Well, this wasn't intentionally our very first project. The carpet was clean and not terrible.
But my poor husband wheezed and sneezed everytime he entered what was to be our bedroom.
I got to work with pulling staples and nails. Since both kids rarely sleep at the same time, baby girl helped along the way. There could have been a tornado in that room and the carpet would never leave those floors it was tacked so well.
Under the carpet was glue/gummy goop. Black nasty stuff. Our neighbor recommended citrasolve. That and 8 hours of scrubbing with green scotchbrites it looked...well...better.
I didn't pull the camera for that beast, but it was a huge piece of equipment.
Of course, there was a dance party or two in the mix.
And my dad put on a layer of polyurethane (which ended up being more complex than it should have been). Getting there...
And done. It's not nearly as shiny as it looks in the picture. But, you can't see any black goo. There's still some marks here and there showing their age (Over 130 years!). Hindsight we didn't need to strip them quite so much, but overall, we're quite pleased all that work is done. The end result is so worth it.
Since this room is sooo large, it will serve as my craft room and our bedroom. That was my husband's idea...isn't he generous?!
Next project in this room will be some curtains and a coat of paint. I know, I do enjoy this wallpaper too. While my husband would live with the wallpaper and never complain, I know he's not a fan. It's his bedroom too...and I want him to love it. So, a coat of white paint will be on the agenda soon.