Anyway, cutting the carpet up so it could be rolled up and removed from the room took a while, but I was happy that doing so revealed parquet that wasn't it the worst shape (the same floor in the adjacent room had tons of stains).
Geez, these pictures are depressing to look at. There just so much beige.
So the next task was removing the staples that kept the rug padding down and prying the tack strips up. Tack strips are the worst to remove. I hate them. I remembered the tack strips my condo's bedroom coming up so easily and looked back at the post about the work. I had a crowbar of sorts then...I have no idea where that thing is and my tools are totally organized. I must have borrowed it.
Anyway, my tools for the job were a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. They worked just fine.
Of course, gloves are pretty essential since the strips are full of tacks and the wood splinters pretty easily.
The nails that hold the strips down obviously need to be pulled. Most of them are only about an inch long, but every now and then, the installers left a present - a 2-2.5 inch nail that was really stubborn.
Marc came through and removed as many staples as he could and without a few hours, we had a pretty clean room and a box like this:
I'm not a fan of the floors, but replacing them is low on our priority list. A nice, large area rug will work for now.
We're getting close to a blank slate! Tonight, I hope to wash the walls, scrub the trim, clean the windows, remove switch plates, and maybe even do some taping so I can prime over the weekend.