Offsite – Days 3, 4, and 5

Our offsite project (Day 2 is here) is in full swing but the resident of the room decided my choices were not her choices.

Tentative plan.
A review of my suggestions.

On Day 3 Charlie and my friend pulled up the remaining wall-to-wall carpet and tack strips in the living room.

The edges of the floor were is very good shape with stains the area that would have been covered by an area rug.
The edges of the floor were is very good shape. The stained area would have been covered by an area rug.

The original plan was to clean, wax, and buff the entire floor then to lay an area rug. Unfortunately the room resident had her heart set on wall-to-wall carpet. (I write that with a scowl on my face.)

The selected color, "Oyster," is the uppermost swatch on the right.
The selected color, “Oyster,” is the uppermost swatch on the right.

Instead, on Day 4, my friend and I along with the room’s resident met with a representative from Empire Today who presented us with wall-to-wall carpet selections. The first choice mentioned by the resident was “mauve” which apparently is no longer in anyone’s color palette.


After choosing the color “Oyster” from the “Making Waves” collection we asked for installation the next day. The carpet was laid wall-to-wall in the living room, up the stairs to the second floor, and in the second floor hall.

After -- Much simpler now.
After — Much simpler now.

When my friend and I arrived late in the day the carpet was finished and gave the room a calming look in contrast to the original variegated, sculpted carpet.

The stairs to the second floor -- BEFORE.
The stairs to the second floor — BEFORE.
The stairs are safer now that the carpet is fitted.
The stairs are safer now that the carpet is fitted.

Stay tuned for Day 6 and the Finale.

Do you decorate with your favorite color?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Offsite – Days 3, 4, and 5”

  1. Oh, it looks like this is getting interesting! Isn’t it frustrating when we don’t have complete control? While the wood floor looked pretty darn good, the new carpet will no doubt be cosy underfoot. Good luck with the finishing up.

      1. Carpet is unhealthy, expensive to maintain and while may be cozy should be replaced padding and all every 5 years, no more. Dirt settles that ni vaccum can pick up, not even a Dyson 😉 the wood looked way better, ideally when u tear a carpet out and want to stick with original hardwood (had youve been able too) you want to try to completely sand it, down to original wood and start from scratch with a stain and finish. That stain i saw wouldve been an easy fix. So sad wood didnt stay!

  2. Oh, how heartbreaking that the beautiful oak flooring is covered again! I would not be able to contain myself, so good for you for hanging in there. You know that when you’re done, in short order the place will be all cluttered up again, but you’re doing such a good deed. An old lady with no style is unlikely to develop any. 🙂

  3. GAH! MAUVE carpet? oh hell no… sorry to hear the owner of that place doesn’t agree with your tastes, because your taste = awesome and judging from the “before” shots the owner has very questionable taste… sorry to the owner if you’re reading this.

    1. She’s not a reader of the blog and doesn’t own a computer. Only a mean local person would clue her in. This was a humbling experience. I wish it had been on a list somewhere so I could cross it off — forever. Jo

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