Hardwood Floors


My floor was covered in approx. 1000sq ft of peel 'em stick em tiles. To my dismay there actually was 2 layers of them covering my hardwoods in living and dinning room, the bottom layer glued down by some kind of adhesive that would rip up the wood when I pulled on them. Another 10x14 room was coated in latex paint. So I bought a used rental sander from Home Depot tool rental as I knew it would be cheaper than renting by the day as soon as it went on sale. I used to work there and sometimes they have great deals on used tools. It took a couple months to get these tiles up, often having to use a heat gun and mask and windows wide open in the winter. While I knew they would never be perfect, they are perfect for my home and could not be more pleased with my results.
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the tiles of doom, not in bad shape or ugly, but do not belong in a large living room and dinning room.
the tiles of doom, not in bad shape or ugly, but do not belong in a large living room and dinning room.
after a few months, I got all of the tiles up and while I felt like I was walking on flypaper for a few days, I knew I had more potential in these floors than I even guessed.
after a few months, I got all of the tiles up and while I felt like I was walking on flypaper for a few days, I knew I had more potential in these floors than I even guessed.
Downstairs bedroom, someone had painted the floors with a brown latex paint that didn't stick,  The dust is from all the drywall repairs I had to make
Downstairs bedroom, someone had painted the floors with a brown latex paint that didn't stick, The dust is from all the drywall repairs I had to make
After several days of dancing with a floor sander.  The glue was a mess to work with, it ruins the sandpaper fast.
After several days of dancing with a floor sander. The glue was a mess to work with, it ruins the sandpaper fast.
Finally time to stain, I choose a dark color because the rooms are so large and house is bright so I was hoping for a cozy feel.  It also hides many imperfections even if a distressed look is inevitable.
Finally time to stain, I choose a dark color because the rooms are so large and house is bright so I was hoping for a cozy feel. It also hides many imperfections even if a distressed look is inevitable.
After a few coats of poly and finally moving back in!  Don't let the pic fool you, that hallway is actually 6ft wide!
After a few coats of poly and finally moving back in! Don't let the pic fool you, that hallway is actually 6ft wide!

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  • Sherrie
    on Dec 23, 2013

    Terry I refinish old furniture and when the veneer is damaged you have to take it off especially old old furniture. underneath that old veneer is beautiful wood!

  • Sherrie
    on Dec 23, 2013

    and gummy glue

    • Terry's Flooring
      on Jan 2, 2014

      @Sherrie Really ..Didn't know that about old furniture..Thought all the old stuff was solids ..Thanks for the enlightment ...:)

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