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Friday, May 4, 2012

Up To My Neck In Aligators

I have such a small house that any kind of major project affects the entire house.  The guest bedroom has taken on a life of it's own.  Wow, I had no idea it was going to be this much of a mess.  We discovered a really bad stain on the carpet in the room, so everything had to be taken out so we could have it shampooed.  So part is in the living room and part is all over the house.

Doesn't everyone have a bed on it's side in their dining area, and a huge picture.


How about the dining table vignette showcasing some lamps and other bedroom items.


 Or maybe the breakfast table full of drapery fabric and the sewing machine trying to make something pretty.
The adjoining familyroom also has fabric all over the floor, it has become the cutting table.


 The kitchen counters hold all of the place settings for the breakfast table, plus plug and light switch plates, screws and all kinds of other necessary things including the screwdriver and hammer.  Tools necessary to put the new wood blinds up, plus we do have to install the drapery rods too.

Also in the midst of all this chaos, the stain doesn't seem to want to come up.  I have shampooed that carpet 3 times between yesterday and today.  I just took the shampooer back, so we'll see how it looks when the carpet is dry.  May have to put down a new floor.  If so, then the decision of carpet or wood.  Probably wood, but carpet is so nice on the toes.

So, how has your week been and what are your plans for the weekend.  I think you can see that mine are trying to get something done and cleaned up.  Oh well, if company comes, maybe we can visit in the bathroom.  lol


40 comments:

  1. Well, at least you've got Tabletop Tuesday posts to keep you for a few weeks, Marty! : ) I hate when you are moving along on a project and something like that comes up. Something unexpected is never fun to deal with; especially a stain that doesn't want to go away. I hope it comes out for you. We are looking at new flooring for our place, too. I had thought we decided on carpet, but then hubby came home with some wood floor samples. So, who knows at this point.

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  2. Marty,
    If you weren't close to tears...we could sit in the bathroom together for a good laugh. One step at a time, dear friend, one step at a time. I know what you mean about EVERY surface in the house unscathed!!! Same thing happened here on the Prairie when I did a make~over for the dining room hutch. Every thing had to be moved three ways...empty one cabinet, fill from the other cabinet, look for another piece, then clean out under each cabinet ...needless to say...it took me three nights after work to finally get it all put back. All I can say is my "Mr. Ed" has the patience of JOB! When all is said and done...this is going to be a gorgeous makeover! Stay focused on the prize!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  3. Oh Marty, I can so relate to how difficult this can be.I don't think it matters how big your house is, it's a mess! Just doing this tea has set my whole house in a state of disarray.

    - The Tablescaper

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  4. I think the bathroom will become the new hub of the house. It will all be worth the mess in the end.

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  5. Sorry you have taken the shampooer back! My cleaning lady told me to try straight ammonia in my shampooer, and it worked wonders! I got out a 15 year old coffee stain, I kid you not! I have since poured ammonia directly on a spot and gotten it out by blotting with white towels. My carpet is beige, like beach sand. Blogless Peggy in Virginia (turtlemss@aol.com)

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    1. As I was getting it cleaned to take it back I thought about the ammonia. I have used that for years to get up spots on the carpet. I was out and so I didn't try it. I may have to get the shampooer again and give it a try. Hugs, Marty

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    2. THANK YOU for this info! I have some old stains that NOTHING has helped so tomorrow it will be amonia!!! Thanks again.

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  6. I hope you get it all sorted out . It drives me nuts when I have to keep things where they dont belong lol. Have a good day !

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  7. Your house always looks so nice that I think it should feel to you like a disaster zone right now! I'm crossing my fingers hoping the stain goes away!

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  8. I think even your "messes" are lovely!! Pretty items just not in their correct spot. :) xo

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  9. Oh Marty, I sure feel your pain! M<y house is a total wreck right now with packing, spackling, painting etc. I am TRYING to see the light at the end of the tunnel but this tunnel is a LOOONG one:) Hope the amonia works. XO, Pinky

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  10. At least your mess is organized - you do not want to see mine. :-D
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Marty- I gotta say- Nobody arranges things the way you do. Just look at all those wonderful new vignettes. Now you just watch someone will come along and copy you and put a bed on its side in the dining room.

    I don't envy you that mess! Soon, it will be over- xo Diana

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  12. Consider your idea of a mess. just the waiting room for great things to come...

    My neighbors swear by a product called "Capture" for stain removal on carpet...You can get it at Lowes or Home Depot...

    Good luck on the re-decorating!!...Looks like you have a great plan!!

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  13. With any project it gets worse before it gets better. It'll be worth it!

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  14. Hi darling... it always takes a mess to make something pretty... hope you don't have to replace the floor... looking forward to the reveal..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  15. It's so good to know your household is NORMAL !!! Doesn't matter how large or small the house.....redoing a room spills out all over!!! I am getting ready for a garage sale and stuff is out all over....no flat surface is uncovered !!! and its all okay....hugs....cleo

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  16. Hey you're in good company. Everyones house looks like that when they are redecorating. Thats just part of life. But oh look at the reward. Wow your guest room is going to be gorgeous.

    Also thanks for the pie tutorial. I'm going to make this one. It looks and sounds over the top delicious. And I love homemade cream pies. They can't be beat. Thanks for sharing your moms wonderful recipe!!

