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Underneath ugly carpet and layers of paint, our 100 year old floors

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Project by mrjustin posted 08-02-2010 07:56 AM 1673 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lovely summer project with the roommates, refinishing the floors of our 1913 home (well, we rent, and though plenty of other things are falling apart, we just couldn’t take another day with that awful carpet!).

Said good riddance to the carpet, scraped away years and layers of paint, sanded, sanded, sanded, and finally stained.

The wood looks more like it belongs on an old ship than a living room, but I just love the imperfections, which we probably added to, having to pull out probably 100+ nails and staples left from the careless landlord and previous tenants. It was grueling (we may be in Southern California but we sure picked a heatwave weekend to work) but absolutely worth it.





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 08:47 AM

Looks good from here.

Funny how the times change. Mom stoped by teh farm one day. Talking to the curent owners, she told them there is hardwood under the carpet & lineoleum (sic?) :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lovinmrv

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 01:15 PM

That is one of the most gratifying jobs you can do. I hope your landlord will give you a break on the rent…

-- Life is a sales job.

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 02:26 PM

I love wood floors. Wonder why people ever covered them up. Same goes for painted hardwood trim.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 02:35 PM

Raising 3 kids, working full time as an RN, canning and putting up nearly everything we ate rather than buying it a the grocery store. Of course, modern appliances hadn’t replaced the wringer washing machine yet, dryers hadn’t been invented and the 524 sq foot house didn’t have room for a dish washer if there were any. Linoleum was much easier and faster to take care of :-) Those a a few reasons why you will find hardwood under a lot of different coverings in older houses. It’s a good thing the web wasn’t here yet; nobody would have time to surf it :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 04:40 PM

Makes you wonder what we were thinking when orange shag carpet became all the rage!?

Then again, there was the avocado green appliances… ugh!

Why did we ever leave the quality behind for temporary baubles? Expediency, is over rated.

Nice floors!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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BTKS

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 05:55 PM

Great save. I’ve found wood floors under several overlaid rooms but have not been able to refurb any of them. That is some good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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mrjustin

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 06:19 PM

Thank you all for the comments. No luck in lowering our rent, but a good chance it saved us from an increase :)

It certainly is funny how trends come and go and come back again. I bet you there’s someone out there making a fine, hand-woven orange shag carpet right now. Regardless, there’s just no accounting for other people’s tastes and circumstances. It was only yesterday I stepped foot in a friends house and discovered their carpeted bathroom…

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 06:38 PM

Nice work. It always amazes me how some folks will cover up one their home’s finest attributes under layers of paint of carpet. Go figure.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 06:43 PM

Makes you wonder what we were thinking when orange shag carpet became all the rage!?

Then again, there was the avocado green appliances… ugh!

I believe those things happened during the drug revolution ;-)

Agreed: your flooring looks great. Shame you couldn’t get the landlord to kick in, but—while you’re there—you get to enjoy the results !

-- -- Neil

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 06:46 PM

looks so much better that way :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 07:10 PM

Beautiful job and outstanding wood flooring! Some people bought my wife’s grandparents house. They converted it to a tea room. When they took up the linoleum up in the kitchen, they found oak flooring! My sister-in-law and her husband lived there for several years and no one, for over 55 years, knew about the oak floors!

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#12 posted 08-02-2010 07:10 PM

It is always amazing what treasures exist under a layer of paint and junk. My house is also over 100+ years old and contained some of these hidden treasures. It is always a mystery to me how trends change and beautiful wood floors become out of style? Great job removing the accumulated layers…..The room looks so much better as a result….great job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 07:40 PM

What a find. Nice job!!! Wow.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 07:55 PM

I don’t know when floor coveriings became popular, but I remember everybody being so happy they didn’t have to take care of hardwood floors anymore. They didn’t have the bullet proof finishes we have today.

Neil, that didn’t happen during the drug revolution. It was shortly after when a few of the hippies started getting houses, jobs and kids that went to school :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 08-02-2010 11:14 PM

great job on saving your brain , proppely the cheapest treatment you ever will experince in your life :—))

by the way great floor under the trash

Dennis

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