When we first saw the house we were blown away by the beautiful slate floors. But we weren’t so thrilled by the drab gray carpet and dingy walls in the loft.
We knew the walls could be fixed with a fresh coat of paint, and we had a feeling that there was a prize to be had underneath that ugly rug. Guess what! We were right! Check out the awesome wood floor peeking out under there. Read More >>
John and I were stoked to get that rag out to the garbage bin, but we decided to give it one final purpose. A drop cloth. So we left it down while we painted the walls and shelves.
We figured, what could it hurt? Nada. That’s what. It was actually pretty therapeutic to get globs of paint on it and not bat an eyelash.
For the paint, we just wanted to refresh the dingy walls and built-ins to make everything feel clean. We settled on an off white color called “Sea Salt” that wouldn’t make the walls look too white. Since the plan was to make the loft our office, we figured that it needed an accent wall too. We decided on “Smokey Blue” to use behind the built-ins. You can get a peek at how that turned out at the bottom.
Anyway, back to the carpet! While we would have ripped it out immediately if we could have, there was actually still a ton of stuff sitting on top of the carpet. To be safe, we opted to just pull up the edges and remove the ancient tacking strips first. We didn’t want to step on one and possibly have it go through a shoe. Ouch!
To remove the tacking strips we used 3 tools: a flexible putty knife, a hammer, and a mini crowbar.
The first attempt was to see if we could just shove the crowbar under the wood and pop it up. Not so much. So then we decided to wedge the putty knife under and lift, that wasn’t working either. The solution that we did eventually come to was wedging the putty knife under the strip, then wedging the crowbar under the putty knife, using a hammer to drive it in and then finally lift.
The first strip took about 10 minutes to get off, but once we got the hang of it we were able to finish the whole loft in under an hour.
We temporarily moved all of our stuff that was sitting on the carpet out to rooftop deck, and then came the big reveal.
We noticed some water damage and paint spatter from previous owners, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with some resurfacing and waxing.
Now for final product:
Overall, we think it looks pretty nice, and we love the color of the wood with blue on the wall. Sometimes all you need to do is remove something extra to discover what you already have and really let it shine.
What do you think?