Refinishing Wood Floors and Restyling Spaces

Refinishing wood floors can be a daunting task, especially when you're living in the midst of it. By inserting myself into my project, I minimized the stress this could have caused, and was inspired to restyle my spaces afterward, mostly with existing items. (See more photos at blog post link).
Before:  floors scarred, faded
Before: floors scarred, faded
Prepping:  taping openings in the family area
Prepping: taping openings in the family area
Prepping:  storing the furniture
Prepping: storing the furniture
In progress:  sanding complete
In progress: sanding complete
After:  Floors finished, area restyled
After: Floors finished, area restyled
After:  Floors finished, area restyled
After: Floors finished, area restyled
Rita C. - Panoply

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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2 questions
  • Susan Ivey
    on May 20, 2016

    I am going to do something to the plywood floor in my bedroom and bathroom. Grandchild flooded 3 yrs.ago. Paint; varnish or vinyl?

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      on May 21, 2016

      This is tough one for me to answer individually, Susan, but I like the idea of painting. What I WOULD do if I were you, though, is ask this question to the entire Hometalk will get tons of answers, with pros and cons from many, many members! Good luck!

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      on May 21, 2016

      And the way you ask a question of the community is to go to the Hometalk home page, and at the top of the page you should see "? Ask Question". That is where you would type in (or copy and paste) the same question you posed here. Again, Good Luck!

  • Bonalyn Baker
    on Oct 10, 2016

    How do you refinish wood floors when the wood is laid in a pattern form?

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      on Oct 12, 2016

      I really don't know the answer to that question, Bonalyn, and it's better left to a professional. There are many professionals within the Hometalk network, and I bet if you ask your question (top menu bar), it will broadcast to a wider network than just those who may be viewing this post. Chances are you'll get answers from the professionals. Hope this helps point you in the right direction!

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  • Tom Kalinoski
    on Jan 5, 2014

    What finish and stain did you use and how many coats were required?

  • Rita C. - Panoply
    on Jan 5, 2014

    @Tom Kalinoski, we hired our floors refinished professionally, so I will respond as best I know. Our stairs did not need refinished, so we tried to match the floors as closely as possible to the finish already in place. What we settled on was a mix of colors labeled Jacobean and Dark Walnut for the stain (I did not note the brand), in a 75/25 ratio, after a couple of sample mixes. Our finisher is Russian, and he used only one coat of the stain, one coat of the finish (he claimed proprietary use of his European technique). It is almost three years old, and is holding up extremely well. We use only vinegar/water to clean.

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