Imagine going back in time to 1923, a young family getting a new start in a new place, build themselves a nice little farmhouse on some acreage and raise a family. Now fast forward to the present where another young family buy that same house and raise their family there. That’s the story of a house we worked on in Stanwood, WA where we refinished the original fir flooring.
We love to restore old floors and think about the past and what has transpired in that home throughout the years. How many families have lived there? How many kids played and ran across that floor? We wonder about the story behind every mark of character. Every bruise in that floor has a story, what is it? Our imaginations get to run wild.
When my friend Nicole messaged me to say that they had bought an old farmhouse with original wood flooring and that she needed them restored, I was glad to say yes, we will travel outside of our normal service area and make them look great again. After all it is a passion of mine.
So here is what we arrived to:
The floors had been covered up with laminate flooring. As you can see from the pictures, its been a long time since these floors were properly cared for. So we went to work grinding away, starting with 16grit sandpaper and worked through the proper grit sequence to finish with a 150g. We then mixed up a custom color using powered color pigments and Odie’s Oil, which is an all natural, non-toxic, food safe, kid friendly hardwax oil finish.
It was a lot of work but we made this floor look beautiful again and ready for another family to enjoy its use.
Here is a before and after video tour: