Our house was built around 1911 with Douglas Fir floors. Six years ago, during our remodel, we ripped out the carpet and saw why someone chose to cover up the floors.
- a sad array of worn finishes/surfaces – natural, painted (lead of course), and stained
- patched-in sections where there was originally a furnace and built-in bookshelves (and why did someone think that was a good idea – removing the bookshelves?)
- numerous large screws (+ holes) where someone tried to fix the squeaks
- holes where we removed the heating vents when we installed in-floor heat
1. $3,500/$4,000 to replace and/or refinish + upheaval.
2. Paint them charcoal gray (gasp!) for $350ish and some day get new floors (after fixing the driveway/retaining walls, replacing the garage door, hiring an aborist to remove 3 badly chosen (by us) trees cut down from the side yard which have grown to 40 feet in 10 years (never plant a Leyland Cypress and think it won’t grow HUGE), and a trip to somewhere besides the Midwest….).
This is our conundrum.
- repair register vent areas with reclaimed flooring
- wash and dry floors
- deglosser for the lead painted areas because we don’t want to sand lead paint
- sand/rough up and prime the natural wood areas, vacuum, wipe with tack cloth
- “Withstand” floor paint (charcoal gray), 2 thin coats, brush on
- Crystal Fin (urethane/acrylic polymer finish) for topcoat
And, because one thing always affects another (the husband calls it “scope creep”, like it is some contagious fungus), rip up the toe-stubbing, ugly, tile hearth under the (ugly) wood stove, cut in a border for new non-ugly tile which would sit flush with the floor.
Which leads to more “scope creep”.
Consider wood stove replacement:
1. leave it, although it is ugly ugly ugly (when it is not in use, I cover it up with a throw)
2. new wood stove, black, efficient ($2k)
3. new wood burning insert, Scan Designs ($5k, including rigid liner)
Back to the floors. We’ve decided to go for it, for better or worse. (Actually the floors can’t look much worse than they do right now.) We will let you know how it goes. Wish us luck!
The floors are painted! See Painting a Floor, Part 2 for pictures and how we got it done!
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