Remember our cute little duplex we bought last June? Well, it has been a pain in the ass. We evicted one renter, had to replace one of the water heaters, and had to drop some money into painting and electrical repair. In January our second renter moved out of the place, so we took the opportunity to refinish the floors of the living, dining, and kitchen rooms.
The floors were disgusting to say the least. The kitchen didn’t even have any poly left on it and someone had spread a reddish stain on the floor to try to refresh it. The living and dining rooms looked greasy and dirty, and didn’t shine anymore. We had never refinished floors before, but we want to do our own some day so we decided to practice on the rentals.
Chet removed all the baseboards while I moved the appliances into the hallway. We then ran to home depot and rented a sander. I used a hand stander to get the hard to reach places and around the radiators and corners. Isn’t Chet’s flight suit a clever alternative to a tyvek suit?
Sanding alone made so much of a difference on the floor! We were really happy how it was looking when we shut down shop. We thought it might take us two days, but Chet had all three rooms sanded in 7 hours!
Chet left the cleaning, staining, and polying to me while he left for his hitch at work. I decided to do it over two weekends, because I had my own projects to work on at home (stupid basement, school, and job). I choose a Minwax stain in Honey, which is the same color I used on the hutch I refinished last year. I also used a Minwax poly in high gloss. I love a glossy floor, but read the high gloss shows a lot of imperfections. However, a matte floor is too dull for me. My cousin used a semi-gloss finish last year on her floors, so I decided to try the high gloss on the rental to better inform what I will want on our own floors.
I LOVE the gloss! It turned out so beautiful. I am not super impressed with my application of the poly, but I know what I did wrong and will do better next time. Regardless, it is about 900 million times better than it was before! Our new renters are very pleased with the clean, shiny floors also.
We will be doing this again in our rentals and our own home, as it only cost us about $350, whereas when we had the floors refinished by a professional at Jewell, it cost us about $1000 for the same area. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as we thought it would be, and it was very rewarding! If you have the time, energy, and ability to access YouTube, I would totally suggest doing it yourself!