Goodbye Old Carpet, Hello Wood Floors!

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Our home is 100 years old and a few rooms were carpeted mysteries. I wanted to start working on the room that was going to become a guest bedroom. ...
goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
Old dingy, wrinkled carpet. Ugly!
goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
My daughter decided to pull a corner up and have a peek under the carpet and padding....
goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
We were so excited that there were nice hardwood floors under that yucky carpet so we piled the furniture on one side of the room and started pulling the carpet and padding up.

If you have a box cutter it's easiest if you slice it into 4 foot wide sections, roll, and tie the bundles but you can just fold them up to cart it all out. But be careful not to slice the wood floor if it's nice like ours.

goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
All around the edges of the room are tack strips which look like rulers with sharp tacks sticking upward. We found most were easy to pull up but some sections took a bit of work so use the claw of a hammer, or even a pry bar tapped with the hammer head to remove it.

Contractor trash bags are handy for putting these wicked sharp tack strips into.

(For those curious that's a bed frame she's working around because we didn't completely empty the room)
goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
The padding didn't completely come up where there were nails so pliers come in handy.
goodbye old carpet hello wood floors
This is a great job for kids and grandkids- pliers to pull nails and a container to put the nails and padding scraps in.

But look at that great hardwood floor that was hiding under the yucky carpet!  It was so much easier then we thought and didn't take long either.
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  • Virgi S
    2 days ago

    If there is a closet, it's easy to pull it back there and it won't be noticed if you are disappointed with the wood.

  • Debra McMenamin
    20 hours ago

    They are beautiful! I love hardwood floors and so do my allergies! We have a pretty dark walnut throughout our house. They need a little work. I’m so glad that yours look so nice!

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