disintegrated sisal rug on hardwood floors with fireplace in background

Green Walls and a Messy Floor

Good evening everyone!  I hope you’re all having a great week so far!  Without further ado, here is what the walls look like now that they are a beautiful shade of Benjamin Moore’s Colonial Verdigris!

Benjamin Moore’s Colonial Verdigris

(These are taken in progress, before edging)

I will say– it is dark, very dark, but EXACTLY how I hoped it would be! It turned out so well that I would definitely choose it over and over again. I love the depth and classic old-Virginia-farmhouse-feeling it brings to the house… truly it reminds me of when older women dye their hair for a long time and then finally embrace and allow the gray hair to grow, and they gain such a beautiful look of timelessness because of it.

So: green walls are two thumbs up!

But– the story of course continues, as it always does in this house.  It ain’t over til it’s over, and the walls being dark green does not mean it’s over.

Sisal Rug Disintegration

After we painted the walls, we decided to pull up the sisal rug. It has been on the dining room floor since we moved in.  Bizarrely, even though both dogs are house broken, they have both had accidents on this rug and we don’t know why.  We were out of town the last time it happened. The house sitter dumped baking soda all over the dog urine. Well… suffice it to say, there is really no way to get baking soda completely out of a sisal rug.  Since we’ve more or less been using the dining room for storage, we didn’t really care about the gross rug. Once we decided to paint the walls and make the room use-able, we decided it was time to replace the rug.

Aaaaaannnnnd check out what happened when we started to roll it up:

Yup, that is part disintegrated sisal rug fibers, part dirt that is stuck to our wood floor.  (Mostly dirt.)

Cleaning the Hardwood Floors

I used our handy dandy shop-vac (can I just say that every home needs a shop-vac?  That darn thing has been so useful over the years!) to carefully get the dirt off. Luckily a lot of the rug fibers that had come unattached from the rug were loose and came up with the shop-vac suction.

A lot of the fibers came off… but a lot did not:

Seriously attractive flooring, right?  I was super tempted to just put a new rug down on top of it/ pretend we hadn’t noticed it was there.

Don’t worry– that’s not what we did.  Next blog post I will share what to do when your rug disintegrates onto your hardwood floors… super fun!!!

Wishing y’all a week full of health and happiness,

1 thought on “Green Walls and a Messy Floor”

  1. Love the dark green walls !!!! And lighter shade of ceiling too.
    Too sad about the floor, though. Those sisal rugs often have a rubber backing and that is what will stick to floors. Have had it happen also. They should warn the consumer, don’t you think? Good luck…

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