    Nann

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  17. Oh le nettoyages des moquettes!!! Il est devenu pour moi un ancien souvenir... J'avais de la moquette épaisse couleur crème dans l'ensemble de ma maison... Un jour j'en ai eu assez et j'ai fait tout retirer... En plus l'une de mes filles est une grande allergique.
    Vous êtes très courageuse ma chère.
    Je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses.
    Gros bisous

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  18. Looks like heaps of work there,but it can only get better. we took up all our carpets and found the original Baltic wide floor boards underneath. All polished now and so easy to look after.
    We are away at the moment,so lots of rest for a couple of weeks. xx

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  19. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  20. It is always nice to know we are in good company. I hate spots on carpets that won't come out. :(

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  21. I was in this same boat last month Marty so know just what you are going through! It is always amazing to me how the project I plan always turns out to have twists and turns to it like stains on carpet! It will be back to it's lovely self soon with your industrious self at the helm though!


    I have 1 week to get things ready at the house - I leave Mother's day to go to NM for a week and have to get my garden in, 500 newsletters out, plus get the house ready for a blogging friend and hubby who are coming the day after I return! I am praying that God will work out all the details and just let me relax( which is a big job for HIm believe me!) I am helping a friend with her son's wedding while I am down in NM so have a bunch of prep stuff to do with that also. I keep reminding myself that this is part of the abundant life He brings us and am thankful I am so blessed!

    Happy Sewing!
    mary

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  22. Oh my...but amidst the chaos I did spy a Bed Bath & Beyond bag - been shopping? Or was that before the project began? LOL!

    Good thing you came for a visit - and enjoyed the recipes!! Looks like you needed the break, too! Hubby and I usually don't drink, but we decided to have a Margarita tonite with our Guacamole, Chips and Enchiladas.

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  23. I feel your pain Marty!! Everything has to get worse before it gets better but it will all be worth it in the end. :-) Can't wait to see the final beautiful results!
    Vanessa

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  24. I certainly feel for you....This is exactly what I've been going through for the past 5 months...It can wear you down! I just had wood flooring put down in our family room. Love it!!!!
    Hope the stain comes out..
    Blessings,
    Shug

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  25. Well, I have been busy, but you have me beat by a lot! My house looks the same way when I spring clean. I just pull everything out and find home for it, lol.
    Have happy weekend, and take a break!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  26. Thank you for showing us your messes, it's nice to know you're normal too! I've been trying to decide on new carpet or wood for my family room but I'm not looking forward to the chaos it will create in the process!
    Karee

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  27. Yep...everything gets out of whack when you do ONE LITTLE THING....But it'll be worth it. Have you ever heard of a product called Sol-U-Mel for the stain? It's a natural, non-toxic product that even has taken wine stains out of carpet. Good luck with all your projects! ~Zuni

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  28. Marty, sorry about the stain, The only thing that has ever worked for me on set in carpet stains is A DOLLAR STORE CLEANER CALLED AWSOME.For really hard stains I mix oxy-clean with it rub it in and repeat a few times. Hope it helps. Have a great weekend.

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  29. Good grief - this looks MAJOR! We had new vinyl put down in our kitchen and laundry room this week and I thought that was a hastle. Heavens, it was child's play compared to your endeavor!

    Rest up this weekend.

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  30. Hi Marty,

    I can relate to the chaos. I have been tweaking and remodeling every room in my house :)

    I sure hope you can get the stain out of the rug.

    Dee

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  31. Wow! You are in the midst of change aren't you? It may be a bit messy but still exciting too right? Sorry to hear about the flooring situation. I'd go with new flooring just in case there is another issue under that carpet. We put laminate in our bedroom years ago after the carpet became so stained. Since our bedroom is downstairs and right off the kitchen it gets a lot of traffic from outside and lot's of mud tracked in. LOL! With this is mind is why we chose flooring and then put a throw rug out to soften it back up. Anyway, the laminate is quite a different feel then the hardwood flooring throughout the rest of our house. I kinda wish we had splurged a bit more and done hardwoods. Just sharing a few more personal experiences to help with your decisions. Have a great day!

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  32. Oh, Marty, I feel for you! I've had a very similar situation going on here. It's very frustrating isn't it? We just have to remember how wonderful it's going to be at the finish line! I thought they had the leak in my closet ceiling repaired...and now it has to be redone. :-(

    Stay strong! Everything will be back in order soon.
    xo
    Pat

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  33. Hi Marty! I'm tired just looking at your photos! I know how it goes. I have a big house and when we started refacing the cabinets in the kitchen, the entire house was turned upside down! I'm trying so hard to get organized now! ;)
    Hope that stain comes out!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. Oh Marty, I know just how you feel! We have been dealing with a big MESSY home repair at our house! It's such a pain, but I'm sure it will all work out.
    Have you tried a spray on product called Spot Shot? It has gotten out every stain I have ever tried it on.
    Good luck, and hang in there. I know it's super frustrating to have stacks everywhere, but thank you for showing us your "real life"! I feel better knowing I'm not the only one living alongside stacks of things! (All of my pantry food is in large plastic bins in my dining room. Not very pretty!!)
    Hope this week is better!
    xo-Lisa

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  35. What? You mean everyone's house DOES NOT look like this?

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  36. Oh Marty, I love it! I am so glad to see that others have clutter and messes at times. It seems that when you are re-doing one room, the rest of the house suffers too. Hang in there girl. I just shows you are "human". Remember creative minds are cluttered. Hugs, Karie

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  37. I'm chuckling, but not at your peril, but in total understanding! I'm usually the instigator of projects but always manage to get The Man involved. Now I'm pretty neat & organized when I do something on my own, but not so with The Man. Things can get rather "testy" when we have something big going on. I get very impatient & frustrated when my OCD personality shows up.....lol! Just hang in there. I'll have to keep that "ammonia" idea in mind, because we have very light carpet & lots of "grands!"
    ~CAS~

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