This blog is not about showing off rockin’ DIY success. Okay, sometimes it is, otherwise this blog would be pretty depressing. But mixed in with the sometimes-success is the reality: things can go wrong in the world of DIY. As part of updating this house, we’ve run into plenty of obstacles. But I think part of the fun is to figure out how to overcome the obstacles that come up along the way. So this is the latest obstacle:
What, what? Yeah, you probably can’t even tell what that is from the picture. I will enlighten you: it is carpet removal in the guest room gone wrong. More specifically, it is linoleum adhesive or glue from the olden days, troweled over our original fir floors and hidden under carpet, with a nice layer of fuzz from ancient carpet pad stuck on top. The black adhesive acts like tar, is really tedious and stinky to remove, and really ruined my quickie guest bedroom update. The fuzz must be scraped up and is super-gross. And in case you forgot, I have a deadline – my mom-in-law is on her way to our house soon!
I’ll admit, these guest bedroom hardwood floors are a real bummer, considering most of the carpet we removed in this house yielded these shining hardwoods:
Those were so easy – just tear out the carpet, sweep, mop, and done.
Sadly, we’ve seen the yuck-o black, stuff once before, in our guest bathroom. And after professionally testing it for asbestos (asbestos-free baby!) we heated, scraped, and sanded the hell out of the bathroom floor. And by “we” I mean M took off a day from work and dealt with it on his own. Well, that day was pretty un-fun for him, and this bedroom is waaaaay bigger than the bathroom. Neither of us is up for a full week off work to deal with this, so it is onto Plan B. I’ll let you know what Plan B is as soon as I figure it out. Until then, guest bedroom progress is happening in other ways: walls are almost done being painted Benjamin Moore’s London Fog (like the hallway pic above); nightstands are in the midst of a re-do; and wall art supplies have been purchased (for a mere $1.99). In the meantime, however, the floor still looks like this:
Anyone else hit a DIY roadblock when time is of the essence? Or just keep on keepin’ on when faced with DIY adversity? I kind of like the phrase “DIY adversity”, so keep your eye out for that one again someday. Okay, I’m off to start thinking of a Plan B before my deadline hits.