The hardwood floors on the main floor have been sanded, and the first coat of urethane has been applied. The upstairs floors are being sanded today. I caught a glimpse of one of the back bedroom floors, and it was coming up really well. Bill, the flooring guy, said that it was in even better shape than the main level floors. I cannot overemphasize my extreme pleasure with the results so far. Check out the living room:
Then there’s the walnut inlay around the fireplace. When we first pulled up the broadloom in the living room and dining room we were expecting to find run-of-the-mill hardwood in middling to poor condition. The wall-to-wall had been down since the 1960s, and we thought we might actually have to replace the hardwood. It is, after all, 80 years old.
Amazingly, the red oak floors seemed to be preserved by the application of carpet. After a few more coats, this is going to be one of the most beautiful hardwood floors I’ve ever seen.
The main floor hallway featured green carpet when we moved in. Even after pulling the carpet up in the living room and dining room, we figured the worn carpet in the hallway was probably hiding worn hardwood underneath. And then we got the carpet up, and Sarah had to scrape the green foam underlay off by hand, since it had chemically bonded to the original finish. We were somewhat skeptical that we’d be able to keep the floor in the hallway, that they’d simply be in too bad a condition to save. Turns out this was not the case, and the hallway, like the rest of the main floor, has sanded up brilliantly.
Imagine what it’ll look like when the next two coats go on!