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Carpet removal

We've been working on my mom's room, which used to be the main workroom for the tailor shop. More photos and stories about that soon. But meanwhile, a chronicle of our efforts to remove the rug--which, based on old photos, has been in situ for at least 40-50 years. The rug has a swirly pattern that is kind of pretty:

Alas, it had a dense wool padding underneath it that was like a smorgasbord for moths, who had infested the carpet in great numbers (ick, ick, ick), causing it to literally fall apart in places--and the dry rot didn't help. So out it came! (Thanks to Larry, who has worked his little butt off this week.)

The floor underneath is *gorgeous*. It has the original shellac finish with only a few water stains and no bare patches. We are going to give it a good cleaning (probably with mineral spirits), then wax it with paste wax, then buff it with an electric floor buffer. This will be our first time doing this, so wish us luck!

Next: we are going to paint the walls (pale blue-gray) and the trim (satin white). Unfortunately, due to time constraints, the acoustic tile ceiling stays for now. But I think things will look fresher and prettier with a coat of paint or two. One of these days, I'd like to strip the mantelpiece, which was originally shellacked a pretty garnet, like the floor, but I don't have time to do it right now, so it just gets another coat o' paint.


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Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh you are so lucky to find that fabulous floor under the old carpet! How exciting! Seems like we never have good surprises like that! Our last surprise when pulling up old linoleum was termite damage,ugh!
Dec. 21st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Quiet, serenity as well as peace are amid the rewards, which a wonderfully designed still effectively function bathroom remodeling Los Angeles is able to provide.
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