Yesterday morning I found this delighful surprise on the stairs leading to the second floor:
I'm fairly confident I didn't do it. Josh was out of town. And the only other being in our house to blame?
Now that he's all old (4) and lazy, he's almost completely trustworthy. And he has been so for years. The most mischief he gets into is a bi-monthly exploration of the trash can - and that's only after we've recently thrown away an empty bag that held shredded cheese. We were totally surprised that this happened.
However, we're still left with a very obvious carpet hole smack in the middle of our steps. Visible from the front door. Impossible to miss.
Thanks, Riley. Replacing carpet was not exactly what we had in mind for this fall, with, you know, a baby on the way.
So now... what do we do about it?
I feel we have a few options - and please weigh in!
1. NOTHING. Leave it. Since we'll soon be in the "small children at home" phase of our life, is there any point to replacing carpet now, knowing that we may well need to do it again in a few years?
2. Re-carpet the stairs only. They are whitish (not my favorite) - and dingy - and worn, anyway.
3. Re-carpet the stairs and hallway. The hallway sports the same white carpeting, which has also seen better days. Plus the hallway upstairs connects very obviously to the stairs and so doing both at once would give us some cohesion.
4. Re-carpet the entire 2nd floor. All four bedrooms + the hallway + the stairs share the same carpet, and we like the seamless look from room to room. However, a re-do of carpeting on the entire second story wasn't exactly an expenditure we'd had in mind for this year.