Den Flooring Makeover Going From Carpet to Wood
Recently purchased a home with a den area that was in desperate need of new flooring. I decided to use some weathered hardwood flooring that was left by the previous owner!
Here is the weathered hardwood flooring that was left by the previous owner. I laid the flooring out all over my basement in order to find the best pieces of flooring.
Here you can see the condition of the carpet with one strip removed.
I started by using a utility knife to cut the carpet into strips to make it easier to roll up and remove from the room.
Using my lawn buddy to roll around the space, much easier on the knees I removed the carpet and pad. The strip is the leftover pad that was attached to the floor by staples. I used a straight blade screw driver, long nose pliers, and a hammer to remove the staples.
I laid down underlayment. Starting in the corner and working my way across the room I laid the boards down. For the first couple of rows I used trim nails to hold them in place. It took some time to piece the floor together, at times I had to cut bad spots out of the weathered flooring to make things line up correctly.
For the remaining of the flooring I used a wood floor flooring cleat nailer and mallet.
Once all the flooring was down I used a palm sander to sand the floors.
I sanded the floor three times starting with 60 grit and ending with 220 grit sandpaper. I sanded till the wood was smooth to the touch.
Floor has been sanded, wiped down with a damp cloth, and is ready for the Polyurethane!
Next I sealed the floors using:
Steel paint tray
Heavy duty pad painter
Small paint brush
Varathane Crystal Clear Semi-gloss Water-Based Floor Finish
Floor drying after the final coat of polyurethane!
I did three coats of polyurethane, lightly sanding with 220 grit sand paper in between each coat. I was sure to let each coat dry as direct on the cans instructions.
The den is all done and the floors turned out beautiful!
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