Thursday, August 16, 2012

Good Enough for Who It's For

Nana offered to take the kids again for a week this year. She says that even though I don't feel stressed, I still need a break from them.

Yesterday, before Ryan came home, I painted out the trim in the dining room. Since I spilled all over the carpet, I decided I should try to clean that up today. But then this morning, I woke up with a fabulous idea. I should PAINT THE CARPET!

When we bought the house 8 short months before, the last owner had just put down new berber carpet in the dining room. Since we have 2 & 3 year olds, we didn't even make an effort to keep the carpet clean. At some point, we will redo the kitchen and dining room with a new floor extending between both rooms, but until then...

I found a recipe online from a mom who did a ratio of 2:1 paint to water. She didn't specify which type of paint to use, but I used (white) enamel. I found that a foam roller (my favorite invention) did the move even job, but I ended up using over a gallon of paint for this small room. When I applied the paint, it looked streaky, but evened out by the time it was done drying. The lighting makes the carpet look like the same color in both photos, but actually, you can see in the second photo that the stripes are the original carpet color. 

Dining Room Carpet with STAINS
After paint treatment
Ryan called during the process and he said I was acting suspiciously so he came home early. I was nervous, but much to my surprise, he was pleased with the result! Ryan is always impressed how I manage to move heavy furniture by myself. I think that means I should be moving the furniture back by myself too.