We recently purchased an 1880’s cream city brick folk Victorian farmhouse in Wisconsin. There will be plenty of projects with lots of questions. We hope to keep it as period-specific as is practically possible. One question in particular relates to the original 4-inch plank flooring. When we had our home inspection, our inspector told us that the ¾ inch pine floors are just subflooring. He validated this by pointing out the raised thresholds throughout the home that were meant to accommodate ¾ inch finished flooring. In addition, he revealed how the flooring bounced when he walked on it. He also pointed out how soft the wood was, as evidenced by the numerous dents and scratches present; which he said was typical of the subfloors back then. Cupping is also noticeable, but more so on the first floor. The floors are a variety of colors. The entire second floor and staircase is painted gray. The first floor looks like it was coated with a solid stain. Originally we were planning on having a wood floor company strip them, leave them their natural color, and then protect them with a satin finish. But now we’re not sure if this is a good idea. So our questions are, what are the best options for these floors and what might you recommend?