So, this happened:
Ahem. You may remember me saying this about our bedroom makeover:
"I know I can't refinish the hardwood floors under the carpet yet, and I won't part with my ceiling fan that I love to sleep under in the summer, but I've got big plans for the rest of this room."
I've been reading lots of blog posts by ORC participants and a lot of them mention that this challenge is exactly what they need to motivate them or to "light a fire under" them to get something done. I've concluded that I walk around with a fire lit under me all the time, and link parties like this must just push me over the edge. I may try plumbing a bathroom in here pretty soon.
This all happened the same day we started talking about it. Max Cat had decided a corner of the carpet was his new wee-wee pad, so we'd decided to rent a heavy-duty carpet shampooer. Then a conversation started that snowballed like this:
"We should just get rid of the carpet."
"Yeah, we should have done that when we first moved in."
"The guy we bought the house from said there were nice wood floors underneath."
"You know, if it needs some repair, we could do it."
"I would love to have white painted floors, anyway!"
"This would be so easy!"
"I'm sold! Let's do this!"
Yes, my iPad is opened up to a YouTube video on how to remove carpet tack strips. I figured it out myself before the video loaded, though. Pry and pull!
We just worked our way around the room, moving furniture, pulling, prying, sweeping, mopping, and moving furniture again. It wasn't too hard, but it wasn't perfect.
This is a really small hole, and it looks like where an air grate used to be. I've seen lots of tutorials all over the place on how to patch a spot like this, so I think we can tackle this. Or put a rug over it.
As you can see, the floor is not yet lovely. It is painted brown and has paint splatters all over it.
The plan that's bouncing around in my head right now is to give it all a light sanding, prime it and paint it. I'm just torn between white floors and gray floors. Rand votes for gray, since he thinks it will show less dirt and he doesn't think the floors should match the walls and the ceilings. I'm pulling for white, because this:
Oh, Mylanta. So what do you think? Team White or Team Gray? Would I regret white floors for any reason? Any thoughts?
Also, I already own a gallon of BM Rockport Gray Porch and Floor Paint, if that makes a difference.