This post really isn’t that exciting. But I really feel like we are becoming pros at this floor refinishing thing! After the kitchen cabinets were removed, we needed to refinish the floor before the new ones could be installed.
Chet had to do the sanding (I am afraid to put grooves into the floor), which cost us less than $100 for rental of the sander and purchase of the pads. It didn’t take him that long either; probably a couple of hours. Chet is such a good safety guy. I will probably die of home remodel dust lung because I never wear my PPE.
After everything was sanded with the large sander, I had to touch up all the edges with the hand sander and patch that damn hole I talked about in the last post. Thankfully, Penelope had some leftover oak from when she patched her floor, so I cut it to size and installed with a rubber mallet and wood glue. I then puttied the edges to make sure there were no gaps and resanded. It isn’t the prettiest thing ever, but it got the job done and is hidden in a corner.
I stained everything the same color I stained the hutch. This is my new favorite wood color, and looks more natural with the woodwork in the rest of the house. Hopefully some day we can refinish all the floors this color. Please excuse my panoramic photos. I wanted to get the whole room in the picture. As you can see, I also stained over the pine flooring that was below the original cabinets, as I wasn’t sure how much the new cabinets would overlap the space.
After the stain was dry, I applied two coats of polyurethane. I used the same high gloss finish that we used at the rental. I love high gloss and have been happy with how well the floors at the rental have held up to traffic. Let me tell you how easy this whole process was without any baseboards or radiators to work around or remove. A clean slate is the best! However, the whole thing was quite a challenge with the dogs. I had to take them out the front door and around the house to the back yard while the poly dried. I thankfully coated at night so that I could walk on it in the morning. The room looks pretty empty now, but just wait until you see the new cabinets!