We think that, when they got ready to sell it, they just said, "Screw it," and did the ceiling and painted the walls without putting down a drop cloth and then just covered the floor with carpet, squirting glue for the padding right on top of the floors. So there's the glue, and the ceiling texture, and two different colors of paint. If I could find the people who did this to these floors, I would do horrible things to them.
In the room that became The EGE's study, I rented a huge hulk of a drum sander and sanded the fire out of that floor. But I haven't yet refinished it, and you need to do that after sanding all the finish off. Will I ever get around to it? I don't know--for now, it's covered in layers of bright cotton rugs.
For this room--the room that you're going to help me name--we're not going to use the sander--I don't like taking off the layer of wood, never mind that it also gets rid of all the paint and ceiling texture and whatever else people abused it with. Instead, we're doing it by hand, just gently scraping up the paint and stuff and then cleaning it with Murphey's Wood Oil Soap.
This is the little patch of floor that The EGE worked on on his hands and knees:
PS--I've been trying to upload these photos all day--every time I come out here, I try. Since this photo, we've gotten about half the room scraped and cleaned. We hope to finish after dinner--we have to go buy more cleaner.