After living in our house for several years and threatening to update the bathroom and lounge (the carpet being in desperate need of being changed) for the whole of that time, we are finally getting round to actually doing it. I am extremely excited about this prospect but have been spending quite a bit of my time trying to decide which colours, as well as types of carpet/lino to choose.
The cream coloured carpet in the lounge has served us well. It was already quite stained when we moved in but since having two children and a black haired dog with muddy feet, the poor carpet has suffered considerably. So when thinking about which coloured carpet we will have in the lounge next, I have definitely decided that very light or cream colours are not suitable for our home. Unless I can somehow stop the children and dog going in there, of course.
For the bathroom, I have a white suite ordered from my local plumber and have opted for some light off-white coloured tiles for the walls. For about a year, I have been trying, and failing, to remove the tile paint from the existing wall tiles. I tried using a heat gun with a scraper, some strong lacquer dissolving solution and pure brute force. I found it very frustrating that I could not remove it all and the thought of reapplying more tile paint as well as removing it again in a couple of years time, filled me with dread. I have been spending some time deciding whether to replace the lino flooring with tiles or with more lino. I am a little worried that tiles will be cold to stand on so have opted for the lino/vinyl.
I think that it is fantastic that there are so many choices out there for products to match most tastes but during this process, I have found this choice to be overwhelming. For the lounge, I have struggled to know which pile of carpet would be best for my needs. I found that Carpetright have some great information on the different types of carpet. For the bathroom, I have needed to decide the sizes and layout of the wall tiles, as well as the vinyl for the floor that I would like to feel soft underfoot, yet not be too slippery when wet for the children to stand on. I am considering this one.
I still have my final decisions to make about which carpet and vinyl to choose but I feel like I have narrowed it down considerably. As it has taken so long for me to get the point of actually, physically doing something to change the bathroom and lounge, instead of just dreaming about it, I really want to do it right. Even if it takes me a bit of time to choose the right products for our home. I will write a follow up post about this to show you what I have chosen, hopefully very soon!
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