I went over to the house this past Sunday to take all of my “before” pictures of the house, and after all of the pictures were taken, I just couldn’t control myself any longer. I was so anxious to rip up the carpet and see what was underneath!!
Let me explain. The hardwood floors were not a surprise or a “lucky find.” I knew they were under there. But in the one room (my office) where the hardwood floors have been exposed (while the rest have been carpeted for decades) there is one board that has termite damage. (Not to worry…the bug guy came out and inspected and said that this is old damage, and there’s no sign of active termites in or around the house.)
I think that I can carefully cut that piece out and replace it with a good board — perhaps one from a closet. But needless to say, I’ve been more than a little concerned that I might remove all of the carpet and find hardwood floors that are just riddled with holes from termites.
I only had time to peel back a couple of small sections on Sunday, so yesterday I went to the house and removed all of the rest of the carpet and padding from the living room, entryway, original dining room, hallway, and all three bedrooms.
I was absolutely delighted to find perfectly sound hardwood floors!!! Unfortunately the carpet installers were quite liberal with the glue when they put the carpet padding down, so the floors will have to be refinished. But I’m okay with that. I’m just ecstatic that all of the actual wood is in near perfect condition!
And my, oh my, what a difference it makes in rooms just to have that old green carpet gone!!!
The floors are still filthy. They gray you see in the photo above is just dirt. There was so much dirt under the carpet pad in the entryway!! And there are still remnants of carpet pad stuck to the floor, not necessarily from adhesive, but just from being walked on for 30+ years. Old carpet padding is so gross…and almost sticky…and crumbly…and filthy. I’ll never have a home with carpet in it!
I also didn’t have time to take up the tack strips around the perimeter of the rooms. I dread that job. In the meantime, I’ll just stare at my beautiful (but very dirty) hardwood floors. 🙂
It’s pretty much the same in every room, so it’s kind of like looking at the same picture over and over, but since I worked so hard to get the carpet and padding out, I’ll show you anyway. 🙂
Here’s the hallway with it’s green carpet…
And the hallway with the carpet removed…
See those swirls of glue everywhere? They make me sad. Very sad. Who could do that to such pretty floors?
And the master bedroom with its green carpet…
And with the carpet removed…
This room had way more glue than the rest of the house. 🙁
And last but not least, Matt’s “whatever” room…
This room had yet another shade of green (almost teal) carpet. I think the whole house had four different kinds of green carpet throughout.
And this room with the carpet removed…
There’s still quite a bit to do before I can consider this project “finished”, but after only one full day of work, this house already looks considerably different. Wouldn’t you agree?
Now I get to rent a floor sander. I’ve always wanted to try one of those. 🙂