We’ve been meeting with contractors and gathering quotes for work throughout our home, but there’s one thing we were dying to uncover on our own as soon as we signed the deed: What’s under all that carpet and linoleum?
My handyman husband had the following list of priorities on closing day: 1) Sign the deed. 2) Eat breakfast at Marie Catrib’s. 3) Buy a crowbar. 4) Unveil the secrets of the floors.
Matt tackled the manual labor as I hovered in anticipation. Please oh please let there be original hardwood!
Here’s what we discovered under the layers separating us from the unknown status of our wood-floor wishes…
Whether it’s salvageable is another story. Parts of the kitchen are completely missing flooring (yikes!), and these thin planks are covered in so much junk and so many nails, that we don’t know if we can have them restored. Nor are we sure we really want them to be restored, even if they can be… I was really hoping for a streamlined look between the open concept kitchen and dining. Time to get more creative, I guess!
The Remaining Rooms
We haven’t tackled Matt’s office yet. We’re currently storing supplies, deliveries, and other belongings in that space, so it’ll be the last to go. It has linoleum flooring like the kitchen had, and we’re pretty confident that whatever is underneath will resemble the living room, master bedroom, and my office.
Then there’s the bathroom. It’s not pretty. We’re having the renovation team do a complete gut in the bathroom, so it’s hands-off for us. It’s missing flooring and sub-flooring, so even though we know there’s original hardwood in there, there’s no way it’s staying alive and well in its current state. Those floors will be restructured and hopefully graced with beautiful, white hex tiles. It’ll be the only room in the house without wood flooring–except for the kitchen, maybe…we’ll see how we decide to tame that beast. (We’re aiming to have the kitchen completely renovated next year, so in the meantime, we’re making “temporary fix” decisions. Like painting the little old cabinets a fun navy blue, rather than our intended longterm natural woods and neutral tones.)
All in all, this process unveiled a lot of really beautiful original hardwood, and we can’t wait to see the restoration results!