Have you ever watched Antiques Road Show?
Isn’t it amazing what you see on a good night on the local PBS affiliate?
Mark Walberg holds up a few pieces of orange and yellow Tupperware and the crowd goes wild.
You see it all….old Christmas decorations and Barbie heads and vintage Fisher Price People and antique macrame plant holders and ancient ceiling fan parts.
All that stuff your mom threw away….or sold in a yard sale….or you never really wanted anyway….. is now worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
Old stuff. It’s where it’s at.
In the light of the past 500 episodes of Antique Road Show….maybe we should have left the blue shag carpeting on the stairs.
It had a certain vintage charm.
Maybe we should have never removed it.
But we did.
We took out the potentially valuable, historic remnants of an era gone by and replaced it with two indoor outdoor 2′ 3″ x 11′ 9″ stair runners from here.
Nothing too fancy.
We just stapled them onto the stairs.
The set of stairs took two runners and we wrapped the end of one runner around a stair tread and tucked the other behind it to create the illusion of one continuous runner.
And then to make an indoor outdoor runner fancy…..we dressed it up with brushed nickel staircase rods.
With little brushed nickel finials from Home Depot.
Now….let’s be honest.
The runner is no shag carpeting.
But it’s held up for two years…..with four children, two dogs and 25,567 pairs of really stinky socks.
I think there’s still a few pieces of that incredibly beautiful, historic one-of-a-kind stair carpeting out in the barn.
And one day…..if Antiques Roadshow ever travels to the beautiful Kentucky countryside.
My blue shag carpeting and I…..
….we’ll be ready for our close-up.
PS Sharing this post over at Kim’s.