Floors are done!
Dad was back up this past weekend to visit and our floor are done! Thanks for making our floors look amazing dad!!! We picked a natural matte finish that protects the floors but looks like natural unfinished wood. It is kind of amazing it even feels like raw wood. We actually used the same thing to finish the butch block counter tops in the kitchen and it looked so good I wanted to do it everywhere! (You can read more about it in my blog post here)
All of the wood that we installed was gifted leftovers from my dad which was so nice because we got some great stuff! Downstairs in the living room and kitchen we used character white oak in a mix of 3" to 7" board widths (photos above). The character designation means that you get more of the knots and "character" of the wood. Upstairs in the big bedroom and hallway we used engineered rift and quartered white oak also in a range of board widths (photos below). The matte finish give the floors a really soft look that I love!
The one room that didn't get new floors is the small bedroom. We didn't have enough of the same flooring to carry it through into the last room but we were really lucky that the original flooring under the nasty carpet was in really good shape! This was the only place in the house that didn't have a million holes in the original floors so we were really lucky to be able to save it. One of the center boards is actually over a foot wide! it's really beautiful. To get them into condition to refinish we first had to sand off the deck paint that they were covered up with. This was not easy or fun - we had to use 12 grit sand paper which looks like paper with a bunch of gravel glued to it and we went though about 10 discs. Maxx did most of the sanding and I followed behind with the vacuum cleaner to keep the dust manageable. It took about 3 hours to sand the 10x12 room. Now it's a nice reminder of the age and period of the house.
Thanks again for the beautiful floors dad! They look amazing!