Home>Discussions>INTERIORS>Molding & Carpentry>Old Pine flooring half way through the floor (should I refinish?)
3 posts / 0 new
Last post
evitarolu
Old Pine flooring half way through the floor (should I refinish?)
evitarolu

Hi everyone,

I just got into my first home this week and the first thing I did was to remove the carpet hoping very hard to find nice wood flooring underneath. Of course, that didn't happen.

I found the original 1890 pine wood planks on half of the house and the rest (an extension) is just plywood sitting right on the floor joists.

Now here is my issue; I would really like to refinish the little original wood flooring I have left. I don't care if it matches the new flooring or not, I want to keep the house's original floor where possible (just makes me happy)

Some of the planks are in really bad shape, brittle, splintering off, some pieces broken off....I guess I just want to hear from folks that have had experience refinishing 100+ year old pine floors. I am adding a picture of where the the wood meets the ply.

Here is a pic of it: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113356347521686198715/posts/Pnr4oGUPjWm?pid=6087903803014708274&oid=113356347521686198715

Thanks,
Eva

dj1
Re: Old Pine flooring half way through the floor (should I refinish?)
dj1

" I don't care if it matches the new flooring or not, I want to keep the house's original floor where possible (just makes me happy)"

This is a surprise. You want to invest time, money, efforts, sweat and more in restoring these planks, whether they match the rest of the floor or not? - You'll end up with a mess.

If it were me, I would remove the 100 year old planks and install new, uniform, matching, in perfect condition planks.

Re: Old Pine flooring half way through the floor (should I refinish?)

I see your pics this is not in good condition. It needs very much effort to fix this. I think you should think about to fully refinish your floor. That will make your home look more beautiful.

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.