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42 Years of Old Carpet - Have we gone Nose-Blind?!

The bank holiday weekend is over and summer is coming to an end, but why?! We didn't have a bank holiday weekend - working is retail means this national holiday doesn't exist for us - but I did take a short DIY and blogging break. I'm now back with not much progress to share... yet! But we have made one big change in the dining room/middle room/room of no purpose - the carpet is gone!

As I sat in this room watching the rain one glooming morning, I caught a whiff of pee. Was it old pee? Was it new pee? Had I gone NOSE-BLIND?!

When we moved into this house, our puppy Doug was just a few months old and with three (yes three!) different moves in three short months he was a little confused about where he could actually go pee. Each house brought its own new toilet training tasks and needless to say there were a few  little accidents in this room. The problem was however, that is old carpet was ridiculously absorbent. You could literally spill litres of water on the thing and it would be invisible to the eye. It's not until you step on the damn thing that you realise it's wet. So we only ever knew he had peed on the carpet by this unfortunate way.

Whilst he's now 18+ months and is now fully toilet trained - there is always that one day when we're out the house for more hours than he can deal with and we come home to a small pee patch. But this hadn't happened in a long time.

However on this gloomy day, I realised that this carpet had probably become more smelly than we had realised and were simply nose-blind. It had to go. Right away.

So that's what we did.

Carpet from 1973

As I ripped out the carpet I found a little receipt sort of thing lying underneath. I LOVE finding stuff like this when renovating the house, it really gives you a sense of the history of the house. This little discovery told us that this carpet was 42 years old! What a whopper! I'm surprised it didn't smell or look WORSE!

Carpet from 1973

Carpet from 1973

And underneath the carpet? This EVEN OLDER vinyl flooring. I'm guessing this is from the 40s/50s! 

Vinyl Flooring from the 50s

We've decided to leave this flooring down for the time being. Whilst it isn't in the best condition, it will stop the floorboards from getting grubby and worn. Plus, it's actually quite ideal for winter and rainy conditions when owning two dogs. So for now this is our new flooring:

Vinyl Flooring from the 50s

Do you love it? ;)

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  1. Ha! I actually quite like the retro vinyl flooring, very vintage! Jordan https://www.underfloorheating.co.uk/

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