…nor, will this floor be prepped for sanding in the near future.  This first picture was taken at 10:45 am:

Backstory:  as part of the ongoing project of bringing this house into the 21st Century, it was finally time to peek under the underlayment in the kitchen.  The excitement of finding that the original oak floors were intact underneath two layers of linoleum and another layer of 1/4″ underlayment was almost derailed by the realization that there was a layer of black tar paper that had been put (correctly, may I add, to prevent moisture build-up) between the underlayment and the oak.

Tar paper that had dissolved into a sticky, gooey, frustratingly difficult mess with a stubborn attitude and no sympathy for the poor soul now in charge of its removal–ME!  #1 Rule of Remodeling is once again testing my determination:  “There is no such thing as an easy job.”  

The original goal of stripping the wood, sanding and refinishing before cold weather makes leaving the windows open while the polyurethane dries, an obvious impossibility.  Several deep breaths later, the new plan is to methodically remove one section at a time–at 45/60 minutes per square foot.  Come spring when the outside will once again allow refreshing breezes to stream through the house, the next phase of sanding and the subsequent application of three coats of polyurethane will be completed. 

12:45 pm:

 2:45 pm:

5:10 pm.  A roughly 6 square foot section completely free of tar paper and stripped of old varnish and stain: