I hope you had an awesome weekend. I’m coming off a 7-day East Coast vacation and playing catch-up in all aspects of my life – work, email, blogging, laundry, meal prep, workouts. Bleh. Is it Friday yet?
Nonetheless, I’m STOKED to share this post with you because if you can jump back to May with me for a hot second, you’ll remember that Bryan and I had an epic fail when we tried to sand our floors ourselves. The subpar equipment we rented combined with our lack of experience and unevenness of the 87-year old floor made for noticeable waviness on our first pass through with the drum sander.
After that hellish weekend, Bryan and I decided to wave the white flag and surrender the floor refinishing project to a professional.
Flash-forward two months later and this beast of a project is finally done. And when we saw the finished product, we both knew it was one of the best decisions we’ve made in our home renovation so far. The floors look exceptional and are far better than anything we could’ve ever done ourselves. That’s for sure.
In this post, I’ll take you though the main floor before and afters, starting with the kitchen.
When we moved into our house in July 2014, the original kitchen had linoleum and a solid inch or two of subfloor.
When we knocked the wall down between the original kitchen and original dining room (and when I say ‘we’ here, I totally mean our contractor and his team knocked down that wall), we pulled out the old linoleum and subfloors and added in hardwood to match the style of the original hardwood, so there wasn’t a nasty flooring difference in the middle of our new kitchen.
You can tell where the new floor meets the old floor because the new stuff is much lighter than the old.
When it came time to choose a stain color, Bryan and I discussed in great detail what was best to try to mask that difference. We debated going with a clear coat since natural finishes are pretty traditional for our house.
But my heart has been set on going a bit darker since Day 1, and I selected all the finishes of the kitchen and paint colors around having stained floors, so we ultimately went with a shade called Provincial, which also happens to be very common for the age of our house. It’s about one step above a medium on the stain intensity scale.
And despite my efforts, my pictures really don’t do it justice.
The best part is that the transition area is practically unnoticeable.
We were equally satisfied with the living room.
Since this room took the wrath of our inexperience a couple months prior, we were most anxious to see a professional fix our mistakes. To our surprise, the pet stains and normal wear and tear from 87-years of traffic nearly vanished. And the waves we created? Gone.
Needless to say, we were in awe of it. It’s gorgeous and feels rich and warm – even without much furniture in it. I’ve already purchased a rug for the center of the room that I’m ecstatic about. And we have plans to go couch shopping this month. Words cannot describe how ready I am to get this room functional.
The entry way is also coming along nicely.
Our next plan for this space is to tile where there’s currently linoleum. Then we’ll build some sort of open shelving/bench area on the righthand side to act as our unloading zone upon entering the house. That likely won’t happen until later this fall.
As I said above, my pictures really can’t do the floors justice. Our house, even though we still have plenty of projects to get done, feels totally transformed and like an actual home. Although we decided to hire this job out, having two full floors refinished at one time wasn’t necessarily fun or easy. Bryan and I had to move to the basement for a couple weeks…
We also had to move all the furniture in the entire house to the tiled bathrooms, unfinished dining room or the basement. It was quite the production, but totally worth it. If you’re living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul or Central Minnesota area and looking for someone to refinish your hardwood floors, you should contact Joe. He was referred to us from our contractor. He doesn’t have a website or anything… he’s just a local guy who does killer work at a solid price point.
Next week I’ll show you the pictures from the second floor. Have a great week, everyone!