How to Polish A Turd


No matter what you may have heard or read, you really can polish a turd! Or at least come pretty close to disguising it.

I meant to make this post a couple of weeks ago but I ran out of time before things got a bit crazy with our move.

Due to our lack of time and the proper amount of funds to properly get the house in a better condition before moving in, we decided to carpet every room until we could do things properly. Actually we still aren’t 100% set on how we want to lay out things yet anyway.

Went to a place called Century Tile to look at carpet remnants. Saw a couple of things we liked but the place didn’t sell padding, tack strip, or anything for installing. So our money walked out the door. Which as we would find out was a good thing.

A couple of days later we decided to check Home Depots carpet remnant choices.  I would have been fine with putting in that fancy green outdoor carpeting throughout the whole house. I’m sure there’s a “designer” out there on one of those HGTV shows that’s already done it. :)  Luckily we didn’t have to do that. We found a nice tan and brown looped carpet and saved a ton of money. For all of $200 we got enough carpet for two bedrooms, hallway, dining room, and living room. Pretty darn good for about 700 sqft if you ask me! Oh and we didn’t even have to use one of the rolls of carpet we bought. So it really only cost us probably $150 plus the padding and tack strip which I think was another $150 or so.

New Carpet

Now neither of us are carpet installers so it took us a couple of days to get all the rooms done. It’s certainly not perfect but Barry did a pretty good job, and it sure is better than what the carpet is hiding underneath. It’ll all be torn out and the ugly vinyl underneath when we put new hardwood floors in.

Putting Down Padding

Hmmm where to start…

One room done



More padding

All done! Sorta..

It’s also very important to remember that on every big job you need to have an overseer. Thankfully our supervisor isn’t too pushy or mean ;)

Kumo says “I help!”

Next big project on the list is ripping out the old hardwood in the kitchen, installing new sub-floor and putting our temporary working kitchen in. We’ve been living off the microwave and crockpot for the last two weeks. I so look forward to being able to cook again! Thankfully we have a friend who lives but a couple miles away and he’s cooked us some really good home-cooked meals. What a treat that is!

Ok, back to unpacking boxes and looking for things…

4 comments for “How to Polish A Turd

  1. Ellen
    18 July, 2012 at 6:26 am

    The fact that you guys can do most of the work yourselves (or all of it?) is fantastic. I also think it’s smart to do the temporary stuff. That way you can get comfortable and not feel so rushed to make decisions. Live there for a while and the pictures in your head will become clear.
    Glad to see you have someone to keep you in line and within your budget too. Kumo!

    • Joe
      19 July, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      We’ll probably hire out some of the work, like dry-walling even though we could easily do it ourselves. The people who dry wall for a living are insane in how fast they can install and mud a room. Plus it’s a dirty messy job :)

  2. Diana
    18 July, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Making great progress, fun to watch, but I’m glad it’s not me it’s been close to 100 here for days. However, I’m sure the little helper is under foot and I’d be glad to take Kumo off your hands , he’s adorable. Of course you’d never get him back. Di

    • Joe
      19 July, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      If I could figure out how to get Kumo to swing a hammer or sweep a broom she’d be all the more helpful. She thinks it’s always play time lol.

      It’s been high 90’s or high 100’s here basically since the day we moved in. It’s been hell getting work done that’s for sure! Kind of looking forward to fall so we can get up in the attic and get that done. No way we’re going up there when it’s probably 200 degrees up there. Bleh! We’ll just have to suffice with our 10×9 bedroom and gross bathroom for now.

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