Hey, folks. There’s a lot happening around the house this week. We decided it was time to have the hardwood floors refinished. As I mentioned before, we thought about doing them ourselves, but it just didn’t seem like a good idea.
I know, I know. We’re the worst DIY’ers ever. This is turning into less of a DIY blog, and more of a “look at the people we’ve hired” blog.
But we wanted the floors to look nice, and we were certain it would take us at least a month to do on our own. And when we started thinking about timing, and our 10-month-olds nap times, and equipment rental costs… well, it just made sense to hire it out. Especially since Mel has been out of town visiting family for the past week, so she’s missing out on most of the general disarray.
We hired Don Christie from Christie’s Floor Sanding to do the job for us. He was fast, professional, and affordable, and I think the floors look great.
The living room and dining room floors had some stains didn’t have much finish on them anymore when we started. In a lot of places, it looked like bare wood already. There were a handful of stains, but the floors here were mostly in pretty good shape already.
The dining room was in very similar shape. You see the light-colored rectangle in this first pic? That’s from the rug under our dining room table, which means that we (not 80 years of previous owners) are responsible for much of the discoloration in this room. My theory is that since the floors didn’t have hardly any polyurethane on them at all, the floor was quickly soaking up all the oils from our grubby little bare feet. The dark area around the back side of the room is probably pet urine, but it sanded out pretty well.
In my last post, I asked you guys for some advice on what to do about the entryway area. It had been tiled over in the past, and we sort of wanted tile in the future. Based on the discussion in the comments from that post, we decided just to have the entryway finished like the rest of the floor, and we’ll tear it out later for tile if we feel like it. Turns out, this area is so small, that it only cost about $50 to refinish the floor in this area anyway, so if we end up tearing it out later for tile, no big deal. We think it turned out really well, with only a very slight discoloration.
The hallway was clearly the most damaged area in the house, and the floors had been pretty ravaged by pet urine. The staining pattern was strange, though, because it created an area with a dark ring around the edge, but mostly bare wood in the middle. We discussed with our floor guy the possibility of replacing some of the boards, and we decided to wait to make that decision after they had sanded it down. We ultimately decided to leave it in place, and we’ll just live with the stain. Looks like a great place for a rug, right?
The floors in the master bedroom were in tough shape – there were a number of stains throughout, and quite a few gouges from negligent carpet-layers in the past. All but one small stain was sanded out, and that small stain is barely noticeable.
The floors in KP’s room had some of the worst staining in the house – particularly that dark circle in the bottom left side of the first photo. That spot is still visible, but it’s not bad.
So that’s it, readers. Now we have to move all our furniture in again. Didn’t we just do this 4 months ago?