This may have been the longest time I’ve gone without blogging. To my faithful readers, I do want to apologize. There hasn’t been anything “interesting” going on lately. I’ve spent a ton of time dreaming up new ideas and trying to make decisions. What will my next project be? What do I “want” to do in this house? What do I need to do in this house?
When I finished the master bedroom, I planned on diving head first into the hubs master closet. But then I had to design the closet which proved to be more difficult than I thought. I quickly threw that project to the side and focused on more critical issues. The most annoying thing inside of our house…….
The terribly outdated linoleum floors which butt up against Red Oak floors that are two different colors. Our mixed matched flooring in the dining room and office are original to the house but the linoleum was installed back in the mid 90’s by our previous owner. It’s a PITA to clean and is just down right ugly.
In addition, this ugly flooring makes it impossible for me to move on to other projects in those three rooms. Our home office was on my agenda for this year but I can’t do anything in that room until I take care of the floors.
It has now become a priority.
The photo below shows the threshold between our office and the foyer. The wood was likely finished with an oil based polyurethane and has ambered over the years.
This photo is where the linoleum meets the dining room. It looks like someone attempted to sand stain and finish this room. They didn’t do a very good job as there are some swirl marks visible from the sander.
This is how our floors in this room looked when we removed the carpet.
You could tell that at some point they had been sealed and were in good condition because of the carpet and padding.
We’ve lived with the floors bare for three years and now they look like this.
I used OrangeGlo on these floors several times. It makes the floor look amazing and none of this ashiness was visible. But the minute any moisture hits the finish, it looks like this.
So whats the plan?
I’ve gone over this dilemma for the past three years and this is how I’m going to approach it.
Remove the Linoleum in the foyer and replace it with unfinished Red Oak. Then I will refinish all three spaces in the same color and finish.
When I refinished the stairs, I tested my favorite two stains on the Red Oak. Everyone on Facebook said to go with the lighter stain because the dark shows every speck of dust. While the lighter stain is more practical, aesthetically, the dark stain won out.
For the actual floors though I don’t think I will go so dark. I think a nice blend of the two will help me achieve the perfect dark brown color on the floors. There is no rule that says that the stairs and the floors must be the same color. If they clash too much then I will just restain the stairs.
This is the look I’m going for.
If by chance I totally screw this up then it’s on to ….
I’ll remove the newly installed hardwood in the foyer and install prefinished hardwood in all three spaces.
I’m thinking something like this
Plan A is the cheapest option costing only a few hundred dollars since I only need to purchase <100 sq ft of wood to install. If I don’t do it correctly then it’s less money wasted. I’m currently looking on Craigslist for a nice sized lot to avoid buying from Home Depot or Lumber Liquidators. Thier prices for unfinished flooring has skyrocketed since we first bought our house.
Plan B will cost between $1,800 and $4,000 depending on which flooring I choose. The sum of the three spaces is just over 500 sq ft. As you can see, that’s quite a lot of money to spend if you don’t “have” to. That’s why I’m going to give rescuing the existing hardwoods a try.
Since this isn’t my forever home, I don’t want to spend too much money on these floors. I want to replace them with something that future buyers would not turn their noses up at. That very reason is why I will not be replacing the linoleum and hardwoods with laminate or resilient vinyl tiles.
As you read this, the hubs and I are likely pulling up the linoleum to assess the subfloor status. Hopefully it’s in good condition and doesn’t have to be replaced.
I’ll be back soon with updates.