Who Knew?

I wish I had a picture of the carpet that was in both our living room and bedroom when we moved in 6 years ago, but I lost my computer (dumb) that had the photos of the floor.  I never saved the photos anywhere else (dumber), so they are lost forever.

Suffice it to say – it was pure filth (there’s an oxymoron for you!)  Barns have cleaner floors.

We knew there were wood floors under the carpet, but we’d seen the condition of the wood floors upstairs and figured the downstairs was as bad.  So, since new flooring wasn’t in the budget, we lived on the filth.

One day, I got a wild hair (I’ve got a lot of those these days, along with gray ones).  I told my husband that what was *under* that carpet couldn’t be any worse than what was *in* that carpet and could I please yank it out?  I assured him I could do it by myself while he was at work.  Well, me and my two slaves big, strong sons.

So we started in the living room and yanked the foul stuff out.  I felt like I needed to boil my body by the time we were done.

Conveniently, hubby works at Lowes, so he rented a floor sander.    Okay…there is finally a photo coming…

 THIS is what happens to your walls when you sand floors.  That door *is* a white door.

This photo is actually the bedroom floor getting sanded, ‘cuz I didn’t take one of the living room.
They are mirror image rooms though – so just
visualize in reverse.

We did the really tough spots with a palm sander.  I know now why they call it a palm sander, ‘cuz I felt like I sanded the skin off my palm by the time we were through.  Remember now – we did TWO rooms.

Anyway – no pain no gain.  It was worth it all (cue Chariots of Fire music).

Who knew this much wooden splendor was under the vermin infested carpet?

And who was the fool who covered it up to begin with?

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  1. Excellent job, the room looks great! I am your newest follower, looking forward to upcoming re-do and renos. Diane

  2. Susan @ Busy Home Adventures says

    Good for you! I love ripping out carpet. It’s so satisfying and then as the dust bunnies collect, you realize that formerly they were just sitting in your carpet!

    Enjoy your new floors!

  3. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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