Renovations + DIY

Refinishing our hardwood floors

September 22, 2015

Refinishing hardwood floors on Barr Bungalow.

When we bought our house, we had grand plans for so many renovations that refinishing our hardwood floors was near the bottom of our list. Sure, I dreamed of restoring the orange-tinted floors back to their shiny, rich caramel-colored goodness, but the thought of spending money on a project that was otherwise functional seemed hard to swallow.

Then we realized we had one full month to renovate our house before our rental lease was up and we’d move all of our furniture in. And from the research we’d done, refinishing hardwood floors is no clean task. So, we decided to bite the bullet and try refinishing the floors ourselves.

The current floors had scratches and dark patches, but no major damage. So, we headed to Home Depot to start the task. Here’s our mistake: We rented a buffer instead of a sander. The buffer made zero difference and after spending literally every waking moment on working house projects, we decided to give in.

We asked around for referrals on refinishing hardwood floors, and I’m sure glad we did. We had a professional come in and refinish the entire main floor of our house at an unbelievable price – $1/square foot.

Moral of the story: It’s ok to contract out some of the work.

Having the floors done by someone else gave us the time to focus on other projects that were at the top of our list, and the stress we saved by worrying about one less project was worth it all.

Oh, and we’ve decided to refinish the floors in our master suite ourselves – because you know, second time is a charm. 🙂

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