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Discovering our pinewood floors.

pine floors

When we first purchased Our Tour, every inch of the floor was covered with a yucky grey linoleum. At the time we were able to lift it back just enough to see what was underneath: pinewood floors. However, it wasn’t until now that we knew the exact condition of the floors as we kept the linoleum in place during the whole year-long phase of demolition work. It was glued down pretty tight and was doing such a good job protecting the floors underneath.

Now that the entire demolition and drywall stages are done, we finally tore back that yucky grey linoleum and surprise! While some of the floors are in great condition, others not so much.

The good:

The floors in the living room and master bedroom are very nice. Also, the hearth has some nice vintage tile and wood detail in front of the fireplace. The wood stove will be placed here soon!

The great:

The wood in the upstairs hall is in excellent condition. And the floor in our daughter’s room is a most beautiful chevron-esque pattern that comes to an X in the middle of the room. Here it is after sanding:

pine chevron floor

We are doing a big no-no when it comes to sanding the floors. Normally the floors should be treated and finished right after sanding, but since we are doing so many things at once we have several major constraints: 1. We recieved some excellent advice that we should sand the floors before painting the drywall and now we understand why. It IS a big dusty mess! 2. We still have the space between the ceiling joists on the main living floors to fill in with plaster “Map”. Sanding afterwards would have caused that new ceiling work to shake quite a bit.  And since that job will be a mess and we still have the ceiling beams to treat, we wanted to sand first but finish later. Maybe we’re not doing everything in the correct order, but at least it feels like it’s coming together.

sanding pine floor

To sand the floors we rented a ponceuse à parquet and then a smaller bordureuse for the edges and corners. My husband said that the bordureuse was actually much more strenuous to use than the larger ponceuse.

We didn’t do much prep work and just kinda went for it (us bad). There are a couple of skid marks but nothing major we can’t fix as we still need to sand quite a bit by hand to get into the dipped spaces the machine couldn’t get to without sanding too much off.

And now the bad. This. The floor in the kitchen area is completely unsalvageable. Not even worth trying. So we’re going to install a new floor here using pinewood planks. Oh well, can’t win them all.

sanding wood floor

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