I winterized my studio today. I got this idea to get a carpet remnant for my studio floor for the winter. The floor isn’t insulated and it can get really, really cold. I wear slippers, but sometimes, when the temperatures are below freezing, my feet still get cold. A carpet for the winter, which I can take up in the spring, seemed the perfect solution.
So, last week Jon and I went to a carpet store. I was thinking they’d have some left over carpet pieces rolled up in a big box, just the right size and color waiting for me. But they didn’t seem to have anything like that in this gigantic carpet warehouse. The man helping us gave me a carpet quote of $500 including binding, padding, and delivery. Not exactly what I had in mind.
Since I made the Girl and Tree Scarf two weeks ago, I’ve been meaning to go to Jo-Ann fabric for some water soluble stabilizer. I’d rather be in my studio than shopping, so I’ve been putting it off. But today I caved and on my way to the fabric store I stopped at Loews to see what they had in remnants. I found three pieces of 6×8 indoor/outdoor carpet made from recycled bottles (now that should keep the cold out). A good neutral gray so I can lay my quilts out on it. They didn’t need any padding and I could fit them into my Toyota Yaris and all for sixty bucks!
I installed my new carpet when I got home, using some carpet tape and a few carpet tacks to keep it from sliding. Then since I was at it, and it was a warm and sunny day, I decided to put my wooden storm windows up.
Between the windows and the carpet, I think I’m ready for winter. Even though it was a warm day, my studio felt cozier with the new rug. It’s not as pretty as the wood floor, but it’s going to make going to my studio on those cold winter day a little easier.