We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel project. The kitchen came with some ugly linoleum floor which we pulled up. To our surprise, what looks like the original hardwood floor has been under the linoleum all these years. The boards are in fair condition and date back to the 1920s when the house was constructed. We were throwing around the idea of tile in the kitchen, but with this recently discovered free floor, we decided to refinish the floors instead.
The linoleum was glued to the hardwood with what looks like roofing tar paper, we scraped off as much as possible and then I rented a floor belt sander.
Check out these pics: https://plus.google.com/photos/11573673 ... 5606242161
One pic is of the floor in progress, the black tar paper and the original dark stained wood can be seen. In other pics is the floor sanded to 100 grit, ready for any stain and poly.
1. The floor has numerous small holes. We are using a stainable wood sealer that you rub into the holes and after 15 minutes of drying, sand away with some light grit. It does a great job. There was a row of staples in the floor that once we removed, made that section of the floor look like machine gun fire. However, there are larger gaps in the floor that are presumably there from the shrinking of the floorboards. I guess we could fill it up with the wood sealer, but what do people here recommend for filling up large gaps in the floor that run the entire length of a floorboard? (some of these gaps can be seen in the pics)
2. Deciding on a color. The floor looks white/light tan and bright. We do not want to stain the floor with a dark color since there is an abundance of heavyset dark stain oak trim, molding and wainscoting all over the house. We think the light floor offers a nice contrast to the dark wood present in the rest of the house. We can either poly the floor as is and we think the floor will acquire a golden hue to it. Or if we stain, we'd decide on a lighter color stain and then poly which should give it a light to medium color. Suggestions?
Also, what kind of wood does this look like? We thought it was oak, but being New Hampshire 1920s construction, we hear it might possibly be maple. Thanks!