Today, I learned about a blog party in which I really want....NEED...to participate! Goodbye, House! Hello, Home! is hosting a Purge Party, and since my life for the last five years has been devoted to purging, changing, cleaning, and restructuring, I really wanted to do this! I could post about several of our recent purges or projects, but one of the most significant has to do with redoing the nasty, scratched, what seemed like destroyed floors in what is now my husband's den. When we peeled back the carpet to reveal the 140+ year old floors, we were dumbfounded. I remember looking at each other and one of us saying out loud..."they'll never look decent." We actually contemplated putting carpet back down just to hide the mess that we had revealed. Take a look at these before pictures...
Needless to say, we were worried. That's paint and drywall compound that has been spilled all over the floors.
Here's my husband looking quite depressed and wondering what in the world we had taken on...it seemed fairly hopeless at this point.
Here's a view of the entire room...you can see the mess we faced.
It didn't seem to worry Isabella, though, as she took it easy on the nasty carpet padding we had just pulled up. I remember being worried that she was laying on something that would make me not want to pet her later. Yew.
A closer up view of the paint and drywall compound. Can you believe someone actually did this to these poor floors? What were they thinking?!
After sanding, and scraping and crying and praying, here's what we eventually were able to do with the floors. There is two coats of stain on them at this point. Try not to look at the bad wallpaper. We haven't tackled that project yet! ;-)
Can you believe the difference? Aren't they beautiful? Would you ever have thought those floors could have looked like this?!?
And here's a closeup...no drywall compound or paint! Wooo hooo!
And here's a view of the completed project. Wow, are we proud of this! Now, 18 more rooms to go...(ha!)!!
Have a great week!