Understand? My original goal was to paint the walls and woodwork first...but the flea problem needed under control so the carpet became first. I'm happy to say that underneath the carpet was this:
Excuse the mess (still needs swept and cleaned) but the hardwood is in pretty good shape! Now a perfectionist would resurface and restain...but I like it the way it is, it gives it so much more character. I do need to get a rug to put at the end of the bed as Toby is freaking every time he has to step on it (as expected).
But I'm very very happy to have the real hardwood and not having to invest any money!!