We painted the living room floors white this past weekend. When I first moved into my apartment, everything was covered in beige carpet. It helped unify the space but I've never been a fan of carpet and within a short while it started to look dirty.
On a whim, we pulled the carpet up and discovered there was parquet underneath. It was a quite a chore carrying everything down to the dumpster in sections but we got it done. Unfortunately that wasn't the answer. The wood was dark, worn down, and it started to feel like a 1970s basement.
So I looked into having real hardwood floors installed but the price was prohibitive, especially when I have so much I still want to buy. The eventual solution was to paint everything white and after four or five coats, I am happy with the result.
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