so I went a little insane and ripped out the carpet like a wild sweaty monster
but it looked like this:
so I bought some adhesive remover and scrubbed like a maniac
and then I took too much of the finish off, so of course I had to put more stain on.
so it's not perfect. it's still not super even. BUT
I like it.
it's clean. it's smooth. it has character. and most of all-
it is not carpet filled with plaster dust. WIN!