Tons of nails in the hardwood floor

I am pulling up my carpeting, and thought that I had beautiful hardwood under it at first. Until I got further in to the job, and there are tons of nails on each end of the boards. While I know that the rustic look is really hot right now, I am wondering if this will look rustic or just look awful.
A friend suggested that I paint the floor but I really wanted the wood look. Any suggestions or has anyone run in to this problem?
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  • How far out are the nail holes? If right on the edge where the carpet strip was you may be able to hide the nail holes with shoe molding or quarter round. Depending upon how many holes you could use a very good stainable wood filler and lightly sand the areas and try to match the finish. Hope this helps. good luck
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    • CK CK on Feb 03, 2016
      With that many holes, even painting it without first filling them, they'll be visible. I love my painted wood floor...but not every one does. Are you planning to sell in the near future? If not, I'd do what you want, what you like for now. If and when you decide to sell, you can address the floor then. People in the past have covered up perfectly good hardwood floors in favor of the 'new' craze of carpeting! Now we want all that carpeting torn up to uncover the wood. Who can tell what will be "in" by the time you're ready to sell? Live in your home now the way it makes you happy! :-) Filling in the holes with colored wood filler will take time, but if you want a wood look and the rest of the floor is in good condition, that'll work :)
  • Jenni Bell Jenni Bell on Feb 03, 2016
    Adding pictures
    • I would get estimates and save the money. Check out my blog for a cheat to shine up the floors until you get them done. Beautiful floors so worth it to refinish!
  • Carla Larson Carla Larson on Feb 03, 2016
    If you really want wood but the nail holes bother you and they are pretty visible you could strip it (a lot of work !!!) and stain the floor darker so they would not be so visible..just a thought..if you paint make sure you use the right primer and paint and prep the floor so it doesn't scratch or wear off right away..Good Luck whatever you do
  • Cindi Cindi on Feb 04, 2016
    I watch a lot of home shows, and flipping houses, etc., and they use wood filler and sand it down, and resurface them, and don't worry much about the edges, since furniture covers most of it. Can't say for sure, but every show seems to do the same thing so I think it would be worth a try, cheaper than new hardwood.
  • Chris Knutson Chris Knutson on Feb 04, 2016
    First of all the reason someone did that was unfortunately a way of eliminating floors that squeak! They should have shimmed from the underside. Once you pull the nails fill with a QUALITY wood filler from a professional hardwood or lumber store. once dry sand but be aware that the wood filler may show up differently (color) when the floor is poly'd. I always do the first sand on the floor first and mix the actually sawdust with the filler. dry and resand again. there will be three grits of sandpaper used total when sanding the floor. Hopefully when the poly is applied it will match much closer. Staining will NOT alleviate the problem...your filled holes will just appear lighter than the stain. Stay natural with your poly. Hope this helps!
  • Jean Jean on Feb 04, 2016
    Thanks for adding the pictures. Looks like each board has a nail on each end. I think you'll have to embrace the look because it appears that the nails have stained the wood around them as well. After making sure there are no nails sticking above the surface I would sand the whole floor, use a filler that you spread over the entire floor then sand again stain and seal. You'll have a unique look you may like. Try it in a closet first
  • Lori Johansen Lori Johansen on Feb 04, 2016
    We had the same problem in a 1927 home with pine flooring in Sweden. We mixed some fine sawdust with wood glue to fill the holes in, sanded and stained. Looked great!
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