Den carpet is gone! However...
Hi, all... This time I actually have an "old house" question. Or 8, I'm not counting. After washing machine "filled itself" the entire week we were gone, I finally had the excuse I needed to pull up carpet in the den.
I found this. Only someone like me can look at it & see potential, right? She has a face only a mother could love, lol!
(Just realized, the camera flash makes it look a bit wonky, especially the 2nd photo. It's all darker & less orangey than it looks).
After a LOT of work, & trial-&-error, I got it to this... (I've done more since I took this, it looks better now - & the worn area in doorway has been filled in w/finish from surrounding area).
Scrubbing (diluted Simple Green, don't know if it was best choice, but seemed to work ok) got the drywall mud & 80+ years of grime off, the paint splatters took a lot more of scraping & rubbing. (1 thing I learned - an old credit card is easier to use & kinder to the wood & existing finish than a metal paint scraper). I actually like the worn "path" where others have walked for so long, & don't want to alter the actual finish until the other 2 rooms can be done also. (They're contiguous, so I want them to blend together). All I've done is rub a lot with denatured alcohol, it seemed to slightly dissolve the finish & allow me to spread it to the bare areas. Then it hardened back up & got shiny again. (Still don't know what the finish is, exactly).ÃÂ
One of my questions, how to deal with the transition in both doorways, where the carpet was cut. I want it to be temporary, & I'd hate to put a bunch of nails or staples in the floor - I just removed a thousand of each from this floor! ÃÂ Any thoughts? ÃÂ Lol, duct tape comes in fashionable colors these days, right??ÃÂ
I don't suppose anyone can tell what kind of wood it is, from these pictures? ÃÂ I'm guessing either Douglas fir or yellow pine. ÃÂ There is some splintering, I'll be asking about that next, lol - but the wood itself is very hard. (trust me, I've been sitting on it for a couple of weeks... Pulling tacks & staples, (learned a few cool "tricks" for getting them out without scratching the floor! I'll be glad to share, if anyone is interested), etc.ÃÂ