It's Amazing What A Difference (A Lack Of) Shag Carpeting Can Make

It's Amazing What A Difference (A Lack Of) Shag Carpeting Can Make

Tess Wilson
Apr 9, 2014

When my partner showed me around the house that his remote job was going to provide, I didn't say much but I DID text my best friend for support. My partner glanced over and asked, "Are you buying plane tickets back to San Francisco?" I was actually texting three little words: orange shag carpet...

It was everywhere, and it made me feel hopeless (in the way that carpet can emotionally affect a well-fed girl with a roof over her head). Hopeless that we could make a nice home here, hopeless that I would ever find our home remotely attractive, hopeless that it would ever feel clean or that I would ever feel comfortable sitting on the floor. I've confessed my skepticism that you can really ever clean a carpet, and that holds doubly true for 35 year old carpet, and triply true when it's 35 year old shag carpet that feels inexplicably moist. Yes, I know all about the cleaning options but no, that didn't make me feel any better. It did, however, make me feel like a bit of a prima donna, so I crossed my fingers that we'd be able to find some affordable flooring alternatives that would allow us to rip up that godforsaken carpet...

And we did! I'll be doing a house-worth of Before & After posts eventually, and tell you all about the materials we're using, but today I'm here to tell you that the shag carpet was ripped up and I spent the rest of the day singing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. I could not believe what a difference it made! The house still has a host of other problems- wood panelling, low ceilings, ceiling tiles- but it no longer seems hopeless. I can imagine us reading and cooking and dancing there, I can imagine the house with repainted walls and updated floors, and I can imagine us being happy there.

If there's something in your home that's a major block for you- a wall color that gives you a headache, a light fixture that's the tackiest thing you've ever seen- I highly recommend doing everything in your power to just get rid of it. Removing that obstacle will let you see the rest of the room or house more clearly, helping you to imagine what it could be. You might have to live with just-primered walls or a dimmer room for awhile, but you'll be better able to figure out how to proceed. Best of luck to all my shag carpet comrades!

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