I was going to let this wait until after I have a real-world reveal tomorrow but I can’t contain my excitement. (Shoot me a comment if you want to come.) I’ve known what I was doing with these floors for more than 2 years and you have no idea what it’s like to see it finally happen!
So let’s go through it all. I knew the living room had nice floors, but they had (just) been refinished really badly. Like wavy, coins stuck in the poly, and they didn’t sand the corners or under the radiators. And ridiculous drips. I knew these had potential but was a little scared there wasn’t enough material left to redo them again. I think these floors were added in the 30’s when the house was about 40 years old.
Living room, front
And what do I have now? Drumroll please…
Then, did you see the pink marble tile in the vestibule? It was poorly installed and also (I think) 12×12 tiles were totally wrong for the space. Luckily, under a vinyl floor there was wood. And a lot of black glue.
And now? (You can also see that the water damaged area at the front isn’t perfect, but perfect wasn’t what I wanted anyway)
And how about all those carpet tacks in the stairs?
Then there’s the kitchen.
That vinyl floor was one of 7
And under it was this. This pine is not original to the house so I assume they needed a flatter subfloor for linoleum sometime between the 1930’s and the 50’s.
And now? (It’s not quite as yellow as it looks here.)
And the same angle as the February 2013 Before, just for fun.
Then we’ll go upstairs. Starting in the front bedroom. This room was the only place in the house where I could see the original random width pine subflooring. It was intriguing, but also painted purple. And yes, that’s a traditional South Philly master bedroom closet.
Front bedroom closet
There were some bad patches at one end of the room, so I redid them with other original wood. (That process took several posts in 2014, starting here.)
I was expecting them to come out lighter. Not that I don’t love the color, but now that white paint between the floorboards shows more than expected. I might color it in with a marker.
It’s also fun that you can see where walls came out. There used to be a door connecting the front and middle bedrooms (this is a thing in Philly) that I enlarged when that part of the old middle bedroom became a closet. Here’s the scar.
And the upstairs hall might finally look better than when I bought the place. Tell me what you think. Also, this floor is fun because you can see the shadows of where the oak floorboards used to be. Also the crazy contrast between the oak and this old pine. Both just have clear water based poly on them.
Then with the oak out:
Then there’s the back bedroom.
I pulled out the original floors, enlarged and rebuilt the room, and put the old floors back in, plus some salvaged material mixed in. (This post shows the floors done, 6 weeks after starting in the other room.)
The floorboards in this room are lighter and more varied in color, which I assume is just because my installation as uneven and they had to sand harder.
And that threshold the Irishman built is really light because he cut the original patina all the way off.
There may be a few tweaks yet, but you get the idea for now. I’m pretty ecstatic.