Surprise! Turquoise floor under the shag carpet!
I've tolerated it and despised it until now.
Over the last few months the kids and I have pulled hundreds of staples out with some tool that looks like an ice pick and a couple of pairs of pliers. We finished the staple pulling yesterday and I chipped carefully through four layers of paint to see what the original color was.
It was a mustard-y gold and I liked it. The wood underneath all the paint was crumbly in spots and I don't think the floor would refinish well.
My friend Diane watched the kids while I ran to the paint store and tried to match the original color with a speck I had scraped up. I can do a lot of things with kids in tow, but browsing through a paint department never goes well. A million thanks, Diane!
Viola! Two coats later and 24 or so hours of airing out the room (no low VOC floor paint, I guess) it is done and I love it and love walking by the boys room without cringing.