(Closed) Has anyone refinished their own Hardwood Floors?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My Fiance and his dad did it together in our house. It took the entire weekend with 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday each and 6 hours on Friday.  They were sore & it was a ton of work. But they look fantastic and it saved at least $1,000.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I would not suggest putting laminate over hardwood floors. The glue would ruin them and hard wood floors are always more valuable in a resale, and not to mention if newly refinished look fabulous

I didnt, but I had friends who redid their own. It was a pain in the arse they said it it took them 3 weekends and a big learning curve. But it did save them about 2500.  They said they would rather have paid someone. But your sq footage is smaller so it would be a lot shorter time.

So the question is if you have the money or if you have the time and what you value your time at. Get a quote first and see what it would cost ot have someone do it.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have, it is A LOT of work but they are beuatiful when done.  Just a tip, I would go with a lighter finish.  We did a cherry finish and it was GORGEOUS but it showed EVERYTHING…footprints, dust, every single thing.  The lighter finish will not show as bad.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a rental that we refinished the hardwoods in. THere were carpets that needed to GO so we decided to rip them up. We found paint splashed (but beautiful) hardwood underneath and decided to just paint them to look more cohesive. We love the end result.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@lefeymw:  I agree with everything you just said. Laminate over hardwood is a terrible idea. For that small area it would not be expensive whether you do it or someone else does.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

We refinished our original pine floors in our house, built in 1873. Althought not technically hardwood, they are beautiful. We rented a huge sander and then finished them with a hand sander, then stained and sealed. It was a lot of work but totally worth it.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@StormyRose:  You mad me think…doing it yourself vs someone else it may not be that much difference in price at a small sq footage because you are going to have to rent a sander and buy stain that only comes in a minimum sized bucket.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The biggest tip to give anyone doing it themselves……the sander must ALWAYS be moving. It is very easy to put a hole or gouges in the floor if you aren’t keeping it in motion.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

FI’s parents own a flooring store and Fi used to install and re do floors. With what you would pay for supplies, tools, rental equipment  ( with a learning curve because you WILL mess up so extra time and work) it would cost the same  if not less to just have a professional do it for you.

Plus if something goes afoul, ( not that it would) it would be covered by a contract and you would be able to get it fixed. Also I think to do that size of a space the professional would need a day, mabey 2 to get it done.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If we had original hardwood I would refinish them as well. But I def understand the concern regarding durability of hardwood vs laminate with pets.

I don’t know about Canada but here in the US all new laminate are click together type. Manufacturers haven’t made glue down ones in a while.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I refinished 1200 sq ft of floor for about $1,300 dollars. It is a lot of work and doens’t usually look as nice when you finish then youself and 400sq ft shouldn’t cost you that much. I have two dogs and we did 2 coats and then a top coat with the midlevel shine. I would ask the company when you get quotes which might be best, they do it for a living and know their products.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did both of our livingroom. Our house was built in 1879 so it has the old molding around the windows up to the ceilings. The floors look amazing now!

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