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Thursday, September 19, 2013 | 2 | House Projects

Finishing Our Floors

I guess you'd normally say that you're refinishing your floors, but these floors had never been finished. The original white pine tongue and groove flooring was one of the details we loved about our house when we first saw it. We liked the wide worn planks and were hesitant to finish the floors, because we didn't want to lose the character. After living here for a couple months, we started to realize that splinters from the unfinished wood could be an issue and looked at some options.
Nissly Professional Hardwood Flooring refinished the floors at our last house, so we called Rick to see what he'd recommend. He advised that they do some repairs, lightly sand everything and seal the floors to protect them. We like darker floors and originally thought we'd want to stain them, but he explained that clear-coating white pine gives it a "flame" color. After a first pass of the sander, it was pretty surprising how much dirt character had accumulated in 225 years.
Doing some repair work, sanding, and testing the clear coat.
Everything sanded and ready to seal.
It was surprising to see the color change when the first coat of polyurethane went down.
After three coats, everything looks amazing. We love the color and it really brought out the character and imperfections.
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I bet a fun thing would be to go way back in time to where there was going to be an eclipse and tell the cave men, "If I have come to destroy you, may the sun be blotted out from the sky." Just then the eclipse would start, and they'd probably try to kill you or something, but then you could explain about the rotation of the moon and all, and everyone would get a good laugh.
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