The drywall got trashed as well when the tile backsplash came off. Nothing a little patch job can’t fix though.

The biggest issues I discovered once the bar was removed was the drain pipe sticking out of the wall and also a small round hole in the subfloor. Crap. Kinda hard to see from the picture but there is a hole in the floor.

But oh my word, the basement is already looking 10x bigger! I am so glad we decided to remove the wet bar.

I had some prep work to do on the wall and floor before we can bring in the new carpet, so I headed to Home Depot, stocked up on supplies, and tackled the three projects: fixing the hole in the floor, patching the drywall, and removing the drain pipe.

The hole was my biggest concern. Did you know you can buy plywood and subfloor in 2′ squares precut at Home Depot? I had no idea! I only needed a very small piece so I just purchased one of their pre-cut pieces and then cut it down to size with my jig saw. Basically, to fix the hole I squared it off and then patched it with new plywood the same thickness.

I also removed the drain pipe which was very easy considering the basement on the other side of the wall is unfinished. I just cut it off on the back side of the wall and put a cap on it. Also, I patched up all the damaged drywall and finished it off with some spackle and a can of spray texture.

Getting the cabinets out of the basement was easy enough, but we had to disassemble the countertop before we could carry it out. It was so heavy! Layers of plywood, cement board, and then topped with very heavy stone tiles.

We opted to paint the majority of the room before the carpet installers come. We know there will be touch-ups once the carpet is in, but we’d rather paint all the walls and ceiling on top of the old carpet than the new. We are using my go-to color, Stucco by Sherwin Williams in a satin finish (paint and primer in one).

We were up so late last night painting and prepping for carpet (they come today!). At 2:30am I was patching the baseboard behind where the wet bar was. I set up the saw in the unfinished storage area in the basement and went to town getting the baseboards installed (we also had to add some baseboards inside a closet where there were none).

And finally, here we are. The room is rolled and painted, and all the baseboards are in. We were so tired from painting all night that we gave in on cutting in and edging. I will carefully do that with a brush once the carpet is installed.

I already love it so much more. Just painting the ceiling and walls the same color has made the space look so much bigger and more uniform. It’s feeling so much fresher, newer, and bigger.

We also painted the entire stairwell into the basement. The stairs are getting new carpet as well.

The room is coming together nicely! I can’t wait to show you the new carpet and then get this room decorated! It will be a multi-purpose room that will have a TV, sectional couch, foosball table, and Travis’s drum set. I’ll probably throw some bookshelves down there as well. I’m really excited to make this new house our home.






Hiking Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO

We are brand new to Colorado and want to experience everything this beautiful State has to offer. We wanted to go on a really easy, great first timer hike and everyone kept saying “Chautauqua Park!”

Chautauqua Park is located on the west side of Boulder, Colorado. I won’t even pretend to be an expert about Chautauqua Park, but you can learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know from their website here.

We barely scratched the surface of this huge park by doing a 3ish hour hike in the foothills. You can see the Flatirons in the background. I will never grow tired of this view!

We are ready to go!

I took a bunch of video while on our hike and compiled it into this cool youtube video:

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We came across a really cool area with tons of stacked rocks called Inukshuks. You can see us geeking out over them in the video.

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