The Floor Finish

When we returned home from our vacation the floors that had been sanded and polyurethaned were dry and cured.

The floor before finishing.
The floor before finishing.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.

They looked great. The polyurethane gives the light flooring a warm and rich finish.

The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.
The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.

One of the other tasks that I requested was threshold reducers at all the doorways where there was a change in level.

The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.
The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.

We asked our flooring guy to add them even to doorways that were not attached to new flooring.

The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.

 

The reducer finishes the floor.
The reducer finishes the floor.

The price breakdown for the new floors is:

  • $1200 for 400 square feet of select red oak,
  • $750 to lay the floors,
  • $1275 for the finishing and reducers.

Total $3225.

Next we’re going to have the trim finished.

What is your latest project?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

14 thoughts on “The Floor Finish”

  1. We only have our floors waxed, I’ve been toying with the idea of polyurethane, now I’ve seen your results I’m going to have to convince Beloved this is way forward !!! your floor look BEAUTIFUL x

    1. We used SamSeal Professional urethane in a satin finish. I’ve been told that you can’t urethane over wax so you’ll have to strip your floors in some way. Our floors are NOT stained, just urethaned. You can see it enriches the color a lot. Would do the same on a stained floor so take that into consideration. Jo

  2. I’m so glad they turned out so well. I was worried from something you said while on your trip. They are lovely and the reducers really finish them off. Welcome home!

    1. I was worried, too, but everything seems good. The only thing that kept me from totally obsessing was that this was the same crew that installed our new floors in the kitchen and mudroom. They did a great job. Jo

  3. Looks so nice! Next week we’re getting a new roof, in a few weeks new gutters, starting the basement remodel mid-November, oh and having another baby in the next few days. Lots on the to do list. 🙂

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