Our new staircase carpeting was installed a couple of days ago, and I can’t say that I love it. Mr. Fox and I had studied the carpet’s color and pattern via a large swatch (we tested the swatch against the stairs, wallpaper, and wainscoting in the entrance hall), and the actual carpet seems far darker than the sample piece. Did we make a great big expensive mistake? Only time will tell. Maybe I’ll come to love the carpet. Meanwhile, I took some pictures of the installation process for you:
Oh. Although I have mixed feelings about the carpet, I absolutely adored Lisa and John Cockx, the couple who installed it.
First, Lisa and John removed all of the old material from the stairs. I loved that old carpeting, but it had become threadbare after 16 years. Also, it showed every speck of lint and dust, just as all boldly-hued carpets do.
Next, the padding was removed from the 19th-century steps. The new padding is far superior to the old.
Looking at the above photo, you might wonder if I considered restoring the wood, and going without any carpeting at all. The answer is yes. But if I’m going to fall on stairs, as I am prone to do, I want them to be cushy stairs!
Then came the worst job of all: removing myriad carpet tacks, and scraping away residue from the old padding.
On a side note, let me just say that I loved Lisa’s shoes and leggings. She’s a stylish girl.
While I cooked and photographed my latest step-by-step recipe, Lisa and John installed new, superior carpet padding.
Then, one step at a time, the new carpet was cut and installed. The carpet looks wonderful here, because it is at the top of the stairs, near the big arched window.
Side note: John has a cool tattoo on his right arm.
If you live in New York’s Capitol District, and you need carpet installed, I suggest you contact Lisa and John. They are masters of their craft.
From start to finish, the staircase job was accomplished in about six hours.
So here’s the dramatic before…
And the less-dramatic (to me) after. True, the lighting is different in these before-and-after photos. But you get the idea.
I wonder what Muttka thinks?
NEWS FLASH! In the comments field below, Sherri Gallant suggested I select a different runner for the ancient floor below the staircase. Consequently, with Sherri’s idea in mind…
I removed the runner! And you know what? I kinda like the arrangement.
A biscuit for your thoughts.