Old but New


I don’t know when the original hardwood flooring was covered with carpet. Times change. Tastes change. A beautiful, gleaming oak floor in the mid-fifties came – over time – to be seen as an outdated, cold, hard to maintain surface. Carpets – with so many shades and textures to choose from, so warm to the feet on cold mornings, so… modern! – were slapped down right over the top of the oak floors. Adding insult to injury, no one even bothered to use drop cloths when they spray-textured and painted the walls before laying the carpet.

Times change. Tastes change. When I discovered the oak floor beneath the tacky, cheap, outdated carpet, I was delighted! Scratches, minor water stains, tack and staple holes give it charm and character to my eye. I will not revive it to its pristine 1955 condition. I will clean it up and let it blend in with the industrial chic vibe of other rooms in the house.

Times change. Tastes change. A new homeowner will come along some day. They won’t see the hardwood floors as the treasure that I do. They’ll likely wonder why I exposed the cold, outdated eyesore of distressed wood flooring. They’ll cover it with god-only-knows what. Hopefully, as the transition from trend to trend and back again continues, the stalwart wood will at least be given the courtesy of a drop cloth. Is that too much to ask?

autumn turns to fall
transitioning to itself
changed yet unchanging

Haibun Monday – Transitions 

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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34 Responses to Old but New

  1. Thankfully the trend of carpeting never got a strong foothold here in Sweden… we love our hardwood floors

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  2. Ohh, so good to see this. I was missing your posts. And now here it is! With your bestia and beautiful floor. Yay!

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    • Maggie C says:

      It’s nice to be missed <3. My bestia and I have been putting our efforts into the yard lately to beat the upcoming rainy season. Hopefully I can get back into writing — and reading — more posts!

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  3. Tastes and trends change, but idiots never do. Sad really. Keep on stripping 🙂

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  4. Oh, the different flooring tells a story of time’s passing. Trends are rather fickle and keep on changing, but the wood underneath stays stable, “changed yet unchanging”. The autumn haiku compliments it well.

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  5. Many an old house has had beautiful floors discovered and polished anew! I loved your telling of the story.

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  6. merrildsmith says:

    Oh, I love the transitions of the house. I like your haiku–autumn transitioning to itself.
    When we moved into this house, every single room was covered with ugly carpet–even the kitchen!

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  7. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Obviously Chules prefers the beautiful chic vibe created by your efforts! Smart boy!! 🙂

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  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    After 20 years we replaced the carpet, which had even been in the dining room–ugh, eating on a rug. There was hardwood beneath, so the dining room and kitchen regained the wood floors.

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  9. Grace says:

    Those wooden floors can speak of so many spills and stories. I prefer wood over carpets, and they show such a character after many years.

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  10. V.J. Knutson says:

    so true – each generation values something different.

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  11. lillian says:

    Great take on the prompt! We spent hours “cleaning up” the hard wood floors we found in my daughter’s first home. Didn’t “refinish them” but managed to get much of that paint spatter your’e talking about out. I love hardwood floors. That’s all we have in our place. In my mind, so much cleaner than carpeting! 🙂 Loved the idea of transitioning happening with trends….good one!

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  12. Gina says:

    amazing what you discover when stripping floors and walls. love the idea of keeping the industrial feel throughout, this was a brilliant take on the prompt, transition through many lives beneath the layers

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  13. Frank Hubeny says:

    That’s a beautiful oak floor.

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  14. I have lived in many places where floors were carpeted, painted, ignored. Even in apartments I was renting, I always had the floors done back to wood. No carpet can compare with a oak floor.

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  15. I remember taking plywood panels off traditional Victorian panelled doors – they’d been made smoothand bland in the 50s. And uncovering slate slabs in the kitchen. It’s interesting how things come around and around. Your haiku is a meditative gem.

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    • Maggie C says:

      Oh, wow! At least they were covered and not destroyed! Maybe the next generation will cringe at the notion that we ripped up perfectly good carpet and trendy linoleum. I doubt it though. I’m glad you liked the haiku.

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