Thursday, July 24, 2008
carpet + flour = one big mess & hidden surprises
The floors part II
While I was away at work, the dogs found the bag of flour I had left in the kitchen...They dragged it into the main room and made quite a mess. They actually licked it into the carpet and it made a dough like swamp. So it was motivation to get finish getting the carpets up. Believe it or not the dogs actually finished off the flour with a six pack of Hansens soda! I found that chewed up in the back yard.
The floor weren't in as pristine condition as the bedrooms...but they did have some surprises. From the stain patterns, you can see where there were built ins and possibly where they had laid their original carpets. I wonder if that is a commonality in old houses--only to stain the exposed flooring.
The carpet tack strips were really hard to get up on this round. Once again using a putty knife to get under the strip to pry it up really worked well and didn't gouge the floors.
I'm waiting to get a master plan for the great room before getting these refinished. There is a large square of carpet left where there used to be floor heater. It is stapled to a piece of plywood and is currently the access to under the house. Oh how I wish they had kept the original flooring pieces--not sure how we are going to patch that up with matching boards. For now, I'm protecting the floor with area rugs.