Blair and I spent Saturday (our 6th wedding anniversary) revamping it. Blair started Friday night by pulling the carpet up. It was dark when he did this, but we could see that the floor in this room was NOT in the same beautiful condition as what was in the rest of the house.
Saturday morning he was nice enough to take it out of the house for me so I would have the floor free and clear for staple pulling and the removal of the carpet tack. With the carpet out and the sun shining, we realized just how bad the floor did look. Apparently, that room was originally carpeted where the other two bedrooms hadn't been, and at some point one of the previous owners of the house had it shampooed. This left water stains all over the wood. At this point, however, it was too late to turn back, so onward I pressed. Now, for those of you living under a rock, it is football season. Glorious, glorious football season, and I just can't bring myself to face a new week without having first spent my Saturday immersed in some good old SEC ball games. I spent most of the afternoon running back and forth between the den and the office watching the game and pulling tack up during commercial breaks.
Thank goodness this tack was older. When the room was re-carpeted, the original tack was left (probably to save money), and this older tack came up like a dream. After a very thorough vacuuming, I took a very fine sandpaper and lightly sanded the top of the water-stained floor boards. This helped soooo much!
It's not perfect, but I think after some floor polish it will be tolerable. I spent Sunday evening moving the furniture back in, which includes this dining table I bought with three chairs at a yard sale (more on that later).
The table helps to cut some of the visual clutter, and I think I may make a skirt for it to completely conceal the tubs underneath.
We've now done all three bedrooms and the turnaround hall, leaving us with the "great room" which we're going to do this weekend. Here's hoping it looks like the first floors we did.