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I’ve been waiting for a few more things to be finalised, however as they probably won’t be for a few weeks – and when they are I’ll also want to post before and after photos of the laundry – I thought I’d finally show off what’s happened with our floorboards. It’s taken us years to get to this point, a bit at a time, starting in 2006!!! (Not that we haven’t done heaps of other projects around the house in that time.)

Way back in the dark ages, when my husband bought this house, the entire thing was pink. Walls, carpets – everything. While most of the rooms had been re-painted before I moved in, he hadn’t yet done anything about the carpeting. It was old and, well, dirty pink. 😛

Living Room: before!

Just getting the nasty carpet up and out of the house improved things a lot. We even found that the living room, front entry and stairs had been sanded and stained in the past.

Living Room: after

However the dining room was a different story. Under the carpeting were layers and layers of vinyl and ancient linoleum. Some places had patches that had been fixed down with a million tacks – and then of course walked over for years and years so they were sometimes impossible to get out. When we eventually got to the floor, it was raw and had never been treated. But the good thing was all the original boards were solid. Another fascinating thing was the newspaper between some of the layers.

12 September 1947

But especially with all the tacks we couldn’t get rid of – which can make walking around the house without shoes ‘interesting’ – we decided to finally get the floorboards sanded and polished. We didn’t do it ourselves, and it was certainly worth paying someone to do. Our builder friend (who did the bathroom and will be doing a few more bits and pieces soon) recommended someone, and he was great. Did a good job and did it when he said he’d do it.

Living Room From Arch, Day 0
Living Room from Archway

Top of Stairs
Top of Stairs After

Dining Room from Archway
Living Room from Archway After

There’s still plenty of ‘character’ in the boards. Lots of tack holes that show where layers were patched when the occupants of the house must have been quite poor. Patches where the stain sunk into the boards in high-traffic areas. The stairs weren’t sanded back completely, so they still show their varnish and the wear patches even though they’ve been sealed. However it’s not a new house. We like having the history on display.

Next, there are some skirting boards that need repairing, we need new kickboards in the kitchen (we had to just cut the vinyl layers around the cabinets so now they’re a centimetre off the floor!), and the laundry is being re-tiled and the ‘punishment toilet’ is being replaced. Skirting boards and doors need painting too, but I don’t want to do that before Sparky comes!

Update: The newspaper is from 1947. If you’d like to see more photographs I took of it, you can see them here.

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  1. 16/05/2011 at 3:37 pm

    They look awesome! What year is the newspaper? How funny is that with the cigarette advertising and I wonder whether the drug they discovered really did stop those tumors!

  2. 16/05/2011 at 11:02 pm

    Wow … gorgeous! Our house had that same dirty pink carpeting in the attic … it makes such a huge difference to have it gone!

    I love the newspaper … for some reason, old papers seem almost cheerful to me. All those coy looking women … imagine a paper like that today?! Yikes.

    • 17/05/2011 at 9:12 am

      The newspaper is from 1947. If you’d like to see more photographs I took of it, you can see them here.

  3. 17/05/2011 at 12:25 am

    The difference is amazing! They look wonderful 🙂 I too would like to know what year the paper is from. Fascinating!

  4. Still A Guest Room
    17/05/2011 at 2:04 am

    The floors look amazing! It’s crazy what a difference floors can make.

  5. 17/05/2011 at 2:49 am

    Those floors are just beautiful. I love the old ads!

  6. 17/05/2011 at 3:45 am

    What gorgeous floors. I am seriously jealous.

    BTW, thanks for the comment on my Creme post. I’m ashamed to admit it just dawned on me to check it for newer comments.

  7. 17/05/2011 at 8:33 am

    Wow, the floors look amazing!!! I couldn’t help but notice the dog in some of the pictures…is that a schnauzer? If so unbelievably you and I have yet another thing in common, we have two schnauzers!!! Happy Anniversary to you & the Mr. also…so crazy that we share so much in common!

  8. a
    17/05/2011 at 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous floors! The imperfections totlly add character. Love that the dog made it into so many pictures.

    That newspaper is great too – I love those old ads that are totally inappropriate in today’s society.

  9. a
    17/05/2011 at 1:08 pm


  10. 17/05/2011 at 5:06 pm

    amazing, both the newspaper and the beautiful floors, i am so jealous as I want to rip my carpet off too…

  11. The Crazy Cat Woman
    18/05/2011 at 11:21 am

    What an amazing transformation! I look forward to see Sparky’s room 🙂

  12. 25/05/2011 at 11:41 am

    Love your floors! The newspaper is right up my alley! I have a collection of magazine ads from th 40’s and 50’s. Love them.

  13. Bec
    10/06/2011 at 11:09 am

    OH MY GOD, I DIDN’T REALISE YOU HAD SCHNAUZERS! adore those dogs, we had three growing up: Benny, Harvey and Monty. We are keen to get a black mini after the next baby…
    House looks great and congrats on reaching 30 weeks (catching up on other posts), what a milestone. Hope you are managing to catch up on some sleep. X

  14. 25/06/2011 at 1:00 am

    Absolutely stunning!!! They are beautiful and agree that you don’t them to be 100% perfect – the character adds an entire dimension to their appeal. Very jealous – been wanting to pull up our cheap and nasty laminate since soon after moving in…but decided to spend money on other things!

  1. 20/07/2011 at 4:01 pm

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