…how to refinish wood flooring

Hire someone!

I promised you – PROMISE – you do not want to attempt to refinish your own floors. If you listen to anything I say about home design it is this. Trust me, DH and I have done it and there are two problems:

1. IT IS SO MESSY!

2. IT IS SO MUCH WORK!

3. YOU WILL NEVER GET THE LOOK YOU WANT IF YOU DO IT YOURSELF. IMPOSSIBLE!

Okay, that is three reasons.

DH convinced me that we could refinish our wood floors when we moved into our first home. Let me remind you it was a 1950s rambler that we purchased with torn linoleum in the kitchen and awful wood flooring. We did not have the money to hire anyone to refinish them so of course we did it ourselves. I still remember testing out stain colors in what became my daughter’s first nursery.

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DH rented one of those huge sanders, telling me to stay close in case it stalled and cut a crater into the floor. Stain. Poly. Fumes. It’s all a nightmare. I have obviously tried to put it out of my mind because I have no pictures to show you.

God has been good to our family and we’ve come a very long way. We decided to pay PROFESSIONALS to refinish our wood flooring. Let me be clear, this is not easy either as we had furniture and a family to move around. It started with getting these delivered.

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Pods give me anxiety just looking at them. But, there is only one way to refinish flooring and that is to move whatever is on the floor. It must be done. DH tried to convince me that he could move the contents of our home by himeself, but I am older and wiser. We hired the movers I had used for Blue Egg Brown Nest for the past six years.

So, here is what it looks like at the moment. Kinda makes me what to hire a band and invite friends over!

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It’s a good thing cats are flexible and adapt to change well. HA! Right.

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And there was definitely dancing to be had!

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. This will remind me to move before I ever have to refinish my 2 year old woods floors! The picture of the kids and the cat made me laugh, which I truly needed after a very trying week! P.S. Is this the cat that ran away? Is he/she back?

  2. Hi Christen! We did all our wood floors last summer…took carpet out of our bedrooms and switched over to wood everywhere on the main floor….I love it but it was a very messy time! You may be planning to do this, but I would definitely recommend removing curtains and every thing on the walls and shelves. I wasn’t going to because it was so much work but our floor guy strongly recommended we do it…I did and was glad I did. There was sawdust everywhere…even though our guy was really proactive. Hope all goes well for you!

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