04:32PM | 04/21/05
Member Since: 04/20/05
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I own my Dad's old family home. It was built around 1854 from wood cut off the property. When my father was alive he said tear it down, but I couldn't. I want to finish the floors, but do not want to sand because it would destroy the character of the floors ( paint around the edges from 100 years ago, etc.). The floors are smooth. My counsin said he would not sand them at all. He told me just to make sure the floors were clean and free of dust and cover them with a good quality varnish. Does this sound like a reasonable approach? My gut is super shiney floors free of all imperfections just do not fit this house.


03:38PM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
I'd check to see if they're oil finished and waxed. It sure would be a shame to ruin a nice oil finished patina if that's the case.

Oil finished floors have to be paste waxed every year or so. Solvent is used to remove the wax, they're touched up with oil where needed, dried, then paste waxed (use 000 steel wool in a swirl motion to apply use gentle strokes) and buffed with wool.


06:21PM | 08/23/05
Member Since: 08/22/05
8 lifetime posts
wow! you're really lucky to have such a nice property, i've always dreamed of living in an old house with so much character. And you are definitely right, super shiny floors just won't cut it. Got news for you though..some companies are now coming out with wood floors that are handscraped..a great option for your house if you ever have to replace the floors..westhollow is a nice brand (


05:18PM | 11/25/07
Member Since: 10/26/07
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I have just begun a remodel project on some floors in a home I bought. I am 100 miles off the coast of LA right now (at work) and I had to order some laminate with out viewing it! ** A deal I could not pass up** could someone PLEASE give me some feed back about WestHollow Laminate floors. Their website is terrible, no detailed info. I bought the Rustic oak, Elegance Oak, and Honey washed oak. All with the attached padding and 10.3mm. Any information would be helpful. Thanks Jason from Louisiana
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