UPDATE: We couldn’t just remove the carpet and expose the wood that was there. Belive me I wish we could have! There were lots of holes in it that had been patched with tin and some we had to patch where there had been electical outlets.(no, I do NOT like electical outlets in my floor!) Also, that floor is FREEZING in the winter. Another layer will make a huge difference. We know, we’ve done this with 2 other rooms in this house!
The floor is not completely level, it’s an old house. We put down the wood and the sander got it smooth so it will clean easily. That’s the beauty of sanding after the wood is down. Also makes it worth the mess!
In the living room of this house we tore out the old wide-plank flooring and saved it to use somewhere else. Then Travis ‘leveled’ the floor by shimming the beams before putting down OSB to lay the hardwood on. One thing you HAVE to remember – You canNOT get an old house perfect. You do the best you can and deal with it!! (I have to remind my husband of this MANY times with every project we attempt!!)
As for the black cupboard – it’s getting a paint job. What color – I’m not sure yet – I’m deciding between red and white. The wall color – same as the rest of the downstairs 🙂
This is what my sewing/computer/school/craft room looked like 10 months ago.
The curtains were changed since then, but this is pretty much as good as I’ve got for ‘before’ pics. This was right before a birthday party so it is actually cleaned up rather well!
2 1/2 weeks ago. Some of the little stuff has been moved out, waiting on the big stuff to go. Can you see how horrid the carpet is?? If not, trust me, it was horrid.
Reclaimed, oak harwood, waiting to be cleaned before re-laying.
Room minus the carpet – YEAH!! My dislike for carpet only deepens every time we tear more out. This was the last of the downstairs carpet. 2 bedrooms upstairs to go and my house will be completely carpetless:)
And the work begins.
10 rows the first evening. Not too shabby:)
Time to sand.
Messy job. Thankfully my wonderful husband did a very good job of blocking off the rest of the house. It really wasn’t too bad. (except for him of course, he had to be right in it. Too bad they don’t make a robot sander!)
Happy to be nearing the end. (don’t you just love the ear plugs!!)
all sanded, ready for finish.
Can you tell there is finish on here? Middle Sister took the picture so it isn’t the clearest but I think it shows a little. This is 3 coats of water based finish. Now we move on to the walls and will put another coat or 2 of finish on the floor when I am done painting. Any guesses what color I’m gonna paint the walls??????????