Hardwood Floor Refinishing Project

November 22, 2008 — 9 Comments

When narrowing down options to buy our first home, my wife and I focused primarily on century-old homes. I grew up in an 100 year-old house built by my great great grandfather, and both of us have a heart for the charm of hand craftsmanship, unique floorplans, built-ins and yes, those precious original hardwood floors.

So when we moved into our 1890 home three months ago, refinishing those floors was one of our top priorities. Last week my Dad came up from Florida, and the two of us spent nearly four nonstop days sanding, staining, varnishing and touching up.

Here are the results:

Mainfloor Bedroom
Before:
Bedroom Before

Sanding:
Greg the Sander
Bedroom (Sanded)

After:
Bedroom After

Living Room
Before:
Living Room (Before)
Living Room (Before)

Sanding:
Dad Sanding
Living Room (Sanded)

After:
Living Room (After)
Living Room (After)
Living Room (After)

Kitchen
Before/Sanding:
Sanding

Sanded:
Kitchen (Sanded)

Dad varnishing behind the refrigerator:
Varnishing Behind the Fridge

After:
Kitchen (After)
Kitchen (After)

Stairs/Hallway
After:
Stairs (After)
Stairs (After)
Hallway (After)

Bathroom Floor (“Greg the Plumber” Part 2)
Before:

After:
Bathroom Floor (After)

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9 responses to Hardwood Floor Refinishing Project

  1. 

    Wow. You’ve been busy. Nice work!

  2. 

    They look really great, I’m impressed.

  3. 

    Nice … we all need to do this at least once in our lives. You and your Dad will always remember the work, decisions, and experiences together. Such times are “the best”. Aleve works well on sore muscles by the way!

  4. 

    That looks awesome! I really like all the trim and moulding in the house.

  5. 

    Greg – very very nice. It looks a million times better now! You will be very happy for a long time. I’m impressed.

  6. 

    Hi Greg: I’m wondering whether your dad is available next weekend to come and work at our house. Beautiful!

  7. 

    Wow, Greg. That looks great!

  8. 

    Saw your article in the Herald. I live on the other side of 41 in Chaska, and we actually toured your house when we were looking at ours. WHAT A CHANGE! You have done excellent work, and it’s a completely different home. Wow.

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