Stress Relief and Carpet Removal

Dharma is still too far away from the house for me to plug her up and check her vitals, so for now I’m just doing what I can sans electricity.

The first step in any good renovation is demo, and since I haven’t been able to find a hammer anywhere in this house I started with the easy stuff. I do have some tools coming by the way, this whole remodel won’t be done bare handed… promise.

Task one, yank up that new carpet and check out the subfloor. The plan is to replace the carpet with either laminate flooring or wood-grain vinyl planks. I like the cleaner look of a wood floor throughout, and I think it will make all 192 square feet of awesomeness feel more spacious.

Sorry about the bad pictures by the way… I was a little excited and almost forgot to take them. I’ll do better next time. ;)


This carpet actually came up pretty easy, since the installers were kind enough not to glue it and only staple around the edges. It was laid in three pieces, and the seams were a pain in the butt… as was the door between the kitchen and bedroom, where somehow they managed to wiggle the carpet underneath 2 whole inches of poorly attached trim, making it incredibly difficult to pry out of there without breaking anything. But I managed to get it with enough grunting and cussing.


The whole carpet ripping out process ending up being a lot of fun, and kind of made me wish I had something else to tear up… it’s a great stress reliever.

I did have a few surprises though, in the form of two rotten places in the subfloor. One is beside the kitchen sink (no surprise there) and the other straight across beside the refrigerator. The fridge cabinet was already coming out, and I’ve added the sink cabinet to the tear out list now so I can see the full extent of the damage and replace the boards. More on that later.


With all the carpet gone the next step will be examining the subfloor better and pulling up the rest of those staples… which requires a tool, so moving along.

I still felt the need to remove something, and being without a hammer I set my sights on that palm tree border running around the outside. Actually that’s not true… I was talking on the phone and started picking at a corner of it, and within 30 minutes had the entire thing peeled off. Problem solved!


I would love to find a replacement Argosy nameplate to go where the old one was, but so far I haven’t had any luck. Maybe one will pop up on Ebay at some point. Until then the plan is to clean this stripe up, caulk it, and repaint it… possibly turquoise.

Next up: Procure tools and start pulling out cabinets and harvest gold carpeted accents! But first, a gratuitous sweaty carpet removal selfie.



The Dharma Tour: Before

No good remodel would be complete without before pictures, and luckily this time I remembered to take some before tearing anything up! So here’s Dharma, in all her natural beauty except for the new carpet and upholstery the previous owners added… and that sexy palm tree border around the outside.

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