Art Jensen, who passed away last year, used to spend his summers with family who lived in this house. He assured us there were beautiful wood floors under the carpet. A couple months ago I pulled up a corner, hoping to find those beautifully finished floors. I didn't, so I laid the carpet back down. The house had hot water heating at one time, so there were holes where the registers used to be. I wasn't up to the project at that time.
This time we decided that we were going to pull it all the way out, with the idea that we would refinish it if we could, otherwise we would lay new hardwood on top of what was there.
The boys helped move all of the furniture out of the dining room and into the living room.
Then they started pulling up the carpet. Pretty easy job.
The lovely green pad came up next, to reveal the condition of the floors.
Then we had to remove all of the staples that held the pad in place, and the tack strips that went around the perimeter of the room.
Although there are some stains and holes that need to be repaired, we're fairly confident that we can replace them and do the job, and after sanding, staining and polyurethane, we'll have beautiful floors.
We liked the dining room so much we decided to do the living room and hallway, too.
So we moved most of the dining room furniture back in, then moved the living room furniture into the family room.
All of this was in my china hutch. It really needed to be cleaned out.
The boys thought I was a little bit crazy for vacuuming the carpet before we tore it out, but it seemed like the right thing to do.
The furniture is back where it belongs, and we've put some area rugs down. Last night the kids had a great time playing cars on the bare floors.
I knew there was a reason we were keeping those hundreds of cars around.
"In the house of the righteous there is much treasure..." Proverbs 15:6