Floors!

March 17, 2009

Rather than just sit around and relax while D’Arcy’s off this week, we decided to finally take up the carpets in the living room and dining room to see what was underneath. This has been on our “to do” list since we moved in, and has finally moved up close enough to the top of our priority list!

I called Mrs. Shephard & Martha yesterday to see what they knew about the condition of the floors underneath. Mrs. Shephard couldn’t really remember because they moved here in the 60’s when carpet was in style. We determined that the current carpet was about 20 years old and she was certain the hard-wood was covering the entire floor. (When Karen & Kevin lifted theirs, it was hardwood around the edges, but softwood in the centre where a rug would have gone.)

We decided to take the chance and just do it. Here are some photos from the beginning of the job. I’ll update until it’s finished!

The dining room, cleared of furniture

The dining room, cleared of furniture

The first pull; no turning back now...

The first pull; no turning back now...

Our first glimpse of the hardwood underneath - looks great!

Our first glimpse of the hardwood underneath - looks great!

The outlet from the old servant's call bell, in the centre of the floor.

The outlet from the old servent's call bell, in the centre of the floor.

Gorgeous!  The dining room just needs a light sanding, varnish & quarter-round!

Gorgeous! The dining room just needs a light sanding, varnish & quarter-round!

And as long as we're doing the dining room, why not the living room too?  Moving the pianos ourselves was the worst of the job!

And as long as we're doing the dining room, why not the living room too? Moving the pianos ourselves was the worst of the job!

The living room, cleared of furniture

The living room, cleared of furniture

The pattern on the living room floor

The pattern on the living room floor

The living room needs slightly more work, but I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

The living room needs slightly more work, but I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us and won’t be taking any guests until the weekend. Fernando doesn’t mind the mess since he’s been with us so long already. He says that it looks totally different in here and I’d have to agree! I can’t wait for D’Arcy to get the sander and get started. We hope to be totally finished by Friday!

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5 Responses to “Floors!”

  1. LeeAnne Says:

    Wow!! Those are gorgeous and will be even moreso when you get finished! What a cool pattern. Bobby would agree with you that moving a piano is always the hardest part. 🙂 We tore out carpet and put in pergo five years ago (actually, I found out I was pg with Maggie during this project) and working room by room — moving furniture around constantly — drove me nuts. But it will be so worth it in the end. I can’t wait to see your “after” pictures! 🙂

  2. destinyfay Says:

    Wow those are some special patterns and will look so amazing and add even more charm to your place. BEAUTIFUL!!!

  3. susan & phil Says:

    What interesting patterns! I can’t wait to see the floors after you’ve finished touching them up. I love wood floors.

  4. Heather Says:

    Been following your blog off and on for awhile. Good luck with the floors! When we purchased the home that was to become our bed & breakfast, we pulled up the carpet and hoped to find what you found. Instead, there was 1920s vintage linoleum throughout the living room & dining room. Not nice enough to salvage and rather beaten up with carpet pad staples. There a new oak hardwood floor permanently covering the linoleum now.


    • Thanks for the comments everyone and welcome Heather! D’Arcy has just about finished sanding the living room and I am going to LOVE these floors! I can’t believe we didn’t do it years ago!

      Back before we had the girls, we pulled up the orange shag carpet in our upstairs bedroom, hoping to find hardwood underneath (since we had ripped up the carpet in our bathroom and found maple floors!), but like you found linoleum GLUED to softwood planks. After spending New Year’s Eve 2004 dissolving and scrubbing the glue off, we ended up having to paint that floor. These were a MUCH nicer surprise!!


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