Never before have I agonized over a decision like the one I’m about to share with you today. Because, well, it was a big decision. And it involved spending money…a chunk of money.
And I couldn’t decide how to spend it.
We’d been planning and saving for awhile and the money just sat there in the bank account….mocking me.
It was an involved decision because one choice affected another choice and so on and so forth.
And the fact that I thought I should try and DIY it wasn’t helping matters.
What decision am I referring to? Well I tell ya!
See that green carpet? Yup. It was there when we moved in and even though I wasn’t crazy about it at the time I wasn’t overly concerned because I knew we would do something about it right away.
Well, fast forward 5 years and there it was. And it wasn’t getting any less green. And I could tell you a whole long story about how this green carpet went up the stairs and down the hallway towards the bedrooms but the bedrooms have neutral carpet that didn’t need replacing and that the green carpet was also in the office, living room and dining room but we have hardwood floors in the kitchen, slate in the entry/hallway/downstairs bathroom/laundry room and fairly new carpet in the family room meaning our home essentially had flooring schizophrenia and I just couldn’t figure out how to make the most of our budget and still get the look I wanted.
But I won’t bore you with all of those details.
Instead, I will hang my DIY head in shame and tell you that I did not put hardwood on the stairs because it was crazy expensive. They would have had to disassemble our entire curved staircase.
And even though DIY’ers worldwide are painting/staining their stairs I had to take into consideration the green carpet on the landing and hallway too. And then I’d have to put a runner on it anyway because we’ve had enough slips down our stairs even WITH carpet. And then I still had to decide what to put in the office, living room and dining room.
Agonizing I tell ya!
But I finally put my big girl panties on and made a decision.
The upstairs landing and hallway got hardwood floors…
I put carpet on my stairs and I’m proud of it!
Previously, the green carpet had wrapped around the edges of the stairs and when they were ripping off the green (and I was doing the happy dance off in the corner!) I noticed how much more open it being able to see the side of the risers and treads. So, in one of those “hope-this-works-out-and-if-it-doesn’t-it-will-be-an-expensive-mistake-and-what-will-I-tell-my-husband-spur-of-the-moment” decisions, I asked the installers to NOT wrap the new carpet around the edges.
And can I just tell you how relieved I was when it was finished and I LOVED it…and so did my husband!
We did end up having to fill holes, sand and paint it all but that means I can consider this a semi-DIY job, right? 😉
There was just something about the new carpet that had me almost craving going lighter and brighter throughout the house. Like I had come out of a dark cave and into the light of day!
So, I freshened up the entry too with the only purchase being those plates around the mirror.
Everything else got pulled from other parts of the house.
Even the niche got freshened up a bit with the addition of a large, single-pane window, a basket of flowers and a….whatchamacallit…a ceramic jug…or is that an urn…what would you call that thing?
In the end, I feel good about my decisions. No, GREAT!
Because, they were the right decisions for us.
For our home.
For our family.
For our budget.
Because that’s what really matters, isn’t it?
And now, I will walk up my newly carpeted stairs with my semi-DIY head held high, step onto the hardwood floors in my hallway and close the book on the green carpet stage of my life.
I think it had a happy ending, don’t you?