Wood Floor Pictures

Well, we made it to Colorado and we’re currently sitting in a spiffy little hotel room in the heart of Engelwood. Our design TV meetings start at noon today, and we’re hoping to get a peek at the DIY Network Disaster House before we leave town on Wednesday too…

We’re big Josh Temple fans! Here’s a snippet from an episode where he showed how to repair damaged wood floors…

And speaking of hardwood floor projects…we finally started tackling another big one at our house, a few days before we packed up and headed off to Denver. (Hi. We’re the Palmers and we work better under pressure.)

We’ve already refinished the floors in the future kids room and office, but we got a hankerin’ to do the living room floor the other day, so off to Russel Do-It Center we went to rent another floor sander.

Here are a couple of photos of the living room before we moved in…

That’s me, with my head out the window, gasping for air.  I’m kidding- but for real, can you say “stretched out, pee-stained carpet”?

Visions of Toby danced in our heads…

…but, we bought the place as-is, and Kev ripped out that nasty stuff the day we closed on the house. Over the next few days we quickly installed some really inexpensive (and temporary) wood laminate flooring. It did the trick for the past (almost) four years, but little by little we’ve uninstalled it, donated to other folks, and we’ve slowly but surely been refinishing all the hardwood underneath.

Check it out- here’s what the floor looked like as of last week…ya know, when we got the aforementioned hankerin’…

And here’s a super short video of what we got ourselves into…

And here’s what it looked like when we got done sanding and sealing…

We used a water-based, semi-gloss Varathane from Lowes.

Pretty rooty tooty, fresh n’ fruity, eh?!

Obviously we still have that pesky little strip of concrete to deal with down at the far end of the room (don’t worry- I think we’ve come up with a pretty cool plan and we’re pretty darn excited to put it into action!), and we look forward to refinishing the hardwood in the dining room when we get back home, too. Then there’s baseboards to prime, paint and trim out…walls to touch up….etc, etc, etc.

After that, we’ll move onto the cracked, stained, ugly floors tiles in the kitchen. We’ve got a plan for those bad boys too. (Insert sinister-style laugh here)

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  1. says

    Nice job on the wood floors. My husband and I have not only refinished floors in our old house but put brand new ones in our new house. It was a project but I learned quickly how to use a saw!


  2. says

    Poor Kevin! He looks absolutely done in! But, the finished pictures show that all his hard work was well placed. You guys continue to amaze me. Looks just GREAT!!!!

  3. Christina says

    Oh.My.Word. I just laughed so hard at Toby that my 7 kiddos came running. That was so gross and all too familiar. Being married to a veterinarian means we get some interesting pets and hospital stays on IVs in our living room/bedroom floor b/c owners don’t want their pets dying in their home, but also don’t want them dying alone at the clinic…so we bring them to our home to completely traumatize our children. That clip, however, shows the ‘lighter’ side of having guests. Thanks for the great laugh as we don’t have TV, so that was a first for us. I’ll be bringing my husband by to see that one after he gets off work today!

  4. Janny A. says

    Poor Kevin looks exhausted!!! What a good husband you have! Thanks for the inspiration! I have parque’ floor in our bedrooms and I think they would look beautiful if we had them refinished but with three kids and lots of responsabilities we can only wait, save and hope!

  5. says

    I LOVE IT. It looks like hard work but when you get such a huge transformation…it is worth it. I am new to your blog. I look forward to going over some old posts and getting to see new ones.

  6. Marietta says

    gorgeous wood floors! I know this is an old post but could you let me know what kind of new floors you put in? We are putting in new floors and haven’t found any that we love.

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