Yea! The carpet and pad is out of the living room and dining room.
Remember, this is what it looked like:
To some, it may not look like improvement. But the old carpet was very stained and a totally inappropriately style for this house, so to me, it’s great to see it gone.
The good thing is: there aren’t any surprise patches in the wood or rotten spots.
The bad part is: that besides the fact that the living room previously had carpet glued down to it, (the glue and foam residue is stuck hard to the wood) and there are dark stains here and there in both rooms, the wood has previously been sanded and refinished years prior, which means that to sand it again could just remove too much material and not be possible. I’m not sure how much wood sanding will actually remove, so I’m going to have to get someone in to look at it and advise me further.
Here’s what I’m considering:
- if possible sand and refinish; or
- lightly screen/sand and put new finish on, accepting more imperfections showing through; or
- lightly sand and paint???? And poly over the paint; or
- install laminate floor over existing floor
I think right at this moment, I’m favoring the lightly sanding, painting and poly-ing. The living room with all the glue on it will absolutely have to be sanded, the question remains as to if there is enough thickness to the wood to allow it?
Any input? I’m all ears…
Remember that this is going to probably be a rental for a while so durability is very important, but also keep in mind that I don’t want to have to re-do this later when it’s time to sell it, so whatever I do to it now I’d like it to last for several years, so it has to be appealing to both the rental market as well as the buying market.
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