Which meant first pulling up the icky powder-blue rug. That's the easy part- once you find a loose corner and start pulling, the visceral satisfaction of freeing the carpet from the tackboards is akin to popping a handful of bubble wrap. Then, as suddenly as it started, the fun is over, and while the dogs snooze on the discarded carpet, you're left wrestling the foam cushioning from the staples, wrestling the staples from the flooring, and wrestling the tackboards from the tiniest of crevasses and corners.
Of course, the joke's still on me because after the first layer of primer, the notches, scrapes, and divots that I missed became even more glaring and another round of patching, sanding, and meticulously wiping up dust with a wet cloth commenced.
I followed up with three layers of Sherwin-Williams floor paint in a white named 'marshmallow,' with just the tiniest hint of pink. No particular reason I went there; they were just having a sale.
The tape was pulled up exactly 12 hours before move-in. Disappointingly, some of the 'Marshmallow' base coat, primer and all, came up with it. Also disappointing to me was the fact that most of the lines were a little blurred, and some were downright messy. This was, of course, due to the fact that it was old, damaged wood, and the painter's tape, no matter how meticulously applied, simply couldn't get into every groove and crevice in the old wood.
After thinking about it for a while, though, I decided I liked it. So I spent literally dozens of hours working on this floor and it didn't come out exactly as I'd hoped. Big deal! It's still painfully evident to anyone who looks at this floor that it was a labor of love. I think the messy stripes and the bald patches give it a 'shabby chic' character!
Ugh. Did I really just type that? I think I did. Anyway, forget it. Here are the photos of the finished floor! Taken literally as the movers were unpacking the truck out front.
While the studio still has plenty of work to be done (I need storage for all my fabric, and pronto!), I'm happy to say I am able to work up there for now, having just sewn my first set of curtains! Finally, I can walk around my house naked! And I'm off to do just that. Thanks for reading!