What would YOU do with this floor
Jennifer Parkins Blythe
October 16, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is the "before" to what I plan to make a great "after". Newly purchased, not moved in yet. Dining room floor, left unloved and covered in paint from uncaring contractors of the past.
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jansgirl
Nice room. Get started on cleaning up the floors and have fun!!
October 16, 2013 at 10:41pm      Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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LB Interiors
Sand and use a clear floor finish to keep the floor a natural light color. It's a rather small room.
October 16, 2013 at 11:13pm      Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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solincia
Sand and refinish. It's beautiful! If there is a finish on it, you might be surprised that the paint will come off, latex usually will.
October 17, 2013 at 3:22am        Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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Budget Fence and Patio
Firstly make sure that the wooden floor is not wet . Dry it up with a cloth or a hair drier. Wear your working gloves all the time .Get rid of the undesired paint . Sand firstly with the rough one then the soft one. Don't sand too hard and friction causes heat ! You could try using dish washing liquids , linseed oil , acetone , lacquer thinner or paint thinners. Hope these tips help you .
October 17, 2013 at 3:37am      Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
Thank you everyone! This isn't a very good pic. I'll take a better one today. The room is actually quite large. This shows about half of it.
October 17, 2013 at 5:22am     
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Lynn Birrell
Google a company called Nhance they may be in your area and will be able to refinish it without sanding and quickly
October 17, 2013 at 5:28am     
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sunnydrew
What a fabulous room! You have so much potential. The floors look pretty good for being so mistreated. Can't wait to see more pics.
October 17, 2013 at 5:29am     
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LB Interiors
I like the lighter floor color in contrast to the built-in and the mantle. but if those are changed out a dark rich floor is always elegant.
October 17, 2013 at 9:59am     
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Sustainable Dwellings
I would clean them up and see what you have. What a nice space!
October 17, 2013 at 10:03am     
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
I posted better pics but accidently did it in a new thread
October 17, 2013 at 10:16am   
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LB Interiors
I'm sorry to say that it is best to have only one thread about the same dilemma. We all get confused and you may also. It is hard for us to know what is happening on both :) We might not find the other one here on houzz. You can post a notice saying "This thread is closed " and direct everyone with a 'copy of the link' to the one that you want to continue on. Duplicate threads are confusing, Sorry :))
October 17, 2013 at 10:58am   
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
I know and I didn't mean to start a new one but reply to this one. Sorry guys I just joined yesterday
October 17, 2013 at 11:08am     
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LB Interiors
No problem Jennifer :) , Welcome and bear with us please....
October 17, 2013 at 11:18am      Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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groveraxle
Here are Jennifer's other pics:
October 17, 2013 at 12:30pm        Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
THANK YOU ! I had no idea how to do that....lol
October 17, 2013 at 12:46pm     
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
And if someone can tell me what style this home is that would be great. I have searched and searched and can not pinpoint it
October 17, 2013 at 12:47pm   
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groveraxle
Jennifer, when you click in the comment field, a little button that says "Attach images" appears underneath.
October 17, 2013 at 4:57pm     
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LB Interiors
Your home might be Craftsman Bungalow 1920's ?

October 17, 2013 at 7:09pm   
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
I had a comment that says it is probably an american foursquare of some variety. Because they are always 2 1/2 stories. This almost looks right as there are a lot of historic homes here but mine is much taller. You literally have to climb a ladder outside to look in the basement windiws. I can't get over that lol. Here is the back. Its enclosed now but I'm guessing it was a "sleeping porch?"
October 17, 2013 at 7:19pm   
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howellmsue
rent a box sander and get started sanding those floors!
October 17, 2013 at 7:23pm        Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
Its funny I just said today I was going to see about that Monday. This weekend is the painting party (aka slave labor for snacks n beverage)
October 17, 2013 at 7:26pm     
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groveraxle
Just remember to hide the beer till AFTER everyone has cleaned up.
October 17, 2013 at 8:37pm     
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LB Interiors
Maybe hide the desserts too.
October 17, 2013 at 8:40pm     
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
Hahaha I agree with you both!
October 18, 2013 at 6:23am   
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dclostboy
If you can, check the depth of the seams...they look like they haven't been refinished before, but can only sand so many times before nothing else there.
October 18, 2013 at 6:31am        Thanked by Jennifer Parkins Blythe
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bungalowmo
Jennifer...Hello & welcome to Old House ownership!! I think you will find MUCH excellent info on your old place from a couple forums I frequent. While http://www.oldhouseweb.com/forums/index.php?sid=bfa6e53fef97e0b03b716479fe88af8f was my favorite for years, it has unfortunately become overrun with spam. That being said...all of our great old posts are still there to read. The search function works extremely well too. Search around on the "post-1900's" forum. You'll find good info.

The folks there have all but moved to another site: https://www.wavyglass.org/
WavyGlass has only been around for about 1 year, but most of the OHW members post there now. There are SO many experts when it comes to repairing old floors, plaster, windows...everything! There are great carpenters & tradesmen, similar to here, but they are all experts when dealing with houses in the 100 YO realm....which I'm sure you've realized is a whole 'nother thing. :0)
October 20, 2013 at 5:50pm     
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bungalowmo
The best advice I can give when it comes to living in an old place....before making any BIG changes...live there for a year & let the place tell YOU what it needs.

I know it sounds silly, but it's oh, so true!
October 20, 2013 at 5:52pm     
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Jennifer Parkins Blythe
Bungalowmo I agree, I have spent hours just walking thru. Just trying to get to know her
October 21, 2013 at 6:06am   
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