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MHFoundation Quarters 01-29-2013 10:07 AM

Another "This old farmhouse" project
 
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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 :lol:

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 :shock: 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.
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And what I've uncovered. This gives me hope that my old floor will again look new(ish). Red oak?
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So there's my project, anyone else have renovation projects to share?

Lockwood 01-29-2013 10:19 AM

Oh Nice!!
No pictures at the moment, but my house has maple plank floors. Not as old as your floor, but plenty beat up.
There was nasty carpoet when I bought this house so I ripped it up and did a quick sand and re-finish of the planks before I moved in.
Alas, because I chose a non-toxic finish so as to not irritate my son's lungs, after only 6 years of farm, dog, and kid abuse it is time to do it again with a tougher finish.

Weird thing on my floor is, that someone many years agao decided to stain portions of the floor, but only around the area rugs that were down.
So each room is darker around the outside and unfinished in the interior of the rooms.
Didn't want to sand too deep initially to get all of the old stain up, so I chose a darker cherry type stain to cover it up.
Worked fairly well, until I point it out to guests. :lol:

jaydee 01-29-2013 10:23 AM

I did all the wood floors in this house like that - by the end I'd lost the will to live!!!
Great job btw:-)

Speed Racer 01-29-2013 10:38 AM

I have hardwood all throughout my old farmhouse except in the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and mud room. I loathe it. It's old, beat up, and looks like garbage. I'd rather not do the renovation myself but I can't afford to pay anyone, so it will probably look like garbage until the day I die.

MHFoundation Quarters 01-29-2013 11:13 AM

Thanks guys. Seems like the non toxic stuff never does as good of a job. I tried that with stripper for the woodwork, it sucked. Jaydee, I'm glad I'm not the only crazy that's done this by hand lol. How long did it take to refinish yours?

Lol Susan. I may be wishing I made the same call & could say the same by the time I'm done!
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Speed Racer 01-29-2013 11:15 AM

Seriously, I'm thinking of putting laminate down and calling it good. Whoever gets the house after I drop dead can pull it up and refinish that danged hardwood!

Corporal 01-29-2013 11:20 AM

I, too, have an old farmhouse-- about 100yo now. I'm keeping the carpets downstairs, but refinishing my hardwood floors on the the 2nd floor is on my wish list. Here's a suggestion to consider. When you're done, think about putting in carpets that have a finished edge, and set about 4-5 inches from the walls. They can take the pounding and save your floor, but you can still enjoy the refinish job.
SR, have you thought about Linoleum? I mean, REALLY Linoleum--not vinyl for the kitchen? It was first manufactured in 1865, and the materials are largely non-toxic. Also, if you get a nick, you melt down a small piece of leftover and patch it that way. Those floors last decades.

jaydee 01-29-2013 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1868122)
Thanks guys. Seems like the non toxic stuff never does as good of a job. I tried that with stripper for the woodwork, it sucked. Jaydee, I'm glad I'm not the only crazy that's done this by hand lol. How long did it take to refinish yours?

Lol Susan. I may be wishing I made the same call & could say the same by the time I'm done!
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18 months and I felt like I needed replacement knees at the end of it
Could have done it faster if I'd spent all day every day but my boredom threshold is really low
Nasty chemicals work a lot faster/better than the nice green ones!!!
I would love tiles in my kitchen - it looks a mess again already - not practical when you have dogs and horses. Maybe this year if I talk really nice to DH:lol:

Speed Racer 01-29-2013 12:17 PM

Corporal, I have really nice tile floors in the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom, so I like the flooring in those rooms. :wink:

It's the hardwood I can't stand, and that's the majority of flooring in the house. All 3 bedrooms, dining room, and living room have it. Blech! :-x

MHFoundation Quarters 01-29-2013 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by jaydee (Post 1868185)
18 months and I felt like I needed replacement knees at the end of it
Could have done it faster if I'd spent all day every day but my boredom threshold is really low
Nasty chemicals work a lot faster/better than the nice green ones!!!
I would love tiles in my kitchen - it looks a mess again already - not practical when you have dogs and horses. Maybe this year if I talk really nice to DH:lol:

Told DH last night that I wanted some gel knee pads. My folded up bathroom towel isn't going to cut it.

I should go take a picture of my kitchen floor and you may rethink the tile in the kitchen :evil: It's abnormally warm here and rain, 60 degrees and thunderstorms in January is just not right! It's a muddy run-off mess. Add to that hubby, kid and dogs that none of which seem to know how to take off their boots or wipe their paws....wood floor does stay cleaner but only because they leave most of the mess on the kitchen tile. I think the only thing dirtier around here atm is my grey mare.


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