04:00PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 07/05/04
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I just bought a 100 year old house, and was planning on refinishing the hardwood floors. However, when I called a contractor in to give me an estimate, he said that the wood was very thin (some nails can be seen), and that some boards may crack and the stains (probably dog pee when it was carpeted) might get darker after sanding and refinishing. He suggested replacing all of them, but gave me a quote of 3K to refinish, though he thought it might look bad, and 8K to put in new wood flooring for 1100 sq feet of space. The problem is that this wasn't really in my budget. Are there any alternatives short of carpeting (I really prefer not to carpet)? What if I sanded the floors and painted them a color? Does anyone have experience doing that? If so what colors look best? Or should I risk refinishing, or suck it up and invest in replacing all the wood (I am a student, BTW). Thanks in advance for any suggestions, and sorry if this is a repeat as I am new to this board!


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