The hardwood floors in my home were hidden under hideous carpet and what appears to be black tar for 30+ years. I was determined to bring them back to life despite knowing absolutely nothing about home improvement. The results aren’t perfect but I’m damn proud of myself.


Pics here: off, I underestimated how difficult it would be to rip up the old carpet. My buddy and I spent the better part of a weekend tediously removing tack strips and hundreds of staples. From there, I rented a floor sander and used 5 levels of grit. The coarsest grit took several passes to get all the tar off the floor, then I did two passes with the rest of the grit. The edges were difficult to get and are not perfect.I then cleaned the floor with mineral spirits and a lambskin cloth, followed by three layers of semi-gloss polyurethane. The project took about 20 hours total. I’m happy with the results, even though they’re not perfect, and I learned a lot along the way. via /r/DIY

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