I'm Tonia and this is my family. There's Hubs, my wonderful partner; Bug, my darling daughter; and Boo, my charming son. We are the Collins clan. We are a homeschooling family who try our best to live out God's will for our lives every day. There are lots of stumbles along the way, but we love each other and this little life we're carving out for ourselves. Recently we found ourselves called to make some big changes in our lives so we're packing up the McMansion and moving out to a little farm in need of a lot of TLC. We have tons to learn and tons to do and we invite you to share the journey as we turn our not-so-new heap into a home.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bye Bye Icky Carpet!

It was an exciting night at the Heap. We finally got to that little chore of removing carpet, which was horrifically disgusting, but also exciting because we finally got to see what was under there.

First up, we got some high quality gloves. These things are pricey, but we will be using them plenty over the next few months or more. If you're gearing up to do some demo work be sure you have some gloves- look for leather, it'll hold up better. Don't send anyone else to pick them up for you either- a good fit is super important.

Just in case you've forgotten the horror, let me show you the before photos again. Ick! I wish I could describe how this stuff smells so you could really appreciate the awfulness, but I don't have adequate words. Just imagine wet dog with a bit of sweat and urine mixed in and you'll have an idea. Yeah, pretty gross.

After some grunting and groaning,  pulling and tugging we were rewarded with this site. Fantastically, the floors underneath are really beautiful and in good condition. Hooray! They will need refinished, of course, but they are going to be amazing. I am so, so excited.

While we were at it the Hubs decided to start removing another monstrosity currently residing in the Heap- the baseboard heaters. If anything can be more disgusting than the carpet, these are. 

Turns out they are also propane burning so we had to halt work and let the propane get out of all the lines before we did anything else. We were all pretty happy to have a reason to call it a night. Turns out ripping out carpet is hard work!




  1. Beautiful wood flooring! I am so excited to see this all happen. Thanks for the updates! Can't wait for more.

    1. Thanks Jennifer- I think they will be stunning once we get them refinished....so exciting!! I've always wanted wood floors!