(Closed) How much did it cost you to re-finish your hardwood floors?

posted 11 years ago in Home
Post # 17
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can buy stain at your local home depot/lowes/diy shop or local hardware place. I recommended buying some scrap pieces of wood that match your floor color and buy a few samples(small cans) of stain and see what color you like best on the test wood.


Keep in mind darker floors make the room look smaller


You can do alot of it yourself but its extremely labor intensive,


You need to first sand your floors with a hand sander you can rent one from your local hardware store. Dust gets everywhere so i recommended closing off that room with a sheet, tarp, ect before you sand.

After you have sanded everything down you need to vacuum vacuum vacuum i cannot stress that enough any little dust will make your stain blotchy, will also make your stain gritty.

you can stain your floor with a simple paint brush and roller, or you can simply hand stain with a cloth.

I would start in one corner and end in an area where you can scoot out of the room without stepping on the stain.


Stain will need to set about 48 hours, or until you rub a cloth over it and dont see any extreme runoff.


After your stain is dry your ready for polyurethane coat, this is extremely detail oriented as there can be no dust no prints no nothing on the floor as it will stick to your polyurethane. I used a huge 5 gallon for 3 rooms, and just used a paint roller and changed the roller room. Paint the floor with the polyurethane as you were painting a wall. You cannot touch it all, or even let anything fall on it as it will smudge/permanently stick to the coat. Repeat the second, third coat of urethane for the next 3 days so each day gets one coat.


Pm me if you need more details or have questions. 🙂


I’ve done this before.

Post # 18
387 posts
Helper bee

We got ours professionally done and I am in NY. We havd them strip and refinish 4 rooms and stairs and a large living room and they put down new flooring in 1 room and our upstairs hall. It was 5000. I got quotes starting at 6k and above so I was super happy. 

Post # 19
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I DIY’d mine in my last house. 

It is doable but as Facereality said it is very labor intensive and takes a lot of patience and attention to detail.

You definitely want to do it before you move in if you can. Otherwise you will have to block off rooms and the dust will still be very hard to contain. 

Google instructions on how to do it and plan on 3-4 days to complete the process. 

Also make sure you sand enough to thoroughly remove all the old stain/ polyurethane. If you don’t then the new polyurethane will bubble anywhere there is old poly. 

I would say I probably spent less than $1000 on everything. Renting a sander, sander pads, rollers etc, and tape. You will need the full size sander, a small hand sander, and a shop vac. 

Also something else to think about is the quarter round trim in your house. You either have to tape it off  or pull it up. Other wise the sander will gouge it and you will get stain all over it. 

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