We’re finally getting around to refinishing our hardwood floors since moving into our home about 3 and half years ago. We ripped up the carpet in one bedroom the day we closed on the house. The other two bedrooms had already been de-carpeted (not a real word!) previously, and then we ripped the carpet up in the living room a while after moving in. I think it was within the first year. We’ve been living with our hardwood floors ever since. We absolutely love having hardwoods in our main living areas and are pretty sure we’d want them in future homes, too. With kids and pets, they just make so much sense!
Unfortunately, though, our floors were an ugly shade of orange that just wasn’t showing off our home’s full potential. Add to that the fact that they weren’t finished very evenly in the first place. It kind of looked like someone just threw down some varnish, spread it around, and called it good. We’ve been told that in our area (Detroit suburbs), back when our home was built in the late 1950s/early 60s, hardwoods weren’t sought after like they are now. In fact, they would put them in, finish them, and then almost always cover them with carpet. Apprently back then, carpet was a status symbol. You weren’t doing well if you couldn’t afford carpet to cover your hardwood floors! Isn’t that crazy?! Totally opposite from what it is now! I’m pretty sure that’s why the finish on our floors was so splotchy. They didn’t see the need to do a quality job on it because it would just get covered up anyway.
The floors bugged me from the beginning and only became more of an eyesore as we updated the house. I know people that visited always said they looked nice, but they just always annoyed me. I feel like our updates will finally be able to shine against our beautiful, not-orange, evenly finished wood floors!
Here’s a glimpse of what the floors looked like before we started sanding. If you look closely, mostly in the middle of the rooms, you can see the splotchy orange-ness!
Thankfully the floors are in good condition and there are no stains on them, so they “just” need sanding and finishing and they’ll be good to go!
This is a shot of our living room at night with the light turned on – hence the weird coloring.
…and this is the next day! So pretty!!
We are going to leave the floors natural, with no stain. I did a little side by side comparison for my husband and mother-in-law one day and they both agreed light looked better than dark. I like the light floors better, too, and I think it will help make our small house look a little bigger.
They won’t be quite this light once they’re sealed, but hopefully they’ll be close to it.
Instead of finishing the floors with polyurethane, we’ve decided to try hemp oil. The benefits of hemp oil (we’re using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint brand) include fast drying time – apparently you can apply a couple coats and then put cardboard down and walk on it within a couple days depending on your project. The smell, or lack there of, is another benefit. We don’t have to leave the house due to strong chemical odors from polyurethane. The hemp oil does have a slight smell to it, but it’s totally natural and contains zero chemicals, so I feel safe staying in the house with the kids while it dries.
I do think the oil will leave the floors a tad darker than if we used poly. That’s the only part I don’t like, but we’re just going to have to deal with it. The rest of the benefits definitely outweigh that one con.
I can’t wait to show you the finished floors! By the end of this week or next week for sure!