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If These Walls Could Talk...


Cartmann99

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Some of the people that used to own my house had very different taste than I do. As I work on the house, I've found evidence of some of the walls being painted lime green, dark purple,  and orange. At one time, someone even painted some of the baseboards orange. :my_confused:

While we are on the subject of baseboards, I understand that painting them and not getting that color on the walls or on the floor requires work and it can be highly frustrating. I also know that removing them to make them easier to paint runs the risk of them getting damaged no matter how careful you are. ( You also may find some desiccated spider eggs and lots of bullets! :dance:) That said, some of the previous owners of this house were complete nutbags. 

The picture below is of a baseboard in my living room. Please note the swipe of paint that was left on THE HARDWOOD FLOOR. These dimwits didn't have the sense to even try and mask off the floor, or wipe up paint spills and smears as they went along! There are whole walls with a stripe of paint on the floor that has to be removed before I can redo the floors. Gah!!!IMG_20151021_173659_hdr.thumb.jpg.fcea5a

When we bought this house, the only areas that still had carpet were some of the closets.  To keep the free edge of the carpeting in place, they used a strip of duct tape to adhere it to the floor. Yes, I am serious, duct tape on the hardwood floor.  :doh:Anyway, the duct tape was old and coming off in spots, so the hardwood floors in front of those closets were a sticky mess. I ripped out all the remaining carpet, padding, tack strips, and cleaned up all the adhesive residue from the duct tape.

While the previous owners did remove the carpeting, foam padding, and tack strips from the bedroom floors, for some bizarre reason they chose to leave the squiggles of adhesive on the floor. When you do that, you end up with sticky squiggles of dirt on the floor which looks like this:

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Yikes, I had forgotten how scary that floor used to look!  :pb_eek: 

Any way, after you scrape and clean everything off the floor, you sand, stain, apply polyurethane, paint the baseboards, and end up with this:

 

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Till next time,

Cartmann99

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HerNameIsBuffy

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You did that yourself - didn't have them professionally redone?  That's amazing!

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Destiny

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The finished product is freeking beautiful. Well played.

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Cartmann99

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You did that yourself - didn't have them professionally redone?  That's amazing!

Thank you. I was going to wait a few years to save up the money to have them professionally done, but they were driving me crazy. I started with the floor in one of the bedrooms to see how it would look. When my husband saw it, he asked if I would please do the other rooms. I still have the living room to finish. Professionals would do the whole house at one time, but since I'm doing all of the work myself, that's not an option. I just go room by room and blend the dickens out of the transition areas.

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Palimpsest

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You did a fantastic job!  The floor looks wonderful.  Well done!

Yes, I too have bought a nightmare house.  I try to be meticulous when DIY.  The previous owners, not so much.

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Curious

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Wow that is really beautiful work!

I would love hardwood floors, but due to having lots of rescues over the years that were in various stages of housebreaking and old dogs that just sometimes have accidents I felt like hardwood was not a great option for us.   Instead, I got a laminate (I think that's the right word) that looks like hardwood.  Not quite the same, but still better looking thank yucky carpet.

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laPapessaGiovanna

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Wow that is really beautiful work!

I would love hardwood floors, but due to having lots of rescues over the years that were in various stages of housebreaking and old dogs that just sometimes have accidents I felt like hardwood was not a great option for us.   Instead, I got a laminate (I think that's the right word) that looks like hardwood.  Not quite the same, but still better looking thank yucky carpet.

I really don't understand the obsession with carpeting, to hide that beautiful hardwood ruining it with glue is a pity. No carpets in my home, I don't like them and I am allergic to dust so I have to limit dust-catching surfaces. I'd love hardwood flooring though,  it's so beautiful and warm under your bare feet. Unfortunately my father doesn't like it, so when he built the house he chose marbles instead,  very shiny and resistant but a nightmare to keep clean,  especially with a toddler dropping food or having pee related accidents that I have to clean immediately before it stains the floor. I keep it waxed to preserve it but I have to make a very thin lay otherwise little toddler would fell trapping on her feet every two steps. 

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