We decided to pull back a corner of the carpet and discovered we had an old solid oak raw (unfinished) floor beneath in great condition. So this is what followed on Saturday...
When we got to this middle section of underlay above, we discovered it was starting to rot and has marked the floor. But the lady who will sand and finish it for us, after inspecting today, said all the little marks we can see will sand out fine.
There is also a section at the far end with lino stuck on it and our next job will be to lift this and strip the glue off the floor. We worked hard as a team; the Hubster removing the carpet strip and nails - me removing staples, scrubbing off the underlay and utilising the Dyson.
The best news is this same beautiful flooring extends right through our kitchen, inner hallway and our bedroom. These rooms all connect off this room, if the lino comes up relatively easily, we will do the hall and kitchen now too. Then next year we will do our bedroom, where the underlay is also starting to rot underneath the carpet.
We have the same flooring already exposed in the back of the house, but it all needs sanding and refinishing too, which we will have done in the spring. Here's the hubster below, enjoying the 'new' room and kicking back after all our hard work!
Now see the far end of the room by our front door in the picture below, that whole area between the dining table and the far wall? Well we have a 'plan' for a new living area there, that will fulfil a long held desire of mine. The floor is stage one which is still underway, stage two is new furniture which is ordered and then I will reveal the final look.
But in the meantime can you guess what we are going to put at the far end (Daryl you are banned from guessing my friend, seeing as I told you!). The only clue I will give you is it revolves around one of the 'things I love' over on the left there.
We think considering the floor is only half done and still needs sanding, properly edging and finishing....it still looks 100% better than it did and gives much more character to our home.