This Saga began quite a few months ago when Mickey & I decided that our living room carpet needed to be replaced due to foot traffic areas. We were in a dilemma as to whether 1) re-carpet - 2) hardwood - 3) finish the concrete floors. I asked everyone I saw & talked to their opinion of what they had and what they liked or disliked about it. I asked my fb friends the same thing in a post. I got a LOT of feed-back, and as you might expect a variety of suggestions. We had first thought we wanted hardwood but then due to the cost, decided that was not a good option for us. We immediately ruled out the concrete floor refinishing. So that left us with carpet. Then it was a discussion between Berber or a commercial style carpet.. We decided to look at commercial samples and brought home probably 12-15 samples. After several days we narrow it down to 1. We called the carpet people back with our selection and they came out to measure. The man walked into our home, knelt down at the end of the couch and said, "Why in the world do you want to re-carpet? There is nothing wrong with this carpet." We explained, "Because of the foot path across the LR & down the hallway. He felt we could get it out with cleaning it. A couple of years ago we had it professionally cleaned and were not happy with it. About a year ago I borrow a friends shampooer and we cleaned it ourselves. Still not happy with the track area. At the family Easter dinner we discussed all this with the kids and they agreed it might be best to try shampooing again.
After MUCH discussion, thought and prayer we decided to buy a Bissel carpet shampooer. Marc went in 1/2 with us on the purchase. We purchased this on April 8. We have been so very busy that we did not even find a free day to do the job until last Wednesday, May 9th. The carpets over all turned out really well, BUT we still had a slight foot traffic path. On Friday I said, "We were going to put down an area run, if we had done the hardwood floors so what about getting an area rug??!!!" So off we go to look at area rug.
Here is the 8 x 10 we selected. The photo shows more color variation from the top to the bottom than is actual. We both REALLY like the rug.
We saved so much money with not re-carpeting we decided to buy ourselves a new couch, which was sorely needed at the one we had was 14 years old and getting very worn.
Our new vynal couch. It looks almost black in this picture, but it is a dark brown mahogany.
The new rug, and couch with the coffee table in place.
This is Mickey & my Mother & Father Days present to each other and we are so very please & happy.
The 14 year old plaid couch that you have seen as a backdrop in so many of my pictures.. We gave it to a wonderful lady from our church who had told me some time ago that if I got a new sofa would I give her first option of purchasing it. I told her, "NO! If we buy a new one I'll give it to you." So God has blessed us both.