Friday, November 2, 2012

Gorgeous Hardwood Floors

The floors are done!!!  It took over a week, but the guys from Abrams Flooring were able to transform our tired old floors into bright, glowing wood.
Before, During and After!
And it wasn't easy.  The biggest challenge was the second floor.  The fir floors had been protected for decades under brown tile flooring.  When we took the tile up (after making sure it wasn't asbestos - see hazardous material testing post), we discovered a black mastic that was all over the floor.  The guys had to use 20 grit sandpaper (I didn't know there was anything coarser than 60 grit!), lots of sanding belts, time and patience.  But look at the difference!

Downstairs, we have maple floors in the living room and dining room.  The first challenge was figuring out how to fill the big gaps that were created when we removed walls.  This flush threshold works really well.

New kitchen floor!!

The kitchen only had rough sawn boards (which Richard promptly fell through, early in the demo phase) under the vinyl floor.  The guys installed new maple hardwood, to have cohesive flooring throughout the open first floor.

I was worried that they wouldn't blend well, but while the 80 year old floors look a little different, they blend together nicely!

Sanding away the old finish

And while we're excited about getting this major task behind us, we still have a lot more to do.  Next up - finishing up the electrical.  I can't wait for you to see the new light fixtures!
First coat!!!
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