Welcome back! If you’re stopping by for the first time, you’re catching me at the half way point of a Dining Room renovation. I’m participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home, and redecorating a space in just six weeks. The time certainly goes by fast! Last week, I shared all of the labor-intensive wall stenciling that is the base for this room and a few sneak peeks of how I saved so much money with the chairs and accessories for the room.
Just as a reminder, this is our vision board for the room. And here is what we have done so far:
Week 3- The Floors are Now Chic and Comfortable! (That’s this week!)
So, we had a pretty big rug dilemma with this room. Have you seen what’s going on with our walls? The whole room is stenciled so I wanted to make sure I don’t detract from that too much with an overly busy or bright rug. I think that finding the balance between dark/light and pattern/no-pattern was the key. Well, I finally selected this Sierra Vintage Grey rug. It’s perfectly beautiful while not distracting. I love that it changes slightly in tone depending on where you are standing and makes for great movement and softness.
However, more than that, we just had new solid hardwood floors installed during the winter so I want to protect them. The rugs will help with that but our rugs came with a scratchy backing that probably isn’t the best material against the floors. Oh, and btw, we actually bought another matching rug for the entry way.
But you know what is most important to me? These guys who play and romp on the floors all day long. Although I don’t expect them to play on the dining room floor, the front room is game-on. The rug I chose was rather thin and had no cushion for the soft landing of my silly tricksters, so I needed a premium, comfortable rug pad. In this process, I learned a lot about rug pads.
The benefits of a quality rug pad:
- Provide additional cushioning while keeping your rug with a low profile, if desired
- Protect sensitive floors from the sandpaper-like, scratchy backing materials of rugs
- Keep your rug from sliding all over the place. I have a different rug pad from these new ones under a smaller rug and I still have to re-position it all the time.
- They are an insulation layer between the cold floors and your rug.
Did you know that most rug pads are made with PVC or plastic and ridden with chemicals that could be toxic, or harmful for your floors!? Sounds awful! Even worse, many manufactured rug pads often give off a chemical smell at first. That can’t be healthy.
As I learned about all of these things, I still needed an rug pad that was affordable because these rugs are both 8×10. After learning about RugPadUSA, I chose to team up with them because they hit all the marks (and their rug pads are custom sized and made to order in the USA). Oh, and they were priced slightly less with better grip and quality than the rug pads I previously purchased from a big box store!
When comparing the rug pads, we went with the contour lock in the dining room because of it’s low profile and the superior lock for the front entry way to give some cushion and keep the rug in place. They have different recommendations by flooring type and the ratings on their site for cushion, durability, make it is easy to select what you need most.
So what do you think of the new rug?! Now that the area rugs are set, I am hoping this week we can move on to repairing the damaged window sills. As with any house remodeling project, this one makes me nervous because you never know what is going on underneath or, in our case, how the window sill was installed. I just hope we don’t have to break or remove the windows!
So let’s check out the progress!
Dining Room Makeover Task List:
Make Curtains and Hang
- Repair Window Sills
- Create a grid style Gallery Wall
Dining Room Chairs, Area Rug and Pad, and plenty of table accents Paint Wine Cabinet (maybe)I decided not!
- New Dishes
- Find a big pot for my new plant
Until next week! Be sure to check out how the other participants are doing in the One Room Challenge.
A special Thank You to RugPadUSA for providing the rug pads for this challenge! We absolutely love them and we won’t shop anywhere else for rug pads again.
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