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Old 02-25-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Pic of 200 YO heart of pine flooring - which do you like?




During recent demolition I uncovered some untouched 'spots' on our 205 year old heart of pine plank floors (where some closets were framed in during the 1940s). The richer color in the center is the untouched 'spot'. It is also a scosh taller than the rest of the floor (I'd say 1 mm or 2).

So, which do you like better? It's not like I can do anything about it at this point. Just curious about what people out there think.

I'm saving my rant about the PITA former homeowners doing a crappy job of refinishing the floors....

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i like the darker color. my floors had a similar finish on them prior to refinishing (they were in bad shape in some areas.) i do like having areas like that in buildings - it gives some history and character to the building.

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I like the lighter colors...but depends upon the room
In a private library with leather chairs etc a darker color would look better
I'm planning on a darker color for the baah area
Just not sure how I'll transition to the TV area as its a 12' wide opening
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oooh - the dark because it's not really dark - it's medium.

The light colors on pine always make pine look yellow - which I just, personally, don't like too much.
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Normally I like the lighter colors better, but those are both beauuuutiful!
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Ayuh,... I like it lighter too...
A few years ago, I bought a small rental property,...
Trying overhaul it, Inexpensively,... I stripped to to the subfloor,... It's T&G pine from the turn of the last century...
I spent a week, with a putty knife,+ caulking gun full of black caulking filling any grooves, scratches, nail holes, etc...
Then floor sanded it,+ covered it with Clear polyurethane, rather than staining it darker...
Not to steal your thread Leah,... Hope ya don't mind,..??...
This is how it went,....
What I found, original 1915 floor,...


The knee crushing caulking,.....


After the dust cleared,...


And, the finish product, The Great room, toward the bedroom/ riverside,....


Here, 180 the other way,...
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I like the dark. It's just age. The light will eventually turn dark unless you are using a UV protective finish. That's just what pine does over time.
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Bondo - that floor looks great, nice job filling it in.
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Just curious, why the black caulk?
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Just curious, why the black caulk?
Ayuh,... I was going for the look of old barrel-back wooden boats...
Besides, I needed to caulk it,+ any other color, I don't think, would have looked near as Great,....
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Ayuh,... I was going for the look of old barrel-back wooden boats...
Besides, I needed to caulk it,+ any other color, I don't think, would have looked near as Great,....
That came out great
Wish I knew that method at my last house
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Older woods have soooo much character. Leah, the final color and finish will be your decision, of course. My son bought a '21 house some years back in a small town. It had been empty for 12 yrs. The PO had added two closets which we removed. We found darker heart pine wood under the bottom plate much like you have. We were going to re-do all the floors in the home, app. 2800 sq. ft. As you, they had to decide on color/finish---not easy. Fortunately, while having lunch at the local "greasy spoon", the restaurant owner sat with us. He knew the history behind the house and shared this (built from an old cotton warehouse lumber). He also knew an older man, in town, who used to do floor re-finishing. This man and I had a few conversations, and I talked him into being hired as a "consultant". Just sit there and tell us what to do. After much--NO, a lot,--of sanding, we tried different oils and stains until son/DIL/consultant found mutual agreement. The solution, there was pure Linseed oil. After one coat completely dried, at least a week, another coat was applied, dried, and buffed with T-shirts tied on the buffer. Sha-zam! What a beautiful floor. Sadly to say-Linseed oil will fade and have to be re-applied about every two years, or so. They did apply a coating on it, not sure what now, to make it last longer. Sadly, about two years later my son was transferred with job and sold the house. The selling realtor brought other realtor's over to have them see the floor. I think the buyer's bought the floor, the house just came with the floor. David
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That's potentially a nice floor but when I had a heart pine floor it came from the "Heart" of a southern longleaf pine and it did not have knots in it. It naturally has a reddish tone not a yellow tone like your floors. I would call your floors antique wide plank pine floors. Just saying when you go to sell I wouldn't call it heart pine...

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