There was this leak ... my humidifier kind of imploded. The wee orifice that is supposed to restrict the water flow eroded or something until it was many times the useful diameter. Various other parts of the humidifier failed along with it, and the result was that the whole thing has been replaced.
The mold has been killed killed killed. The wall has been fixed. The remediation part is over.
Now it's time for the restoration!
What does that mean?
Well, the carpet is a goner, so we "get" to replace it. And the wall also suffered, so we get to repaint.
The only thing I was certain of was that the carpet would NOT be the same color. Who knew that would lead to an unreasonable dance with more carpet samples than I realized a person could bring home.
I had more than a few of these:
a couple of these - though only those that didn't have only beiges
and these ,
and even a few that were about the size of a bath mat.
Had I not been limited by the allowance our insurance company had given us, I might have had half the store in my living room.
Armed with many many carpet samples, I began the process of eliminating those colors that would not work in my home no matter how much i liked them (There was this deep teal.... man it was pretty...)
I looked at all of the colors in the evening - in the "unnatural" light. I held them up to the various pieces of furniture - the sofa, the chairs (one green, one purple), the curtains - the rug...
I didn't want to bring home some lovely carpet on the floor that would clash with the furniture. This was helpful. I eliminated a number of colors because the things they did when put next to my furniture was nothing short of hideous.
I held carpet samples up to the built in wood cabinets, to make sure that the colors didn't clash. I held them up to the tile floor in the room next door ....
At the end of that round, I'd "narrowed" my choices down to 32 choices. Now, it wasn't ALL color -- I also had several different carpet types, so that I could choose based on color AND feel. But I have to admit, it was mostly color. And let me tell you, changing the shade of green by one teensy bit can mean the difference between looking great with that chair and looking awful.
And then I did it again in the morning -- under "natural" light on a cloudy day. I discovered that one of the carpet samples that looked gray and BORING in under the lights in the living room at night was GREEN in the day light. (I knew this about light, but it was still pretty fun to see it).
And I did it again the next day when I had real sun.
When I had things narrowed down to about 12 colors, I asked Golf Pro his opinion. He ruled out a couple, added some I'd not considered, and then wondered at how this could take so long.
I asked friends, I mulled, I pondered. I chose!!!
And then discovered that the color I wanted was absolutely not available in the carpet I wanted. It was only available in a carpet I didn't particularly like. So I started over...
and added wood choices. I brought home sample boards. I found the perfect color in a nice laminate - it matched our built in cabinets perfectly! Alas, that laminate was SHINY (and honestly, the color would have been too dark for a whole room.
I looked at the engineered wood. I found another color -- lighter enough that it wouldn't turn the room into a cave, and yet dark enough to work with the built in. It was even close enough to our price point that I was willing to pay for the upgrade to the house!
And then I learned that because of the height of the tile floor in the room next door, we'd have to build up the family room floor (basically laying a second subfloor) to use that flooring.
I started over, and looked again at the real hard-wood. It didn't seem to come in a color that looked like the person choosing the flooring knew that there would be built in cabinets and a wood mantel in the room. It looked like the floor (or the other stuff) would have appeeared to have been a complete afterthought by someone who didn't care. I contemplated an inlay of a color that came close to our built ins so that the much lighter floor color wouldn't look like an after thought. I found that doing THAT would be cheaper than the other flooring alternative. In fact, it was cheaper than the only carpet I found that I really liked....
And then I discovered a board I'd missed before. It's not so dark that you'll feel like you need all the lights on in the day time, and not so pale that it looks like an afterthought. YAY! Two weeks into the floor choice I found it! Yes, it's over our insurance allowance, but it's real live (okay not anymore, but once live) oak flooring!
And, best of all, my dithering had not yet impacted the timing of the rest of the project! They're only now ready to paint, and paint has to come before flooring goes in... so I was good.
Paint? I have to pick a color for the PAINT.