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Old 04-14-2008, 08:53 PM   #16
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so we took our new found mad skillz.. and refinished main floor living room. they were in much better condition to start with.



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but, you could see the nails starting to show through so i think i can not sand anymore. so wife just lightly pole sand with 100 grit, then 150grit, then 220grit.

also.. i would normally take off the quarter-round trim. but i was afraid i would crack it with removal. my house had a "sale on nails" when it was built and everything is put together using way too many nails of monstrous size.

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then vacuumed the floor with mighty shop vac. and it was ready to go for staining.

no pre-stain this time as the floors are hardwood, oak, and don't need it.

wife did the stain with dark walnut colour, varathane brand. did two full coats. then, assessed the floor when dried. we wanted the look of an old general store floor.

so on the third coat, i just did selective areas to give it "character". least that was the theory

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again, used high gloss pro grade polyurethane. two coats of this.

NOTE: don't stire the polyurethane too aggressively or you'll create air bubbles.

we were both very pleased with the outcome. and we get the feeling that the floors might actually last another 10 more years.. hopefully more if we can re-apply the poly ever few years.

i don't think this room cost more than $50 to do. so was well worth it. notice the new reflection shine on the floor compared to the "before" picture!


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Wow, those floors turned out great!

Refinishing floors is one thing I don't think I would want to tackle.
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Wow those came out simply amazing did you use Natural stain on the downstairs as well?

I am been trying to establish if my downstairs hardwood is Oak or Pine pretty sure it is pine. I know my upstairs is pine.

I really want to refinish my whole house.
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Great job. Just redid all my hardwood floors. 60 sq ft. The most backbreaking work i Ever did. I I used the square sander that you had the first time. Most of our floors were covered in carpet so they werent that bad. I also put down 4 coats of poly, no stain.
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the stain on the main floor was walnut.

AndyH, they also sell "natural" colour stain. there might be some reason why you don't put poly direct on the wood without stain.. if so (i have no idea) then you can use natural.

we didn't find it too back breaking. but we did find it a bit tedious.

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note... take the 1/4 round trim off the floor before you refinish hardwood floors.

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note... take the 1/4 round trim off the floor before you refinish hardwood floors.

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... and base, if your hardwood goes under it as well. I've learned, from refinishing close to 1000 sq ft, that previous people didn't remove base and it shows because the wood is now higher at the room edges. Basically, the sander has made everything higher. Do it, it'll be a much higher quality job, and you'll get a chance to strip the base to make it look new.
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Didn't have time to read the whole thread, but I'll definitely be going back and re-reading carefully. My 100-yr old farm house has hardwoods throughout the house, but it has been under a nasty carpet for the past 25-yrs. Once everything else is fixed, floors will be next in line.

Thanks for the thread.
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Knucklez I have been reading your threads on your projects and I have to say you are really tackling some nice projects and with all your detailed pic’s and step by step instructions it takes the guess work out of most of the questions a do it yourselfer would ask. Keep up the good work from one Canadian to another…
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thx man, i really appreciate that. i have so many projects concurrent it is mind boggling and get's me down with overload stress...

then i read a nice post like this and i feel better.

i always try to post EXACTLY what happened during the reno and how i solved it - for better or worse - because i think like a typical DIY'er. i leave it to the pros on this website to correct the mistakes. then the next person that comes along will get both sides of the story and hopefully do it a little better than i did.

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Hey just keep doing what your doing. We all fumble and tumble, then we get up wipe the dirt off and start all over again. There is also the fun and gratification which plays a big part of something that you did yourself. If you ever need a hand just give me a ring. As you mentioned Dufferin Tile in one of your treads I know you’re in my area.

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