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Old 11-01-2002, 02:08 PM
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Has anyone redone wood floors?

The floors upstairs in our old farmhouse are wooden. Nice, except theyve been painted over, and over again. Id like to restore them to their natural wood state, if it isnt to time consuming or expensive. Has anyone done this and what is all involved?
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Old 11-09-2002, 02:49 PM
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I'm jealous I have always wanted to live in an old farmhouse. My husband says that I'm driving him crazy.

Anyway, to your question. My DH and I have an older home (1934) and when we moved in there was this horrible green carpet thru out the downstairs. What made it worse is that they glued the rug down to the beautiful oak floors beneath. I will tell you now that you'll beable to handle it. It's very simple. Trust me, my DH is no carpenter LOL and he did a great job with the sander.

There are two way's you can go about this. The cheapest and fastest way is to rent a floor sander from Taylor Rental or any rental place should have them. Start out with a heaver grit paper to remove the paint, then go to the lighter grit to make it smooth. Just have to remember to keep both hands on the sander and keep it moving or you'll gouge your floor. What type of wood is it? My guess would be pine, so watch out because it's very soft. Trust me the satisfaction after it's done will be worth it.

Good luck and I would like to hear how it went.


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Old 11-10-2002, 05:45 AM
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Wood floors

Gosh, that doesnt sound to hard. I think I will do that. Then I suppose I would put a varnish or stain or something to seal it with? Thanks for the information, and Ill let you know how it turns out. Dont have it scheduled in until after we finish the walls.
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Old 11-11-2002, 04:01 AM
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ldyroper- you should put atleast 3 coats of polyurthan (sp). Make sure that you lightly sand with steel wool between each coat. Make sure that you vacuum well between sandings or use a tac cloth. Then wax with a butchers wax for the shine. If you have kids who will be in this room(s), then you might want to put more coats of the poly down.
We did our floors before children. But, Now we have two beautiful boys and they are very rough with their toys on the floor. They will/have gotten scratched up and have to be polyed again. No biggy though. We'll just wait until they get alittle older before we do this again.
Happy flooring!

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