I love my old farmhouse, it holds so many great childhood memories spent with my grandparents. But like most old farmhouses, it needs a bit of tlc here and there. We've spent the past several years crossing projects off the list, we've added a second bath upstairs, a 2 story deck and patio door off of the upstairs sitting room, new roof, new siding, tore down plaster walls and put up drywall, refinishing old woodwork (foot high detailed crown molding is a witch!) on and on. It turns out that I kind of enjoy doing these projects myself and I'm not too bad at it. I can finish drywall better than DH (who used to do it as a job) I thank cake decorating lessons and 4-H projects for my mudding skills
So, now I'm onto another project. A big one. I've finished the woodwork for my main living room and decided that I am not putting it up until I refinish the hardwood floor. Had it looked at and was told that it has been refinished before (more than once) and it was suggested that using a floor sander would take a bit too much at a time and the only 'safe' way to restore it is by hand. So that is what I'm doing, me and my hand sander It's going to take me forever most likely but I'm thrilled at what I've found under the beat up surface. I plan to do one room at a time, woodwork & floor. So here is the first of 8 rooms to do, luckily the other 4 rooms have ceramic tile.
Here is what 80+ year old beat up floor looks like in the worst high traffic areas. Years of boots, dogs and arena sand have definitely taken it's toll. I know the last time it was refinished it was done when I was a small child so at least 30 years ago.
And what I've uncovered. This gives me hope that my old floor will again look new(ish). Red oak?
So there's my project, anyone else have renovation projects to share?