Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Attic Room Renovation: How to Remove Carpet

Oh, we still have boxes galore scattered around our schoolhouse.  But, we have decided to spend an hour a day on unpacking, putting things away and then we can "play".  Some may not call ripping carpeting out and painting walls play, but for me projects are fun and are playtime.

We are starting in my daughter's attic bedroom.  Let me remind you of the before:

Pink or mauve carpeting removal was first on the list.  This is the first time we have removed carpet so let me share what we learned.  

Start with these tools: needlenose pliers to grab carpet corners, a carpet or box cutter knife, a straight screw driver, and a crowbar.  We also use a straight edge scraper that I will show you in a bit.  
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You may want to remove the baseboard first, although we did afterwards and it was just as easy to remove the carpet.  Use the straight screwdriver to gently pull it off the wall. 

Grab a corner of the carpet with the pliers and pull it up. Once you have a good corner you can get your hands on, it is easy.  Pull up the carpet, cutting it with the box cutter when needed to make pieces that are manageable to roll up and get rid of.
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We tossed the  old out the window--this was my daughter's favorite part.
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Remove the pad.
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Then use the crowbar and screwdriver to remove the tack strips.  
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Next comes the most tedious part, removing the staples.  We started doing this on our knees, with pliers.  
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But, soon found a straight edge metal scraper was much easier.  I am not sure what the tool is really used for--thankfully the previous owners had left it behind.
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The dog enjoyed hanging out and watching.
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After floor removal, we painted.  My 13 year old daughter is designing and making all of the choices for her room.  She picked a light gray called Hearth Gray.  It is a very nice color--not too dark or too cool.  
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Tomorrow's project will be new flooring!  I will share our progress.  We are first time laminate flooring layers so I am sure we will learn a thing or two on the way.
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4 comments:

  1. That tool is an ice chopper! Great for frozen spots on sidewalks or driveways. Your daughter's room is such a neat shape, I'm sure it will turn out lovely.

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  2. I've removed all the carpeting in my house and I actually enjoyed pulling all those little staples out. LOL Can't wait to see the progress!

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  3. I am sending energy vibes your way!!!! Your new place is going to be absolutely amazing when it is done.I will be watching each post!

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  4. That is a good start! Her room is going to be fantastic!

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