Refinishing the Hardwood

March 12th, 2008


(The living room and dining room – I think they call that cupping)

I’ve been getting quotes for refinishing the hardwood floors and the consensus is :
Having a professional refinish floors is really expensive.


(Master bedroom and guest room. Wow. NICE paint job…)

The two bedroom floors are mysteriously painted off-white. The wood seems to be in good shape – so I think it was done for style. The awesome kind of style that also requires one bedroom to be painted red, blue, yellow, green, AND pink!

So stupidly I’m planing on refinishing the floors myself. Yes – with no experience and as my first home rehab project – I’m taking on the 1000 sq. ft. of hardwood that Lowes considers to be an “advanced” skill level DIY. I’m prepping as much as I can, reading numerous tutorials and went to the Home Depot to price out the rental tools and discuss the project with some of the team members (which was a total mistake – I think that guy was stoned – he was all slack jaw and blank stares)

It seems scary, and I will probably screw this up.
Plus – who knew that sandpaper was so freaking expensive.


(No stain – just sealed with urethane – via: Renovation Rants)

I found this great post at Renovation Rants outlining the process of refinishing hardwood floors and doing it yourself. I’m thinking more and more about not staining and just urethaning the floors to bring out the natural color…decisions decisions…

Below are hardwood inspiration pics via The Mid-Century Modernist. Yummers.

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    7 Comments

    1. Anonymous on 03/14/2008:

      They don’t call it the Home de Pot for nothing…

    2. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

    3. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

    4. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

    5. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

    6. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

    7. S & N on 03/14/2008:

      I’d recommend you use the vibrating pad style sander (they are like a giant random orbit sander) and go slowly (ie take your time and don’t use really aggressive grit paper. The belt sanders are really difficult for a novice to control. I’ve done a few floors (I’m no expert) but the belt sanders really can gouge in an instant (you have to raise and lower them while moving; one mistake and you’ve got a deep gouge)

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